dad1VINTON: Jim Goersch, 79, died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 PM, Monday at Phillips Family Center, 605 Second Avenue in Vinton. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton at 11 AM on Tuesday with full military honors conducted by the US Navy Funeral Honors and Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Boston Terrier Rescue of North Carolina at

Jim was born October 23, 1937 in St. Louis, MO to Paul and Julia (Pawlak) Goersch. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he received extensive training in the US Naval Nuclear Program. Jim served his nation in the US Navy’s Sub Fleet where he was on 13 strategic deterrent patrols aboard nuclear subs including the USS Thomas Edison (SSBN-610). He also was on the commissioning crew for the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640). Jim served honorably during some of our nation’s most sensitive and trying times and retired following 20 years of faithful service.

Jim was united in marriage to Joan Van Zandt on December 13, 1957 in San Diego, California.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son, Jim (Nina) Goersch, his daughters, Lisa Goersch and Barbara Goersch; his grandchildren, Christopher, Tory, Allen, Trisha and Megan; his great granddaughters, Kharin and Karah; his brothers, Paul and Michael and his sisters, Kae, Mary and Barbara.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Susan Lynn and twin grandchildren, David and Reah Goersch.

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