Mike Goeb

Aug 1st, 1945 - Feb 15th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Feb. 21st, 2017 5:00 PM ~ 9:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:00 AM


Herrin City Cemetery

Wed, Feb. 22nd, 2017

Mike Goeb

Herrin- Michael C. “Coach” Goeb, 71, of Herrin, passed away peacefully at 1:45 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, surrounded by his family and close friends, at Helia Healthcare Center in Energy.

Michael was born on August 1, 1945 in Cherokee, IA to Charles V. and Darlene (Morgan) Goeb. He attended various area schools growing up. After graduating from Herrin High School he enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He provided assistance for troops and was often helicoptered into the chaos of the front line. It was there that he was subsequently exposed to the chemical “Agent Orange”. Once he was honorably discharged, he returned home and finished up his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He married Linda R. Graham on August 19, 1967 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. They will have been married 50 years in August.

Mike began a long career as a teacher/coach at Hurst Bush Elementary School. He taught 6th grade and coached track and basketball there for 20 years. Next he moved to Herrin High School where he taught Physical Education and Drivers Ed and coached football for many years until his retirement in 2003. After retirement he refereed local junior high and high school basketball games for several years. Although he taught school and coached during the fall and winter, during the summer he worked as a carnie. He travelled during the summer to various state and county fairs with his stands- “Goeb’s Lemonade” which sold lemonade and shake ups and the “Happy Apple Wagon” which sold popcorn, caramel corn and caramel apples.

He was catholic and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. He was also a member of the American Legion, Herrin Benevolent Order of Protective Elks Lodge # 1146 and the Illinois High School Association as a coach and referee.

In addition to travel, Mike loved to spend time outdoors hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also liked to golf and once accomplished the amazing feat of getting a “hole in one” at a golf course in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. He was a dedicated fan of the Herrin Tigers and Green Bay Packers. He and Linda once attended a Packers game at the famed Lambeau Field vs the Seattle Seahawks. Mike’s greatest joy however, was spending time with his beloved grandchildren or his “Stinkerbutts” as he would say. He was a friend to all and will be truly missed by his many friends, family, and those whose lives were impacted by his work as a teacher, coach, referee and mentor.

Survivors include-

Wife- Linda Goeb of Herrin
Son- Todd Goeb and wife Theresa of Belleville
Special family members- Beth Harness and husband Tom of Carterville
4 grandchildren:
Justine McGill and husband Michael of Boise, ID
Candace Goeb of Belleville
John Michael Goeb of Belleville
Mia Harness of Carterville
Brother- David Goeb and wife Robin of Baraboo, WI
Sister- Susan Goeb of Milwaukee, WI
Brother in law- David Graham and wife Margie of Las Cruces, NM
Brother in law- Jerry Graham and wife Tina of Benton
Several nieces, nephews and cousins
Close friends:
Randy and Judy Lynn of Herrin
Marvin and Karen Coulter of Herrin
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother in law and father in law- Hervis and Elizabeth Graham and his son- John Goeb in 1998.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Monsignor Ken Schaefer and Rev. Michael Neubert will officiate. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Military rites will be performed at graveside by the Herrin VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. The Elk’s Funeral Ritual will be performed by the Herrin BPOE Lodge #1146 at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to Autism Speaks and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St./ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

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41 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Jacquie and Glenn Spiller

    From: Kansas City, Missouri

    Date: February 16, 2017

    Ms. Goeb, to you and your family we send our sincere condolences. May you find strength and guidance. Please know part of Mr. Goeb’s legacy is every child he educated.

    Glenn and Jacquie Spiller

  • Guest: charlotte skaggs

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. He was loved by so many that he taught. He was a great teacher and coach. Pray God’s comfort for you and your family.

  • Guest: Samantha Neal

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    Even when he wasn’t feeling well Mike had a wonderful sense of humor. His wife Linda is a strong, devoted woman who was always by his side. My heart goes out to her and their family.

  • Guest: Cathy Myer

    From: Hurst, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    Ms Goeb so sorry for your loss he will be missed by all and we will miss him in the pharmacy

  • Guest: Mary Ellen Hall

    From: San Antonio, Texas

    Date: February 16, 2017

    What a legacy he leaves for so many. I remember talking with him about our boys and how lucky we were that they had been in our lives. I feel the same about Mike – How lucky we were to have known him. Mary Ellen Hall

  • Guest: Mark Mitchell

    From: Benton, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    To Mrs Goeb and family. I had the honor of being one of his students. He was a great influence on his students and always demanded the best you had. He was awesome to listen to and was always there when a student needed him. You guys are in my prayers and I hope he is at peace.

    Class of 98

  • Guest: Karen Austin-McAllister

    From: Brandon, Florida

    Date: February 16, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May your memories bring you comfort and put a smile on your faces as you remember your husband and father.

  • Guest: Veronica Fischer (Roni Murphy)

    From: Cincinnati , Ohio

    Date: February 16, 2017

    Mr. Goeb was such a great man, telling stories and laughing. He has certainly left his mark on many people. Prayers for everyone!

  • Guest: Rich and Marcia Golden

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    Always had a ready smile for everyone. Mike touched so many lives. Love and prayers.

  • Guest: Sam and Mona Shemwell

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 16, 2017

    No words can express what we have felt for this Wonderful man and his family. Mike was always smiling whenever we would meet. He will be greatly missed!


    From: Murrayville, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017


  • Guest: Shawn Banks

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    It was such and honor to know and work with Mike. I was blessed to know him as a teacher and a colleague. He was a fun guy. He is sorely missed.

  • Guest: Steve and Sandy Moore

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Our love and prayers are with you Linda and your family.

  • Guest: Tim Guskey

    From: O'Fallon, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    “Big Mike” you will be sorely missed by all. You were a kind and welcoming soul, making all of us who came to Herrin each year to stay at “Goeb’s Deer Camp” feel like we were at home with family. You were like a father to us, and certainly a trusted advisor and friend. The highlight of every hunting season was our pre-hunt dinner with you at Walt’s Pizza, and coming home from the field to watch college football with you.

    We have lost a dear friend and father figure… and Heaven has gained the Packer’s number one fan! RIP Mr. Goeb.

  • Guest: Tammy ( little braz) Brasel helderman

    From: Sesser, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Sorry for your loss for such a great caring and loving man. One of which I’ll never forget. He is one of the teachers that had a impact in my life for that I’m thankful. RIP coach

  • Guest: Hilary Holder-Dresel

    From: , Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Growing up on 13th St. Mike and Linda were like a second set of parents to me. Their son John, my best friend. They will both be forever missed.

    Love you all, Hilary.

  • Guest: Eric Smith

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    My deepest sympathy to the family and close friends of Mike Goeb. What a wonderful man and coach. First met him in 1973 when I was in 8th grade at Southside and we had a track meet at the Hurst Bush cinder track. He left a huge impression on me from that moment on simply because he was happy, smiling and he showed interest in all of the kids and it was obvious that he cared. He is the perfect example of what a teacher and coach should be. Gonna miss him. Eric Smith

  • Guest: Debbie Mason

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Linda…..I am so sorry to hear about Mike.
    He was truely a good man and loved by many. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything I am just down the street. Sending my love , God bless.

  • Guest: Linda Goldsmith

    From: Smithton, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Our heart breaks for the Goeb family and their dear friends. May your sweet, fun memories give you comfort. Mike will be missed by many.

    Dale and Linda

  • Guest: Meredith R.

    From: herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 17, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss I am going to miss my buddy so much Mike will be missed and Loved and never forgotten,,, RIP Coach

  • Guest: Dave & Margie Graham

    From: Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Date: February 17, 2017

    I can’t remember a time when “Uncle Mike” didn’t make us laugh. He had an amazing personality, so many friends and the ability to make everyone feel welcome.

    In the summer when we visited he was the chief barbeque master and fish fryer. He sometimes called himself the “big Kahuna” and deservingly so. We’ll miss you big guy. Love you. Dave & Margie.

  • Guest: Susan Crain Sipe

    From: Topeka, Kansas

    Date: February 17, 2017

    Sending heartfelt condolences to Mike’s family. Although I I didn’t personally know Mike, I believe David and I attended St. Mary’s Grade School together. May memories of your brother comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Darren L. Jacobs

    From: Redlands, California

    Date: February 17, 2017

    To the Goeb family my condolences. Mike was more than just a coach and teacher to me. He was something special. He will always have a place in heart. I thank God for the time we spent together, whether it was on the basketball court, track and field, classroom, or going on those summer excursions selling lemonade and caramel corn. It has been and continues to be an honor and privilege to have known him.

  • Guest: Robert Followell

    From: Germantown, Tennessee

    Date: February 18, 2017

    It was impossible to be around Mike and be unhappy. His smile (and especially his laugh) would light up a whole room or a single sad soul. His best friend and wife, Linda has stories she can never tell.

  • Guest: Mary Stone Klingenmeyer

    From: Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Oh the memories that flooded back upon this sad news. You’re all in my heart and prayers.

  • Guest: Rhea Harris Hasemeyer

    From: Ft. Myers, Florida

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Linda and Family: So sorry on your loss. No matter when or how, it is so very difficult. Remember and celebrate Mike’s life. He had a good one. You all are in my prayers.

  • Guest: Marlena Burton

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Linda and family,
    It was a pleasure meeting you and Mike, such a beautiful-loving family. Take comfort in God’s love and perfect timing. Cherish the beautiful memories that you made through the years you were blessed to love each other.

  • Guest: Terry Graham

    From: tamaroa, Illinois

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Will miss Uncle Mike. Will never forget fishing and the great times we had together.We love ya all!


    From: Tampa, Florida

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Linda and family,
    I got to know Mike through his refereeing high school games and he was always the gentlemen. He will be missed by many friends and family. May the Lord continue to Bless your family at this time.
    LaVonne and Birdie Norris formerly from Carterville

  • Guest: Bonnie Reagan Walker

    From: Nashville, Tennessee

    Date: February 18, 2017

    To Linda and Mike’s family, deep condolences are held in heart and mind for you all. His sense of humor is likely among the things for which Mike will most be missed. That gleam in his eyes, the slight grin that precedes a joke or a laugh… will be remembered always. May his humor and love someday comfort you again. Blessings.

  • Guest: Loretta Simpkins

    From: Hurst , Illinois

    Date: February 18, 2017

    Mr. Goeb was my 6th grade teacher at Hurst Bush. He was the best teacher. He gave his students nick names mine was paperdoll I used that for my email address. Although I didn’t get to see Mr Goeb after I grew up I never forgot him. I still have mny 6th grade report card from him from the 1982/83 school year. My deepest sympathy to his family. May God bless you all.

  • Guest: William Hays

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 19, 2017

    Prayers for your family and so sorry for your loss

  • Guest: Devon and Kay Arp

    From: Walcott, Iowa

    Date: February 19, 2017

    We want you to know we have fond memories of our friendship. We feel your loss. We have had two other close friends pass away recently we are at a loss for words. Kay and Devon.

  • Guest: Mike and Kenda Wood

    From: Belleville, Illinois

    Date: February 19, 2017

    Linda, Todd, Theresa and family:

    We are very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was always such a nice man and smiling all the time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Sarah boze (gooden)

    From: , Illinois

    Date: February 20, 2017

    Linda and family I’m so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Goeb was a great mentor and teacher. He made an impact on so many lives. He will be deeply missed.

  • Guest: David LaCroix

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: February 20, 2017

    There are very few events that will impact a young man’s life like doing “pushups” on wet grass at 7am with Coach Goeb standing over you ! His love for the game and more importantly for us ,was felt by all . I can still hear him yell ” Katie Bar The Door “! A few years back my family and I was lucky enough to run into the Goebs along with the Lynn’s on a cruz and went snorkeling together. It was awsome. I thank God for Coach and the great memories he gave us . Ill miss him greatly.

  • Guest: Jessie C

    From: St Louis , Missouri

    Date: February 20, 2017

    You will be truly Mr. Goeb. Prayers for all your family, friends, and all the students you taught for many years.

  • Guest: Lindsay Johnson

    From: Aiken, South Carolina

    Date: February 20, 2017

    You will always be remembered Mike! Love you guys like family

  • Guest: FIS -IBS Sales Team -Sue Goeb’s Co-workers

    From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Date: February 20, 2017

    Sue , Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. We will make a donation to Autism Speaks in your brothers name.

  • Guest: Brent Johns

    From: Maryville, Tennessee

    Date: February 20, 2017

    Coach Goeb was my first basketball coach. He taught me toughness and the value of hustle. He gave me confidence on the court. I appreciate his dedication to teaching and coaching. He obviously has touched many lives. God Bless Mike and his family.

  • Guest: Robert Greathouse

    From: Batavia, New York

    Date: February 20, 2017

    Mrs. Goeb, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Goeb was my coach at Hurst from 1974 through 1977. I have great memories from basketball and track and often tell stories of his coaching technics to many kids that I have coached over the years. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Robert ” Bobby ” Greathouse