The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 28, 2013

Darrell Lee Goff

RIVERTON, KS — RIVERTON, Kan. - Darrell Lee Goff, age 73, passed away at 8:35 am, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home following an illness.

Darrell was born Oct. 13, 1939, in Galena, Kan. His parents were Marvin and Bertha (Barrett) Goff. He was a lifetime resident of Galena.

Darrell was active in law enforcement in Cherokee County Kansas for many years. He served the county in several capacities including Deputy Sheriff, Under Sheriff, and Sheriff. He held some positions more than once. He retired from law enforcement in 2005, while serving as Chief of Police in Galena.

He also worked at other jobs including used auto sales, farming, and operating Longs Trading Post, Baxter Springs, Kan. He and his wife were Foster Parents caring for over 200 children.

He was a member of the Baxter Springs Saddle Club.  He enjoyed caring for his livestock and was especially fond of raising horses. He also enjoyed repairing farm tractors.

Darrell was married to Betty Lee Leas on Dec. 28, 1958, in Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Larry Goff, Galena and Cody Rice, Riverton, Kan.; five daughters, Debbra (and Ricky) Bailey, Rockwall, Texas, Linda (and Bayne) Wassom, Riverton, Susie Kernel (and Chuck Goff), Galena, April Prater, Joplin, Mo., and Krista Rice, Riverton; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents; two brothers, Luther Goff and Bobby Goff, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena. Pastor Randy DePriest will officiate. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Kan. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 28, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena.

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