Update: Memorial Service Set For Jim Goessling

The De Smet graduate was a member of the 1973 boys basketball team that won a state championship. He died Sunday after a battle with rectal colon cancer.

Wednesday 12:45 a.m. Update:

According to information posted on Legacy.com via The St. Louis Post Dispatch, a memorial service for Jim Goessling will be held Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. at De Smet Jesuit, following visitation which starts at 10 a.m., also at the school.

Original Story:

Word surfaced Monday morning that Jim Goessling, a member of the 1973 state title basketball team at De Smet who went on to a career as a dealmaker in the world of sports and radio in St. Louis, died Sunday. De Smet Athletic Director John Stewart confirmed the news Monday. Goessling, who lived in Creve Coeur, had been fighting rectal colon cancer over the last few years.

Patch interviewed Goessling in 2011 when he was presented with the American Cancer Society's Stephanie Phillips Survivor Award prior to the Coaches vs. Cancer High School basketball tournament.

"Life in general is completely different," he said at the time. "You appreciate everything. You appreciate everybody in your life, any employee, who your friends are, how much you really care for everybody," he said.

"I have a chance to enjoy everybody one more time. I'm going to get 5 years, I hope maybe 10 years, who knows."

Funeral arrangements had not been released as of late Monday night.

James Baer October 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM
This breaks my heart. God bless the wonderful Goessling family, champions of everything in local sports. I will remember the "River Goose" for ever.
Chuck Jackson October 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
What a guy. From the moment I met Jim Goessling, in the mid eighties, I knew he was special. We went on to become good friends and one of the only guys who referred to me as "Chuckie". Bubba...you will be missed.
Jim Hagedorn October 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Mr. St.Louis, I met Jim and his friends Barry Burke, and Mike Smallwood at Culpeppers in the Central West End in the Mid 90's. Later Jim introduced me to Charlie Spoonhour...I had many laughs with thoughs guys as well as Drinks. Jimmy loved St.Louis and that is why people migrated to him. If you never met Jimmy...he had a real Entourage. Tell Spoon at Culpeppers in Heaven we will join both of you soon. Jim Hagedorn
Scott Simon October 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Spoon, the Goose and Smallwood in Culpeppers CWE, More laughs in a night from those 3 than you'd get in a whole year paid at a comedy club.
James Baer October 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM


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