Kent State University pays respects to Chef John Goehler

Goehler was known for reaching out to student groups, his passion and his love for his job.

Oct. 28—The only thing John Goehler cared about more passionately than food was people.

In his 32 years with Kent State University Dining Services, Goehler earned a reputation as a devoted employee driven by a desire to help others whether they were aspiring chefs, colleagues or just those in need.

"This wasn't a job to him, it was what he loved doing," said Richard Roldan, director of KSU dining services. "He was just always focused on taking care of people."

Goehler, former KSU senior associate director of dining services and campus executive chef, died Oct. 11 of a heart attack he suffered in his Tallmadge home. He was 59.