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In loving memory of
John Gould, Jr
  • December 06, 1943
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  • November 02, 2019

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John Wesley Gould, Jr. was born on December 6, 1943 and passed away quietly after a short illness on November 2, 2019 at his home in The Villages.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife Peggy in February of 2019.

John was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Army at 17 and traveled the world entertaining the troops with the Army’s Special Services  Showmobile Unit for 3 years.

Returning to his home in Kalamazoo, John married and had his first child as he pursued his education.  He attained his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and then went on to Michigan State University for his Master’s degree in Business.

Wherever John lived, in addition to his work in technological communications, he could always be found at the local community or summer stock theatres.  He was also a popular entertainer at community theaters in The Villages. A singer, actor and raconteur, he offered his time for numerous good causes.  Always fast with a one-liner or retort, John was a hoarder of obtuse facts and offbeat humor and his laughter could be heard for miles.

John is survived by his sister, Jan Gould of Boynton Beach, Florida; his brother Anthony J. Gould of Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico; and his children, daughters Heidi Marie Ahler of Dallas, Texas;  Meghan Katherine Gould, of Roselle, Illinois; sons Trevor Dana and Kevin and daughter Caitlin, all of Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John`s name to Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.

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  1. Marcie Panian says:
    17 Jun 2020
    I’m just hearing about this now. John was a good friend of my mom when he was in the army. They did community theater together. He filled the room with laughter, song and fun. I will never forget him.

  2. Marcie Panian says:
    17 Jun 2020
    My family knew John when he was in the army. He and my mother were good friends and I remember the fun and laughter we experienced when John was around. RIP Johnny.

  3. Beverly Brull says:
    18 Nov 2019
    I met John when I interviewed for a job in 1994. He became a friend for 25 years. He was a kind, intelligent, and caring person. He will be missed.

  4. Vic and Brigitte Stevens says:
    15 Nov 2019
    I was priviliged to work with a john in several productions at VTC. I loved his humor, infectious laughter and good hearted personality. John spoke with me all about his life with its ups and downs. He was an incredible talent and good friend. John will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. Hope to see you again.

    Vic and Brigitte Stevens

  5. Vic & Brigitte Stevens says:
    15 Nov 2019
    I was priviliged to work with a john in several productions at VTC. I loved his humor, infectious laughter and good hearted personality. John will be greatly missed as a friend and performer.

    Vic & Brigitte Stevens

  6. Leslie posted an image:
    15 Nov 2019
    An afternoon with the Rocketman!
    An afternoon with the Rocketman!

  7. Mike Hassett says:
    14 Nov 2019
    I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know John thru the Villages Theater Company. I performed with him in Office Hours and Run for Your Wife. John and I would often car pooled together to rehearsals. We talked about family, friends and the meaning of life. John was a Great comedic actor. He often changed to different characters and voices as we rode together, keeping me laughing. John often expressed his deep love and devotion to his wife, Peggy and his extended family. I am sadden and will miss John, but I find some comfort knowing that he is now reunited with his dear wife Peggy and other family and friends that have gone before him. Rest in Happiness and Peace John.

  8. Nancy Sievert says:
    14 Nov 2019
    John brought me joy. As he preserved through this illness, he became my hero.

  9. Nappi says:
    13 Nov 2019
    John and Peggy were wonderful friends that always lit up the room
    We miss them terribly
    God bless you both we are better people knowing you
    Peggy was lonely in Heaven and called Johnny home

    Harriette and Niel Nappi

  10. Ann and Dave Stockton says:
    13 Nov 2019
    We were so blessed to know both John and Peggy. His sense of humor, laughter and quick wit were his trademarks. He was a pleasure to be around, to perform in shows with him and just to know him. He will be greatly missed. To know him was to love him and his zest for life!
    Ann and Dave Stockton

  11. Cak Marshall says:
    13 Nov 2019
    John was a true star in every sense of the word, and I loved acting with him. He also was a dear friend and I will miss him so, so much. Rest in peace, dear pal. I'm baking "your" cookies just for you on Friday!

  12. Dr. Richard L. Behrendt says:
    13 Nov 2019
    I enjoyed being onstage with John in OFFICE HOURS-- and he was very funny in the dressing room also! He will be missed by all who knew him.

  13. Maggie Fraser says:
    13 Nov 2019
    What a wonderful person, on and off the stage! He will be missed here in The Villages.

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