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JASON P. GOULD,age 36, of Oswego, formerly of Elburn, passed away Monday, January 23, 2006, at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, following a courageous two year battle with Leukemia. His spirit was strong and with the love of his family and his steadfast personal faith, Jason beat the disease into remission only to be tested again when he needed a bone marrow transplant. Due to complications from the transplant the strength of his body failed and Jason left his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father, where his spirit lives on for eternity. BORN: He was born January 10, 1970 the son of Roger and Sandra (Lipscomb) Gould in Aurora, IL. EARLY YEARS : Jason grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. Following his graduation from Kaneland High School in 1988 he went on to attend Northern Illinois University where he studied marketing and history. Several years and various jobs later Jason found his calling. He attended National Louis University in Wheaton where his passion for teaching gave him the tools to follow his dream. His first teaching opportunity came through East View Elementary School in Oswego, teaching fifth grade. MARRIAGE Jason was united in marriage to Dawn Trube on February 21, 1999 in Reno, NV, surrounded by the love of friends and family as they began a new chapter in their lives. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: Following the wedding they returned to Illinois where they made their home in Oswego. It was in May of 2003 that Jason was diagnosed with Leukemia. Never one to let anything stand in his way, Jason, with the support of family and friends,overcame his disease. It would take a year before he would fulfill his dream of teaching. He became a fifth grade teacher in the fall of 2004. Unfortunately he was re-diagnosed in December and was forced to take a leave of absence. On May 17, 2005, Jason took one more step in his recovery by undergoing a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood flown in from Spain. In November of 2005 he was told he could return to the teaching job he so loved. Unfortunately, a rare complication that affects only 1.6% of bone marrow transplant recipients was enough to wear down his earthly body. His spirit never wavered and he continued to teach us all about courage, faith and love. He now lives forever in heaven and in the hearts of all he knew. LIFE NOTES Jason was known by many and loved by all. His great sense of humor, though sometimes flavored with sarcasm, kept everyone laughing. Jason was very bright and gifted in many areas. He had a passion for Star Wars and collected every toy available. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan with personalized license plates that read HOGFAN 7. There wasn’t a game of trivial pursuit he couldn’t win or any construction riddle he couldn’t solve. He was a true competitor at heart who loved a challenge and dreamed of crossing the finish line before his wife in a long distance race. Jason had a passion for the outdoors. He always treasured his moments surrounded by Mother Nature and always remembered fondly fishing with his grandpa in White River, AR, looking for bald eagles and hiking in the mountains of Montana where he "met" his first grizzly bear. When he wasn’t outside enjoying the sunshine, he loved to read about the history of the world, especially the Civil War. He enjoyed traveling to new places but when he was home, he loved to be surrounded by family and friends. He loved Tombstone Pizza, playing games, watching movies, especially ones with John Wayne, and classic television shows, like M*A*S*H and Andy Griffith. He fought over animal crackers and his favorite cookies, chocolate chip oatmeal, made with Dawn’s secret recipe. When he found himself alone, he could always count on his three wonderful cats, A.J., Tabitha, and Molly to keep him company until the next adventure began. SURVIVORS He now leaves his wife Dawn, His father, Roger Dean (Sandi) Gould of Geneva;His mother Sandy Gould of Oswego;One mother-in-law, Sharon Trube of Lisle, IL;One brother Jeff (Sandy) Gould and their children, Abby, Caleb, Seth, all of Steward, IL;One sister Jenni Siebert and her children, Alex, Ryan, and Kristen all of Elburn, IL; His maternal grandmother, Marge Lipscomb, of Elburn;Paternal grandparents, Norris Sr. and Frances Gould of Elburn;Many aunts and uncles and many friends, especially Todd Kuebelbeck, Matt Long, and Mike Kuzlik,And his three cats, A.J., Tabitha, Molly. PRECEDED He now joins his maternal grandfather, Harold Lipscomb and his father-in-law Larry Trube who preceded him in death. VISITATION / FUNERAL A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, on the north/east corner of Rt. 47 and Shannon St. , Saturday, January 28, 2006. Rev. Christina Vosteen Stanton, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Plano, and Rev. Katherine Lawes, pastor of the Community Congregational Chruch, will officiate. Private family interment will follow at a later date. A celebration of Jason’s life will be held at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, Il. from 2-5:30PM.MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit those similarly afflicted. You may send contributions to the Jason Gould Leukemia Fund in care of Old Second Bank, 1200 Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL 60543. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, Il 60119 or through www.caringbridge.org/il/jasongould or www.conleycare.com.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, on the north/east corner of Rt. 47 and Shannon St. , Saturday, January 28, 2006. Rev. Christina Vosteen Stanton, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Plano, will officiate. A celebration of Jason’s life will be held at the Elburn Lions Club from 2-5:30.
Private family interment will follow at a later date.