Theodore R. “Ted” Goeke, 84
Elmore – Theodore R. “Ted” Goeke, age 84, of Elmore, died April 2, 2011, at Timely Mission Nursing Home, Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Memorial Services were held April 9, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Elmore United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lois Able officiated. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore, at a later date.
Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth assisted the family with the arrangements.
Ted was born July 4, 1926, on his family’s farm in Kossuth County, Iowa, the son of Henry and Gertrude (Haas) Goeke. He was a lifetime Elmore resident, graduating from Elmore High School in 1944. He was married to Elaine P. Evans on May 22, 1946, in Blue Earth. Ted farmed all his life where he began milking cows in 1953, and continued until 1989. He loved the farm but also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and even Europe in the last 30 years or so. He was baptized, confirmed and was a lifetime member of Elmore United Methodist Church where he was an active member of the Administrative Board and was chairman of the Trustees, Finance Committee and Administrative Council through the years. Ted also enjoyed woodworking and made several fine furniture pieces.
Theodore “Ted” Goeke is survived by his wife, Elaine Goeke, of Elmore; son, David Goeke (special friend, Kim Volz), of Elmore; daughters, Linda Giese (special friend, Jerry Roberts), of Mason City, Iowa, and Cynthia Kockler, of Mason City; sister, Ella Mae Ingebritson, of Elmore; daughter-in-law, Peggy Goeke, of Fairmont; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Goeke; brother-in-law, Joseph Ingebritson; and son-in-law, Jim Giese.
Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donations to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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