OBITUARY

Kenneth J. Goossen

August 3, 1943April 2, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Kenneth James Goossen was born August 3, 1943 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Jacob and Ethel Goossen. He attended Marion high school, graduating in 1961. He attained a B.S. degree from Southern State College in 1967 and a MBA from North Texas State University in 1976.

Kenneth served in the United States Air Force from November 1967 until December 1972. He attained the rank of Captain. While in the Air Force he was a pilot and he flew C141B Starlifters.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda; two sons, Terry and Noble; a sister, Elaine Goossen; and brothers, Robert Goossen and Jim Goossen. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Ethel Goossen; and a sister, Shirley Mittan.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Kenneth J. Goossen

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Shirley Deckert

April 10, 2019

As I sit here in SD I am keenly aware that at this time you will be committing Ken to his maker as you lay him to rest. I looked up the DFW National Cemetery and found so many beautiful pictures. Linda, I want you, Terry, and Noble to know that I'm thinking about you. My heart is very very sad for your loss. You and Ken were such a special couple and I know he loved you totally with all of his heart. I could see that by the way he treated you. He didn't need any words to say it. I am not one bit surprised to see that Ken was a war hero who was awarded the Flying Cross. He was a fun, fun person and humble all at the same time. There are many stories about Ken and Roy that we can share in the days and weeks ahead. I know Ken is in a wonderful place and I hope he and Roy behave themselves until we get there to see them again.

Bruce Sauerzopf

April 9, 2019

I had the honor of being Kens barber for a number of years. During this time I came to learn his love of wife, sons, aircraft, friends and most of all as a surprise to me that Ken was the recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Vietnam. He never mentioned anything about it till he showed it to me in passing one day like it was an after thought..how humble. Being from a military family I was incredibly impressed that this reserved individual would have the courage, tenacity,and determination to commit to the bravery required to achieve this award. They don't give these out like bananas. All of his family, friends and acquaintances should be proud to have known a true american hero as ken is. I for one am a better person for knowing him.

Ann Brink

April 9, 2019

As Jim's sister, yes, Ken was always in the picture.....his friendship with our brother was tight. I remember one summer when I was in Milwaukee for Pediatric training, and for some reason, Maurice Tiahrt and Ken were in Chicago. Somehow they found out I was in Milwaukee, so they drove up to see me.....what a surprise! Just Marion friends coming to see another Marion friend. Ken was such a fine man.....we are glad our brother picked such a wonderful childhood friend, and the blessing was that they were able to enjoy that friendship into their adult lives. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Donna Krieger

April 9, 2019

I have many, many fond childhood memories of Kenny. Some of the fondest were when he and my brother, Jim, and another childhood neighbor friend played basketball in our barn loft. I remember taking lunch to them: once a loaf of bread made into sandwiches, a bowl of jello and a pan of brownies. I expected leftovers when I went back for the dishes. There were none! I’m thinking back to what a pleasure it was growing up with him. He was a wonderful human being.

Linda Goossen

April 8, 2019

My Dear sweet husband there are no words to describe the pain I feel for not having you with me. The only thing that keeps me sane is knowing your suffering is over and you are at rest. We had some really good times over the years we were together, and met lots of wonderful people, some who remain friends today. Shirley Deckert called last night to say she was wondering what mischief you and Roy might be up to in heaven!

Bill Kabel

April 8, 2019

I met Ken in late 1967 at Webb AFB in Big Spring, TX and we spent the whole year of pilot training as close friends. As I had a stroke several years ago, I regret that I won’t be able to attend this weeks services. However, I would love to share memories sometime later. Yes, Ken was a great airman, a pleasure to be around and as funny as they come! He will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Email...wakbl1 @gmail.com

Jim Schmidt

April 8, 2019

Kenny was my first childhood friend, and that has lasted for over seventy years. We were Church Buddies, Bible School Buddies, Sunday afternoon basketball-playing, boxing, swimming, gopher-hunting, and getting into mischief Buddies, as well as College Buddies. I honor him for his Service to our Country during the Vietnam era. I pray for Linda, Terry and Noble that they may find peace during this difficult time. Memories of Kenny will live on in my heart forever.

Karen (Gossen) Smeed

April 7, 2019

I recall with fondness the childhood we shared in our community, church and High School. He was my favorite basketball star! We also shared the same birthday with Kenny only 2 years older than I. I always knew Kenny would go on from High School graduation to do great things. I'm very proud and grateful for his Air Force service to our country.
My prayers are for all the family members to be blessed with comfort and the great legacy that Kenny has left.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY