Henry W. Goossen of North Newton died unexpectedly on Saturday (Dec. 26, 2009) at the age of 93.
He was born on Aug. 11, 1916, on a farm near DeWitt, Neb. He spent his formative years near DeWitt, graduated from Beatrice High School in Nebraska and worked for his uncle before going on to graduate from Bethel College in North Newton and the Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago.
He married Edna Marie Ensz on Aug. 19, 1943.
Henry was a Mennonite pastor in Burns, Hanston, McPherson, Hillsboro, Goessel and Halstead. He and Edna spent 1966 to 1968 serving in South Korea with Mennonite Central Committee. In 1983, following retirement from the ministry, he joined his son for 12 years in Goossen Construction Inc.
He enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and playing Rook.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Edna; two daughters, Sharon (Bob) Bartel of McPherson and LaVonne (Ron) Sawatzky of Elkhart, Ind.; a son, Duane (Rachel) Goossen of Topeka; grandchildren, Shaun (Deb) Bartel, Sheri (Alan) Lepard, Shannon Bartel, Sheldon (Spring) Bartel, Ben Goossen and Elsa Goossen; five great-grandchildren, Sarah and Megan Bartel, Nicholas and Markus Lepard, and Haylen Bartel; and a brother, William (Marilyn) Goossen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew P. and Helen (Penner) Goossen; a sister, Gertrude Wiebe; and a brother, Theodor Goossen.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen’s Funeral Home in Newton with family in attendance from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. Burial will be prior to the memorial service at Halstead Cemetery.
Memorial gifts are suggested to Mennonite Central Committee, Bethel College or Bethel College Mennonite Church.