Farming Rural 21

Edward B. Goedken

February 16, 2021


Edward B. Goedken 84 of Bernard, IA passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Private family visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday Feb 27th at Holy Family New Melleray Catholic church. Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at 11:00 am on the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Facebook page. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Ed was born October 29, 1936 in Farley, IA, son of Val and Clara (Krogmann) Goedken. On April 26, 1960, Ed was united in marriage to Kay (Carew) at St. Aloysius Catholic church in rural Bernard, IA. Together the couple farmed in the Bernard area for over 50 years.

Ed was an active member of Holy Family parish serving on Parish Council, various committees along with ushering and greeting people at mass for many years.

He was a founding member of the Monastery Ball Association and coached boys baseball at the ball diamond. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Co. Pork Producers serving as a past President.

Ed was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and neighbor. He will be greatly missed by his friends at Pearl's and card playing buddies.

Ed was very proud of his family, the 13 Goedken kids known as the “Baker's Dozen", 36 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He loved to cook and was known especially for his Apple Nut Bread.

Ed is survived by his wife Kay; children: Kevin (Jill) of Menifee CA, Mike (Pam) of Dyersville IA, Lori (Joe) Redmond of Bernard IA, Nancy (Jack) Theisen of Bernard IA, Jodi (Scott) Eltjes of Norwalk IA, Brian (Jill) of Monet VA, Kelly (Brian) Hutchins of Johnston IA, Betsy (Rich) Koppes of Cascade IA, Marty (Tracy) of Dubuque IA, Jamie (Cathy) of Austin MN, Jennifer (Doug) McDonnell of Solon IA, Jason (Whitney) of Oxford FL and Rob (Sara) of Bernard IA. Thirty six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Four sisters: Verna Hoefer, Betty (Arnie) Greif, Darlene (Joe) Fangmann, and Bonnie McManus; two brothers: Charlie (Patti) Goedken and Don (Katherine) Goedken; a sister-in-law Marlene Goedken and brother-in-law Bob Schaul.

He is preceded in death by his parents Val and Clara, brother Walter, sisters: Clara (Fred) Davidshofer, Marjorie Schaul and brother-in-law Gerald Hoefer.

The family would like to thank the Bernard Rescue Squad, Sherry Kelchen, Mercy One ICU unit for all the support and kindness the family received during this difficult time.

Memorials may be given to the Bernard Rescue Squad or Holy Family New Melleray Parish.

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Mass of Christian Burial
February 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Holy Family Church, New Melleray
16500 Holy Family Lane
Peosta, Iowa 52068

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