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Dwain Paul Goede


DWAIN GOEDE, 85, of Jackson, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Sanford Jackson Medical Center.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 beginning at 10:30 AM at the First Baptist Church in Jackson with Pastor Steve DeKok officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.  A visitation will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Jackson and will continue one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

Dwain Paul Goede was born on October 31, 1934 on the family farm in Des Moines Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the son of Paul and Bess (Sidlo) Goede.  He attended country school, then the Jackson School system, graduating with the class of 1952. He decided to forgo a football scholarship at Worthington College and began a life of farming with his father.  Dwain served his country in the Army National Guard from 1960 through 1963.  On May 24, 1969 Dwain was united in marriage to Judy Thoreson at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, the same church where he was baptized and confirmed.  Together Dwain and Judy raised three sons.  Dwain took a job with Ag-Chem/AGCO from the mid-1980s, while continuing to farm, until he retired in 2010.  Dwain lived on Sherman Street in Jackson for many years until entering the Colonial Manor nursing home in Lakefield, Minnesota, in 2017.  Dwain passed away at the Sanford Jackson Hospital on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the age of 85 years and 7 days.

The farm and farming were a part of Dwain’s fabric. Every day he would hop into his truck and go to the farm no matter the season, temperature or weather. No matter if there were crops to take out, crops to plant or field work to prep. The farm spoke to him; it was a source of rejuvenation, a sense of purpose.

Dwain was an avid vegetable gardener and shared his harvest with the community. In the fall the kitchen air was filled with the aroma of sweetcorn in the oven being made ready for the freezer. When pickles were being canned, jars lined the counter stuffed with ingredients from his most recent test recipe.

Anyone can be a father, but it takes work to be a dad, and Dwain was one of the best.  He was sturdy and reliable, and when Dwain was around you knew things were going to be okay. 

Dwain is survived by Judy, his wife of 50 years, of Jackson, Minnesota; sons Dave (Eileen) Cushman and Eric Goede of Jackson, Minnesota; grandson Jordan Cushman of Sioux Falls, SD; honorary grandson John Winter of Boston, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

Dwain was preceded in death by his son Mark Goede; sister Arlene Lucht; brother-in-law Clarence Lucht; and parents Paul and Bess Goede.

Blessed be the memory of Dwain Paul Goede.

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