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Dennis C. Goossen, 66

Dennis Charles Goossen was born Jan. 10, 1943 to Lawrence and Eleanor (Kobeska) Goossen of Baldwin, Wis. The second oldest of three children, he lived in Emerald, Wis. until 1948 when his parents purchased a farm in Deronda, Wis. He went to the two-room school in Deronda through the eighth grade and attended high school in Amery, Wis.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served in Vietnam as a Sea Bee-MCB7 (Mobile Construction Battalion). He worked in road construction from 1967-1974.

He married Susan McKenna in 1969 and to this union four children were born. They purchased the family farm in 1974, but divorced in 1986 and the farm was sold in 1988. Dennis continued to care for and raise his children.

He worked at Equity in Amery, Wis. from 1988-1997, and was employed at Domain in New Richmond, Wis. from 1997 until his retirement in 2005.

In 1999 he married Elsie (Mattson) Thoen and they have enjoyed many special times together.

On March 20, 2009 Dennis passed away at his home at the age of 66. Dennis enjoyed caring for his yard and gardens, building wood projects, making special gifts for family and friends, playing with his extensive toy collection, playing cribbage and caring for the birds and his dog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; son Paul (Jean) Goossen of Somerset, Wis.; daughters Pauline (Ross) Goerdt of Somerset, Wis., Sally Goossen of Somerset, Wis., Rose Goossen of New Richmond, Wis.; and three step-sons Greg (Jacki) Thoen, Steve (Karen) Thoen, and Gary (Melissa) Thoen of Ellsworth, Wis., as well as several grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother David (Jean) Goossen of Amery and a sister Darlene Magnuson of Clear Lake, Wis., as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 23, 2009 at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Carol Heckmann officiating. Music for the service was provided by Lyn Klug and Denise Christiansen.

Williamson - White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery were in charge of funeral arrangements.