Reverend Paul Franz Goossen died suddenly in his home in the town of Newbold on Sept. 7, 2015 of complications of advanced age. He was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Oakley/Colby, Kansas, to Alvin L and Bertha (Franz) Goossen. He was known in Oneida County as an accomplished beekeeper and a founding member of the Oneida Beekeepers Association.
Paul was a graduate of Grace University of Omaha Nebraska and Grace Theological Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. His Doctor of Ministries Degree was earned at Western Conservative Seminary in Portland, Ore. Previous pastorates were located in Nebraska, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. In his later years, he continued to enjoy leading Bible classes in church, nursing homes, and a prison. During retirement, he also traveled to Ukraine on multiple teaching missions and once to teach beekeeping sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was predeceased by his wife Hildegard (Epp) Goossen and a sister Elsie.
He is survived by a brother Alva Goossen (Oregon/Arizona) and a sister Suzie Barkman Dahl (Arizona). Surviving children include Dwight (Ruth) Goossen (Toledo, Ohio); Mary (Tom) Fohner (Omaha, Neb.) PA Sara Walker (Dan) Scholten (Newbold/Rhinelander); and L Eulalia (Bradley) Lowry (Drexel Hill, Pa.). Grandchildren include Glen Goossen (Air Force); Paul (Shelley) Goossen with great-grandson Seth (Air Force); Luke (Katie) Goossen (Roasmond, Calif.); Joshua (Rebecca) Fohner of Platteville; Margaret (Matthew) Weber with great-granddaughter Eleanor (Omaha, Neb.); Susanna Fohner (Omaha, Neb.); Charlotte Fohner (Rhinelander); Rachel (Jeremy) Porier and great-grandsons Aidan and Micah (Littleton, Colo.); Nathan (Amber) Scholten with great-grandsons Liam and Nolan (Rhinelander); Beau (Carissa) Walker and great-granddaughters Hannah and Katherine (Wausau); Alexander and Abigail Lowry (Drexel Hill, Pa.).
Funeral services will be held Faith Evangelical Church, Minocqua on Friday Sept. 15, 2017 with public visitation 9:30 a.m. at the church with a service at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to Fort Wilderness.
Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua and Wooduff is serving the family. Please visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences, memories or pictures.
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