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Wilfred Goecke

March 13, 1927 - November 14, 2019

Visitation - Friday

November 22, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Service - Saturday

November 23, 2019
- 10:30 AM

Mark Richtsmeier Farm, Hunter, ND

Visitation - Saturday

November 23, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Mark Richtsmeier Farm, Hunter, ND

Burial - Saturday

November 23, 2019

Hunter Cemetery, Hunter, ND


Boulger Funeral Home

Wilfred Goecke

March 13, 1927 - November 14, 2019


Wilfred G. Goecke, 92, Hunter ND, passed away on Nov 14 at the Bethany Home in Fargo ND.

Wilfred was born on Mar 13, 1927 to Fredrick & Agnes Goecke. A year after his Father’s passing in 1948 Wilfred, his mother & brother, Glen, moved from the farm in MO to CO. He worked many years in CO paying off what he called “the national debt” incurred by his father’s lengthy battle with cancer. After completing that task, he felt called to give his life in the ministry, starting in 1965. He greatly enjoyed sharing the gospel freely in CO (1965-’77), WY (’77-’83), NE (’83-’88), ND (’88-2011), WI (’11-‘12) & ND/SD (’12-‘17). When Wilfred’s health failed in 2017, he entered the Good Samaritan Home in Arthur, ND. He received excellent care there, also the past two months in skilled care at Bethany on University in Fargo, ND.

Wilfred is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob & sister-in-law, Hazel. He is survived by his brother Glen (Gladys) Goecke, several nieces & nephews, and a host of loving, loyal friends he made in his selfless life of humble service. Wilfred will long be remembered for his kindness, positive attitude and contentment.


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23 responses to “Wilfred Goecke”

  1. Jenny Church Brahmsteadt says:

    It has been many many years since I saw Wilfred
    In my childhood, but I remember his kindness and gentleness as if it was yesterday.

  2. Ina Browning says:

    We have loving memories of Wilford, his beautiful spirit of kindness to all
    When Robert was in the Army and stationed in CO. Wilford visited us often and to
    This day they are among our cherished memories.
    Our love and sympathy as you mourn your loss.
    Robert and Ina Browning

  3. Diane Dizayee says:

    Wilfred is the epitome of ” godliness with contentment is great gain”. He was so helpful when our daddy was dying as he encouraged and edified us when he and Ken Pinney visited us. It has been a privilege to know him.

  4. Linda Sterzer says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Wilfred just once. What a kind, thoughtful, wise man!

  5. Becky Aarestad Miller says:

    Lovely memories of a dedicated servant of God. I’m sure countless people have felt and will feel his influence for years to come.

  6. Melissa B. says:

    He always had a positive attitude, and one of his favorite things to tell us was from the gospel of John. “If a man love me, he will keep my commandments……and we will come and make our abode with him.”. And Wilfred would always say, “If that’s not heaven on Earth, I don’t know what is.”

    It was a good lesson worth repeating.

  7. Steve Blubaugh says:

    I have special memories of Wilfred. I he was a true and trusted friend. I only wish I could have visited him while he was in the rest home.

  8. Barbara Floyd says:

    Always appreciated Wilfred’s enthusiastic and helpful spirit when he visited and came to help in AZ Conventions and Special Meetings. He will be greatly missed.

  9. WAYNE MONSON says:

    I will always remember Wilfred as one who had such an influence on my life. So well I remember the Towner G. meetings that encouraged me to be true and faithful.

  10. Darrol and Debbie Thompson says:

    Wilfred had such a gentle way about him, and I can yet hear his voice speaking the Gospel.

  11. Nettie Bueckert says:

    So sorry to hear of Wilfred’s passing. I missed him the last time I was at Mandan convention, he always greeted me and thanked me for coming. Many of us will remember him being at SK spl mtgs. He had such a loving spirit for mankind. I’m sure he’ll be missed but has gone on to a greater reward.

  12. Jerome Kramer says:

    Meeting Wilfred was a highlight of my life thank you for your service to God and his people

  13. Denver Hayes says:

    Wilfred is one of the workers who I met in my early days in Truth. I always enjoyed his kind, simple message of God’s truth. I will miss him. Denver Hayes, Colorado Springs, CO

  14. Mike & Deb Stork says:

    We have fond memories of Wilfred when he was in our area with Bruce S. Always so positive and a joy to have! Always brought a chuckle when dishing out the pie, “I’ll have a generous piece please!” he’d say ☺️ Our sincere sympathy, he’ll be missed yet so thankful to have known him, and glad he is faithfully finished and home.

  15. Duan & Joan Hinkley says:

    Wilfred was beyond positive, he was lost and enveloped in the love of God, and with the help of Christ we hardly experienced “Wilfred” in the flesh, as he was the epitome of gentleness, love, kindness and encouragement. He was of such help to us and with such unwavering faith in our God, who blessed him with a wonderful spirit. Knowing he is gone is a hole in our lives, but we are SO thankful for his passing into his reward.
    Duane & Joan Hinkley

  16. Allan and Adrienne McCarthy - New Zealand says:

    We had the privilege of meeting Wilfred in Nebraska at the end of 1985. We had traveled to see our dear friend Alice Rozelle and found Wilfred caring for her while he had a little break. We traveled from there to be with Grandma Edith Behrens in Davenport, Ia.

  17. Donald Boucher says:

    I didn’t know Wilfred personally but I knew the “Value” and now obedient ending to his giving service. Thank you so very much, Wilfred! for your selfless commitment.

  18. Charlotte Metz says:

    Wilfred was truly a man of God! Easy to listen to and a great teacher of the gospel. He baptised me in the Animas River long ago. 2 Corinthians chapter 4 v. 13- 15 rest in peace and see you in heaven

  19. John Kavaloski says:

    I am glad to have met Wilfred Goecke. I originally came to know him because I first knew his brothers Bob and Glen in St Paul, Minnesota where I grew up. Glad to have known all 3, their faithfulness as good and right examples has been an encouragement to many. They and their families “showed us no little kindness!”

  20. Evelyn Metherd Bratcher says:

    A wonderful man. I met him at my aunts home in Denver Colorado, when I was young.I always appreciated him and valued his friendship.

  21. Kay & Darrell Ashburn says:

    Our dear friend has passed on, and we know he will hear those word “well done my faithful servant.” He was a true servant and teacher to us. Loved how he lived what he taught, such kindness, and compassion to all. He helped me to see the beauty of a Christ lived life.

  22. Virginia J Sisson says:

    Remember Wilfred, in Nebraska during the 1980’s, for the great clarity of teaching us the true content of the Holy Scriptures. A life, living what he taught, with a spirit of great joy, contentment and thankfulness.

  23. Russell & Ronaele Berry says:

    For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    Wilford was a touchstone to us we were helped many times by his faith.

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