Berl V. Goff

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Berl V. Goff

Funeral services for Berl V. Goff, 90, of Lincoln, Neb., will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at United Methodist Church of Ruthven. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will take place in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. Military services will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 33 of Ruthven.

Goff passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Organist will be Lynn Swan and congregational hymns will include: "In The Garden," "Silent Night," and "On Eagle's Wings."

Pallbearers: Malissa Bredehoeft, Jason Bredehoeft, Lucas Bredehoeft, Shelby Hendrickson, Mark Goff, Scott Goff, Jared Goff, Nathan Goff, Spencer Goff and Katie Carlson.

Berl Vincent Goff, the son of Paul and Mabel Goff, was born May 11, 1919, on Mother's Day on one of the original "homestead farms" of Iowa, just north of Ruthven. He received his education in Ruthven and left at age 18 to join the United States Air Force.

While residing in Albuquerque, he met and on Aug. 25, 1962, married Virginia (Lonberger) Davis. He retired from the Air Force at the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force, Chief Warrant Officer and after tours in England, Guam, Alaska and New Mexico in 1963. His love for Ruthven brought him back to the farm where he lived until it was sold in 1998. He had recently moved to Lincoln, Neb., to be closer to his son.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Mary and Virginia; his parents; his sister, Ruth; and brother, Paul.

Left to cherish his memory are his brother, Dean of Napa, Calif.; son, Chuck and daughter-in-law, Janet of Amarillo, Texas; daughter, Chris and son-in-law, Fred of Syracuse, Neb.; son, Jack and daughter-in-law, Lori of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter, Linda of Titusville, Fla.; son, Berl of Minneapolis, Minn.; and loving grand and great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.