Deane Albert Goodale

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Deane Albert Goodale

Funeral services for Mr. Deane Goodale, 84, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier and Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service.

Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Military services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post 1 of Spencer.

Mr. Goodale passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Spencer Hospital.

Deane Albert Goodale, the son of Franklin Starr and Helen Alberta (McDowell) Goodale, was born June 15, 1925, in La Puente, Calif. His childhood years were spent in California, where he received his early education. His family moved to Spencer when Deane was in 11th grade and he later graduated from Spencer High School. He entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during WWII until his honorable discharge.

Deane married Verda Marie Nelson on March 13, 1949, in Ruthven. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm north of Spencer and later moved to the Royal area. In 1969, they moved to the farm where they had lived for over 30 years. In addition to farming, Deane and Verda also operated Spencer Kart Track for about six years in the late 1960s and early 70's. He was a current member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer and past member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Deane enjoyed having horses, his involvement in the Cub Scouts, taking his daughters fishing in their younger years, tinkering around the farm and fixing things. He loved reading, gardening with Verda and working with small engines. His family enjoyed his cooking, especially his pancakes on Saturday and his great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Verda on June 24, 2006; a sister, Dora Mae Goodale; and a son-in-law, Steven Dotson.

Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters: Dorinda Goodale of Spencer, Deanna Hart of Des Moines, and Deborah and her husband, Stephen Zitterich of Spencer; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Goodale of Chico, Calif.; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.