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Thomas Goeman Sept. 26, 1927 - May 30, 2009

RAYMOND -- Thomas Richard Goeman, 81, of Raymond, died Saturday at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Raymond. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Memorials are preferred to the Bethesda Foundation or St. John's Lutheran Church.

He was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Chippewa County, near Clara City, to Henry and Tillie (Haats) Goeman. He attended country school and began first grade speaking only German. He later attended Raymond High School and graduated in 1947.

On June 24, 1949, he married Marilyn Jean Wegner in Raymond. He owned and operated Goeman Oil. He never retired from working in the family business, and continued to work with his son, Dan, who has taken over the business.

He served as an adviser and president of the Raymond Civic and Commerce. He also served as a volunteer fireman on Raymond Fire Department for 35 years, as an EMT on Raymond Ambulance Service for 20 years, on the School Board and drove bus for many years. He was an active Lions member and received the Melvin Jones Award. He was a director of the Farmer's State Bank. The city of Raymond celebrated Tom Goeman Day by proclamation of the mayor. In 2000, he received the award for Kandiyohi County Outstanding Senior Citizen.

He was an active member at St. John's Lutheran Church and served on the building committee when the Fellowship Hall and parsonage were built. He also served as head usher and as a member of Kandiyohi Lutheran Brotherhood board.

He is survived by his wife; his children: Debi (and Brian) Brandt of Raymond and Dan (and Susan) Goeman of Raymond; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings: Caroline (and Roger) Dykema of Raymond, Bill (and Betty) Goeman of Clara City and Dennis (and Mavis) Goeman of Raymond.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.