Howard Goll


Funeral service for Howard Goll of Hancock, MN will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church, rural Morris, MN. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, rural Morris. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Howard John Goll was born on November 10, 1930 to John and Bertha (Spohr) Goll of rural  Hancock. Howard attended Country School District 6 for two years, Hancock Public School  through the eighth grade and then West Central School of Agriculture in Morris for three years.

After completing his schooling, he joined the United States Army, serving his country from 1953- 1955. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Howard returned to his family farm  outside of Hancock where he joined his dad, brother and later his nephew, in both livestock and  grain farming. He loved the life of a farmer. The rewards of having a good crop and healthy animals  made the challenges of farm life well worth it. Howard enjoyed long drives around the countryside  checking the crops and stopping to visit with neighbors. Howard spent some of his spare time  hunting and fishing, while taking in the beauty of nature. He had a good sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh with family and friends.

On March 11, 1972 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran chapel in Springfield, Howard married Edna Matzke in a candlelight ceremony. Their union was blessed with three children: Melanie, Aaron and Caron.

Howard and Edna enjoyed raising their children on the very farm where Howard was born and  lived his entire life. Howard will be remembered as a gentle and loving father, husband and  grandfather. He led by example, always showed kindness to others and had the gift of being a  peacemaker. Howard was a man of faith and joined the Apostolic Christian church in 2006; he was baptized on October 8th. He stood faithfully by Edna’s side for over 47 years.

Howard passed away in his home on December 2, 2019 at the age of 89.

Howard is preceded in,death by his son, Aaron; grandson, Noah Solvie; parents, John and Bertha (Spohr) Goll; his brother,John Goll Jr.; sister, Lila Watson and brothers-in-law, Ray Watson, Gene Moser and Dwain Benson. He is survived by his wife, Edna; children, Melanie (Chad) Solvie of Seabeck, WA, and Caron Goll of Apple Valley, MN; grandchildren, Blake, Hannah and Grant Solvie; siblings, Minnie Benson, Libbie Ann Moser, Allene (Neil) Handorff; sister-in-law, Helen Goll.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, the  American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the  family please visit

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