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In Memory of

Edward Clarence Goehner

May 1, 1925 - April 21, 2017

Obituary


The Reverend Edward Clarence Goehner, 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 21, 2017.

He was born on May 1, 1925 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Edward and Josephina Goehner, and had two sisters, Florence and Dorothy; and brother, Loren; all deceased. Ed married the love of his life, Ellen in 1950 and graduated from the St. Louis Lutheran seminary in 1951. They started their life of ministry together in Harlowton, MT, and then Miles City. Ed was called to start a mission in Liberty, MO, then served congregations...

The Reverend Edward Clarence Goehner, 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 21, 2017.

He was born on May 1, 1925 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Edward and Josephina Goehner, and had two sisters, Florence and Dorothy; and brother, Loren; all deceased. Ed married the love of his life, Ellen in 1950 and graduated from the St. Louis Lutheran seminary in 1951. They started their life of ministry together in Harlowton, MT, and then Miles City. Ed was called to start a mission in Liberty, MO, then served congregations in Wausau, WI; North Tonawanda, NY and Ft. Dodge, IA. In 1986, Ed started a new career as Chaplain for Iowa District West in Des Moines where he served seven area hospitals, including the VA; and supervised the Nursing Homes ministry there. One of Ed and Ellen’s favorite places to visit was the Children’s Home where they shared the love of Jesus in stories and songs. Ed was a lover of the arts. He started singing as a young boy in prep school and was a soloist throughout his life in college, seminary and as a member of the Des Moines Choral Society. He played the trumpet and bugle and enjoyed using drama in special services, inviting various congregants to join him in telling the story of Christ.

Upon retirement, Ed and Ellen moved to the Nashville area where they served congregations in Hermitage and Nashville. Throughout his ministry Ed brought countless numbers of people to faith in Christ. He baptized and confirmed both children and adults, counseled and married many happy couples, and brought peace to dying souls and to the families of those he committed into the Lord’s hands. Ed’s mission in life was to lead souls to Christ. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Edward is survived by sons, Thomas and Joel; and daughter, Sarah. He has six grandchildren; Ashley (Ryan); Ethan (Sarah); Kaitlin (Josh); Joshua, Naomi and Abigail; two great-grandchildren, Vivien and Ellen; cousins, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.


Visitation will be held at ten-thirty in the morning on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5110 Franklin Pike, Nashville with Memorial Service at eleven o’ clock followed by a short committal service at the church’s Columbarium.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran World Relief or the Alzheimer’s Association.