Jack Goens

Born: Tue., Aug. 17, 1926
Died: Fri., Oct. 28, 2016


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 Jack Goens

Aug. 17, 1926 - Oct. 28, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Jack Goens, 90, of Granger, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016, in Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Jack was born August 17, 1926, in Alexandria, IN, to the late Oscar and Effie (Sheets) Goens. On October 13, 1946 in Alexandria, IN, Jack married Yvonne L. Suits, who passed away May 15, 2010. He was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Before moving to South Bend, Jack worked as a butcher at Cox's Supermarket in Alexandria, IN, for thirty years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Alexandria, a member of Masonic Lodge #235 in Alexandria and very active in local politics in Alexandria. After moving to South Bend, he worked as a resident manager at Castle Point / Park Jefferson Apartments, and was an usher for Notre Dame football, basketball, and hockey. Jack is survived by his daughter, Linda Van Damme of Granger, son, David (Ann) Goens of South Bend; six grandchildren, Michelle Goens, Melanie (Tommy) Gibson, Jack David (Angie) Goens, Samantha Goens, Kathryn Van Damme (A. J.) Cedeno, and Mary Van Damme; three step-grandchildren, Nathan (Cassie) Neace, Nicole Neace (Jeremy) Brackett, and Daniel Sanchez, eight great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2nd, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Cremation will take place at Welsheimer Crematory, with inurnment at Park View Cemetery, Alexandria, IN. Contributions in Jack's memory may be made to First Christian Church of Alexandria, 215 W. Berry Street, Alexandria, IN 46001. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com17/1926.

Charitable donations may be made in Jack's memory to the following organization:

First Christian Church of Alexandria
215 W. Berry Street, Alexandria, IN 46001

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John Cox
   Posted Mon October 31, 2016
So sorry to here of Jacks passing, I remember him well as a child seeing him in the meat room, always with a smile and a happy greeting. He was one of only a few old Cox employes left. Pat Bennet, Jean Kendal, and Jane Ann Johnson are the only ones I know of. I will always have fond memories of all who worked at Cox's. I extend our heart felt sympathy for your family from the Cox family.

Sincerely, John Cox


Roger Bennett
   Posted Mon October 31, 2016
Dave: My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I believe working at Cox's while we were in high school, having people like Jack Goens, Bob Troyer, Omer Sherwood, Ray Kendall, Rex Johnson and Mr.Cox as role models were some of the best days of our lives. In the nearly two years I was there, I can't remember one time when your dad didn't have a kind word. I will always have fond memories of him.

Linda Walker Seidel
   Posted Mon October 31, 2016
Jack was such a kind and wonderful gentleman. He lived his life with class and grace. He and Yvonne treated all of us girls as their own. Sending my love to you, Linda and David and families.

farrell ,patty addison
   Posted Tue November 01, 2016
sorry about uncle jack, cannot come, but are thinking of you. he was agreat uncle. love patty and farrell

Kim Meszaros
   Posted Tue November 01, 2016
Melanie and family: So sorry to hear of grampas' passing I know how much you loved and cared for him. No words can ever express the the sadness felt at a time like this, however. we can know they are at peace in a most wonderful place. This place we will all come to be some day is a loving place where pain and worry are no more. This place is with our Lord, the place he's has prepared for us. With him forever in his loving arms. May God grant his peace to your family's. Kim

Diana price-jaworski
   Posted Wed November 02, 2016
Dear jack's family,

I am so sorry for your loss. He was quite a family man and loved you all so much. It will be a challenge for you to carry on without your patriarch. Again, so sorry for your loss.

Brenda
   Posted Sun November 06, 2016
Dear David, So sorry to read of the loss of your dad. I can remember how much your parents meant to you. May you and your family have only happy, wonderful memories of dad. Hugs and prayers, Brenda