COLUMBUS GROVE — Thomas R. Goedde, 59, passed away unexpectedly at 11:03 p.m. July 20, 2013, at St Rita’s Medical Center.
Tom was born Jan. 3, 1954, in Lima to Al and Irene Seech Goedde, who survive in Lima. He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Miller Goedde, July 29, 2004.
He is also survived by his daughter, Melissa Goedde, of Westerville; and his son, Matthew (Deb) Goedde, of Lewis Center. Other survivors include his two grandchildren, Morgan Goedde and Sam Goedde, who were the light of his life. He will be missed by his siblings, Joseph (Amy) Goedde, of Columbus, Mary (Richard) Schorr, of Dublin, Ohio, Barbara Goedde, of Dublin, Ohio, Gregory Goedde, of Newark, and Lisa (Jimi) Stricklin, of Powell. Surviving nephews and nieces include, Brian, Samantha and Liza Goedde, Alexandra Stricklin, and Dan and Jonny Schorr.
Tom was a 1972 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School. He was a truck driver by trade and damn good at it. Tom often joked about others saying “anyone can drive a truck,” but his safety record for over 30 years was second to none. He was employed by Nash Finch.
Tom was an avid and loyal fan of the New York Yankees and a faithful follower of George Jones, whose concerts he attended with his close friend, Dan Grothaus. He loved NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt and country music. Some of his favorite hobbies were working on cars and enjoying his mom’s home cooking.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon Friday at St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Steve Blum will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Allen County, 3606 Elida Road, Lima, OH 45807; Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be expressed at siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.
Thomas R. Goedde