Richard Michael Goossens (1948-2004)

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Hayden resident Richard Michael Goossens passed away Sept. 24, 2004, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after suffering a long illness. He was 55.

Richard was born Dec. 11, 1948, in Racine, Wis., to Ruth and Victor Goossens. He attended St. John's Lutheran School through the eighth grade, Northwestern school from ninth grade to 11th grade and graduated from Burlington High School in 1967.

He joined the Marine Corps and was wounded in combat on May 12, 1968, in Vietnam. He received two Purple Hearts and retired from the Marine Corps in 1974.

Richard met his wife, Joan, in Boulder in 1971. They married in 1976.

He earned a bachelor's degree in geography at the University of Colorado in 1974 and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976.

Richard began his working career at the Weld County Assessor's Office, where he learned to be an appraiser. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Craig. He was a review natural resource appraiser for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1999.

Richard was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

He touched the hearts of all who knew him and will be missed immensely.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Victor Goossens; and a sister, Laurie Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Geoff Goossens of Loveland and Derrick Goossens of Windsor; his mother, Ruth Braun, of Fort Collins; three sisters, Betty Chaparro and her husband, Rafa, of Greeley, Robin Mitchell and her husband, Larry, of Red Feather Lakes and Vicki Lucero and her husband, Rick, of Grand Junction; three brothers, Bob Goossens and his wife, Carolyn, of Morro Bay, Calif., Bryan Goossens of Atascadero, Calif., and Jim Goossens of Steamboat Springs; mother- and father-in-law Gertrude and Frank Gessford of Charles Town, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, Gene Webber of Charles Town, W.Va.; seven nieces; nine nephews; five great-nieces and five great-nephews.

A service was held Sept. 29, 2004, at Hayden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwestern, Watertown, Wis., the University of Colorado at Boulder's geography department or the University of Northern Colorado's geography department in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

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