Lowell D. Goodenbour

Lowell D. Goodenbour, 83, of Tripoli, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at his rural Tripoli home of natural causes.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli with Rev. Marilyn J. Sargent officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be at Fremont Cemetery in Tripoli at a later date. Memorials may be made in his name to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli.  

 Lowell Dean Goodenbour, son of Lee and Helen Meswarb Goodenbour, was born January 10, 1930, at Tripoli, Iowa. He attended Tripoli Schools, graduating from Tripoli High School in 1947. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On June 9, 1951, he was united in marriage with Betty Johnson at Tripoli. They made their home in Waterloo for a time prior to returning to the Tripoli area in 1973.  Lowell was employed at Peoples Bank in Waterloo and retired from Deere & Company in 1991. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Waterloo, and a longtime participant of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. He was a member of the Elks Club, fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge, served on the REC and Maple Hills Country Club Boards of Directors. He enjoyed playing golf and assisting his farm neighbors with their work.

He is survived by one son, Scott (Sally) Goodenbour of Cedar Falls; two grandchildren, Michael and Sara Goodenbour; one sister, Geraldine Koch of Waterloo; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, JoAn Siglin of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1992; his parents; two sisters, Janice Mueller and Beryle Wixcel; and two brothers, Leo and Lloyd Goodenbour.  


Cindy (Sommerlot) Spencer on May 24, 2013 at 6:10 AM said:

Scott, we were so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a very special guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have contacted Lynn to let him know as well.
Teri Graham on May 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear that Lowell has passed away. I am the Office Manager at First Congregational Church in Waterloo, Iowa, and Lowell was a member here. He was so kind to me when I started working here. He made it a point to come in and meet me and welcome me and each time he was in the area, he stopped in and said hello. He always had a smile on his face. I will miss him very much. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Sandi Miller on May 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM said:

I am very saddened to hear that Lowell passed away. He always made me smile (laugh) and I appreciated all the advise he always had for me. He was an asset to Butler County REC and our board of directors with his broad knowledge base. Lowell always talked about how much he missed his wife and now he can be with her :) I know you will miss him but his spirit will live on.

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