January 25, 1946 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Spirit of Joy Church in Buffalo, MN
Saturday, November 15, 2014
AT THE CHURCH
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thomas G Goding, age 68, of Loretto, MN passed away from cancer on November 7, 2014 at the age of 68. Family and friends will gather Friday November 14, from 6 to 8 PM at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN with a memorial service on Saturday at 11 AM November 15, 2014 at the church. A reception will be held at Wild Marsh Golf Course following the Saturday service.
Tom was born in Alexandria, MN on January 25, 1946 to Robert and Violette (Larson) Goding. His father worked as a contractor for the military and the family moved frequently. Tom attended 18 different schools throughout the United States and in Luxembourg. His high school years were spent in San Antonio, TX and Rosholt, SD where he graduated in 1963.
In 1969 Tom married Vicki Nelson in California at the same church her parents were married. They soon moved to Minnesota where they raised their three children. Tom owned and operated Symmetrical Tools and Mic-a-Matic in Rockford, MN. Following retirement he helped his son Jeremy with his business. Tom and Vicki spent winters in Rockport, TX.
Tom’s hobbies included hunting and fishing, remodeling his Texas condo, landscaping and first and foremost, golf. Tom loved to tell stories about his escapades as a youth, stories about hunting and fishing trips and funny events of his life. He was never afraid to approach people, even those who were down and out. He was a friend of Bill W. He brought life and laughter to all occasions.
Tom is survived by his wife Vicki, children Michael (Kris), Jeremy (Kelly) and Juli (Robert) Schloeder, 10 grandchildren Kole, Ryan, Zach, Serena, Blade, Austin, Alayna, Brian, Lexa, and Owen, his step father Keith Cochran, sister in law Marlene Goding, brothers Michael, Richard, David, sister Deborah, brother and sister-in-law Jim and Cheryl Nelson, aunt June Cook and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Robert.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo MN assisted the family with arrangements.