In Memory of Bruce R. Goodenow

Bruce R. Goodenow
Bruce R. Goodenow
Born: March 9, 1926
Died: November 22, 2018
Age: 92
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Bruce R. Goodenow
March 9, 1926 - November 22, 2018
From: Spirit Lake, IA | Originally: Battle Creek, IA

Bruce R. Goodenow, age 92, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. A Masonic Service conducted by the Alpine Lodge #471 A.F. & A.M. will be held following the Memorial Service. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the American Legion, of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek & Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Bruce Ray Goodenow, the son of Russell and Hazel (Manson) Goodenow, was born March 9, 1926, on the family farm southeast of Battle Creek, IA. Bruce received his education at Battle Creek High School graduating with the class of 1943. After graduation he farmed for a year before enlisting into the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, Bruce furthered his education by attending Morningside College for two years before transferring to the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Pre-Law degree.

On October 1, 1948, Bruce was united in marriage to Patricia Hollister in the St. John’s United Methodist Church of Mapleton, IA. The couple were blessed with four sons: Michael, Mark, Mason and Mitchell. The family made their home on the family farm in rural Battle Creek until 1964 when they moved to town. Bruce was engaged in farming but his true passion was raising cattle until the time of his retirement.

Bruce was an active member of his community. He was a past president of both the Ida County Farm Bureau and the Battle Creek CSD School Board. He served on the Horn Memorial Hospital Board, was a member of the Battle Creek Lions Club and was active in the Presbyterian church serving as a deacon, elder, trustee and various officer positions. Bruce was a member of the Battle Creek Masonic Lodge and the Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the American Legion of Battle Creek, IA.

Bruce was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He enjoyed wintering in Arizona and playing cards with his friends; especially a competitive game of 500 with Keith, Colleen and Jim. Family was very important to Bruce. He relished the time spent at the family lake house on West Lake Okoboji. He especially enjoyed going boating with his grandchildren and taking them for ice cream. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory include his sons Michael “Mike” Goodenow of Orlando, FL, Mark Goodenow of Marshall, MN, Mason (Sheryl) Goodenow of Ida Grove, IA and Mitchell (Jennifer) Goodenow of Waukee, IA; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren: Stefani Goodenow, Kristin Goodenow, Maggie (Brian) Steinkamp and their daughter Avery Mae, Abigail Goodenow, Brenda (Terrance) Wood and their children Aidan and Clare, Jennifer (Greg) Vander Sluis and their children Cooper, Charlee and John, Matthew Welte, Kelsey Goodenow and Alex Goodenow; brother Don (Jean) Goodenow of Spirit Lake, IA; sister-in-law Bea Goodenow of Honolulu, HI; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Hazel Goodenow; wife Patricia Goodenow; granddaughter Lauren Goodenow; brother Beryl Goodenow. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorials be made to Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's research foundation in Bruce's name.



11:00 AM, Thursday,
December 06, 2018

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

Masonic Service:
Alpine Lodge #471 A.F. & A.M.
Holstein, Iowa


Reverend Kevin J. Freese


Honorary Pallbearers
Stefani Goodenow
Kristin Goodenow
Maggie Steinkamp
Abigail Goodenow
Brenda Wood
Jennifer Vander Sluis
Matthew Welte
Kelsey Goodenow
Alex Goodenow


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Thursday,
December 06, 2018

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese, Organist
Michael Goodenow, Pianist

"My Faith Looks Up to Thee"
"Lord, Here Am I"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Silent Night"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa

Military Rites:

Maple Valley Post No. 364
of the American Legion
Battle Creek, Iowa


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:05 AM
“Sorry to hear about your Dad..I knew your folks at Okoboji. And I worked with Mark at the United Methodist Camp. Your Mother is waiting at the GATE for your Dad- bet she missed him. I will think of you.”
- Joyce kaiser
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“I will miss seeing Bruce and his smile at the care center on my visits. Peace be with his family and friends.”
- Laura Hanna
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:10 AM
“Mason and family you have greatest sympathy on you loss”
- Jerry & Pat Ruser
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:57 PM
“So sad to hear about your Dad. I enjoyed many happy days at the Goodenow home. ”
- David Johnson
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