Lonnie Dale Goff

Lonnie Dale Goff, 66, of Falls City, NE, passed away June 3, 2023 at his home. He was born on June 28, 1956 in Lincoln, NE to Dale Elbrage Goff and Mary Jo (Canterbury) Goff.  He spent most of his life growing up in Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1974. He later graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a major in Agriculture Economics.

He married Kimberly Yoder in Falls City on October 20, 1979 and to this union were born four sons, Lukas (Megan) of Falls City, Daniel (Cassondra) of Salem, David (DeAnna) of Salem and Matthew (Laura) of Falls City.  He is survived by his wife Kim, his sons, mother, Mary Jo Tangeman of Falls City, sister, Connie (Jeff) Laney of Smithville, MO, brother, Ladd (Cindy) of York, NE and sister, Cheryl (Mike)  Finck of Falls City, brother-in-law, Steve (Linda) Yoder of Seattle WA, and 13 very loved grandchildren. He was a special Grandpa to Jessica Burns of Falls City. He also shared his fatherly love with nine exchange students. They include; Sandro Kalbermatter (Switzerland), Tomas Franco (Brazil), Florian Hoffman (Germany), Alex Olsen (Norway), Alessandro Bosio (Italy), Rasmus Nurminen (Finland), Eamon Kunze (Germany), Joost Tipke (Germany) and Patrick Micheelsen (Denmark). He loved learning about new cultures and customs as well as sharing our great state of Nebraska with them.

At an early age, he became interested in amateur radio and was a member of the Falls City and Hiawatha amateur radio clubs. He was always proud of his “Extra” license earned for his ability to transmit morse code at over twenty words per minute. His official call sign was WE0C.

He became employed at Stalder Cattle Company in 1982 working closely with Merle Stalder as manager of the cattle feedlot and large farming operation. In his farm operation, he always had a high regard for environmental and animal stewardship. Early in his ag career, Lonnie carried on a family tradition as a third-generation pork producer. He took a special interest in the Poland China breed and was an active member of the Quad County Pork Producers organization.

Lonnie took an active role as working member of the Itha Krumme arboretum board.  He was an avid hunter and supporter of gun safety. He initiated the Richardson County Hotshots shooting sports 4H club, serving as a leader for many years. He highly supported his four sons through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts including helping all of them to complete their Eagle Scout community service projects. He was a member of the Falls City Elks Lodge.

He was a confirmed member of First United Methodist Church in Falls City and served on many leadership committees. He received an FFA State Degree and was instrumental in starting the local FFA Alumni chapter.

He remained active as a mentor with Goff Farms in farming with his four sons.  Lonnie treasured his family, many friends and business associates. He passed away at his home near Falls City, surrounded by his family. He was very appreciative of the loving care received from his AseraCare Hospice Team.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 17th and Harlan St. in Falls City on Friday, June 9th at 3:00 PM with Reverend Michael Brown officiating. Family will receive friends at the church on Thursday, June 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM for visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Itha Krumme Memorial Arboretum, Falls City FFA Alumni for ag scholarships, First United Methodist Church or Camp Cornhusker Boy Scout Camp.

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