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Leonard “Len” Harry Goering

September 13, 2019


Life Sketch for Leonard “Len” Harry Goering

 Leonard H. Goering, 88, died on September 13, 2019 at Presbyterian Manor in Newton.

 Len Goering was born on December 19, 1930 in Moundridge, Kansas to John and Jessie (Schrag) Goering. He was one of sixteen children.

Len met his future wife Delores Schroeder and after two years of dating they married in September of 1955. Their marriage was one of love and respect for one another. Their home was filled with love, compassion and humor. They were married for 64 years prior to his passing.

 Len was an educator. He was called to teach. He taught in many schools including South Breeze, Lincoln, Suncrest and Pleasant Acres. He was drawn to help children who were underprivileged, troubled and had learning difficulties. He was caring and very unselfish in the giving of his time and resources to help others. Len enjoyed gardening and planting and took pride in caring for his home. He was known for his keen sense of humor and ability to share stories.

 He is survived by his wife: Delores Goering; children: Mark (Alice) Goering, Russell (Julie) Goering, Tim (Cheri) Goering, and Lori Tortorice; brothers: John (Orletta) and Harry (Rosie) Goering; sisters: Joan (Tony) Epp; eight grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Jessie Goering; stepmother: Anna Goering; brothers: Al, Bill, Dan, Herb, Art, Ralph, Jim, Larry, Walt Goering; sisters: Elva, Freida, Martha; son-in-law: Michael Tortorice.

 A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday September 20, 2019 at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton. A public visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends and family from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the visitation. Graveside service to be held at 6:30pm Friday Sept. 20, 2019 at Restlawn Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the following: Faith Mennonite Church, Mennonite Central Committee, and South Breeze School. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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11 thoughts on “Leonard “Len” Harry Goering

  1. I always loved it when Leonard substituted at my school. He had wonderful amusing stories for staff and students alike. He liked to talk KSU football with me. He loved his family and spoke of them often I enjoyed these stories for many years. RIP sweet Leonard.

  2. I got to know Leonard when he subbed at SF. I always enjoyed talking football and kids with him, just an all around fantastic person. Condolences to the family.

  3. Leonard was such a wonderful man. I always enjoyed our visits when he would come in to get keys as a ling term sub for some of the newton schools. He will be missed. Our sympathies to the families. May you heal from your grief in the joy of his memories

  4. Mr. Goering was one of the great educators in my wonderful years at Pleasant Acres. You will be missed. God speed sir!

  5. So sorry to hear this news. Mr. Goering was always kind, compassionate, and full of laughter AND he had the best smile. Rest in peace and prayers sent to your family and friends.

  6. Still remember having Mr. Goering in 3rd grade at Pleasant Acres. Always cared about his kids in class. I was one of the fortunate ones to have had him as a teacher. My prayers are with the family.

  7. He was a wonderful teacher as I was his student in 5th grade at Suncrest. Always smiling and good spirited. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  8. Leonard was a remarkable man – always laughing and sharing smiles! I loved
    working with him in school! Delores and Leonard were also awesome neighbors!

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