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Barry Goddard - January 03, 2009


Barry Lynn Goddard was born on Aug. 29, 1942, in Imperial, Neb. to Harold Earl and Valeda Arleen (Bauerle) Goddard.
As a young man he graduated from Chase County High School in May of 1960.
Barry went on to attend Chadron State College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 1968, a Master’s of Science in Education in 1974, and an Education Specialist Degree in 1977.
Barry served in the U.S. Navy starting in 1960 and finished his active duty in August of 1963. He continued in the Naval Reserve until June of 1966.
He was an educator and administrator serving as superintendent of schools in several locations throughout Nebraska.
Barry passed away Saturday night, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Chase County Hospital, Imperial. He was 66 years of age.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #237 and an active member of the Lutheran Church in the towns he lived in.
Barry enjoyed camping and fishing, as well as cultural activities such as dancing and taking part in community theatre. Barry especially loved playing with his grandchildren, playing on his computer and working the daily crossword puzzle.
Survivors include daughter, Arleen Wirth and husband, Sean, of Spring, Texas; daughter, Amber Goddard of Omaha, Neb.; son, Brock Goddard and wife, Denise, of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Anissa Esco and husband, Adam, of Delano, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Chase, Drew and Riley Goddard, Jacob Goddard, Catherine Schneider, Ashton and Axel Esco, Aven and Addison Wirth; brother, Aron Goddard and wife, Nancy, of Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Idis Goddard and wife, LeeAnne, of Bedford, Texas; sister, Valerie Brady and husband, David, of Stamford, Neb.; sister, Carol Spady of Imperial, Neb.; sister, Resa Moore and husband, Craig, of Torrance, Calif.
Barry was preceded in death by his parents, H.E. “Bill” and Valeda Goddard.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.