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Roland Ray Goddard - June 11, 2009


Roland Ray Goddard, 91, of Imperial, Neb. went to meet his Lord Tuesday, May 5, 2009, after having briefly resided at the Imperial Manor in Imperial, Neb., Chase County.
A memorial service for Roly will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial with Elder Jim Smith officiating.
Burial was held earlier at Mount Hope Cemetery, also in Imperial. There will be a fellowship at the Imperial Community Center following the service and a light lunch will be served.
Roland Ray was born Feb. 14, 1918 on a farm near Champion in Chase County, Neb. to Frank and Sylvia Goddard.
He was graduated from Chase County High School.
He married Virginia C. Dauchy at the home of Virginia’s parents in Freedom, Neb. on Feb. 16, 1938. To this union four children were born: Jacky, Donny, Connie and Robert. He and Virginia raised their children on their farm also near Champion, Neb.
Because he owned a truck he was able to earn a living hauling wheat and grain. Later he was employed as a rigger in the silver mines in Kellogg, Idaho.
The family moved to Scottsbluff, Neb. where he worked as an electrician and delivered bread for Sunbeam before starting his won business delivering dairy products.
He worked for Farmers Irrigation at the head gates on the North Platte River near Henry, Neb. While working for Farmers Irrigation, he served for 15 years as pastor for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Torrington, Wyo. When he retired in 1986, he and Virginia moved to Independence, Mo. where they resided until he became ill.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He will long be remembered as a kind, loving and devoted father and husband, and a good friend and neighbor to all who knew him. He was never known to complain. His sense of humor and prowess in the card game of Rook were well known to those with whom he associated. He is greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, also of Imperial; his son, Don (Sherry) of Helena, Mont.; his daughter, Connie (Don) Dike of Mitchell, Neb.; his son, Robert, of Hill City, Kan.; his sister, Helen Madden of Indianola, Neb.; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Sylvia; one sister, Pearl; three brothers, Ralph, Ross and Russell; one son, Jacky; one grandson, Anthony; and two nieces, Sonia and Cheryl.