Archive for Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Letter: An outpouring of generosity

October 3, 2007

An outpouring of generosity

To the Editor:

Allen Goens touched so many lives in his short 72 years. The memorial on Sunday, Sept. 23, included a steady stream of old friends, coworkers, neighbors and relatives, in a line that didn't stop for three hours. So many people were there, each with a little remembrance of how he touched their lives.

The funeral the following day began at the church and was followed by a procession to the cemetery. This procession took us through the center of the town where he grew up and returned to serve as mayor; president of the city council; fire chief; chairman of the Consolidated Rural Water District; Booster Club officer; Little League coach; parks board volunteer; and member of the Lions Club, all at various times during his 35 years of residency.

The procession was led by one of the vintage trucks that he had lovingly restored, passing by the fire department, where three fire trucks were parked outside and three firefighters stood at attention. He was buried on a hill overlooking the little town that he loved. This man was the epitome of strength, character, honesty and charity. He will be missed terribly.

We would like to recognize the outpouring of generosity from neighbors, old friends, coworkers and his breakfast buddies for the food, lawn maintenance, house sitting, odd jobs, visits, cards, flowers, funeral assistance and all of the kindness shown during his illness and after his passing. We appreciated the thoughts and prayers from the community, Holy Angels Parish and Maywood Community Church. Thank you to Father Alfred Rockers for his many visits with Allen and the thoughtfulness he displayed during the funeral, and to the ladies of the Catholic Women's Organization for the wonderful lunch after the funeral. Thank you to the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home for their loving compassion. Special thanks to the Basehor police and fire departments for their assistance and recognition during the funeral procession.

Thanks to all of Basehor's residents for your outpouring of friendship, support and thoughtfulness during this very difficult time.

The family of Allen Goens

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