Kenneth Francis Goeckner, 76, died unexpectedly at his home in Cottonwood, Idaho, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Born to Andrew and Ann (Enneking) Goeckner in Cottonwood on Nov. 11, 1941, he was their second child and first son. Ken grew up on the family farm outside of Keuterville and graduated from St. Gertrude’s Academy in 1960. That same year, he joined the National Guard. Ken’s time in the service began with basic training at Fort Ord in California, continued at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and then ended at Fort Lewis in Washington. After returning to the prairie,Ken worked at Hoene Implements as a mechanic and then later worked for Elmer Jungert. In 1976, Ken began a career of logging, ranching, and farming with family members - first for his uncle, William Enneking, and then with his brothers, Wayne and Delmer. He also eventually worked alongside his nephews in the later years of his life. There were many aspects of his work that he enjoyed, but Ken especially liked working with horses as well as hauling logs with his Mack truck.
Faith and family had been a big part of Ken’s life. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic Church. Ken always enjoyed visiting with family members, and over the years he had attended countless family functions and celebrations, including birthdays, weddings, and holidays. He had also made many good friends through the years and often shared some of his favorite stories about the good times they spent together. Elk hunting with the crew from Hoene’s on Anderson Butte, hound-hunting with his lifelong friend, Albert Pratt, and hunting for elk on Sourdough with Frank Enneking were among many of the happy memories that Ken had mentioned in years past.
Ken spent much of his free time hunting and fishing, both by himself and with friends and family. He hunted bobcats, elk, deer, cougars, and bears, and he especially liked calling-in and hunting coyotes. Ken had bought a boat several years ago, and he often brought along family and friends to fish with him on the Salmon and Clearwater Rivers. In his later years, Ken enjoyed watching Gonzaga basketball and rarely missed a game. He liked visiting with others and could often make people smile because of his great sense of humor and very quick wit. Ken was an avid reader and loved learning about history. He had a vast knowledge about farm equipment and firearms, and he was quick to share that information with anyone who needed advice or help. Family and friends have always been important to Ken, and he especially valued the close relationship he had with his brothers and sisters.
Ken is survived by his brother, Delmer (Marcella) Goeckner of Keuterville; sisters, Clarissa Goeckner (Monastery of St. Gertrude) of Cottonwood and Wilma (Stan) Baerlocher of Lewiston, Idaho, as well as his sister-in-law, Joyce Goeckner of Ferdinand, Idaho. Ken leaves behind 17 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Wayne.
The funeral Mass took place on Tuesday, July 10th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Following the burial at Keuterville Cemetery, dinner was served at the Cottonwood Community Hall.
Arrangements were under the direction of Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Ken’s memory to the charity of your choice.
Information from the Free-Press and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)