Richard R. Goertz of Cook Station, Missouri was born on Wednesday, January 14, 1925 in Walton, Kansas to Henry F. and Martha Schmidt Goertz and passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the age of 94 years, 4 months and 22 days.
Richard married Lela Rose Hiebert on April 7, 1953 in Goessel, Kansas.
He enjoyed farming in Kansas. For many years, Richard and Lela and their children attended and were members of Garden Church, Hesston, Kansas. Richard was a member of the Gideons, but after a while, felt that there was more he could be doing. The Lord brought the needs overseas to his and Lela’s attention. Garden Church, the body of believers that was their home, sent them to the Philippines and stood with them in the work through prayer and finances. They spent 12 years in the Philippines as support missionaries with Ethnos 360 (formerly New Tribes Mission). When Richard retired, he couldn’t resist planting a garden every year.
He gave of his funds to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. When he and Lela moved to Whispering Winds Bible Camp, Cook Station, Missouri, they continued to be very interested in how many children trusted Christ during the weeks of camp.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Rose Hiebert Goertz; parents, Henry and Martha Goertz; parents-in-law, Edmund and Agatha Hiebert and Susanna Hiebert; daughter, Rose Penner; brothers, Arthur (Sylvia) Goertz, Alvin (Ethelyn) Goertz , and Ernest (Elma) Goertz; sisters, Bertha (Herb) Schroeder and Rachel (Abe) Ratzlaff; sisters-in-law, Velma (Abe) Flaming and Anna Mae (Floyd) Janzen; brothers-in-law, Jake Schmidt, Ervin Hiebert, and Solomon Hiebert; step brother-in-law, Henry (Eileen) Dueck; and step sister-in-law, Mary (Jake) Richert.
He is survived by his daughters, Carol (Keith) Kane of Big Sandy, Texas, Rachel (Peter) Hansen of Bellvue, Nebraska and Linda (Paul) Johnson of Branson, Missouri; son, Alan (Jody) Goertz of Underwood, Iowa; son-in-law, Jay Penner of Cook Station, Missouri; brother-in-law, Johnny (Emmalyn) Hiebert of Nebraska; sister-in-law, Bettye Hiebert of Halstead, Kansas; step sister-in-law, Susan (Irvin) Voth of Goessel, Kansas; 27 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 with funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Alex Busenitz officiating.
Burial was at the Morrison Cemetery, Cook Station, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.