Duane Goedken

Duane Goedken , 70, of Muscatine, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the University of Iowa.

Duane was born in Dyersville, on July 3, 1938, to Ray and Margaret Goedken. Growing up in Dyersville, he ran wild with his brothers and friends – fishing, hunting, boxing, and shooting anything that moved with their bb guns (sometimes even each other). He married a hometown girl, Mary Ellen Mescher, in 1960. They lived in Iowa City where Duane finished school and graduated from the University of Iowa, making him a Hawkeye fan forever. After graduation, Duane and Mary Ellen moved to Muscatine, where he met lifelong friends, had a wonderful career, and guided his children to be moral, upstanding citizens.

He loved being an attorney in Muscatine, getting personally involved with his clients and helping them with whatever they needed. A drink, a smoke, and a good conversation with friends was an important part of his life. Duane valued all his friendships! His family thanks all those that made his life special and helped during his hospitalization.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynne Marsom, parents, brother Christopher, sister Anne Goedken, and sister-in-law Marilyn Mescher. He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Goedken, children Beth Goedken and Brian Goedken, and family members Gary (Candy) Goedken, Kathy Goedken, Phil (Sue) Goedken, Roger Mescher, Myra Mescher, Dan and Donna Meyer, Dale and Mary Mescher, Lee and Deb Mescher.

Visitation will be from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, with a funeral service at 4:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at Jody’s Bar in Muscatine. All family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, go buy your friend a drink. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

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