Lester “Sam” Goudy

Lester “Sam” Goudy

 Lester “Sam” Goudy of Otsego, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013, in Otsego. Sam was born December 1, 1928 in Kendallville, IN, the son of John and Ethel (Walker) Goudy. For many years he was employed with the City of Otsego Department of Public Works, retiring in 1991 as superintendent. Sam was a member of the Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary, Otsego Elks Club #1711, and the Otsego Moose Club #345. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing and woodworking. On June 16, 1950 in Otsego he married Patricia MacDonald, who passed away in 1998. Also preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Susan Gomber; a sister, Arline Tungate; and his step-mother, Josephine Goudy.

Surviving are a son, Michael Goudy; a daughter, Vicki (Jim) Martin; son-in-law, Randy Gomber; grandchildren, Doug (Julie) DePauw, Leslie (Todd) Guizio, Nikki Gomber, Rob Doubblestien, Ammie (Troy) Coburn, Rhonda (Chad) Gorton, Jamie (Sam) Moss, Jessie Goudy and Jessica Goudy; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Chelsea, Jacob, Ryan, Rachael, Kylee, Connor and Jasmine; a great-great-granddaughter, Naomi; a sister, Janet Stout; his loving companion, Jane Tice; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Sam’s family from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, with celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to V.F.W. Post #3030.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com


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  1. Garry and Terri Parrish says:

    So sorry to hear about Sam.He will be greatly Missed. He was always such a happy go lucky guy. Always had a smile and a hug for ya. Would always help out when ever he could. Just loved him,will miss him alot.

  2. Bob & Roberta Miles says:

    Sam will be missed by the whole community of Otsego. Sam was a good person. Sam was fun to be around and he made others happy with his comments. Playing golf with Sam was a real experience, he had a high handicap but he always seem to play better than that whenever he played against me. I will miss seeing him every Monday morning at the golf league. Family can be proud of Sam.

  3. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Jane and family of Sam,
    We were so very shocked and saddened when we heard that Sam had passed away! He was such a kind, happy guy – you always knew when he had arrived by his laugh! We are praying for all of you We know that there has been a special place prepared for him. He was so good and caring to Jane!. Please know that Sam is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  4. Tim & Judy Gates Hayes says:

    Our hearts go out to the Gomber and Depauw families. Sam is a wonderful man. So honored to have known him for many, many years. A true blessing to all that he came in touch with. He will be truly missed. Keep your memories close to your heart and he will be with you always. Love to all of you.

  5. Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal says:

    Sam Goudy a humble, kind, loving, giving and happy go lucky man. A true sign that God is GOOD–God gave Sam one last dance with a beautiful bride, his granddaughter Leslie. I am totally honored to have known this man. My deepest sympathy to all of Sam’s family and to all who loved and will mis— this great example of what a man should be. May God’s grace be with Sam’s loved ones as they say their goodbyes. I love all of you!

  6. Mary Gearhart says:

    I;m sending this message as Ewalt & Elaine Shoesmith has been
    friends with Sam for many years.
    They do not have A computor.

    they were sad to hear that Sam had passed away, I’m sending condolence for them.

    Sincerely, Mary

  7. Nancy j stout says:

    So sorry to hear of my uncle Sam,s passing. I am in Rochester,Minn. At mayo clinic and enable to attend his funeral but am sending my condolence s to all. He was a wonderful,kind,and all around neat guy and be greatly missed.

  8. Lennie Borgman says:

    Dear Jane and Sam’s Family.
    Both of you have been very special to me ever since I started working for Otsego. I will miss Sam’s smile, friendly handshake, conversation, and positive attitude. I was lucky to get to know him. He will be truly missed. Love and prayers to all.

  9. Rosemary Parker says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Sam’s death. He was such a nice and helpful man. I remember writing a story about his work at the city’s waste transfer station to save out anything that other people could use– a man ahead of his time with reuse and recycling.
    My condolences to his family.

  10. Ken, Tootie, & Cindy Whitaker says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Sam’s family & friends. All of you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time. We will always remember what a nice & kind person he was.

  11. Don and Shirley Brown Flossie Wesler says:

    Jane and Sam’s family we are so sorry for your loss.Sam was was a great guy and always a friendly man he had a smile for every one. He was always so great when Jane had my mom and Dorthy over for those lunchons. We are thinking of you all at this time.He will be missed but not forgotten. Blessing and peace coming your way.

  12. Dick & Joyce Mills says:

    We will always miss Sam. We’ve know him for about 60 years. He had never change in all those years. Always happy, always ready for a hug no matter where or when..
    He was a great guy.
    Condolences to Jane and Mike and Vickie and families.

  13. Richard L. Wood says:

    Sam, your name brings back years of memories as a good friend and a policy holder. You will be missed. Condolences to the family.
    Dick Wood

  14. Howard & Terri (Goodacre) Gott says:

    We are saddened by Sam’s passing. He was such a wonderful person. He and Pat were my Mom and Dads best friends when I was a kid. Our families always went camping together. I believe Sam even tought my dad to golf. Have so many fond memories of him. He was wonderful with Jane and they were two peas in a pod. To Jane and Sam’s family we express our sympathy. May god bless all of you and help you in this time of sorrow.

    Howard and Terri Gott

  15. Bea Gauthier & Jim says:

    Miss cheerful Sam

  16. Deb Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing
    We will miss him coming thru the drive thru bank and waving every time he went by
    Deb Johnson
    PNC Bank

  17. Amanda Doubblestien says:

    Although excluded from the rest of the family, I know in my heart that Sam never felt that way. As Robs wife, and three children, we held the utmost respect for honorable man. He welcomed each one of us into the family with open arms and tender hugs, and always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jane.

  18. Michelle Blowers Johnson says:

    Sam was a wonderful man, very kind, and giving to those in need, friendly and so helpful.
    We lived near Sam and Pat starting when I was about 10 years old, and my parents were good friends with them, so we spent a lot of time with the family.

    I have such good memories of fun evenings with the Goudy family back then. I will never forget Sam’s wonderful laugh! It makes me smile just to think of it now.

    I am sorry to hear of his passing.

  19. Paul and Kim Gagneur says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sam’s family and Jane. We will miss his kind soul. He never drove by the house with out a wave or honk. The neighborhood will never be the same. One thing is for sure, he will be watching over us. Rest In Peace Sam.

  20. Hank & Bobbie says:

    Jane and Sam’s family,
    We were so sad to hear about Sam. He was always the first to greet you with a wave and a giggle. I will miss hearing that at 3030. Thoughts and Prayers to you at this difficult time.

  21. Larry and Kathi Fuss says:

    Sam was a pillar of our great community and will be SO missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL at this much trying time! God Bless!

  22. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    So very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Sure will miss him and his beautiful smile and laugh my favorite customer when I worked at Dollar General, always made my day. God bless you all my prayers are with you.

  23. Ken Bleeker says:

    Sam was just a great guy. One that you could always depend on to be there when you needed him. His advice and management was valuable when I was Mayor of Otsego and he was DPW superintendent. My sympathy to his family and to Jane.

  24. Neva Wallace says:

    Vicki, so sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers are with you.

  25. Sue Jackson-Shumaker says:

    My “heart broke” when I heard about Uncle Sam dying….all of us, Ron (God rest his soul) me and Jeff all loved him so much…I knew Uncle Sam ever since Ron and I got married back in 1966 and almost every weekend, Pat,Sam,Grandma Jackson, Ron, me, most of the time Linda and Faust would play cards most of the time at Grandma Jackson…and I will tell you one thing NEVER did I ever see him that he was not in a good mood, happy, joking around, just being “Sam”,,,,it too took Sam and me to keep the rest of the “Out-Laws” under control…and that was a chore…we never got quite as excited or upset when we lost at cards as they did.

    I loved his children as well and to you my heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow…we have certainly had our share in this MacDonald, Jackson, Goudy Family…Just know I am thinking of you and a lot of my personal loved ones are up in Heaven with him.
    Love you always, Sue Jackson-Shumaker

  26. Susan Vaneck (Krogmann) says:

    I don’t know if you remember me or not Randy and kids, but my dad John Krogmann worked with Sam for many years at the City. I am very sorry about your loss and hope the rest of your family is well.

  27. Elmer Sabin says:

    Dear Mike and Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Goudy. I remember him as a friendly guy, and good person. I know he was well liked by all. Again, very sorry to hear of your loss.

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