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Ken Goewey

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On October 18, 2020 @ 2:13 pm In 2020,Obituaries | 26 Comments

WEB Ken Goewey

Ken Goewey, of Prior Lake, passed away October 17, 2020 at the age of 70.  Ken was a kind and generous man.  He will be remembered always by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM with a time of gathering from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at Hosanna Church (1690 Vierling Dr E) in Shakopee.  Pastor Aaron Davitch will preside, and Ken’s step-son Brian will act as urn bearer.  Memorials are preferred and will be distributed by Ken’s family in his memory.

Face masks and social distancing are required.  Family and friends who can’t attend services in-person are invited to stream the service at the following link: Ken Goewey Funeral Service.

On December 2, 1949, Harold & Elsa Goewey celebrated the birth of their son, Kenneth Lyle Goewey.  Ken was the youngest of three boys.  He loved growing up in South Saint Paul and tagging along with his brothers, Dean and Ray.  As a boy, Ken loved the family camping trip they took each summer, as well as spending time at the family cabin in Big Lake on the Elk River, where Ken built his first boat.  These trips sparked a sense of adventure in Ken, and he loved the outdoors.

As a teenager, Ken started skiing and joined the ski patrol.  After graduating from high school, Ken enrolled at St. Cloud State.  During his college years, he continued his work in the ski industry.  He eventually left school to pursue his career full-time.  Ken loved working at Powder Ridge and later Buck Hill.  Over the years he managed the rental shop and kitchen.  In the off-season he helped with maintenance and repairs.

Ken quickly realized he had a talent for building things and problem solving.  He decided to leave the ski industry and pursue a career in construction.  After getting his general contractor license, Ken started his own construction company, Ken’s Construction.  He spent many years building homes before becoming a home inspector.  Ken again started his own company, Accurate Inspections.  Ken was so talented; if anything needed fixing, building, creating or problem solving… Ken could do it.

When he wasn’t working, Ken enjoyed being with the people he loved.  He spent 25 happy years with his wife Camille before she passed away.  Then in 2005, Ken was blessed with another loving relationship.  He met Pat through Match.com, and they hit it off immediately.  Their love blossomed and grew deeper each day.  Ken and Pat exchanged wedding vows on May 5, 2007.  Their marriage was blessed with lots of love and many great adventures.

Ken loved being on the water and owned many different cabin cruiser boats over the years.  Together, Ken and Pat were able to pursue one of Ken’s lifelong dreams; in 2011-2012 they completed America’s Great Loop in their boat, 20BUCK$.   It took them a full year to boat around the Eastern half of the United States and southern Canada.  This was truly the trip of a lifetime.  They made many wonderful memories and countless friends along the way.  Both Ken and Pat were so proud of this accomplishment.

Ken and Pat also loved traveling, hiking, and scuba diving.  Some of their favorite places to visit included Palau, Roatan, and the Caribbean Islands.  In recent years, Ken and Pat spent extended time in Italy and New Zealand with their friends Judi and Rich.

Ken always had some kind of project going.  He had a beautiful shop in their home where he could tinker and build things.  Once they had parted ways with 20BUCK$, Ken started a new hobby, building beautiful remote-controlled boats.  Ken loved being a member of the Edina Model Yacht Club. The group met often at Centennial Lakes to run their boats together.  When the weather was too cold for boating, Ken loved snowmobiling.  He spent countless hours cruising the trails in the winter, his favorite destination being the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Ken’s true passion after retiring was volunteering with the Heart Ministry through Hosanna Church.  Ken used his talents for good.  He enjoyed doing home repairs for anyone who needed a little help.  Ken also participated in several church mission trips and helped pick up donations for those in need.

In 2019, Ken was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.  He was so strong and persevered through all of his treatments, never complaining and always full of hope and optimism.  Throughout his life, Ken was kind, helpful and generous.  He was so energetic and a real problem solver.

Ken will be remembered always by his loving wife, Pat Goewey; step-son, Brian (Melissa) Foote; granddaughters, Hannah & Audrey; brothers, Dean (Julie) Goewey and Ray (Denise) Goewey; other loving relatives and friends.  Ken was greeted in Heaven by his wife, Camille Ronning Goewey; parents, Harold & Elsa Goewey.

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Condolence from Neil D McMillin on October 19th, 2020 9:41 am

Our deepest condolences Pat and family. So surprised to hear this sad news. Wish we were closer to attend and hug and pray with you. He will certainly be missed on earth but Cap’n Ken will be boating again.
Neil and Judy

Condolence from Susan L Iverson on October 19th, 2020 7:20 pm

Pat and Family

So sorry I will not be able to attend the services, but will plan to see you at a later date.
My heart goes out to you, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Sam Deering on October 19th, 2020 8:19 pm

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I am sure he will be deeply missed by many. My fondest memories of him are the summers growing up when we played with model airplanes day after day over on the ball fields by his house. RIP Ken.

Condolence from Jennifer Palmen on October 20th, 2020 9:49 am

What a beautiful tribute to Uncle Ken. He was everything you mentioned and more. Thank you for including Camille in your loving words. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, along with love and strength. Jen & Noah

Condolence from Olga Dale on October 20th, 2020 9:53 am

Oh, Pat, there are no words . I wish I could give you the biggest hug . Sending you love and prayers and deepest condolences.

Condolence from Brad Humphrey on October 20th, 2020 1:01 pm

To Pat and entire family,
So very sorry to hear, our prayers are with you, we are all thinking of you back here!

Condolence from Liz and Steve Kemper on October 20th, 2020 1:48 pm

Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We remember you both fondly from the Loop ! It was a joy to read about Kens wonderful life. I’m sure he will be missed by many.

Condolence from Bonnie and Mike Brunner on October 20th, 2020 4:59 pm

Pat, We are so very sorry to hear of Ken’s death. I wish I could give you a hug, but am sending many heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you. Bonnie and Mike Brunner

Condolence from Lindy Purdy on October 20th, 2020 6:06 pm

Oh Pat, such a beautiful story of love. I am so sorry for your loss, but also glad that you had time with this inspiring and inspiring man.

Condolence from Hani Galili on October 20th, 2020 8:00 pm

We are sending our condolences . It’s was Total surprise to us . We were so lucky to know him through the power squadron. He helped us personally and inspired us through his boating life. His memory will be with us as we move through life.

Condolence from Phil Brandt on October 20th, 2020 8:19 pm

Oh Pat…what a shock to see this today. I had no idea that Ken was not doing well. What a friendly and nice guy. He will be missed. Wish I could hug you. Sad times we are in. God bless you.


Condolence from Sandy Brandley on October 20th, 2020 8:26 pm

Pat, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Ken. You love for each other was plain to see. I’m happy that you both found each other and shared good years and great adventures.


Condolence from Nancy on October 20th, 2020 8:44 pm

although I never met Ken, I did follow your adventure on the boat! absolutely an adventure! I am too sorry to hear of his passing! You two had some awesome times together, keep those close to your heart!
This celebration of his life is wonderful !!!

Condolence from Donna Cousins Vos on October 20th, 2020 9:09 pm

Sending great sympathy for your loss, Patty.

Condolence from Andrea Stanchfield Childs on October 20th, 2020 9:17 pm

Dear Patty,
So sorry to hear of your loss! Certainly sounds like he was a wonderful man and that he is now collecting an unimaginable reward and hearing the words that many of us long to hear: “Well
done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:23). Will hold you and your family up in prayer. Blessings, Andrea

Condolence from Lenny and Louise Anderson on October 21st, 2020 9:28 am

Ken helped us find a place to launch our boat, so that we could begin our Great Loop Journey in June of 2018. We had our boat trucked from Portland, OR and Ken made sure we could start from the “head of navigation of the mighty Mississippi.” He was so generous with other advice for us newbies. Pat, we are sorry for your loss and will pray for your comfort.

Condolence from Linda Brant-Malm on October 21st, 2020 10:46 am

Sweet memories: Hannah once told me that her Grandpa Ken ate 2 cookies for breakfast. Haha, my kinda guy.

Condolence from Darryl & Nives Clausen on October 21st, 2020 11:27 pm

Dear Pat, Dean, Ray, Brian and your families
Ken was my best friend as we grew up living just 15 feet apart on 14th Avenue in SSP. We were so praying for Ken to be healed and his positive attitude sure gave us hope. From the can and string telephone between our houses to the trips to the cabin and snowball fights in the back yard and building igloos, shared neighbourhood get-togethers with the Goeweys to the teenage dances in our basements and sharing a room at St Cloud, I will never forget Ken for the great caring, giving, helping and honest man of faith and family that he was. I have tears in my eyes at present and a sad heart except for the fact that he is now at peace after his brave struggle. May all you loved ones be able to move on knowing Ken will continue to be with you. May the members of his Church and work teams be inspired to continue in your work as Ken would have wanted. May God bless you all as he has Ken.

Condolence from Rollie Brandt on October 23rd, 2020 8:06 am

Dear Pat. We are so sorry we can’t attend! Phil had two appointments for his stroke …. physical therapy that morning and then cardiologist in the afternoon up in St. Louis Park in the afternoon. I’m trying to get your address so we can at least send a card. (I’ve asked Kris Harmon if she knows it)

I just want you to know how sad we are that cancer took Ken… The world is a better place with him in it! He was kind and caring to everyone. I remember how he checked our boat when Phil was having cancer treatments we are back in 2008.… And again he was so caring and supportive when PHIL had his recurrence and transplant in 2012. In 2015 here was our wonderful home inspector when we bought the first house we had not built ourselves.… He did such a great job and then refused to let us pay him! It was so nice to have you two over for snacks on our deck the summer of 2019… With Al & Kris, and he was the picture of health. We had no idea he was losing his battle with cancer. Then he even stopped by this spring with a thoughtful little gift for Phil following Phil‘s stroke. He was just that kind of person… Nice and helpful to everyone! I can’t imagine how many stories of his kindness and helpfulness you will hear from other people! He touched a lot of lives in a positive way.

You too are a nice person, and we are sad that you will miss him so much here on earth.

I know we will all be together in heaven but the wait it is difficult and he left too soon.

Condolence from Marc & Michele McCoy on October 26th, 2020 10:25 am

20Buck$ – enjoyed every Great Loop SLOW cruise and every docktail story.
Marc’s Ark

Condolence from Vicki Simich, cousin on Goewey side on October 26th, 2020 12:00 pm

Beautiful service and music. So sorry to hear about Ken! Lots of childhood memories. Much love to all.

Condolence from Jean (Bobrowske) and Ron Weber on October 26th, 2020 12:36 pm

Dear Pat,
Thinking of you during this sad time and beaming you love and strength to bear this grievous loss. We know you will miss him terribly.
Jean and Ron

Condolence from Catherine Turner on October 26th, 2020 2:39 pm

Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Although I never met him, he sounds like quite a guy. Your love for Ken and God’s love for you will get you through this.
Hang tough!
Cathy Meldahl Turner

Condolence from Mary and Dick Jeanson (Gooler) on October 26th, 2020 7:03 pm

Dean, Julie, Ray and Denise,

So very sorry to hear about Ken. We had some great times at the river. Watched the funeral on link it was very nice. Ken sure did accomplish a lot in his life. Thinking of you all. Hugs

Condolence from LaDell Harris on October 26th, 2020 10:12 pm

My name is LaDell Harris and Ken helped build my home in Vidor Texas. after we lost. everything in the herricane Harvey. What a blessing he was and I am so sad for his family’s loss but I know he is rejoicing with Jesus tonight. I wanted the family to know you will all be in my prayers and I feel so honored to have recieved the blessings of his great gift of helping me have a home.

Condolence from Jeff and Jonnie on November 1st, 2020 10:35 pm

We are sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Pat and family. The current owners of 20bucks. Ken was always a delight and fun to talk to with any questions on the cruiser.
Jeff and Jonnie

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