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Dennis Harold Gooden

07/14/1941 - 04/26/2022

Dennis Harold Gooden passed away at the Essentia Hospital on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

He was born to Harold and Pearl Gooden on July 14, 1941, the oldest of 8 children. Dennis grew up on a farm and learned how to run many pieces of large equipment. As a teenager, he enlisted in the Marines and was stationed in Japan. When he returned to U.S. soil, he traveled the country, having many adventures and making many friends. He met his future wife, JoAnne, and settled down to make a family. He worked as a welder and a production truck driver at the mines. During strikes and lay-offs, he drove truck over the road and worked on pipelines and construction to support his family. He was forced to retire in 2002 due to a near-fatal accident.

Dennis liked to hunt and to read. He also went on many motorcycle adventures with JoAnne. He liked to take drives and explore backroads that piqued his curiosity with his beloved dogs as his copilots. He loved his family and was always there in their time of need.

Dennis is survived by his daughters: Ann (Jason Sherman), Denise (Brian Klomps), Danette (Rich Runston) and Barb (Aaron Bakken); his grandchildren: Robin, Stephanie, Parker, James, Dennis, Mary, and Frank; his great grandchildren:  Kyra, Bellamy, Adylynn, Jace, Dax, and Everly; two brothers, David and Danny; and one sister, Bonnie; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 46 years, JoAnne, son, Bill; grandson, John; sisters: Diane, Jean, and Joyce; and brother, Donny; two nieces and one nephew.

Per Dennis’ wishes there will not be a service. His request was to have a luncheon at the Sawmill Restaurant which is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th from noon until 2 pm.

3 thoughts on “Dennis Harold Gooden”

  1. Angela Ritacco says:

    I miss and love you. We had many coffee adventures and wonderful conversations. You always had me laughing, always acting like you were so mean but really just a big ole teddy bear. You will always be remembered and loved my me, mike, ash, kya, and Devontae!

  2. Jeffrey D Mott says:

    Hey Buddy, it was years ago we were stationed together in Twenty Nine Palms in 2nd AAA Bn and even double dated a couple girls in town. I went to Japan from there also but didn`t get home for 4 1/2 years later and ran into you in Virginia while I was on leave but I never moved back there. Like you I spent my life trucking all over the country but thought about you.
    Semper Fi and Rest in Peace.

  3. Michelle says:

    I was broken-hearted to hear of you Dad’s passing. I enjoyed caring for him so much. I LOVED his firey personality and could tell that he loved his family so much. I just wanted to send you my sympathy and let you know he was well loved by some of us nurses at the hospital too. There were a few of us that had quite the soft spot for him.

    I know I will always remember his devilish grin and every time I would stop to visit him even when he wasn’t my patient he would remind me “that there’s something special about you kid.”❤❤
    After several years of heartbreak caring for COVID patients your dad reminded me of why I became a nurse and helped reignite my passion. I just wanted you to know how very special he was to me.

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Saturday 04/30/22 at 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Sawmill Saloon & Restaurant, Mountain Iron Drive, Virginia, MN, USA