Goossen, Ted

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Funeral Date: April 5, 2019 
Ted Goossen, 70, of Saskatoon formerly of Winkler, passed away Sunday, March 31st at his home. He is survived by his wife Mary, 2 daughters, 1 son and their families. He was predeceased by 1 son.
The funeral service for Ted Goossen will be held Friday, April 5th at 1pm at Forest Grove Community Church, Saskatoon with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Viewing will be at Riverbend Church of God Thursday from 5 to 8pm.
Donations may be made to Simonhouse Bible Camp.
Arrangements by Dalmeny Funeral Home, Dalmeny, Saskatchewan.

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 Theodore “Ted” Goossen

September 7, 1948 – March 31, 2019

Theodore (Ted) Jacob Goossen was born on September 7, 1948, in Winkler, Manitoba, the son of Jacob and Helen (Braun) Goossen. The second of their seven children, Ted grew up on the family farm near Manitou, where he quickly grew to love agricultural life. When he was five years old, he accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour with the help of his mother. He faithfully attended Manitou Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church with his family and graduated from Nellie McClung Collegiate in Manitou in 1966.

After high school, Ted attended Winkler Bible Institute, during which time he was baptized. He also met fellow student Mary Dueck of Newton, Man. Ted eventually won her heart, and they married in 1971 after Ted had completed a BA in Geography at the University of Manitoba. Despite his love of farming, Ted became convinced of God’s call to ministry, and he began an MDiv at Winnipeg Theological Seminary (now Providence College) in 1973. His first full-time ministry work was as director of Winkler Bible Camp, where he and Mary moved after his graduation in 1975. All four of their children were born during their time in Winkler: Jonathan in 1975, Jodine in 1976, Joshua in 1979, and Sara in 1982.

Ted was ordained to the ministry in Winkler MB Church in 1983, and in 1985, he felt called by God to take a joint position as pastor of Grace Church and director of Simonhouse Bible Camp in Cranberry Portage, Man. He worked faithfully in both roles until 1996, when he resigned from the church to direct Simonhouse full-time. Soon after, Ted felt called back into church ministry, and in 1999, he returned to Winkler to become associate pastor of the church that had ordained him. Their son Joshua died tragically in 2001, and in 2002, Ted resigned from the church. He then fulfilled a life-long dream by working for two years as a long-haul trucker. Even on the road, though, ministry was never far from his heart, and in 2005, he returned to northern Manitoba to become pastor of Thompson Christian Centre Fellowship.

After ten years in Thompson, Mary convinced Ted it was time to retire, and they moved to Saskatoon in 2015 to be near their children’s growing families. Despite his initial reluctance, Ted soon threw himself into retirement with as much energy as he had given to his work. He thoroughly enjoyed three full years of playing with his grandchildren, cycling, and pickleball-playing, along with serving as church usher, guest preacher, and hospice volunteer. Then, after several months of troubling symptoms, Ted was diagnosed at the end of January, 2019, with metastic cancer in his brain and spine. His decline was swift, and he passed away peacefully at home on March 31, 2019.

Throughout his life – in youth, through forty years of ministry, and into his brief retirement – Ted’s exuberance, energy, and love for both people and his Lord had a profound effect on all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his wife Mary; son Jonathan with his wife Cindy and four children; daughter Jodine (Siebert) with her husband Kimbal and six children; and daughter Sara (Stobbe) with her husband David and four children. We commit Ted into the hands of the merciful Lord Jesus Christ whom he served with his whole life.

The family wishes to thank the many people who have provided care, meals, rides, and support of every sort during Ted’s illness and death. May God bless you for your kindness to him and to us.

Viewing will be at Riverbend Church of God, 306 Saguenay Dr, Saskatoon, SK, on Thursday, April 4, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service for Ted Goossen will be held Friday, April 5, at 1:00 pm at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon, SK with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to Simonhouse Bible Camp, 206 – 35 Main Street, Flin Flon, MB R8A 1J7. Flowers may be sent to the Riverbend Church of God. Arrangements by DALMENY FUNERAL HOME (306-254-2022). To view Ted's funeral please visit;


#1 Benita Goertzen 2019-04-12 19:15
I am so sorry for your loss! I had the privilege of meeting Ted while attending Winkler Bible Camp at an early age. Ted cracked raw eggs over my arm after a camper pushed me backward into a camp fire. When we arrived at the hospital Ted said to a nurse, "Sorry Benita, I didn't know what else to do but crack eggs over the burn on your arm!" I will never forget how we laughed together after I received treatment! By the way...I have no scars on my arm as a result of his quick thinking! Ted was my rock when I had no desire to attend camp! That was the Best year ever! No sorry for your loss! Ted made me feel valued, I will never forget his contagious smile and generous heart!
#2 Charis Fast Penner 2019-04-14 13:20
I have the fondest memories of Ted from Simonhouse Bible Camp in 1980’s-early 90’s. I remember his high energy, positive spirit and heart for others. I felt safe at camp and felt safe with Ted. Thanking Jesus for Ted faithful service, the pouring out of his life for others in Jesus’ name. His impact is now a piece of my story in walking with Jesus.
#3 Lori Petryk 2019-04-15 11:02
I got to know Ted during one of the lowest points in his life, and believe with all my heart that he was one of God's most faithful and devoted servants! My deepest condolences to the entire family. God's peace is what I pray for you.
#4 Ken & Carol Unger 2019-04-18 13:09
Our condolences to you Mary in the loss of Ted. We were guests in your home when our daughter lived in Thompson and we attended your church there one Sunday when we were visiting her. What a wonderful afternoon we spent with you and Ted. We will always remember that time fondly.
#5 Curt reimer 2019-04-20 11:33
What a legend,ted was a great mentor,true freind,I always loved his big hug,rip my arm off hand shake,n calling me a bear,I'll miss him alot

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