Lee Goergen

Woonsocket SCHOOL  DISTRICT #55-4

Lee Goergen, 57, of Woonsocket, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket. Visitation was at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with family present. The family requests donations be given to the Woonsocket Volunteer Fire Department.

John “Lee” Goergen was born Sept. 3, 1961, to Leo and Viola Goergen. He lived and worked in Woonsocket his entire life. 

On Feb. 4, 1984, he married Rayna Boschee and they had one son, Brandon. 

Lee was an active member of the Wide Awake Hose Company for 35 years until his passing, where he served in various officer positions including Chief for several years. He enjoyed his job as Sanborn County Highway Superintendent for 22 years. Lee also served on the Woonsocket City Council for several years.

Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, watching Western movies, tinkering on his race car, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Rayna; son, Brandon (Jennifer); two grandchildren; mother, Viola; sister, Mary Katherine (Pete) McWhorter; brother, Gary (Julie) Goergen; brother, Brian (Chantelle) Goergen; half-sister, Sandy (Kevin) Hahn; half-brother, Douglas (Elizabeth) Houghton; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Slick.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo; father- and mother-in-law, Elmer and Judy Boschee; and several aunts and uncles.

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