Loyd Lowell Goffena

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Loyd Lowell Goffena, age 83, of Wilsall, Montana, passed away July 13, 2015, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital after complications of a long fight with the incurable Parkinson's Disease. Loyd was born to Cyril and Christine Goffena in Bozeman. Loyd's early years were spent on several family farms in the Gallatin Valley. In December of 1950, Loyd moved with his parents and brother to a farm and ranch of east Wilsall. Loyd worked with his parents on the family farm and ranch on Horse Creek Road.

Loyd made agriculture his life long career and passion. In 1954, Loyd met his lifelong love and companion, Erma, and they were married in November 1955 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. After their marriage, Loyd and Erma continued to work with his dad on the family ranch. His brother, Wayne, joined them after his high school graduation in 1961. In 1993, their oldest son, Melvin, joined Loyd and Erma in working the farm and ranch.

Loyd served as a Board Member on the Wilsall Volunteer Fire Department. He also was on the Wilsall Cemetery Board for a period of time.

Loyd's greatest joy was working outdoors with his family caring for animals and growing crops in the heart of the Horse Creek Valley.

Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Christine.

Loyd is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Erma; sons, Melvin Goffena of Wilsall, Marvin (Joy) Goffena of Stevensville, Montana, and Jimmy (Karen) Goffena of Surprise, Arizona; brother, Wayne (Kay) Goffena of Wilsall; five grandchildren, Joshua (Crystal) Goffena of Elma, Washingotn, Kassandra Goffena of Surprise, Arizona, James Goffena of Surprise, Arizona, Jarod (Charmayne) Burton-Goffena of Laurel, Montana, and Jennifer Goffena of Stevensville, Montana; and one great-grandchild, Easton Goffena (son of Josh and Crystal Goffena).

A Memorial Service will be held at the Wilsall Community Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Should you chose to make a memorial donation, the family requests that you consider: Wilsall Fire Department; Park County Meals on Wheels; Build a Better Wilsall Foundation; or National Parkinson Foundation.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman. www.dokkennelson.com
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 29, 2015
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