Gary Lee Goedde, age 74, of Silver Spring Lake, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday morning, August 17, 2022. He was born August 23, 1947 in Sheboygan, the son of Lester and Verna (Hamman) Goedde. He married Lois C. Greene on October 14, 2000, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Gary graduated from Random Lake High School in 1965, received an Associate Science degree from MATC, and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. While earning his degrees, Gary worked full-time at McGraw Edison Company and Cooper Power Systems. He went on to be a Senior Principal Engineer for Eaton Corporation after they acquired Cooper Industries until he retired in 2013.
Gary was considered an expert in the area of surge arrestor protection systems, earning numerous patents over his 50-year career. He continued to contribute to the field through consulting and was currently partnered with Arrester Works in New York & Columbia.
In his retirement, Gary enjoyed playing sheepshead, cribbage, and poker weekly with his Neshkoro buddies. He liked to entertain family and friends at his beautiful lake home and could often be found behind the grill or giving boat rides on his pontoon. He was an avid sports fan, always cheering for all the Wisconsin teams.
Gary had a congenial personality and a great sense of humor. He was admired by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Gary is survived by his wife, Lois C. Greene Goedde, Neshkoro; step-daughter: Nicola Greene, Los Angeles, CA; one sister: Sherilyn (Tony) Bichler, Waukesha; three nephews: Brian Bichler, Park City, Utah; Robert “Bob” (Dionne) Bichler, Delafield; and Timothy “Tim” (Stacy) Bichler, Waukesha; three grandnieces: Emma, Kyra, and Allison. He is further survived by step-daughter, Denise (Roland) Weier; step-sons, Don (Kim) Jacob and Dave Jacob; and other relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on October 22, 2022, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ, Random Lake, WI.
If desired, donations may be made at that time in his memory to the Lester & Verna Goedde Memorial Scholarship given to a Random Lake High School college-bound senior. For further information and to contribute online to this cause that was near to Gary’s heart, please visit this page: The Gary Goedde Memorial Scholarship Donation.