Joe Godemann

March 12, 2021


Joe Henry Godemann Jr. born July 15, 1928 and called to his eternal home on March 11, 2021 after a brief residency at the Tabitha Harbor House in south Lincoln.

Joe was born on the farm 3 miles north of Falls City to Joachim H. and Eleonora F. (Schmidt) Godemann. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Kay Ann Godemann (Schreiber), brother Dennis Godemann, sister Dorthy Wittrock and grandson, Nathan Kneifl.

Joe was baptized at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, six miles north, on July 28, 1928. He was confirmed on March 29, 1942 at St Paul’s Lutheran church.

Joe is survived by his children Darwin Godemann (Penni), Lincoln, Nebraska, Rod Godemann (Teresa), Oak Grove, Missouri, and Kim Kneifl (Don), Walton, Nebraska brother Glenn Godemann, Falls City, and sister Norma Roland of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Joe is survived by four granddaughters Christal Kuchera (Godemann) husband Evan, Amanda Moreno- Godemann spouse Maria Moreno-Godemann, Morgan Godemann and Taylor Godemann, and six great grandchildren, Aurelia, Halle, Harper, Finley, Aiden, and Miles.

Joe farmed on the family farm with his father, Joe Sr., until he entered the US Army in January 1951 and served until 1953 in the Korean War where he received the Korean Service medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. After returning from the service, he resumed farming with his brother, Glenn for the next 40 years. Early in his farming career Joe suffered a farming accident resulting in the loss of his right arm. Despite his disability, he continued to farm and consistently approached life’s obstacles with resolute determination.  Joe was a lover of animals and nature and was always eager to help those less fortunate. After retiring from farming, he worked for 1000 Adventures Campgrounds at Sycamore Springs, KS. Joe moved to Big Lake, Missouri and was actively involved in the Big Lake community advocating for community improvements and local recreation. Never to be idle or without purpose, he later operated a small remodeling and general contracting business. 

He will be remembered as that one-armed man who never met a stranger and always had a story to tell. He would visit with anyone who would listen.  He would start a nail in a 2X4 by licking the end, then slamming it into the wood by the palm of his hand. He was a master improviser, able to operate or maintain any piece of farm equipment despite his disability. His pliers and diagonal cutters were his right hand. While he worked hard, he was always willing to give a helping hand and continuously advocated for what he believed in. A determined 90-year-old advocating for social acceptance while insisting everyone deserves a second chance.

Joe has chosen to donate his body for advancement of medical education and research to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska. In honoring Joe’s wishes there will be no memorial service.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials or condolences in his honor may be dropped off or made through Dorr & Clark Funeral Home of Falls City, NE for future designation by the family.

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Ed and Deb Harris

March 22, 2021 7:26 PM

cherri murphey

March 16, 2021 10:44 PM

A tree just seemed appropriate for uncle junior!
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Scott & Rita Kreifels

March 15, 2021 3:38 PM

Prayers for your family!  Our families go back a long ways to the farm when our folks played cards and we all played games.  Great times. Things people don't do anymore. The last time I seen your Dad he was on that scooter and he talked to me (told me a short----- long story.  We were in a store and by the time we got done visiting I had forgotten what I had went into the store for so I just left.  May your memories keep you going.  

Dan, Stephane, Jerrica, Jessa and Bowdy Jones

March 15, 2021 11:35 AM

Mary K & Randy Nelson Family

March 14, 2021 7:05 PM

So thankful for the legacy Joe left and the lasting memories. He was always so willing to help others out and had a truly generous spirit. Much comfort and condolences go out to the whole family.
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