CURTIS -- Richard "Rich" Morris Goding, 59, of Curtis died Oct. 30, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Rich was born Feb. 2, 1948, in Ontario, Calif., to John and Ruth (Kaufman) Goding. Rich grew up in Grand Island where he attended Wasmer Grade School, Barr Junior High and graduated from Grand Island Senior High Class of 1966.
After the Air Force, Rich returned to Grand Island where he took a job as route salesman for Meadow Gold Milk. In 1976, Rich went to work as a route salesman for Rainbo Bread Company, because as Rich put it, "bread is lighter than milk." Rich worked for Rainbo until the end of 1986, when he took a position with Old Home Bread (Metz Baking Company).
Rich married Kathleen Brittain on May 29, 1976, at the Church of the Nazarene in Grand Island. Rich and Kathy moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1989, when he was transferred and promoted to route supervisor by Old Home Bread. He took early retirement from Old Home Bread and moved to Curtis in 1996, to pursue his longtime hobbies of hunting and fishing.
Rich was a very social person and had a tremendous love for being around, working with and serving other people. It was this passion that led Rich and his wife, Kathy to start Curtis Cattle Company restaurant and saloon in 2000.
Since its opening, Rich fulfilled his dream and has been a mentor to dozens of employees and a friend to hundreds of customers. Rich was a loving son and brother, devoted husband and father, and trusted friend to many.
Rich is survived by his wife, Kathy of Curtis; sons, Ron Brittain of Panama, Fla., Kevin (Kelly) Brittain and Gary Brittain both of Grand Island and Richie Goding of Omaha; daughters, Jennie Dethlefs of Boelus and Lia (Paul) Simcox of Arapahoe; brothers, Paul Goding of Miami, Fla., Robert Goding of Omaha and Larry Goding of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and nine grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruth (Kaufman) Goding and daughter, Michele.
Funeral Services will be 11:30 am, Monday at the United Methodist Church in Curtis with Rev. Kevin Burkhardt officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., in the West Lawn Cemetery in Grand Island.
Visitation will be 1 - 8 p.m., Sunday at the church in Curtis.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the United Methodist Church.
Online condolences can be made at www.blasestrauser.com
Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.