In memory of

Steven Goecke

April 19, 1970 - April 1, 2018
From: Sac City, IA
Steven Goecke

Steven Goecke

Born: April 19, 1970
Died: April 1, 2018
Age: 47
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   Steven Dennis Goecke, age 47, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.  Steve was born on April 19, 1970, in Sac City, the youngest of three sons, to Donald and Mary Lou (Rutenbeck) Goecke.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Marys Catholic Church in Sac City.  Steve graduated from Sac City High School with the Class of 1988.  He attended Drake University and Briar Cliff, where he majored in voice performance. 

   On November 29, 2014, Steve married his partner, Charles Schulte in Council Bluffs, IA.  They made their home in Sac City. Steve had a kind heart and gentle nature and treasured time spent with his family.

   Steve enjoyed finding unique items at garage sales, antique stores and thrift shops to decorate or sell online.  He was a regular at the New Hope Village Store in Carroll.  He loved interior decorating and became a gourmet cook, cooking for his family and friends, and trying out new recipes.

   Steve owned and operated the Townhouse Restaurant in Sac City for several years and also worked at numerous other restaurants in Sac City.  He enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and was an active member of St. Marys Choir.  Steve had an amazing voice that he shared with us all, especially singing for many funeral services.  He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. 

   Survivors include his husband, Chuck Schulte of Sac City; step-sons Eric (Barbara) Schulte of Tampa Bay, FL, Robert (Megumi) Schulte of Jacksonville, FL; step-daughter Gina Schulte of Council Bluffs, IA;  step-grandchildren Serina Meinecke, Arianna Castillo, and Erika Schulte; brothers David (Nicolle) Goecke of Carroll, IA, Brian Goecke of Sac City; aunts and uncles Mary Beach of Sac City, Dick Goecke of Las Vegas, NV, Fritz Rutenbeck of San Diego, CA, Lois and Bob Kearney of Ankeny, IA, Judy Teckenberg of Union, IA, Colleen Rutenbeck of Des Moines, IA; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of friends. 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary Lou Goecke; grandparents Joseph and Viola Goecke, Obert and Gaye Rutenbeck.


1:00 p.m., Saturday
April 7, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa

Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
Prior to the service
11:30-1:00 p.m., Saturday
April 7, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Inurnment at a later date:
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:23 AM
“Our condolences go out to all Steve's family and Friends especially to Chuck, Dave and Brian. I've known Steve, Dave and Brian all the time I've been in Sac City as their Dad was my boss when I first got to Sac City and work several years with Dave and Brian. They were a wonderful family. I know Steve will be missed by many. Such a shock when we lose someone so young. I know times will be tough for a while but keep God in your life and he will get you through your loss. God's blessing and comforts to all of you. Merlen and Carolyn Noess.”
- Merlen and Carolyn Noess
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:19 AM
“Steve was a great cook I really miss his food ”
- Charlie “tuna” schnirring
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:40 PM
“Chuck, Dave, Brian & family, We are so sad to hear of Steven's death! Always loved & enjoyed his beautiful singing voice. How he will be missed by his family, and church family. Sending many prayers for his family. Bill & Fran”
- Bill & Fran Lawson
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:40 PM
“Chuck, I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless You!!!”
- Kathryn Sanders
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:40 PM
“So sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Andy Smith
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:40 PM
“Dear Chuck, Goecke family and friends - To say that Terry and I were shocked to hear of Steve's death is an understatement! We simply could not believe it. We know that sorry fills your hearts right now, but we want you to know that there are those who and truly praying for you all. We would certainly be there for the funeral if we could, however, the weather here is forecasting snow and traveling is, most likely, now going to be good. Nora said that this has been such a sad time for Sac City and the county with Steve's, Nancy's and Dorothy's death's. Terry and I send our very, very sincere sympathy and will remember all of you in our prayers, Love and Prayers, The Alcorns”
- Mariann Alcorn
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 4:38 PM
“Our prayers are with you Dave and your family. You’ve had to deal with so much. We love you ,and care about you. We’re here for you if you need us.”
- Ken and Deb Johnson
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“Chuck, I am sorry for your loss. Love and prayers. Esther”
- Esther Drey
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“My heart is broken for Chuck, Dave and Brian. He’ll be singing in heaven, making it a brighter place. Rest In Peace, my friend. ”
- Natalie (Worth) Witt
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“Dear Chuck, I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed listening to Steve sing for the Mass at the Catholic church in Sac while you played the organ. He is gone much too soon. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Anne Cowley
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8:09 PM
“I was so sorry to hear about Steve. I always loved hearing him sing during Mass. His passion and beautiful voice brought more meaning to the service. The choir will never be the same.
Chuck, David and Brian, I pray that wonderful memories will comfort you during this time. ”
- Mary (Mueggenberg) Stilwell
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4:39 PM
“Prayers for the family.”
- Roger and Shelly Quail
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4:39 PM
“All of us at New Opportunities Sac City office,would like extend our deepest sympathy. We will miss him coming in everyday to see what new treasures he could find. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Kristi Erritt
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:12 PM
“Steve was a bright light that burned out far too soon. I have many fond memories of him over time . Chuck, Dave, and Brian, I will have you all in my prayers.”
- Jennifer (Roose) Quest
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:04 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was so much fun, had a quick wit, a great sense of humor and he made the best prime rib ever. Praying for his family. ”
- Susan Schnirring
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:04 PM
“So sorry for your loss...Steve was an amazingly talented and caring person and will be missed. Keeping all his family in thoughts and prayers”
- Ron and Cindy Williams
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM
“Thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family! He was such a nice guy that I enjoyed talking with! He will be greatly missed! Church without him singing will never be the same! ”
- Taylor and Justin Buschmann
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