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Obituary for Harley Goodenough

Harley L. Goodenough passed away unexpectedly doing what he loved, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the age of 66. He was born on February 25, 1951, to Forrest and Helen Goodenough. Harley grew up on their family farm located on Hwy 54, outside of North Bend, Wis. He farmed with his dad and brother on Goodenough Farms, until 1990, when Har-Mur Farms, LLC, was formed with Paul Murray. The partnership over the years developed into Har-Mur Excavating, LLC and the cows were sold. In 2001, Har-Mur Excavating took off and is the business that everyone knows today. Harley attended Melrose – Mindoro Schools where he met the love of his life, Ellen Krueger.They were happily married on May 15, 1976, and they had two children, Gretchen and Garrett. Harley has been an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Melrose, North Bend Lions Club, he was a charter member of Ducks Unlimited Club, a member of the Melrose Snowmobile Club, and transported Melrose-Mindoro High School kids to local events. He was a man that loved spending time with family, friends, and was the one that had a contagious smile. Harley enjoyed sharing adventures with family and friends camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting, playing cards, and going for car rides with no destination. Harley was a man who said “It is the small things in life that mean the most.” The most important people in Harley’s life were his family. He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Krueger) Goodenough; two children, Gretchen (Dakota) Bockenhauer of Platteville, Wis., and Garrett Goodenough (fiancée, Morgan Scholze) of Melrose; one grandchild, Cora Bockenhauer; one brother, Duane (Cheri) Goodenough of Melrose; one sister-in-law, Carolyn (Keith) Byom of Holmen, Wis.; and loving nieces and nephews. Harley was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 701 2nd St., Melrose. Jim Pfaff will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Melrose Cemetery. There will be a luncheon served at the North Bend Lions Club following the burial. A celebration of Harley’s life will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, both at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Melrose. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at