Michael Goben

Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012, 6:20 pm
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Michael L. Goben, 61, of Sherrard, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at VA Medical Center, Iowa City.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Viola United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Viola Cemetery, with graveside military rites conducted by Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to a charity of donor's choice or to the family.

Michael was born Aug. 4, 1950, in Moline, a son of Orville Eugene and Lucy Ione Orwig Goben. On Dec. 18, 1982, he married Lalla Pilibosian in Waukegan, Ill. He served in the Navy from 1968 to 1986. After he was on the front lines of Vietnam, he held various jobs, such as telecommunications and computer programming. Upon leaving the Navy, he was webmaster at College of American Pathologist before he owned/operated his own computer business in Gurnee, Ill. He later owned a car dealership in Preemption. He last worked at Ripple and Fernell Auto Sales, Davenport. He enjoyed sports, racing, remote cars and airplanes and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lalla Goben, Waukegan; children, Michael Goben Jr., Sherrard, Toni Goben-Smith and Kimmy Goben, both of Lemon Grove, Calif.; sister, Sandra (Paul) Strandberg, Coal Valley, Larry (Ruth) Goben, Sherrard, Dennis (Theresa) Goben, Preemption, Benne (Judy) Goben, Viola, Randy (Lucy) Goben, Oquawka, Ill., and Steve Goben, Keithsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally Polk; and brothers, Victor, Ronald and Roger.

Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.


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