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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Richard Charles Goven, Colonel, USAF (Retired)November 25, 1935 – September 28, 2015
Richard Charles Goven, Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired, was born on 25 November 1935 to Edward and Olive (Rieber) Goven in Turtle Lake, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1957, Pilot Training Class 59-A, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During his 25 year Air Force Officer career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Commendation Medal, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, AF Longevity Service Ribbon with One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Following his Air Force retirement in 1983, Colonel Goven was employed by Boeing Aircraft in Seal Beach, California until his retirement in 2002.
He has resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Lois, since 2006. In Colorado Springs, he was a member of Sertoma, Woodmen Valley Chapter, and Order of Daedalians, Flight 11.
Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6455 Brook Park Drive, Colorado Springs at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Visitation will be one hour prior. A reception will follow the service at the church.
Burial will be in Turtle Lake, North Dakota on October 3, 2015. Goetz Funeral Home will be handling services in North Dakota.
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September 30, 2015Lois, we are so sorry for your loss! Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love, Lauren and Edd~Lauren and Edd Rhodes, Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 30, 2015Deepest sympathy and wishes for God’s peace. Wanda~Wanda Berthelot, Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 30, 2015Our condolences to Roscoe’s family and friends. May you find peace in fond memories.~Joyce & Jay Klawon, Hamilton, Montana
September 30, 2015My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May God watch over them, and may my Godfather rest in peace.~Monique Goven-Summers, Port St. Lucie, Florida
September 30, 2015Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family May he find everlasting peace in God’s Heavenly kingdom From the Frost family in Az.~Don Frost, Tempe, Arizona
September 29, 2015My sympathy to Dick’s family. He was my godfather so a special connection for me has also been lost.~Gigi Goven, Valley City, North Dakota
September 29, 2015May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.~Ryan Goven, Wilton, North Dakota