August 10, 1950 - April 12, 2013
Michael, 62, passed peacefully at his home with his wife, Leni, by his side, after a five year battle with cancer. Born in Kentucky, he spent the majority of his life in Oregon. He was employed by Rasmussens, where he was a highly trained and nationally recognized Master Guild Technician. He was co-owner of Star Motors in Tualatin until 2003, when he retired for health reasons. He and his wife relocated to Redmond, Oregon where he enjoyed tinkering in his shop and working on his passion, Harley Davidsons, much to the delight of his legions of friends.
Michael was known as a peacemaker, and would ”set things straight” when needed. Anything he started was finished with perfection. His friends lovingly referred to him as ”Mad Mike” because of his intellectual creativeness.
Michael is survived by his wife, Leni, of 17 years; son, Josh Goden, and (step) daughters, Julie Clark, and MeriBeth Lee, whom he loved dearly. Known as ”Poppy,” he adored his grandchildren, Sierra Goden, and Kaelyn and Paul Lee, and shared stories of them often. He is also survived by his twin brother, Tom; sisters, Julia Hartley and Becky Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Pat.
Michael loved life, which was filled with the simple pleasures of family and hanging out in his garage with his friends. He loved creating parts and tools on his machines when he wasnt letting the wind blow away his cares while cruising the many scenic roads of Central Oregon with his wife and friends. To know him was to love him, and for those who did, Michaels passing leaves a void that can never be filled. Until we meet again, in that Heavenly realm, ride on buddy.
A celebration of life will be held 11:00 am Saturday, April 20, at the Roadhouse Biker Church, 2640 Jones Rd., off Butler Market Rd. in Bend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Redmond.