Richard “Dick” Vaughn Goben



Richard “Dick” Vaughn Goben, 91, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at his residence in Brownstown.

Dick, as he was affectionately known, was born June 2, 1925, the son of Verner Vaughn Goben and Gladys Thomas Goben. On Feb 24, 1946, he married Clara Louise Buschman Goben, who preceded him in death.

Dick was a farmer in Benton and Warren counties in Indiana until 1957, when he moved to Fowler and began a career in law enforcement that would span 39 years. He served as marshal for the Fowler Police Department and a deputy for the Benton County Sheriff’s Department until moving to Jackson County in 1969, where he served as a deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and marshal and chief of police for the Brownstown Police Department until retirement in 1996.

Dick enjoyed family, golf, fishing, woodworking, trapshooting, music, dancing, Indiana University basketball and the Indiana Pacers, and most of all, telling a tall tale or pulling someone’s leg. He was a member of Ratcliff Grove Christian Church, Norman Station Conversation Club and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 108.

Survivors include three sons, Brent (Virginia) Goben, Bruce (Debbie) Goben and Brad (Nancy) Goben; a daughter, Barbara (Colin) Clark; a sister, Virginia Ann (Scott) Brundage of Missouri; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lyman H. Goben; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Kiethley.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home in Brownstown.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Dick requested all memorials be made to Ratcliff Grove Christian Church.

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