David Goodlaxson

Date of Death: Sep 01, 2017
David Goodlaxson

1929 - 2017

David (Dave) Goodlaxson, 88, of rural Waupun, died peacefully at home on Friday, September 1st, surrounded by family.

Born July 24th, 1929 to Harold and Sadie Goodlaxson, he was a lifelong participant in the communities on the north end of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

Dave graduated from Waupun High School and attended Lakeland College before serving in the US Army. He married Joann Marquart in 1957 and returned to the family farm established in 1846 – currently in its 5th generation of operation. Over the years he was a bowler and hunter, led Fond du Lac County 4-H tractor safety, was a member of Rising Sun, Fond du Lac Pomona and Wisconsin State Granges, was an active member of the Oakfield United Methodist Church, went on many mission trips, was a member of the Friends of the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and supported the Waupun Norwegian Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his spouse Joann, of 60 years, children and partners – Joel, Donna (Bob Brose), Deanne (Joe Kinney), John (Paula Ferland), and grandchildren – Devan Vossekuil (Taylor Nehls), Sadie Goodlaxson (Jace Humphery), Noah Harrington (Madeline Andrew), Dedra (Lukas) Buteyn, Miles Bruns, Alice Goodlaxson (Diego Marin), Jake Goodlaxson and Peter Goodlaxson, and grandnephew/guardianee Dale Seager. He is preceded in death by parents, Harold and Sadie (Zimmerman) Goodlaxson.


Family and friends are invited to gather beforehand at 1:00pm.


A Celebration of Life is set for Monday, September 4th at Oakfield United Methodist Church at 3:00pm with Rev. Dr. Young Tae Lee officiating. Fellowship will follow the service.


Interment at Waupun Norwegian Lutheran Church cemetery is yet to be determined.



  1. David and Diane Edwards Says: September 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Our condolences to the Goodlaxson family.

  2. Nyla Bock Musser Says: September 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Joann, so sorry to read of David’s passing away? You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I will keep you in my prayers. My husband Lou passed away on May 18, 2017. It was unexpected but he slept away very peaceful. If you may have forgotten me I was Nyla Bock, in 4-H, an IFYE, and went to Stout Institute and was an Extension Home Economist in Outagamie, Jackson and Trempealeau County before I retired. Peace be with you and the family. Nyla Bock Musser

  3. Lisa Clausen Says: September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Mrs. Goodlaxson,
    I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. You and your family are in my prayers. I was a student of yours back in the late 80s. I think of you often and the lessons I learned from you in Home Ec class.
    Lisa (Handshy)Clausen

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