Rev. Dr. V. Mack Goeglein

  • Died: January 22, 2018
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

The Rev. Dr. V. Mack Goeglein passed away on January 22nd, 2018 at the age of 85. Mack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Judy Goeglein, and his children and step-children, Catharine (Mark), Ann (Paul), Joseph (Polly), Magdalena (Jason), Christiana (Josh), Julie, Martha, Carrie, and Tina, as well as his 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother George, step-daughter Lori, and grandson Luke Charles. Mack graduated from the seminary at the age of 25 in St Louis, Missouri and achieved a doctorate in Spiritual Direction at Ancilla College in 1995. Pastor Mack was an ordained minister of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He served parishes near Aberdeen, South Dakota; Casey, Iowa; Valparaiso, Indiana (where he also served as chaplain at Valparaiso University); Fort Wayne, Indiana; Pershing, Indiana; Richmond, Kentucky; Logansport, Indiana; Walton, Indiana; and Bryant, Indiana, where he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. Mack had a bright, seeking mind, a generous heart, a passion for social justice, and a true and deep calling to serve others and share the love, mercy, and redemption of Jesus Christ. He was active in the Civil Rights movement and proud to join the Great March on Washington in 1963. He was a fiercely competitive Euchre player and a life-long golf enthusiast. He loved to read, debate, sing, tell corny jokes, listen to classical music, eat Judy's wonderful cooking, and lavish love upon his family, friends, and parishioners. He loved Nature and celebrated the wonder of God's magnificent Creation. Visitation and funeral for Mack will be held on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at Epiphany Lutheran Church -- 6606 Maplecrest Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. The visitation is at 10am and the funeral service is at 1pm with burial at Greenlawn Cemetary to follow. A light dinner will be served at Epiphany beginning at 3:30pm. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Epiphany Lutheran Church. To sign the online guest book, go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Judy,
You may remember us from Zion's, Pershing back in 1982. And once we stopped for service at Richmond, KY, when we were passing through. If I remember right, two of your daughters were born while at Zion's. It has taken a long time to find Mack's obituary. Wonderful photo of him! I was prompted to look, as Pastor Dan Engber, who served Zion's in the 1970s, passed away this week. Zion;s history, published in 1997 says that Mack planned to retire in 1998. We hope he had a happy, healthy retirement. Thinking of you and all your large family.
Phyllis Mattheis, Cambridge City

Posted by Phyllis and Jerry Mattheis - Cambridge City, IN - Friend   April 17, 2018

My prayers are with you Joe, Ann and Cathy. I haven't seen you in years but I hold special memories of our friendship and time together. I hope you all are doing well and am sad for your loss.

Posted by Duncan Kinzer - Rome City, IN - Family Friend   February 03, 2018

Pastor Goeglein was a wonderful person and Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church! I have loving memories of him and his family. He helped us to remember that he was just a man who loved God and others. He would comment during youth group, I'm no one special, but I work for a special man. He WAS special and enriched my life in many ways.

Posted by Danielle Ridley - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   February 02, 2018

I am the son of Ted & Iris Trudel. And I just wanted to share that Mack had a long and significant impact on the lives of my parents. I am thankful for Mack's service to the Lord and His children. I only knew him superficially, but he always seemed to exhibit the character of our Lord. So, I too, want to celebrate the impact that Mack's life had on many people, both spiritually and personally. Jn. 11:25

Posted by Tim Fisher - WEST CHICAGO, IL - Acquaintance   January 25, 2018

Mack was the minister at my church, Redeemer Lutheran and also my sister, Pat Linn and husband, Bob Linn. My children went to elementary school there. Pastor Mack was a dynamic speaker and loving person. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Sandy Simpson-Polaski - FORT WAYNE, IN - Friend   January 25, 2018

It was an honor to call such a good person my Grandpa. I will never forget the best laugh EVER! It always made me smile! Thanks for all the good you brought to me and so many others! I love you Grandpa!

Posted by Nathan Enyeart - Fort Wayne, IN - Grandchild   January 23, 2018

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