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2018 Corn Carnival Grand Marshalls are Mark and Linda Goos

June 21, 2018
By Margaret Thomsen , Northern-Sun Print

The Gladbrook Corn Carnival Corporation has named Mark and Linda Goos as the Grand Marshalls of the 2018 Grand Parade. The parade will take place on Friday, June 29 at 6:30 PM.

Corn Carnival Corporation President Teri Luehring said, "They have always been great business people and supportive of Corn Carnival. They have always been very active behind the scenes making sure things happen."

In fact Mark has been starting the parade for 25 years. And Goos Implement has always had a display on main street and entered his machinery line in the actual parade. But this year he and Linda will be leading the parade!

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Photo by Margaret Thomsen
Mark and Linda Goos and their rescue cat, Boris, are pictured in the living room of their home near Union Grove Lake. The spacious home sits atop a hill and offers a spectacular view of the lake.

Mark is the son of Irwin (Pee Wee) and Arlene (Fuzzy) Goos and grew up in Gladbrook. Linda is the daughter of Lynn and Clydene Kroeger and she grew up on a farm near Lincoln. She went to the Lincoln School through fifth grade and then came to Gladbrook.

Mark and Linda graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1968. When asked if Mark took her to prom, Linda quickly replied, "No, I ran in the State Track meet instead." But come November of 1968 the couple married and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this fall.

Following graduation Mark attended Lincoln Tech in Des Moines for mechanics and Linda attended AIB and worked for Look magazine. In early spring of 1969 they moved back to Gladbrook and joined Pee Wee at Goos Welding.

In 1969 the Town and Country Corporation built the building east of town and Goos Implement took up residence. In the early seventies Mark bought half of the business from his Dad. Linda helped keep books, a job she held until about ten years ago when she retired.

Goos Implement is unique in the fact that it encompasses four generations - the late Pee Wee, Son Mark, Grandson Ben and Great-Grandson Spencer.

Mark and Linda are parents of two sons, Ben and Brock. Ben and Stephanie (Creswell) Goos live in Gladbrook and he is at Goos Implement and she teaches Kindergarten at Hoglan in Marshalltown. They have two sons. Cole attended Kirkwood and works in Cedar Rapids and Spencer is attending Hawkeye and works at Goos Implement.

Brock and Jennifer (Murty) Goos live in Dike. Brock just completed his 20th year with the Parks and Rec Department in Cedar Falls. Jennifer is a nurse in Independence. They are parents of two boys. Brody is at NIACC and Owen will be a senior at Dike-New Hartford High School.

When asked about their early memories of Corn Carnival, Mark said, "I remember as a little kid watching them set up and then when I was old enough I helped set up and take down for a little extra money. Corn Carnival was such a big deal when I was growing up. I remember the Kiddies Parade."

Linda says, "We came to town one night - all the way from Lincoln. We usually came for the Grand Parade. It was a really big deal to come to town."

The Goos' are involved in Commercial Club, Mark was in Jaycees and Linda in Jaycee-ettes, and they are members of Peace United Church of Christ. Linda is currently on the Church Board for the third time and she sings in the Choir and also offers her talent with solos and small groups. She volunteers at the City Center, is Commercial Club President and she says, "I try to help wherever I am needed." Mark has been a member of the Gladbrook Investment Corp., Tama County Conservation Board, Gladbrook City Council and Commercial Club.

Mark says, "The best thing about living in a small town is everybody knows everybody and you help everyone. If there is a problem people are there." Linda added, "You know everybody and care about everybody."

Mark and Linda live at Union Grove Lake in a picturesque setting overlooking the lake. They built the spacious home in 1993.

Congratulations to a very deserving couple who have been - and still are - giving of their time and talent to the Gladbrook Community.



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