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January 25, 2021

1/4/2021 8:44:00 AM
Thomas, Deane Goodsell

Deane Goodsell Thomas, age 89, of Cobb, WI was welcomed into the graces of his eternal home on Friday January 1, 2021. Deane was born October 13, 1931 in Dodgeville WI to Aldro and Melva (Fritsch) Thomas of rural Cobb.
He graduated from Cobb High School in 1949 and was on the basketball and baseball teams. He was active in 4-H and Rural Youth and won the state 4-H tractor-driving contest. He attended the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course.
Deane began farming with his father and took over the Pioneer Seed Corn dealership from Aldro, which he continued for 33 years. He exhibited improved plant genetics on the home farm's plot prominently on Hwy 18. He took great pride in straight and clean cornrows. He was a lifelong farmer starting with dairy, beef, and hogs and then excelling in the beef and hog enterprises.
He met Nancy Lu Burgy in 1962 when she was the Grant County Home Economics Agent. Knowing he had found a farm girl at heart, they were wed Sept 21, 1963. They farmed together in rural Cobb. Two sons, Jeffrey and Steven, were born in 1966 and 1967. Deane and his family worked as a team in maintaining sound conservation practices to boost soil fertility and strong animal husbandry promoting efficient animal productivity. Jeff continues the tradition of the 131-year-old family farm operation.
Deane served as President and Vice President of the WI Cattlemen's Association and represented WI on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as well as the Cattlemen's Beef Board, which handles the beef checkoff promotional program. He was a member of NCBA's Special Top Hand Club denoting outstanding membership activities.
Deane also served as President of the WI Livestock and Meat Council and the WI Beef Council during the startup of the WI Beef Checkoff Program, which involved statewide educational and promotion efforts.
He served as President of Peace Lutheran Church during their remodeling project where he was a lifelong member.
Deane and Nancy belong to the WI Masters Farmers Organization, and he treasured the fellowship of the annual gatherings. They were recognized together in 1992 by UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences for the Honorary Recognition Award for leadership, integrity and service to Agriculture, a testament to their partnership and passion for farming.
Deane greatly enjoyed visiting with friends at Fingerson's Station, Linden Milling, and FS. He would most often show up wearing Pioneer green or Badger Red. He never left anyone without a smile on their face. He loved to tell a good story, and he enjoyed music and had great fun at dances.
Deane is survived by his loving farmer's wife, Nancy, of 57 years. Son, Jeff, of rural Cobb married to Renee with children, Megan and Erica Thomas, and Jake and Jalissa Zintz (engaged to Dustin Reynolds), Son, Steven (Onalaska), married to Janelle with children, Zachary, Jaclyn, and Alli. Two Sisters, Beverly Nice (late LB Nice), Boscobel, and Kay Nodolf (Curt) of Milton. A brother, Mark (Pat) Thomas of Bloomfield, CO. Additional survivors include 12 nieces and nephews and their spouses, 19 great nieces and nephews and several cousins with their children and grandchildren.
He was welcomed into his eternal home by his parents, Aldro and Melva Thomas, brother in law, LB "Nick" Nice, and nephew, Casey Nice. Deane will be greatly missed, and his family is comforted in knowing he is with his Lord and Master Jesus Christ and is at peace.
Due to COVID restrictions, a limited family service is planned at Peace Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 5, 2021 with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Cobb, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials, cards and any personal remembrances of Deane are appreciated and can be sent directly to Nancy Thomas, Box 236, Cobb, WI 53526.
The family is offering a live streaming of the service on a private link, and if interested please contact a family member for viewing details. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at

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