Richmond-Roland George Goben, 68, died on May 15, 2021, following a long illness.
To all his friends and family he was known as Ron. Ron was born in Bath, Maine, on March 12,
1953, to Norman and Barbara Goben. As a youngster, Ron raised his own cows, chickens, and
sheep on the family's farm in Durham. He belonged to 4-H and showed his animals at county
fairs. He also helped his mother bake pies for Goben's Home Bakery shop in Durham. This led
to a life-long love of baking - a gift he happily shared much to the joy of family, friends, and co-
workers. He took joy, too, in loving his numerous dogs over the years, in gardening, and in
working on his old home in Richmond's historic village. All who knew him were continually
enchanted by his quick wit and sense of humor. He took the greatest joy in preparing meals for
and entertaining his family and friends.
Ron attended Freeport High School and graduated from Edward Little in Lewiston in 1972. He
went into the air force and earned his college degree in accounting. He didn't enjoy office
work, and spent much of his career working with his hands, mostly for Wiscasset Hardware.
For the last ten years he greatly enjoyed working part-time at K & G Hardware in Richmond. He
loved his customers and co-workers and took great pride in good service.
Ron was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Christal Rose Stroud of
Lisbon Falls; his granddaughter, Taylor Melanson and husband, Mathew, and great-
granddaughter, Liliana Melanson of Leeds; his brother, Norman Goben of New York City; and
his partner of 32 years, Mark Knierim of Richmond.
There is no visitation scheduled. The family will hold a private memorial. In lieu of flowers,
please consider donating to the Richmond Area Food Pantry, 15 Spruce St., Richmond, ME