Richard “Dick” Goodman, 90, of Urbandale died at home on Sunday, December 18, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 23 at St. Pius X Catholic Church followed by a 2 p.m. Friday committal service at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
Dick was born February 12, 1926 in Madelia, MN to Arthur and Clara (Brady) Goodman. The family moved to Iowa when he was five. He attended grade schools in Melbourne and Haverhill, and high schools in Fergeson and McCallsburg.
Dick served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, serving on the battleship Alabama and the Destroyer Lind. After attending Iowa State College, he and a partner bought the Sunbeam Dairy in Perry. It was there that he met the love of his life, Roberta Furleigh. They were married at St. Patrick Church in Clear Lake. Following the sale of the dairy, they moved to Omaha, NE where Dick worked for Sealtest Ice Cream. During this time the family grew to six children, five boys and one girl. In 1969 they moved to Des Moines where Dick worked for Meadow Gold Ice Cream as Plant Manager until retirement in 1990.
Dick enjoyed family, music, volunteering, sailing and baseball. He said he hoped to see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series before he died. Dick was a member of the American Legion, Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus.
Dick is survived by his wife, Roberta; sons, Patrick of Des Moines, Charles (Deb) of Johnston, Mark (Susan) of Lake Bluff, IL, and John (Ellen) of San Diego, CA; daughter, Ann Goodman (Barry Crone) of Melbourne, Australia; ten grandchildren; two great grandsons; brother, David of East St. Louis, IL and sister, Gayle Scalero of McKinney, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James; brother, John and sister, Mary.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, December 22 at St. Pius X Catholic Church concluding with a 6 p.m. vigil service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Lisa Goodman in care of Iles Westover Chapel for the “Goodman Girls” Education Fund.