Donald Goodman, 81

Donald Goodman, 81, of rural Marshalltown, passed away in the peace of his home with family at his side and in care of the Iowa River Hospice on the evening of Sunday, August 26th.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 30th, at the Immaculate Conception Oratory in Haverhill with Fr. Don Czapla officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery with full military honors by combined posts of the Marshalltown American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service to follow. Memorials may be directed to the Iowa River Hospice or Lewy Bodies Dementia Association. For condolences, please visit The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Donald and his family. Ph. 641-844-1234.

Born on April 20th, 1937, at home in Haverhill; he was the son of Clarence and Iva (Dodd) Goodman. He received his education at St. Joseph’s School in Haverhill and graduated from Van Cleve High School in 1955. Soon after, he served our country honorably in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.

On June 18th, 1960, he was united in marriage to Alice Specht at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. They resided on the family farm in Haverhill where he fed cattle and farmed. They later moved south of Marshalltown, where he eventually retired.

Don was a member of the Tama Livestock Board, Marshalltown Area Catholic School Board (MACS), Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Farm Credit Board, Lincoln Valley Golf Association and a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church prior to moving membership to St. Henry’s. Don solved many of the local farming and Iowa State athletic issues with the morning coffee group at Cecil’s. He devoted his life to faith and family. His passion was farming; he loved buying, feeding and selling cattle, attending his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events, playing golf, wintering in Texas and spoiling his grand and great-grandchildren. His family was the light of his life.

Left to cherish his memory are Alice, his loving wife of 58 years; his children: Chris (Laurie) Goodman, of Champlin, MN, Kevin (Dana) Goodman, of Haverhill, Gary (Jacque) Goodman, of Marshalltown, Sue Goodman (Brian Kadner), of State Center, and Deanna Goodman (Michael O’Sullivan), of Ft. Collins, CO. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren: Sydney, Sam, Christian (Cassidy), Brennan, Quinn, Elizabeth, Ashley (Andrew), Grant, Alex, Emma, Serena, Molly (fiancee Wade), Claire, Marcus, Jena (fiancee Aaron) and Kieran; four great-grandchildren: Laken, Jozhias, Carter, Aiden and one on the way; sisters: Janet (Bob) Valastak, of Boulder, CO and Sue (Marc) Wyman, of Greenwood Village, CO., as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In death, Don rejoined his parents, Clarence and Iva; brother, Ronald; stepmother Helen Goodman and stepsister Angela Frye.