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John Leon Goodman, 90, passed away on Jan. 11, 2018. The son of William and Harriet (Wood) Goodman, he was born in Lansing on June 27, 1927.
After high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served in Italy and Germany during World War II performing his duties overseas for 15 months as a crew member on a transport aircraft.
After discharge he spent time at Michigan State University and was employed by the Michigan Department of Resources for 40 years. He moved to Elk Rapids in 1999.
In the past he was active in the Boy Scouts, as a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Lansing, a longtime member of the American Legion and the National Office Managers Association. He was also known through the DNR as an emcee for numerous events. His wit and sense of humor made him a favorite for many.
He is survived by his son, Stuart Goodman, of Lansing; daughter, Annie Goodman, of Traverse City; and several stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in John's name to Joy Givers assisted living.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 15, 2018
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