Eugene W. Goodman, 86, Celestine

eugene-goodmanEugene W. Goodman, 86, of Celestine, died Tuesday (January 3) at his home. He was born in Dubois February 7, 1930, to Theodore and Leona (Zehr) Goodman. He married Mildred M. Miller June 20, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. She died February 7, 2004.

Eugene was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493. He was a farmer in the Celestine area and also worked for Aristokraft Cabinets in Celestine and Jasper for many years. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Parish – St. Peter Celestine Campus, the Celestine Knights of Columbus, and a life member of the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed farming, gardening, making wine, fishing, and telling stories.

He is survived by two daughters, Pam Carter and husband Dan, Louisville, and Cheryl Burkhart and husband Paul, Washington; two sons, LeeRay Goodman, Jasper, and Ted Goodman and wife Kim, Celestine; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Goodman and wife Frances, Celestine, and Ernest Goodman and companion Mary Walters, Wickliffe; and two sisters, Inez Knies and husband Dallas, Jasper, and  Carol Gehlhausen and husband Neil, St. Anthony.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one grandaughter, Alicia Holden, one daughter-in-law, Denise Goodman, and two sisters, Pauline Sermersheim and Nancy Eichmiller.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Good Sheppard of the Hills Knights of Columbus will pray a rosary at 11:45 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The St. Anthony American Legion will conduct military gravesite rites.


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