Rex Goodman, 97, Nevada, formerly of Schell City passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Nevada, following a period of illness. Rex was born March 28, 1921, in rural Schell City, the son of Orvy and Gracie (Towne) Goodman.
Rex attended the Towne Country School and at a young age worked on his family farm which provided vegetables to Schell City. The family also grew and processed sorghum. Rex also artificially inseminated dairy cattle in the surrounding area. Shortly after marrying Georgia Fern Towne he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii where he dropped targets from an airplane so training fighter pilots could shoot at them for practice. Following his honorable discharge Rex returned to Schell City where he bought his own farm and raised dairy cattle, stock cattle, hogs and grew a large garden. Rex was married to Georgia Fern Towne, later Joan (Hensley) Salkil and then Louise (Spencer) Wilson.
After farming Rex worked various occupations before owning and operating laundromats for a number of years. Rex always enjoyed having a large garden, an orchard and plowing garden spaces for his friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, keeping up with the St Louis Cardinals and NASCAR racing. Rex was saved in the Flat Rock Baptist Church, and later baptized in Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member. Recently Rex attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Rex was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin W. Goodman and Thomas (Jack) Goodman; sister, Thelma Mann; and granddaughter, Heather Robinson.
Survivors include children, James R. Goodman (Sharon) of Schell City, Betty F. Miles of Raytown, Mo., Robert A. Goodman (Valerie) of Kearney Mo., Rebecca Bogle of Nevada, and Patrick Shawn Goodman (Bobbi) of Baxter Springs, Kan; grandchildren, Sharie Goodman, Quentin Goodman, Jared Goodman, Kristen Pierson, Amanda Goodfellow, Martin Miles, Shane Miles, Tammy Budd, Colleen Woodward, and Brandon Goodman; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews extended family and special friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, in the First Christian Church in Schell City with Pastor Terry Mosher officiating. Interment with military services will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City. Mr. Goodman will lie in state Wednesday and Thursday in the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., for friends and family to view and sign the guest register. The family will greet friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Memorials may be made to “Fair Haven Park” in care of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.
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