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John Goodman

d. July 7, 2020

John Goodman, age 84, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center.

John was born on December 24, 1935, the son of John and Marie (Wheeler) Goodman.

He married Patricia Guinn on November 27, 1958.

John is survived by his wife Patricia; children Beth (husband Jim) Beiermann, Lori (husband Randy) Atkinson; grandchildren, Ryan Atkinson, Kyle Atkinson, Jared Beiermann, and Rachel Beiermann; one great-grandchild, Dillon Atkinson; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Goldie Bradley; brothers, and Herbert Lyons and Buck Goodman.

John loved traveling and fishing, and especially running his business.  He owned and operated Goodman Fence near Springfield since the 1960’s.

During his childhood, he worked with his family on the dairy farm and later at Allis Chalmers.  He was known to be a hard worker all of his life.  John was kind and had a great sense of humor and always willing to help someone in need.

Visitation for John will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 from 9:30 AM until time of funeral services at 11:30 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Cremation rites will be accorded after the services.


  1. So sorry to hear about Howard. We had some good times riding ATVs, fishing and socializing together. RIP.

  2. Pat, Randy and family, so sorry to hear about Howard. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  3. Dear Family of John Goodman,
    We at Ozark Timber in St. Joe, AR are saddened to hear of the passing of John. What an amazing person he was. I so much enjoyed talking with him when he would put in an order for fence materials. We all felt like we knew him. His outlook on life and the news was so good to hear. He made the world a far better place. I will miss our conversations and all of us will remember him fondly. God’s blessings as you carry on and enjoy the legacy of a life well lived.

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