James F. “Jim” Goodrich, 94, of Royal Center passed away at 11:34 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Woodbridge Health Campus.
Born on April 4, 1918 in Royal Center, he was the son of the late W.J. and Hester A. (Friemel) Goodrich. On May 26, 1945 he married June O. Enge. She preceded him in death on January 7, 2006.
He was a 1936 Royal Center High School graduate.
He was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran where he served as a Waist Gunner in the European Theater aboard the B17 Bomber. He flew in the first night mission over Germany code named “Lone Wolf” with the 2nd Bomb Group based out of Italy.
Jim was formerly employed at National Steel. He was a truck driver for Palumbo Distributors in Logansport for 26 years retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, V.F.W. #3790 and a former member of the Teamsters. He enjoyed gardening and horticulture. Jim was also an AVID baseball fan, especially the Chicago White Sox, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his children, Becky Black (Tim) of Pendleton, Steve Goodrich (Marilyn) of Rockfield, George Goodrich (Sharon) of Logansport and Loren Goodrich (Shellee) of Royal Center, brother, Warren Goodrich (Imogene) of Royal Center, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. He was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by daughter, Marie Ann Goodrich, sister, Wilma Miller and brother, Charles Goodrich.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Royal Center United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Burial with Full Military Rites will be conducted at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Royal Center United Methodist Church.
The family would also like to thank all those who touched Jim’s life with food, conversation and laughter.
Please sign the online guest book and condolences may be made to the Goodrich family at ransfuneralhomes.com.