Funeral services for Lyle Goodman, age 92, of Chadron, NE will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, NE with Dr. Russ Seger officiating.
Burial with Military Honors will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
A visitation will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, NE.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
A memorial has been established for the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Lyle passed away on September 3, 2017 at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born on June 22, 1925 to Ernest and Edith Mohler Goodman near Rattlesnake Butte, south of Chadron. During his high school years, Lyle lived in town with his Uncle Gilbert and helped him with deliveries, buying and selling cream, eggs, honey and produce while they both worked for Alliance Creamery. Later Gilbert started his own store named Goodman's Produce, located where the current Chadron Police Department sits currently.
In 1943, the year Lyle graduated from high school, Ernest purchased the Boot Jack Ranch northwest of Chadron. Lyle then came home to help with the farming and ranching operations along with his brother, Harold. In the winter of 1943, Lyle started working for the NavyFlightSchool at the ChadronAirport. Lyle's job began at 5:00 am, fueling and lining up the planes for the cadets. He was also a skilled mechanic and worked on the engines when needed.
In 1944, Lyle was drafted into the army to serve in WWII. He returned home in 1946. On October 5, 1949, Lyle married Bonnie Manchester. To this union, three children were born. In November 1950, Lyle was re-called into active duty and sent to Korea. There, he worked in the Motor Pool and with the Army Corps of Engineers where he helped re-build bridges that had been destroyed during the war. He returned from the service in 1951. Lyle continued to farm with his dad and brother, then opened his own mechanic business, Goodman Repair. Lyle kept his friends, family and neighbors’ vehicles and equipment all running and in good shape. Lyle not only was a good mechanic, but also a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician as well. Many of the buildings on the farm were built from the ground up by Lyle, including the home he built for his family. Lyle worked the family farm with his son, Bruce, up until his late 80s and ran the combine to harvest wheat at age 90.
Survivors include wife Bonnie; daughters Elaine Wood (Roger) Keepers and Kay (Bryan) Mitchell; son Bruce; granddaughters Kasey (Tom) Smith and Shayla (Eddie) Fox; great-grandchildren Riley Smith and Dempsey Smith; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and cousins Carol Mohler Peterson, Alta Mohler (Maurice) Widtfeldt, Wayne Mohler, Merna Reeves Connelly, Anita (Jim) Meyers Nordstrom, Pat Meyers Dorhorst, and Gary (Glenda) Meyers.
Lyle was preceded in death by parents Ernest and Edith Goodman and brother Harold.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Lyle Goodman.