Joseph “Joe” Davidson Goodman, 85, of Findlay, passed away peacefully March 9, 2022, in the comfort of his home with his loving family at his side. He was born September 11, 1936, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to Garland L. and Lily M. (Waddle) Goodman.
Joe graduated high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War in 1953 where he served and was honorably discharged in 1956. On June 2, 1957, he married his true love, Lillie E. (Greer). They moved to Findlay in 1966, where Joe took up a job with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, retiring after 28 years of service. He was a very active Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. Joe was certified at University of Kentucky for Civil Defense, 1st Lieutenant Rescue Squad in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and worked at Kentucky West Virginia as a gas line inspector for 9 years. He was a lifetime member of Amvets and DAV, a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church, member of the Zebulon Lodge 273 of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, a 32nd Degree Mason, Belonged to the Scottish rite, and a member of the Zenobia Shriners. He was an avid golfer and loved to fish. He also loved his 3 children, grandchildren and the love of his life, Lillie Ellen.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Lillie; daughters, Deborah Kay (Randall) Dillingham and Carolyn Ruth (Destrey) Roeber; he raised three of his great-granddaughters as his daughters, Kendyl “Mookie” (Joshua) Bame, Lily and Scarlette Szymanski; and raised two of his great-grandsons as his sons, Asher Sammet and Ezekiel Szymanski; three grandchildren, Melissa Szymanski, Kara Rose, and Anna K. (Isaac) Anderson; and six great-grandchildren, Evie Butler, Connall Johnson, Tatum Davis, Thain Spangenberg, Thaddeus and Thalia Anderson. He is also survived by one brother, Sam Goodman; and special family friends, Ana Heldman and Donnie Wolfe. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joseph Davison Goodman II; sister, Mary Kathryn “Kakky” (Ron) Sanders; brother, Robert “Pig”Goodman; and great-granddaughter, Jordyn McKinney.
Friends and family may visit from 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 in the funeral home with Michael Gentry officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Baptist Cemetery with the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad conducting military rites. Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to Shriners Children’s Ohio, 1 Children’s Plaza, Dayton, Ohio 45404, or Bridge Home Health & Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
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