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James “Jim” Fred Goodman was the son of Fred William and Nina Joan (Burris) Goodman. He was born March 31, 1952, in Muncie, IN. Jim grew up in Indiana, and most of his youth, with his grandmother.
He served in the U.S. Army for a brief period of time. He lived in several states and many towns in his young adult life. Jim worked many jobs throughout his life, the ones that stick out the most are as a manager at Big Lots! doing satellite installation, Heat Tech in Afton, IA and ended his working career as a farm hand. If you knew Jim, you would know that he was a “jack of all trades and a master of none”.
Jim married Donna Lane on December 13, 1981. Together they lived in many states (Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Texas) before coming back to Iowa and settling in 1992.
Jim had a passion for drag racing, whether it be watching it on T.V. or actually racing himself. He raced down at Thunder Valley in Bethany, MO for many years; and won! He was always a dedicated NHRA fan, even going to nationals in Indianapolis a few times. He tore apart and rebuilt several race cars with his children at various points. Jim also loved hunting and fishing. He tagged many deer in his lifetime and even had one as a pet for a few years. And boy did he love his dogs and cats. He always had a soft spot for them.
Jim passed away in his home in Diagonal, IA on February 23, 2022. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, grandparents, siblings and many other family members. His dogs, Duke, Coco, Dippy, Zoey and cat, Cracker.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Goodman; children, Jim Harker, Bambi Dunn, TJ Goodman, Aryon Goodman, Stevi Fowler, JoElla (Brandyn) Lilienthal; grandkids, Faythe, Heavyn, Kaiden, Nyvaeh, Damian, Rylan, Adryan, Trynton and Wynter. His pets, Freyja, Barney and Hemi.
Jim has been cremated and services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be left in his name to the Animal Alliance in Mount Ayr, IA.
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