James D. "Jim" Goodding

James D. "Jim" Goodding

Des Moines

James D. "Jim" Goodding passed from this world on Monday, September 9th. He is survived by his four children: Judi Adamo, Dave Goodding, Mary Kaye Goodding, and Doug (Vicki) Goodding; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his sister, Martha "Marty" Goodding.

In his last year of high school, Jim and a friend hitchhiked from the Midwest to the east coast, Canada and the west coast. He owned a construction company until he was sticken by polio at age 27.

He was an amateur pilot. He worked as a radio announcer in St. Joseph, Missouri. For most of his working life, Jim sold Mack trucks. He was disabled by a major stroke in his forties, but continued his devoted service to the Boy Scouts of America into his 80s. He founded an organization called the ORFs (Old Retired Fellows) which keeps Camp Mitigwa in good repair and makes important improvements.

Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He taught combat swimming, then was deployed to China.

He enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours in his shop.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary (Summers) Goodding.

A memorial service will be at Merle Hay Funeral Home on Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Goodding Camp Scholarship Fund at the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, Iowa 50321.


Funeral Home

Merle Hay Funeral Home - Des Moines
4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 278-4633

Published in Des Moines Register on Sept. 11, 2013