Captain Kenneth Sprague Goodrich, age 99, passed away peacefully Monday, August 19, 2013.
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Kenneth Sprague Goodrich served on active duty as a Naval Officer from 1942 to 1969. He served as Chief of Manpower under General Herchey, Director of Selective Service. For this service, he received the Distinguished Service Medal from the president.
Captain Goodrich was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 18, 1914 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree and Masters in Public Administration. He served as a research assistant in taxation at the University Bureau of Government. Later, for the Michigan Civil Service Commission. In 1946 he served under Adjutant General of Michigan where he reorganized the Michigan Military Militia and established the organization to administer the Soldiers Bonus. After separation from active duty, he served as a consultant for state and local governments and as Chairman of Montgomery County Personnel Board and as Disaster Chairman of Montgomery Chapter of the Red Cross. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Elks Club, Knights Templar and First United Methodist Church, Reserve Officers Association, Retired Officers Association and Michigan Alumnis Association.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Goodrich; two sons, Kenneth Goodrich Jr. and wife
Georgeanne. of Los Angeles, CA and Craig Goodrich and wife Tracey of Gaithersburg, MD; daughter, Susan Smith and husband Kent of Rocky Mount, NC; grandchildren, Amy Goodrich, Traci Dorf and Kenny Goodrich III, all of California, Taylor Goodrich and Hunter Goodrich of Gaithersburg MD, Austin Smith and wife Katie and Michele Smith, both of Raleigh, NC; and great-grandchild, Cody Wolf of California. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Cass Goodrich.
A funeral service to remember Captain Goodrich will be held at 2:00pm Thursday afternoon at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home with Rev. Caswell Shaw officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Burial with full military honors will be held at a later day at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Childrens Hospital Fund, 403 East Front Street, New Bern NC 28560.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Aug. 21, 2013