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Bernard Lee Goodpaster

1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bernard Lee Goodpaster Obituary
Goodpaster, Bernard Lee

Bernard Lee Goodpaster, of Albuquerque NM, formerly of Seneca SC, Nashville IN, Marion, IN, and Hamilton OH, passed away on June 5, 2016 at age 89.

Born January 18, 1927 in Moores Hill, IN, he was the son of Bernard Goodpaster and Florence (Rollins) Goodpaster and the last surviving sibling of Elva Pruss, Rollin Goodpaster, Edward Goodpaster and Patricia Goodpaster. He lost his beloved wife, Betty (Tevis) Goodpaster in 2007. He was also predeceased by son, Robin Goodpaster, and infant daughter, Katrinka.

Mr. Goodpaster is survived by three children, Tobey Goodpaster (Patsy) of Marion, IN., Bruce Goodpaster (Carol) of Littlestown, PA., and Elizabeth Austin (Eric) of Albuquerque NM. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

Mr. Goodpaster was a WWII veteran, graduating from high school early so that he could join the Navy at 17. He and his PT boat crew-mates participated in the joyous Times Square NY celebration on VJ Day. Mr. Goodpaster worked for General Motors, mostly in Marion IN, for nearly 40 years. He served many roles during that time and retired as tool-and-die maker and master craftsman.

Bernard led a full and rich life. He began downhill skiing in his 40's and did not hang up his skis until his mid-80's. He was a frequent volunteer in church activities, Boy Scout master, member of the Elks Lodge, Masons, and the Knights of Pythias.

Bernard resided with his daughter and her family in Albuquerque for the last several years. He was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church. A celebration of Mr. Goodpaster's life was held at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison Indiana on June 11th.

Memorials may be made to "Share Your Care Alivio" in honor of Bernard. Checks may be sent to PO Box 35101 Albuquerque NM 87176.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 12, 2016
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