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February 7, 1939 – July 14, 2017
After a long battle with cancer, Ronald Lee Goodrich passed over from this life to his heavenly home on July 14, 2017 at the age of 78. He was born in Flint, Michigan, along with his identical twin, on February 7, 1939 and together they weighed just over six pounds at a time when there were no neonatal units in hospitals. They were not expected to live, so the doctor told his parents to take them home and enjoy them for just a couple of days. They both survived thanks to the attentive care of his mother and her four sisters, who fed them with an eyedropper and tenderly cared for them around the clock. Ron used to say, "Every day passed the first week of life was a gift from God."
In 1957, Ron graduated from Mandeville High School in Flint, Michigan. He then went to Spring Arbor Junior College (now Spring Arbor University) in Michigan and graduated in 1959. He stayed out a year to marry the love of his life, Grace Stevens, on January 23, 1960, whom he met at SAJC. He then went on to Greenville College in Illinois and graduated with majors in mathematics and the social sciences in 1962, and immediately began his career as a math teacher in Ferndale, Michigan.
He and his family moved from Flint, Michigan to Riverside, California in 1980, where he worked for the San Jacinto Unified School District as a high school and junior high math teacher, staff development specialist (visiting hundreds of kindergarten through high school classroom offering professional support to faculty) and principal. He was honored to be Teacher of the Year of the San Jacinto Unified School District in 1986; and in 1995-96, he was selected as the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club Teacher of the Year. He was especially proud of the fact that, when he retired in 2002, students chose to dedicate their High School Yearbook to him and showed their appreciation with a long standing ovation during a pep assembly.
Ron developed and presented teacher-training workshops on classroom discipline, teaching skills, student study skills, and parent involvement. He taught Calculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra I & II, Pre-Algebra, and Computer Literacy. He set up the first Computer Lab at the San Jacinto High School and initiated computer science courses. Ron also taught Computer Information Systems courses part-time at Riverside Community College District from 1997 to 2015. He viewed his teaching as a special calling and especially enjoyed working with students to help them develop to their full potential.
Being baptized into the Christian faith at the age of 14, he considered his union with Christ to be the controlling center of his life. He attended Asbury Theological Seminary in 1965-66, and later, Eastern Michigan University where he received a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1978, and eventually a doctorate in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University in 2007. He was bi-vocational and was ordained on 2/13/1977 as a minister with the Conservative Congregational Christian Church. He also worked part-time as a pastor and Christian Education Director throughout his adult life. At various times, in the 1980s and 90s, he served part-time on staff at Calvary Presbyterian Church of Riverside, Bethany Reformed Church of Redlands, and Moreno Valley Community Church. He loved people and enjoyed teaching Caregiving and Bible classes, mentoring and leading small Christian home groups. He loved creating models to explain and clarify complex theological ideas and often shared them in teaching.
In 1997, Ron and his wife moved to Dana Point and they enjoyed traveling and cruising together where Ron sometimes served as Chaplain aboard ship. They moved to Four Seasons Community in Beaumont in 2009 where Ron was active in the Four Seasons-Beaumont Radio Club with the call sign of K6IRG. He also enjoyed abstract painting and created a number of pieces that are cherished by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Grace; sons, Michael (wife, Karen), and Steven (wife, Traci) and six grandchildren, Paul, Anna, Jack, Harrison, Halli, and Hope. He is survived by six siblings: Richard, his twin (Raisa), Ruth (Gayle), Bruce (Rosanna), Larry (Laurie), Charles, and Elizabeth. His parents, Truman and Rowena, and siblings Bethany and Margaret, preceded him in death.
His Memorial/Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, August 19, at Fellowship in the Pass Church, 650 Oak Valley Parkway, Beaumont, California. A private Burial at Sea off the Coast near Dana Point will take place on Sunday, August 20. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ron's memory be made to .
Published in Press-Enterprise on July 23, 2017
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