Kris Charles Goodrich
1955 - 2018
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Kris Charles Goodrich, 62, of Bath, New York passed away on July 30, 2018 in his home with his family and friends by his side. Loving him dearly, and bonding together to deliver him to his Jesus and God, who he loved with all his heart, Kris was never alone in his valiant battle with cancer.

Kris cherished his family. He loved every minute of every hour being part of their lives.

He is survived by his wife; Rebecca (Becky Keeler), daughter; Heather (Brad) Farrow, sons; Adam (Lori) Kisiah, and Aaron (Bryanne) Kisiah, grandchildren; Noah, Maximus, Finley, Maddyson and Mya.

In addition to his immediate family, Kris is survived by his Mother; Dorothy (Father Leigh - predeceased), his sister; Susan (Jay) Dickson, brothers; Jim (Anna) Goodrich, and Bob (Barb) Goodrich, and many nieces and nephews.

Born on December 24, 1955 in Bath, NY, to Leigh and Dorothy Goodrich, Kris grew up in the close knit village of Avoca, New York where he graduated in 1973. In 1977, Kris established Goodrich Auto Works.

Kris married the love of his life, Rebecca L. Keeler on July 18, 1992 in a hot air balloon at the Wellsville New York Balloon Rally. Together, they raised 3 amazing children; Adam Kisiah, Aaron Kisiah, and Heather (Goodrich) Farrow. Starting in 2011, the sparkle in Kris and Becky's eyes became brighter with the addition of each grandchild; Noah, Maximus, Finley, Maddyson and Mya.

In 1995 Kris and Becky relocated Goodrich Auto Works to Bath, NY where they put their hearts and souls into an ever expanding business. As a team, they worked tirelessly to ensure each and every one of the thousands of customers was expertly taken care of. One of Kris's greatest achievements was taking a shop of four (4) employees and bolstering it to a cutting edge full service body shop that employs twenty seven (27) local jobs.

Building hot rods was a lifelong passion for Kris. Each "build" getting bigger and louder than the previous. His continually growing car creations and collections awarded him several best of show trophies including placing first (1) in the 2017 Syracuse National Car Show. In 2018 his creation placed #16 out of 10,000 entries.

For over 20 years Kris and Becky would decorate their home with thousands of Christmas "lights" to enhance the spirit and meaning of Christmas, and to share their belief with their artistic and creative light displays for the public to enjoy.

Kris shared his enthusiasm and passion for life with all that he encountered. He and Becky enjoyed traveling the world to over 18 countries while continually giving to those less fortunate. Their humanitarian efforts began with World Hope International in Haiti as medical responders after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. While in Pokot, Africa, they were fortunate to sponsor and help provide four (4) water wells (with a 5th well in progress) serving over 5,000 people, a medical clinic, school and three (3) churches. Their philanthropic efforts have sponsored Reclaimed Africa Ministries, Pregnancy Resource Center of the Valleys, and Elizabeth Rose Ministries.

Friends and Family may call Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at Wallace Wesleyan Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018. There will be a hot rod/show car processional escorting Kris to his final resting place at Valley View Cemetery, Jacobs Ladder Road, Avoca, New York immediately following the service. Anyone wishing to pay tribute and participate with their hot rod/show car will be lined up in the processional escort at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wallace Wesleyan Church or Elizabeth Rose Ministries at the Buena Vista Wesleyan Church.

The "Hot Rod "streets of gold in Heaven gained a few skid marks July 30, 2018 when Kris Charles Goodrich passed thru the gates. His presence and his life contributions will be greatly missed.

The Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca is honored to serve the family of Kris Charles Goodrich.

Online condolences or remembrances of Kris are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Leader on Aug. 2, 2018.
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September 17, 2018
Becky, My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Kris. May God bless and keep you all during this difficult time.
Joe Olszewski
September 17, 2018
Joe Olszewski
August 9, 2018
I just heard of this tragic news. I had my car worked at Goodrich Auto number of times. I am really sorry for your loss. He was a super family man. Everybody couldn't wait to see their Christmas display at the house no rt 13.One side of the yard was the jolly St Nick,Santa Clause enjoyment. The other side reminded us the true message of Christmas and the birth of Christ. God loves us and takes some into Heaven for reasons we sometimes don't understand. My condolences to all of Kris's families.
BILL McCann
August 6, 2018
My heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. My heart goes out to you all. May the God of all comfort be with.
August 5, 2018
I'll miss seeing Kris each year at Wallace Wesleyan church sitting with Becky and her Dad. Always smiling and very cordial. My Dad drove my car from FL to have Kris repaint it about 15 years ago. Shows my Dad's loyalty to Kris' company. Heaven is now your home, Kris. Prayers for Becky and her family.
Kathy Frey Hope
August 4, 2018
Becky, I just got back from vacation and had a message about Kris. Carole and I are so sorry for your loss. I went to college for one year with Kris at WACC and we became friends. Even thought we didn't see each other very often, when we did, it was like we just talked yesterday. He was a good man. God bless you and you family. Dick
RICHARD FRANK
August 4, 2018
Becky, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find strength in your family and your
memories. Kris will be with you in your heart always.
Kim Luckenbach-Taylor
August 4, 2018
We're so sorry we missed the services, as we are on vacation in Maine. We send our condolences and John feels as if he's lost one of the best people he ever worked for.John and Rose Stratton
John Stratton
August 4, 2018
Becky and all the Goodrich family, My sympathy during this time.
Charles Houser
August 4, 2018
May you find comfort knowing that Kris is in his eternal home. God's love will bring you peace. Our condolences to the family.
Harry and Barbie Fuller (Alsheimer)
August 4, 2018
So very sorry to all of he family. Kris was a good man & will be missed. I bet he's hot ridding in heaven now.
Sincerely ,
Larry & Carolyn Cleveland
August 3, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. He was a very nice man. Heaven gained an extra special individual. I remember when I won goldfish at the bath fair, and put them in your guy's pond. He was very loved.
Sabrina Rider
August 3, 2018
I will forever miss my friend,God bless you,family...we lost another good one...
Gary Gulin
August 3, 2018
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August 3, 2018
Dan Stone
August 3, 2018
Kris was always available to donate time and treasure to help any organization that needed it. Bath Revitalization took on the "orphan" historical "Welcome to Bath" sign that's located at Phillips Lighting and Kris donated time and energy to make it happen. A man who has blessed so many in so many ways. Thank you Kris and Becky
August 3, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. I still remember when he brought the balloon to the Relay for Life. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.
Lois Peck
August 2, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Walt and Pam Bonning
Pam Bonning
August 2, 2018
May Uncle Kris carry on his mission of helping others from Heaven as he did on Earth. He will be missed by all of us.
Andrea Goodrich Mulhall
August 2, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Kris' family and friends. He will surely be missed.
Suzanne Randall-Babcock
August 2, 2018
Becky,
I just read of Kris's passing today. I am so sorry, but so glad to had time with both of you helping crew for you. Kris was a great guy and I considered him my good friend. I know that I am half a world away but if I can help let me know.
I pray God's peace and blessing on you and the family.
God Bless, Jim Paul
August 2, 2018
Tom and I thought the world of Chris. So many memories from the hot air balloon run where tom lost his cell phone to car purchases, church and Christmas lights. Tom is sharing Christ's love , up close a personal with Chris right now. God bless you Becky and the kids❤❤❤
August 2, 2018
Becky, We are so sorry to hear of Kris' passing. We have fond memories on the business council trips of Kris - and a lot of wisdom gained from his experience as well. We are thinking of you and sending prayers during this time. May you find the strength through all of your fond memories.

Pat & Kelly Venus
Georgetown Auto Body
Ridgefield, CT
Pat & Kelly Venus
August 2, 2018
Our sympathies go out to Becky and the Goodrich family. Kris was a very unique person, friendly to all and generous to many. He surely will be missed. What a fight he gave cancer. Pray we find a cure!
Bill and Bonnie Hunt
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