In memory of

Barbara Goodrich

December 17, 1924 - July 30, 2017
From: Sac City, IA
Barbara Goodrich

Barbara Goodrich

Born: December 17, 1924
Died: July 30, 2017
Age: 92
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   Barbara Goodrich, age 92, of Sac City, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City. Barbara Jane Dunlap was born December 17, 1924, in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Lionel H. and Ethel (Tully) Dunlap. Her mother was a silent motion picture actress in the 1916 era and posed as a model for the famous World War I Red Cross posters of artist James Montgomery Flagg. Her father was a base commander in the Air Force so Barbara’s childhood was one of frequent moves, never having a home town. You know it wasn’t a typical childhood when her favorite pets were two monkeys she had while they were stationed in the Philippines.   

   In 1942, her father moved Barbara and her mother to the Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, where Barbara graduated from nearby St. Joseph’s Academy in May.  After graduation she worked for Western Union in Tucson.  She was a bright and beautiful young woman.  She met our father, Ellis A. Goodrich, a dashing young officer in the Air Force at a USO dance. They quickly fell head over heels in love.   After a war-time whirl wind romance they were married May 8, 1943, at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA.  When the war was over, the couple lived in Iowa their entire married life, raising their family in Sac City. 

   Barbara was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother.  An only child, she wanted a family, the bigger the better, and cherished her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Family vacations were spent camping at various parks and campgrounds in Iowa and visiting family.  She enjoyed playing cards with her card club and always had a good time with her bowling team, especially at the state tournaments.  She was an avid reader and passed her love for books to her two daughters and Scott.  Ron inherited his Dad’s love for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Another love of Barbara’s was Frank Sinatra.  When she was a junior in high school in Coronado, CA, she skipped school with her friend Hilda and rode a ferry across the San Diego Bay to the Hotel Del Coronado where they heard Frank Sinatra singing with the Tommy Dorsey band.  Barbara was hooked and became Frank’s greatest fan! 

   Left to cherish her memory are her family: sons Ron (LaVon) Goodrich of Des Moines, IA and Scott Goodrich of Omaha, NE; daughters Candi (Daryl) Calkins of Chadron, NE and Gail (Dave) Huser of Waverly, IA; grandchildren Ryan (Jayme) Goodrich of Des Moines, IA, Kyle (Traci Wolfe) Goodrich of Des Moines, IA, Jennifer (Bobby) Capalbo of Fairfield, CT, Travis Calkins of Cape Girardeau, MO, Eric (Autumn) Calkins of Chadron, NE, Adam Kimball of Cedar Falls, IA, Holly Huser of Savannah, GA, and Jillian Huser of Waverly, IA; great-grandchildren Jacob, Drew, and Brooke Goodrich, Cameron, Ellie, and Matthew Capalbo, and Abby, Tucker, and Gracie Calkins; brother-in-law Don Goodrich of Jefferson, IA and sister-in-law Audrey Goodrich of Columbus, MO; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Ellis and her parents.

10:30 a.m., Thursday
August 3, 2017
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
9:00 a.m. until start of service
Thursday, August 3, 2017
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:56 PM
“I am sorry for your loss Goodrich family.”
- Mike Capalbo
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:43 AM
“Gail, Candi, Ron & Scott,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady. Such a beautiful picture of her that you have shared for her memorial. May God bless and comfort you. Love to you and your families, Paula”
- Paula Ryan
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:43 AM
“Thoughts & prayers are with your whole family. I'm so sorry I was away at a conference and not able to be at the service. There are lots of memories of the Goodrich family for many of us. Barb was always so fun to visit with. ”
- Shirley Phillips
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace and the comfort of warm memories.”
- LaDonna & Carl Driggins
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:47 AM
“Thinking of you all and send my sympathy..”
- Barb Graven
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at Oak Terrace in high school, and I visited Barb at Park View during my college breaks. Barb was incredibly kind to me, and I cherished all of her stories. She was always reminding me she liked her carrots raw and not cooked and that as a young girl she had fair skin with freckles. She told me sometimes she wished her freckles would run together so she could have a tan! Spending time with her was always enjoyable. Barb was a genuine person that will be dearly missed. ”
- Kate Ricke
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
“Dear Goodrich Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy. Barb was a special lady. We loved our visits with her. We know how many ch you will miss her. Jeanne and Larry”
- Jeanne and Larry Calkins
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 4:33 PM
“Barb and Ellis Goodrich lived next door to my parents Amos and Ruth Johnson They were very nice people you have our sympathies. God Bless ”
- Mary (Johnson) Beaulieu
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“My sincere sympathies to the entire Goodrich family. You were always such a close-knit family and Barb was the glue that held it together! Don't let that fall apart, as I know she want you to continue your closeness. You have been so good to be there for her in her later years to share special times together, and that is something you can be very proud of doing for her. I always felt so welcomed into the Goodrich home and enjoyed visiting with Barb and Ellis. . .it was obvious how much their family meant to them. Blessings to all of you as you face life without her physical presence--but have those wonderful memories to keeping you smiling.”
- Marilyn Buehler
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:22 AM
“Your mom was a lady full of personality, and the photo tribute is a wonderful remembrance of all the great times you had together. We know she will be dearly missed, and are sorry for your loss. ”
- Jim and Susan Jarnagin
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:09 PM
“What a great picture! Thinking of you all.”
- Tom Lake
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:09 PM
“Barb was one of my favorites to chat with at the nursing home. I especially loved her stories about Frank Sanatra and of coarse giving her grief about Elvis. She will be missed. ”
- Justin Buschmann
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11:14 AM
“Your mother was a wonderful & great person as was your father. Your whole family are great people & my thoughts are with you all. I will be out of town so wanted to give you my condolences
Sorry for your loss. Your mom & dad were both great people as is your family. I will be out of town but wanted to give you my condolences. Will miss seeing you at the VFW during the holidays

- Roxy Rubendall
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