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Obituary: Robert T. Goode ’42

Died at peace with family at his side on the Fourth of July, 2010, at Scandia Village, in Sister Bay, WI, where he had resided since 2004.

He was born to Kathryn (Eckhardt) Goode and Wesley S. Goode, Sr., in Menomonee Falls, WI, on October 12, 1918. He attended Menomonee Falls High School, then Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, earning a B.A. degree in 1942, participating in their work-study program. He went on to Harvard University, where he completed officer candidate school, before serving as a 1st Lieutenant JG on the U.S.S. Hospital Ship ""Repose"" in China during World War II. He was also a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Banking class of 1948.

He married Virginia Tickell on March 30, 1940, in New York City, having met her through the Antioch work-study program. Virginia graduated from Antioch in 1944. They shared 70 years of marriage together. They had two children, Robert Kent Goode and Terry Michael Goode.

For most of his working life Bob was employed by the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Menomonee Falls, WI, a bank started by his grandfather and perpetuated by his father and mother. He prided himself on the fact that he started as a janitor (at the age of eleven!) and rose to become chairman emeritus, holding every position in the bank in between! Bob and Ginnie had many homes in their long lives, from Wisconsin to Massachusetts, Florida to Grand Cayman. Bob often recalled that he had owned 25 residences in his life! His favorites were in Door County and Grand Cayman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and, his beloved brother, Wesley S. Goode, Jr. Survivors include his two sons, Kent (wife Jeanne Marie), Town of Erin, WI and Terry (wife Pamela), Baileys Harbor, WI; his beloved sister, Janet Durham Gard (Gerry) Fountain Hills, AZ; brother John Goode (Margot) Evanston, IL; his grandson Paul C. Goode (wife Monique) Tyler, TX, his granddaughter, Mariah K. Goode (husband Sam Perlman), Baileys Harbor, WI; and his grandson, Michael T. Goode (wife Jolynn Parker), Syracuse, NY; and many nieces and nephews, many of whom he saw at his 90th birthday party in 2008.

In his later years, the loves of Bob's life were his great grandsons: Mariah and Sam's boys, Theo and Trey; and Michael and Jolynn's son, Dash. At every birthday and holiday, without fail, Bob added monetarily to their education accounts, wanting his great grandchildren to enjoy and cherish a college education. Bob had many good friends in his life, too many to list, but, Bill and Sharon Treul, Don Gocella, and Susan and Dennis Wink deserve special mention.

Robert belonged to many organizations and was responsible for starting many as a community leader throughout his life. He was prominent in the Wisconsin Bankers Association. He was a founding member and board member of the Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. He started and was on the board of the YMCA in Menomonee Falls. He was a member of Rotary International (and a Paul Harris Fellow), the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. When retired in Vero Beach, FL, he was involved with the Indian River Community Hospital. Upon moving to Scandia Village in Door County he was elected President of the Meadows Association, and served the association in many other capacities over the past six years.

Bob was an avid bridge player, a gin rummy player, a great hearts player, a golfer, and a boater for many years in Door County. He loved ""his"" Packers the Brewers, the Bucks, and the Marquette Warriors! He loved crossword puzzles, and, at the age of 88, mastered Sudoko doing every puzzle anyone could give him up until 3 days before his death! He prided himself on his mathematical ability including being able to add in his head any column of three or four digit numbers and providing an immediate answer! He remembered everyone's birthday! He also enjoyed cat-sitting for his ""buddy"" Bailey, who will miss her many visits with Grandpa!

Dad spent the last years of his life caring for his wife, Ginnie, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and is still a Scandia Village resident. He visited her regularly and had lunch with her many times a week. He attended Alzheimer's support meetings and never missed a treatment meeting for Ginnie in his six years at Scand. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff and friends at Scandia Village who helped Bob during the last six years of his life, during which time he lived independently. He loved Scandia Village and, everyone there loved him.

There will be a celebration of Bob's life at Scandia Village in October. By his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes interred privately. Contributions in Bob's memory can be sent to Scandia Village-Good Samaritan, 10560 Smith Dr., Sister Bay, WI 54234, for a memorial to be determined by his family. And so, Dad, remember this always, as you always taught me: keep your head down (when golfing!); your head up (when talking!); and always pass a low heart! Much love for all that you did for us over the years