James Goodenough | Obituaries | Goshen News

April 6, 1930
January 27, 2022

James (Jim) died on January 27 at his home in Toledo.
He was born April 6, 1930 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Russell and Elaine Goodenough.
He was a descendant of Thomas Goodenow who emigrated from Wilshire to England in 1638, sailing on the Confidence and settling in Sudbury MA. He was a son of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
Jim’s father was a Marine, but his mother ran the house. He grew up in Goshen Indiana, the youngest of three boys. His fondest early memories were his 1937 Ford convertible. He talked about cramming the girls into it and onto the running boards outside the car. The way he spoke was a real chick magnet. He was still looking for this car on Mecum Autos, thinking he would buy it again.
Jim joined the Air Force after high school. Upon his return from the Army, he married Carla Stephenson and they moved to Bloomington Indiana where he double majored in Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Indiana University (IU) on the GI Bill. Their two children, Kristie and James Allen, were born while he was in school. After retirement, he and Carla traveled extensively across the country and spent a few winters in Florida. Their long marriage was celebrated with a 2016 60th anniversary trip to New Orleans with the family.
While still a student at IU, he was recruited by the United States Secret Service. He has had the privilege of protecting presidents from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Regan, as well as many dignitaries and presidential candidates. He was with the Johnson family at their Texas ranch awaiting President Kennedy’s arrival when Kennedy was assassinated. It was a tense time as everyone went “underground”, and Carla didn’t hear from her for several days. When Johnson became president, he protected Lucy Johnson, the head of her retail. His children had private tours of the White House while he was stationed in Washington DC. The family moved several times while he was in service. Jim retired as Special Agent in Charge of the Toledo Bureau. He was always very tight-lipped about who he protected and was appalled by those who weren’t. He made and kept many friends in the Secret Service.
Fishing trips, golf, card games and table tennis matches were enjoyed for many years with the guys, among whom he was known as “Goody”. After his mandatory retirement at age 55, he performed background checks for the Department of Defense.
His sense of the game made him the best father. He was an active father, spending time with his children sledding, skiing, ice skating, attending baseball games and playing touch football. Card games could be particularly competitive. Jim had a great sense of humor and had an optimistic outlook on life. He was always easy-going and fun to be around. He kept his sense of humor even in his last days by making his children laugh. All animals were drawn to him and his children called him Saint Francis. His companion cat Zoe stayed with him on his bed until the end. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and pets.
Jim was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Donald and in 2017 by Carla, his wife of 61 years.
The survivors are his daughter, Kristie Dubois (Roland Skeel, MD); son, James (Cathy) Goodenough; grandchildren, Jessica Dubois (Frank Cinewa), Stefany (Ryan) Conway, Cecelia (Andrew) Balsar; niece, Vickie (Steve) Glanzman and great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to his caregiver, Rebecca Njodjo, who allowed Dad to stay home. The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio, where donations can be made in his honor and memory.

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