Steven Lee Goodmon, age 84, passed away July 23, 2019 at his home in Burnet, Texas following a diagnosis of metastasized esophageal cancer on July 5.
Steve was born in Arrowsmith, Illinois on March 1, 1935 to the late Marvin and Helen Glynn Goodmon. He lived in Weldon, Illinois and graduated from Deland-Weldon High School in 1953. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign before joining the US Air Force, where he learned his profession of Air Traffic Control from which he retired in 1989. He was also involved in distributing, publishing and writing Christian books while living in Indianola, Iowa.
While in the Air Force and stationed in Wichita, Kansas, Steve met Frances J. Wiese from Grand Island, Nebraska. They were married January 13, 1957 in the Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island. To them were born one son and one daughter. Surviving are son Brian Goodmon, his wife Claudette Pierre, son Christoph Pierre and his wife Kristin, and their two children Cameron Roger and Cayson John; daughter (Lori) Lee Purdy, her husband Richard Purdy, and their three children Helen Grace, Axel Vance and Elsa Rose. Also surviving are brothers Jack and Greg Goodmon and their wives, sister Jean Hauser, and brother-in-law Don Reis. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Patricia Reis.
Along with his love of family and friends, Steve had three loves that he thoroughly enjoyed until death: basketball, aviation and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Having lived in Illinois, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Arkansas, he returned to his beloved Texas, and at retirement he designed and built the house in which he and Fran lived for 27 years.
The funeral will be at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet on Friday, July 26. Greeting the family and viewing of the body will be at 10:00 AM, followed by the service at 11:00 AM, and burial at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to two mission organizations they have been involved in since the early 1960s: Guine Anderson serving in China who established Harvest Now Inc.; and Abraham Mathew serving in India who pioneered India Gospel Team Inc.