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Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman

NORFOLK — Services for Paul J. Goodman, 96, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Navy Honor Guard, American Legion Post 16 and V.F.W. Post 1644.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Home for Funerals on Norfolk Avenue.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk or the Norfolk Area Habitat for Humanity.


Paul passed away on his birthday, June 28, 2019, at Homestead Assisted Living of Norfolk.

Paul Joseph was born on June 28, 1923, in Anthon, Iowa, to his parents, Oscar and Ella (Petersen) Goodman. He graduated from Anthon High School.

In August 1942, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Signalman 2nd Class Petty Officer on the USS Wichita heavy cruiser. He was aboard ship when they landed George S. Patton’s troops at Casablanca in North Africa and then served in the South Pacific and the Bering Sea near the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He was part of 14 major engagements and lost the hearing in his left ear while aboard ship.

He married Darlyne Schulze at the Meadow Grove Methodist Church on Feb. 4, 1945. Shortly after their wedding, they lived in San Diego to await Paul’s discharge from the Navy in September 1945. Early in 1946, the couple moved to Norfolk, became members of the Norfolk First Methodist Church, built a small basement house and began their family.

After moving to Norfolk, Paul worked for the U.S. Post Office, owned and operated Goodman’s Mobil Service Station, sold health and life insurance for Bankers Life Insurance Company and was a general agent for Guarantee Mutual Life Insurance Company. He proudly earned his CLU designation. In his retirement years, he was on the board of directors and worked to promote fundraising for the Northeast Community College Foundation.

Paul and Darlyne were active square dancers for 60 years, began dancing with the 49er’s club in 1949, served as president of the Nebraska State Square Dance Association and were instrumental in bringing the state convention to Norfolk. They enjoyed teaching square dancing to youth groups and adults throughout the years, and Paul was especially helpful to anyone who was interested in becoming a square dance caller. They enjoyed dancing in several states, especially in Colorado at Estes Park.

He enjoyed seeing and talking to anyone he would meet. He was a member of the Norfolk Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow, was an avid golfer and took great pride in taking on golfers 20 years younger and even beating them with or without considering his handicap and was a fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.

The couple enjoyed the dinner dances at the Norfolk Country Club and always looked forward to getting together with friends for their Friday night card games of 10-point pitch or dominoes.

Paul is survived by sons, Scott Goodman of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Greg Goodman of Norfolk; his brothers, Benjamin Goodman, 99, of Phoenix and Conrad Goodman, 85, of Las Vegas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse; and his siblings, Clarence Goodman, Bob Goodman and Marjorie Jansen.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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MADISON — Services for Irene C. Reigle, 93, Madison, will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 22, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison. The Rev. Donna Goltry will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Madison.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Services for Lynn A. Choat, 80, St. Edward, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. The Rev. Brian Ketelsen will officiate with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.

NORFOLK — A celebration of life for August G. Volk, 76, Plainview, will be 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Kelly’s Country Club west of Norfolk. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 16, VFW Post 1644 and the U.S. Army Honors Guard at 5:30 p.m. at Kelly’s Country Club.

PIERCE — Services for Elizabeth A. Scholl, 89, Wayne, are pending at Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce.

WISNER — Services for MaryAnn Jindra, 79, Pilger, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk. Burial will be in the Pilger Cemetery.

HARTINGTON — Columnist and motivational speaker Joan Rossiter Burney, 90, Hartington, died on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Country House in Lincoln.

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