Alvin Willard Goodman was born December 18, 1938 in Midland South Dakota. He was the second child born to Robert “Bob” and Thelma (Smith) Goodman. He joined a sister Virginia, and a brother Dicky was born later.
He attended several area country schools and entered high school in Martin and then Mission. He left early to enlist in the Navy when he was 17.
In 1959 he returned to his parents’ ranch in Long Valley to help out and eventually take over. Over the years he had other occupations. He worked as a logger in Washington state. He was a livestock trucker for a spell. He worked some construction jobs in the Long Valley area when it worked out with the ranch’s schedule. For a few years in the 90’s he was a bar owner/operator in Cody, NE. He was often a hired hand for other area ranchers and farmers. Skip was always busy. It wasn’t in his nature to sit idle. Many might call him a “tinkerer.” On days that he couldn’t be working on bigger projects, he would work in his shop on smaller projects like sorting bolts or maintaining some equipment. A stickler for details and organization, he could tell a stranger exactly where to find an item in his shop that he had put away ten years prior and not touched since. In 2006 he retired from ranching and moved to Okobojo Resort north of Pierre where he enjoyed fishing and made many new friends.
Skip had an active social life. He had friends everywhere he went and if he didn’t, he wasn’t afraid to visit and make some.
He was a very active Shriner as a member of the Naja Cowboys and could be counted on to be at several parades and gatherings. He was involved with the Masons and proud of the fact his family had a role in the building of the Masonic Lodge in Kadoka. He was an avid card player and won several trophies at area cribbage tournaments. After retirement, he remained socially active and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre.
Skip loved to have his grandkids around. There were a few reasons for this. He liked teaching someone how to do stuff or how something worked, but it was also a reason to keep sweets around. He always had some goodies close by whether it was some hard candy he purchased or a fortune cookie he saved from a restaurant. He always had cookies or donuts to enjoy with his morning coffee (over a game of cribbage) and ice cream on hand for an afternoon treat as well.
He is survived by his sister, Virginia Coller; children, Mary Day-Curtis, Tami (David) Nelson, Alvin Jr. Day, William Scotty Day, Allen(Lisa) Grimes, Michelle (Joel) Westbrook, Shawn Goodman, and Robert (Andrea) Goodman; grandchildren T.R. Nelson, JR (April) and Travis Nelson, Kati Yeager, Laura and James Colby Ewertz, Cash Ecoffee, Sloan Goodman, Clancy, Callum, Cort, and Claire Goodman, Noah and Martha Day and Bianca and Alex Day; great grandchildren, Hannah and Riley King, Nelson Glenn, Harmony Nelson and one great-great grandchild, Lydia Dartt.
He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Clair “Dicky” Goodman, his parents Robert and Thelma Goodman, his brother-in-law Delbert Coller and grandson Chad Nelson.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. MST Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the City Auditorium in Kadoka with Pastor Bill Hines officiating.
Interment with military honors will be held 2:30 p.m. MST Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Lakota Freedom Veteran's Cemetery near Kyle.