Gary Goodrich

Obituary of Gary Wilson Goodrich

May 23rd, 1945-May 27th, 2011 Gary Wilson Goodrich,66, of Dallas Died May 27th in Salem. He leaves behind a gentle footprint. He was born in Portland to Hollis and Lillian Goodrich. Gary grew up in Portland and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He attended Portland Community College and Portland State University. He served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam era. He married his wife Lee, the love of his life,in 1972. Gary worked in the auto industry throughout his life, retiring in 2004 after 20 years at Hayward Ford in Dallas. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, baseball, Caribbean cruising with his wife and Oregon State University sports. GO Beav's! He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lillian and Holly; his brother Mike; and his sister, Kathy. Survivors include his dear wife, Lee; his two beloved daughters Molly(Marcus) of Dallas and Katie(Ben) of Redmond; His sister, Gayle Smart of Lake Oswego; his very favorite Aunt Mary Goodrich of Portland; his four grandchildren, Kamren, Olivia, Sophia and Tate; and last but not least, his two granddogs, Rowdy and Edison. He dearly loved his family and devoted his life to making them happy. At his request no services will be held. Contributions are suggested to Catholic Charities, 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, Or 97202. Please God forgive a silent tear, A constant wish that he was here. Others were taken, yes we know, but he was ours and we loved him so. He bid no one a last farewell, nor even said goodbye. He was gone before we knew it and only God knows why. If all the world were ours to give we'd give it all and more to see that loving face of his just once more. For those of who have someone who means a lot, treasure them with care. For you never know their value til you see their vacant chair.
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