Richard Goodell passed away peacefully at his home in Mill
City surrounded by family on September 3rd 2019.
He was born in Toledo, Oregon on February 24th
1949 to Joseph Richard Goodell and Helen “Honey” Fisher.
He was the oldest of five children. The family lived in
Siletz, Oregon where Gary developed his lifelong love of
hunting and the outdoors.
He attended school at Siletz High School where he
excelled in academics and sports. After graduating in 1967,
Gary attended college for a year in Klamath Falls at O.I.T.
(currently Oregon Tech), and another in Monmouth at
Oregon College of Education (Currently Western Oregon
University) before beginning his career in the timber
industry. For a brief period of time, Gary drove truck for the logging
company owned by his Uncle, until he accepted a position as a
log scaler with the Columbia River Log Scaling & Grading
Bureau, the profession he would maintain until his retirement
who knew Gary, knew that family was everything to him.
On September 2nd, 1978 he married the love
of his life, Patricia Looney.
Gary entered this union with three young children in
tow from a previous marriage.
Though it was virtually unheard of in that day and age,
Gary fought for and obtained custody of his children.
Then he and Patti created a home for them in the
beautiful Santiam Canyon.
They squeezed the family into a single wide trailer in
Gates, OR and through hard work and perseverance they
eventually moved into a rental house in Mill City. They
continued to scrimp and save until they could afford to buy
the home of their dreams just outside of Mill City.
This would be the home where they would live out the
rest of their lives and watch their family continue to grow,
beginning with the birth of a beautiful baby girl of their own
was a highly involved Dad, spending his evenings and weekends
supporting them in their sports, academics, or whatever
activities they were involved in.
He even coached several of his kids' baseball and
softball teams through the years.
He encouraged his children to share his love of the
outdoors by taking them hunting and fishing whenever he could,
and if it wasn't hunting season, he would just take them for
rides in the woods. It
was during these “rides” that he taught his children and
countless others how to drive.
According to Gary, a child was never too young to start
learning how to drive in the woods.
It began with sitting on his lap steering, then using a
stack of phone books while he reached a foot over and ran the
pedals, until eventually each kid grew tall enough to do it
all on their own.
his 44th birthday Gary became a grandpa for the
first time and soon he came to be known as “Papa”, a title
he loved and cherished. He
was Papa to 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Papa continued his tradition of involvement with his
grandchildren by attending sporting events, band concerts,
dance recitals, plays, graduations, and anything else his
grandchildren were involved in.
He also took them hunting & fishing and taught many
of them the art of driving on mountain roads.
was preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his
loving wife, Patti “Ma” Goodell.
He is survived by his son Joseph Goodell of Salem, son
Jeffrey Goodell of Gates, daughter Lori (David) Carpenter of
Mill City, daughter Shayla Goodell (Aaron Wainman) of Scio.
Grandchildren Levi Ruby(Alyxandrea Allen), Wesley
Goodell, Jordan Rada, Grace Goodell, Dylan Rada, Hadlee
Carpenter and Calvert Wainman, as well as his 3 great
grandchildren Elizabeth Allen, Harper Ruby and Jason Ruby.
Gary will also be missed by his 4 siblings Cam (Sue)
Goodell, Raymond Goodell, Judy Greene, and Joie (Larry) Pageau,
as well as countless nieces and nephews.
will be held at the Santiam Junior/Senior High School
Auditorium on Saturday October 19th, 2019 at
11:30am, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Eagles Lodge
in Mill City beginning at 1pm. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.