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Gary Richard Goodell
February 24, 1949 – September 3, 2019

Gary 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 in 2011.

Those 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 in 1989.

Gary 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.

On 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.

Gary 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.

Services 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.


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