James K. Goodrow

Hale, Michigan
September 13, 1928 - December 12, 2019

Obituary Notice

Goodrow, James K., age 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Toni and Trish House in Auburn, Michigan.

Jim was born September 13, 1928 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late George and Vera (nee Kersten) Goodrow. He became a successful self-employed business owner and educator in Saginaw and Bay City.

He is survived by his children; James Forest (Lisa) Goodrow and Kathy Sue (John) Gundling. Siblings; Pat Johnson and Paul (Sally) Goodrow. Many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones also survive.

Mr. Goodrow was preceded in death by his wife; Cherie Nan (nee Wolcott) and brother-in-law; Phil Johnson.

Per his wishes, Jim’s body has been donated to the University of Michigan Medical School for research. No services are planned.

Arrangements by Buresh Funeral Home – Hale, Michigan


My dear brother and brother-in-law is at peace. We have so many wonderful memories of all the good family times together, especially at Holiday times. We all remember the wonderful family reunion Jim set up at his cottage at the lake for the whole gang. Even built a wonderful screened in kitchen and gathering area. Remember those wonderful ice sculptures at Xmas time. Sending lots of love to his great children. Especially Jim and Lisa who devoted so much care to him these last years.
— Paul and Sally Goodrow
We at Harry's Coney Island send our condolences to Jim's family. We will miss him..
— Kathie
Uncle Jim was a hard-working businessman, but he also worked hard at his many hobbies. He enjoyed building cabins at the lake (!), creating ice sculptures, landscaping, and I'm sure many others that I don't know about. He held the world's greatest family reunion at his place on the lake, and none of us will ever forget how wonderful it was! He helped us create candles with driftwood made in the sand, he had boat rides, fishing, lawn games, an outdoor eating area that he built for the reunion, music on the porch with instruments for playing along--ETC.! He also had a lot of great stories, whenever we got together, that I really enjoyed hearing. I am grateful that he had a long life, because we enjoyed knowing him and being with him.
— Patti Johnson VanderKooy
He was one of a kind, a beloved uncle and friend. He will be missed and remembered always.
— Bryan Johnson

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