Merlin James Goodman, 87, of Hiawatha, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Maple Heights in Hiawatha.
He was born at Sabetha Hospital on Dec. 8, 1930, to James Harry and Lucy May (Tyner) Goodman of Wetmore.
Merlin graduated from Wetmore High School and then enlisted in the United State Marine Corps. He served in the Korean War during his three years of service. Merlin returned from the service and worked for Frank and Bob Scoby of Fairview as a farmer for more than 40 years.
He was married to Lida Lucille Moore on Nov. 22, 1952. She preceded him in death on June 11, 1992. To this union five children were born. He then married Verna Moore Goodman on Dec. 31, 1992.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Randy Goodman and Richard “Dickie” Goodman; a daughter, Tracy Glenn; and a sister, Doris Banwart of Lamar, Mo.
He is survived by his wife Verna; children, Liz (Dan) Babb of Hiawatha and Donna (Daniel) Halstead of Morrill; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and Verna’s children whom he considered his own, James (Tammy) Adams, John (Melanie) Adams and Kristie (Tom) Doyle, along with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and his brother, Norman Goodman of Hiawatha.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Interment with military honors will follow at the Wetmore Cemetery. Donations for Merlin’s burial can be sent in care of the funeral home.
The Sabetha Herald 6/27/2018