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Thomas C. “Dude” Goodmon

  • Birth 14 Mar 1923 Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 2 Jan 2013 Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 103065087

Claremore - Thomas C. "Dude" Goodmon, 89, died Wednesday. Service 10 a.m. Saturday, Rice Funeral Home Chapel. (Tulsa World)
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CLAREMORE — Services for Thomas C. "Dude" Goodmon will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan., 5, 2013 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be today from 1-7 with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m.

Dude passed away Wednesday, Jan., 2, 2013. He was 89 years old.

Born in Neodesha, Kansas on March 14, 1923, to Thomas and Cleo (Greer) Goodmon, Dude received his education in his birth community. In an effort to help support his family Dude worked in his brother's blacksmith shop before acquiring his union card at the age of 18. He then began a lifelong career as a welder/pipe fitter. Dude was a member of the Pipe Fitters Local Union #430 and was very proud of the fact that he held membership there for 71 years.

In 1946 Dude married Ethel May Pickett and this union was gifted with four children.

Dude was a man with a huge heart and a giving spirit. He exemplified this for 40 years in his faithful care of his son Tommy, who was injured in a car accident.

It was also shown in a quote that Dude lived his life by "I would rather give to someone who needs it more than I do, and that's why I will always be broke….and that's OK".

After his first wife of 54 years passed away, Dude married Shirley Garber Deckard. The two of them blended their families and enjoyed their senior years together.

Dude enjoyed dancing, singing, and playing music. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener. Dude loved to can the bounty of his garden and was known for his tam peppers and pickled okra.

This husband, father, grandfather, and friend will be missed by all who knew him. Dude was preceded in death by his wife Ethel May, daughter Shirley, son Tommy and three brothers.


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  • Created by: OkieBran
  • Added: 4 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103065087
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas C. “Dude” Goodmon (14 Mar 1923–2 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103065087, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by OkieBran (contributor 46530611) .