In memory of
Robert Lester "Bob" Goodner
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In memory of
Robert Lester "Bob" Goodner
Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with Duane Christiansen officiating. Burial will follow in the Broken Bow Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., with the family greeting friends 5 - 7 p.m., at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Bob was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Omaha, to Josephine Julianne (Stretz) and Charles Herman Goodner. He died Oct. 11, 2016, at the age of 79 years, at Broken Bow. Bob started school in Ralston, until the age of seven when he moved to Milburn, where he attended grade school. In 1951 the family moved to Merna, where he graduated with the class of 1955.  He entered the Navy in March of 1956 and was sent to California where he served on the USS Ajax, a repair ship that traveled to Hawaii, Japan and Hong Kong.  When home on leave later that year, he met and started dating Joyce Davidson. These two were married May 11, 1958, and to this union six daughters were born. During his life, Robert had many different jobs, from working on a farm to driving a semi-truck. He worked at the Bow Inn as a short-order cook, Wenquist Auto Supply, and the City of Broken Bow. He also worked at F. A. Bates which later became B-J Equipment when he and Jim Lepant became business partners. They were also business partners in G & L Washer Sales and Service. After B-J Equipment closed, he began working with wood where he, his son-in-law, David Myers, and Earl Yantzee made woodcraft items that were marketed as Goodner's Fine Wood. During his lifetime he enjoyed many different pursuits from acting in the community playhouse, coaching kids, and making trips to Valentine, to camping with his family. Family was always very important to him. He had many talents and gifts and was more than willing to share that knowledge with others including the many friends he made through his business connections. Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Broken Bow; daughters, Marilyn (Bill) Johnson of Callaway, Penny (David) Myers of Broken Bow, Kelli (Kenny) Beck of Gothenburg, Connie (Doug) Campbell of Broken Bow, Carolyn (Tim) Troxel of Berwyn;, and Judy Sunde of Papillion; brother, Melvin (Sherry) Goodner of Las Cruces, N.M.; 19 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents;  brothers, Charlie Goodner and Ed Goodner; sister, Iona Nelson; and granddaughter, Rachel Myers.
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