John “Johnny” L. Goodman

John “Johnny” L. Goodman, 55, of Springfield and Menominee Nation, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. He was born July 17, 1966, in Springfield, the son of Buck Wayne and Josephine Elizabeth (Tomow) Goodman. He married Mellita Spangler and she survives.

He is also survived by his beloved daughters, Nichole (Cody Haley) Goodman and Kayla (Jess) Weitzel; granddaughter on the way, Ryan; sister, Susie Parks; brother, Buck Wayne Goodman, Jr.; aunt, Patricia Goodman; five nieces, Sarah, Hannah, Hillary, and Dakota Goodman and Katie Parks; several cousins; and beloved dog, Sammy.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, John and Mattie Goodman and Henry and Frances Tomow; brother-in-law, Tom Parks; step-mother, Pamela Goodman; many aunts and uncles; and beloved dog, Puppy.

Johnny was a graduate of Lanphier High School with a side of what he always called “reservation education.” John’s career path always involved hands-on work. He worked many early years at Sears and then Walmart as an assembler. He recently started work in hospitality at Comfort Inn & Suites. Johnny could always be found near a grill, entertaining friends and family with laughs and preparing his tacklebox for the next fishing trip. To many, he was known as “Mr. Fix It” and thoroughly enjoyed repairing anything and everything he could get his hands on.

Words cannot express how loved and valued he was by his family and friends. He will be missed by many. As he would say, “Johnny loves ya, baby.”

Memorial Gathering: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield.

Memorial Service: 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at 6:30 pm. at The Lake Press Club. 13 Club Area, Springfield, IL 62712

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Protective League.

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