Daniel J. Goodman

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died August 4, 2020

Daniel “Buzz” J. Goodman, age 71, of Escanaba passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba.

Daniel was born June 12, 1949 in Escanaba, the son of Joseph and Nona (Downey) Goodman. He graduated from the Gladstone High School in 1968. He was proud of being from Kipling and was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially at “Camp” with his brother Tom and his wife, Jan. He was an avid Detroit Lion fan and also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, making crafts and gifts for Christmas and loved his coffee.

Daniel is survived by his siblings, Gary (Linda) Goodman of Marquette, Tom (Jan) Goodman of Rapid River and Louise (Jay) Thomas of Wallace, nieces and nephews, Greg (Kelly) Goodman, Christa (Ryan) Hubbard, Casey (Rachel) Goodman, Chad (Heidi) Goodman, Sara Goodman (BJ Lauscher), Ryan Thomas and Erik (Lexie) Thomas, 11 great nieces and nephews and a special friend, Marlene Kyllonen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Due to Covid-19, private graveside services will be held at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

The Goodman family is being assisted by the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.

18 Tributes for “Daniel J. Goodman

    Gary, Linda and family, so sorry for the loss of Daniel! Prayers for you all today and in the days ahead! God bless you all!

    My favorite childhood memory of Dan is how he would call us to tell us Santa’s route on Christmas Eve and when Santa would make it to Wisconsin.
    Sending prayers and hugs to the Goodman family!
    God Bless!

    Dan loved to be at deer camp, a true angler for the perch, walleye & pike he enjoyed being out on the open lake. He was a talented craftsman & would make unique UP wood crafts & paintings of all sorts, sailboats, rockets & ship/helicopter models in his workshop. He was a comedian with all of his friends & family with a big heart.

    I will always cherish my days out fishing with Dan in his boat on Bay De Noc and Deer Hunting with him & the family at the annual deer camp outing in Kipling.

    We love you Uncle Buzz you will be missed dearly but your spirit, sayings & quick humor will always live on, good luck chasing down the 20 pounder up there! We will give you a toast when we make a cast on the open water, see the Lions score a touchdown or when the big bucks are on the move at deer camp because we know how excited you would get about that……..

    Thanks for being a great uncle! Take care Buzz, Greg & Kelly

    Gary, Tom, Louise and Family,
    Sending love, hugs, and prayers for all of you at this difficult time in your lives.
    Know that my family’s hearts ache for you. I can still visualize him in high school
    always greeting me at the top of third floor at GHS.
    Know that his graduation picture will be posted on 1968’s GHS class reunion board
    along with the other deceased classmates.
    God Bless – Jeannie Gillis-Ryan

    so sorry to here of buzzards passing. I so remember the fun times working in the mink yard and chasing ufo’s in the blue impala and stealing a few Hams beers from Joe for the hunt. I remember those times fondly. It is so hard to believe that time passes so quickly and people drift apart. The last time I saw him he was still living at home after your mother had passed and we talked and laughed about old times for a long while. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Dan had a true love of family and friends. His hardy laugh and welcome hugs will always be remembered. What a special person.

    Gary, Tom, Louise and Family- “Condolences ”
    So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing.–He was a special person always ready to tell his favorite fishing stories and asking if you want to go fishing.–God Bless

    Dear Gary and family. You are all in my prayers. I was saddened to hear of Dan ‘s “Buzzard” passing. So many good times of long ago. God Bless all

    Dear Gary, Tom & Louise,
    My heart goes out to you and your families with deepest sympathy. Dan and his beautiful spirit will live on forever in your hearts. He taught us important lessons in life. He was gentle and kind … so trusting … so open to being a friend. He was an innocent and he made the world a better place. He truly was a “GOOD MAN”. God bless and watch over all of you during this difficult time and always. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy (Gillis) LeGault

    Dear Gary, Tom, Louise and Families,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. The Goodman Family will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Take good care of one another during this sad and difficult time. Feel my hugs and know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Cathy (Gillis) Suster

    Gary, Tom, Louise….thank you for sharing your brother with us. Dan was a blessing to all who knew him. I will miss our many conversations about bears in the back yard and him asking me to sneak him some brandy and chocolate donuts. Till we meet again sweet man….Rest in Peace❤

    Our hearts are broken and we miss you tremendously! Dan, the Buzz, you were such a kind, gentle and loving man! We will cherish our wonderful memories forever. Rest in peace dear brother-in-law, Linda

    Uncle Buzz,
    Our family is celebrating your life today. As I reflect back on memories with you, the most impactful feeling I have is one of you truly loving being with family and laughing. You were always up for a good chuckle and always smiled so big when you saw us! You generously bought me my first pair of rollerblades, craftily made me my shelves with hooks for my ski trophies/medals, and always knew how to look right at us to convey your love for us without saying a word! Tessa adored going to the State Fair with you and will always remember her first elephant ear with you there! Your humorous and kind caring spirit will live on in our hearts!
    We love you, Christa, Ryan and Tessa Hubbard

    Gary, Tom, and Louise, My sincere sympathy since learning Dan passed away. Childhood memories of him stay with me, and good memories I’ve never forgotten since moving away from Kipling after high school. One of a kind. We need more like him these days. So very sorry for your loss.

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