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Fred Goodenough, Jr. Obituary

Fred Wesley COL USA Ret. Goodenough, Jr.
Fred Wesley COL USA Ret. Goodenough, Jr.

April 17, 1934 - February 11, 2019
Born in Newburgh, New York
Resided in Rixeyville, Virginia


Colonel Fred W. Goodenough passed away peacefully on February 11, 2019 in Rixeyville, Virginia with his loving family by his side.

Whether caring for his beloved family, traveling the world or devoting his life to his country for over 47 years, Fred lived with great passion for his family and his country. His motto was duty, honor and country.

Fred was born on April 17, 1934 in Newburgh, Orange County, New York and was the son of the late Fred W. Goodenough, Sr and Anna Marie Kinsley Goodenough.

He was the beloved husband of Joan Frances White Goodenough of Warrenton, Virginia and the devoted father of Jeannine Marie Goodenough Cummings and her husband Ronald Cummings of Hamilton, Virginia, Kathleen Margaret Goodenough Geneva and her late husband Dr. Edward Geneva of Haymarket, Virginia and Jannelle Maureen Goodenough Murray and her husband Dr. Vincent Murray of Rixeyville, Virginia. Fred is survived by his sister Sheila Marie Minard and her husband Paul Minard of Ocala, Florida, sister-in-law, Jeanneane Benfer and her husband Colonel Richard Benfer and several loving nieces and nephews.

Fred, also known as Pop-Pop was the loving grandfather of Margaret Catherine Murray, Caroline Elizabeth Murray, Alexander White Geneva and Scarlett Gray Geneva.

Colonel Fred W. Goodenough graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York with the Class of 1958 receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He received his Masters Degree from Indiana State University in Agency Counseling and attended the University of Pittsburgh, Business School for studies in the Management Program for Executives.

In addition, Fred attended Harvard University at The Kennedy School of Government studying National Security and the Army War College culminated his Military Education. After attending Harvard University, Fred became a graduate of The Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Fred had many challenging and exciting tours of duty as an Infantry Airborne Ranger over the years. His early assignments were with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 7th Infantry Division in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was sent as an Advisor by President Kennedy to assist in establishing the first Ranger School at Duc My, Vietnam. He was also presented as a young Captain on the TV-NBC News -Here and Now with Frank McGee showcasing his work of training the Vietnamese Rangers in Tactics at their new National Military Academy.

Fred continued his career by serving as an Army Ground Liaison Officer with the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn Air Base in the Hunsruck region of Germany and was also assigned to the 1st Armored Division as a Brigade Executive Officer. Additionally, he was the Commander of the 1/46 Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Erlangen, Germany along with many state side tours throughout his military career.

Colonel Goodenough enjoyed his teaching experience at West Point where he instructed Tactics and Military History to the cadets. He would tell his children and grandchildren that teaching at West Point gave him the greatest joy and was his favorite tour of duty!

In Fred’s later career he spent five years with the Army General Staff and was the Director of the Defense Information Systems, CMCA organization. His team provided support for the protection of the United States Secret Service, Presidential Candidates, former Presidents and Foreign Heads of State including 2 visits to our country by Pope John Paul ll.

Colonel Goodenough received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action in Vietnam, the Bronze Star, seven Air Medals, two for valor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious Medals and two Army Commendation Medals.

As a 40-year resident of the Warrenton community Fred enjoyed traveling, family holidays and dinners. He could always be seen cheering on his beloved Alma Mater, West Point-- especially during the ARMY-NAVY football games. He also enjoyed supporting and attending his children and grandchildren’s many activities and life events. Fred enjoyed nature, history and was the family genealogist. He was an active member of NARFE and the Sons of the American Revolution.

A Memorial Mass will be held for Colonel Goodenough on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM at St John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 271 Winchester Street, Warrenton, Virginia.

The Goodenough family has invited everyone to a Reception and Celebration of Life following the Mass at Murray Hill Farm, 15389 Sheads Mountain Road, Rixeyville,Va 22737.

An inurnment will be held at a later date in the Spring of 2019. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be made at

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St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
271 Winchester Street
Warrenton, VA US 20186
Saturday, April 27, 2019
12:00 PM


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