James R. ‘Ronnie/J.R.’ Goddard

James R. ‘Ronnie/J.R.’ Goddard

James R. “Ronnie/J.R.” Goddard, 79, of Tucson, Ariz., died Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Tucson Medical Center. 

He was born on July 21, 1940, in Johnson County, the son of Don and Pauline Goddard. 

He married Lela Jen Harris on Feb. 14, 2006, at a small church in Wyoming.  

He began his work as a dairy and grain farmer in Dongola and then moved to Rock Springs, Wyo., where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Frank’s Construction. He ultimately decided to buy and operate Frank’s Construction and made a success of his business. He retired in 2014 and he and Lela moved to Tucson, Ariz.

He was a lifetime member of Goreville Masonic Saline Lodge No. 339 and was a master trap shooter, winning many awards. He enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, playing guitar, traveling, shooting craps in Vegas, and was a self-proclaimed Alumni of Arizona Wild Cat sports, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Goddard is survived by three children, Matt Goddard and spouse Kim Goddard, Mitch Goddard and partner Curtis Hasse and Mitzie Goddard Roberts and spouse Jim Roberts; seven grandchildren, Lindsey Goddard Toler and spouse Jared Toler, Wyatt Goddard and fiancee Velinka Markovic, Dalton Goddard, Braden Benns, Riley Benns, Jaxon Goddard-Westland and Willa Goddard-Westland; one great-grandchild Loni Ann Toler; the mother of his children and friend Bonnie Casey Goddard; and many other nieces and nephews, friends and relatives, including Bobby McCall who was like a brother to him.

He was loved by all and had never met a stranger. He lived by his favorite motto, “Work hard when you work and play hard when you play.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Pauline Goddard, and by his brother Jack Goddard. 

Graveside funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Anna City Cemetery in Anna. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery in Anna.  

Friends can call from 9:30 a.m. until the service hour at the cemetery.  Everyone who is attending will be required to wear a face covering and to observe social distancing guidelines. 

Family and friends are invited to the home of Matt and Kim Goddard immediately following the service. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

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