Gordon Walter Goodier (LtCol USAF, Ret) “Headed West” on November 7, 2021.
Gordon was born on February 3, 1938, in Sioux City, IA to Walter and Margaret Goodier. While attending the University of South Dakota, he enlisted with the Air National Guard. After earning his degree, he was commissioned and went to flight training and then flew the F-100 “Super Sabre.”
In 1968 he was called to active duty and sent to Vietnam where he flew 251 combat missions. He then returned to the Air National Guard and then the Air Force Reserves where he flew the F-105. He eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He earned the awards of Top Gun, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He continued his flying career as a commercial airline pilot with Braniff, Piedmont, and USAir.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy. He is survived by his wife Delores of Bonita Springs, son Gene Goodier and wife Marie of Irving, TX, son Glen Goodier and wife Mary of Waxahachie, TX, daughter Donna Thurman and husband Richard of McKinney, TX, daughter Dawn Krohse and husband Damien of Estero, FL, sister Shirley Crouse, as well as two nephews, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Celebration of Gordon’s life, including military honors, will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 10a at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Ave N, Naples, FL 34108. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com.
A visitation for Gordon will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 – 111th Ave N, Naples, FL 34108. Following the visitation will be a committal service at 11:30 AM.