The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 14, 2013

Edgar Rodger Goodbary

The Joplin Globe

CARTERVILLE, Mo. —                

February 4, 1928 - February 12, 2013

Edgar "Rodger" Goodbary of Carterville, MO, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013. His wife, Alma Leta, was at his side at the time of his passing, as well as his pastor Kevin McNeely, his favorite Dr. Kremeid, and favorite nurse Buffy.    

"Rodger" was born February 4, 1928 in the family home on the Goodbary Homestead three miles east of Carney, in Otoe Township, Lincoln County, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of eight children born to James Russell "Russ" Goodbary (1869-1949) and Martha Ann "Mattie" (Shoop) Goodbary (1883-1966). He was especially proud to have been born and raised on a farm in the middle of Oklahoma. All of his siblings have preceded him in death - George Russell Goodbary 1903-1978, Margaret Eunice (Goodbary) Carpenter 1906-1993, John Robert Goodbary 1909-1990, James Lawrence Goodbary 1911 -1984, William Allan Goodbary 1915 -2000,  Albert Earl Goodbary 1918-1920, and Edna Ruth (Goodbary) Thomas 1921-2001.

Rodger attended grade school at Mount Vernon and graduated from Carney High School in 1945. He attended Oklahoma A&M College in 1945 and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rodger was employed as an Engineering Aide by the Navy at China Lake, CA, and by the Army at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He also worked on construction in Alaska. Later, after earning his degree he was employed by Unit Rig and Equipment Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then in 1974 he formed Goodbary Engineering Company to design and build mining equipment including a line of 130-170 ton payload-capacity bottom dump trucks.

Rodger was drafted into the Army in October 1950, and served in Korea seeing extensive combat with the 8th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, as a Forward Observer, Battery Executive Officer and Battery Commander, from November 1952 until November 1953 when he returned to the United States. He was discharged from the Army Reserve as a Captain in November 1960.

Edgar Rodger Goodbary married Mary Lou Hanmer on September 20, 1952 in the Carney Christian Church, Carney, Oklahoma. Upon Rodger's return from Korea they established their home one-half mile south and one mile west of Carney. They had two daughters - Lou Ann Goodbary, born September 20, 1954 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Linda Lea Goodbary, born March 21, 1958 in San Luis Obispo, California. Lou Ann passed away on July 3, 2007. Linda married Terrance Henry Bryant and together they had two children - Jennifer Marie Bryant, born August 25, 1980 in Joplin Missouri, and Terrance Erving Bryant, born October 13, 1983 in Kansas City, Missouri. After a very long battle with cancer, Mary Lou died on December 5, 1973 in Tulsa and was buried in the Carney Cemetery. On September 9, 1976 Rodger married Alma Leta (Southerland) Dye in the Cardin Christian Church, Cardin, Oklahoma.

A very talented engineer, Rodger was issued a number of patents, and he has presented several papers to the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 1979 he was invited to Australia where Rodger was the key note speaker on Mine Haulage Trucks at the International Conference on Mining Machinery.

Rodger was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Pi Tau Sigma (Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity), National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Institute of Mining Engineers, and the Canadian Institute of Mining.

The most important part of Rodger's life was family - and his extensive family has benefited greatly from his decades long genealogy research. Countless family members, when faced with some question or curiosity about our family's history could call on Rodger and always get an answer.  

Rodger is survived by Alma Leta Goodbary, his wife of 37 years, his daughter Linda Bryant, step-son Steve Dye, grandchildren Jennifer Bryant, Josh Dye, and Terrance Bryant, as well as countless nieces and nephews

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Carterville United Methodist Church with Pastor Kevin McNeely officiating. Following the service a visitation dinner will be held at the Church for family and friends. Graveside services with Military Honors will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carney Cemetery, Carney, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions are requested to the Carterville United Methodist Church. Alma Leta will be at the home of her son, Steve Dye, 1418 Gold Stream Dr. Webb City. She will welcome friends and relatives at any time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home of Webb City, Mo.

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