Chester Ernest Goodell went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Born on November 20, 1926, in Haigler, Nebraska, he was the 6th child to Leverett Elzy & Lillian Ethel (Foltz). In February 1938 the family moved to Ontario, Oregon where he was active in 4H as a youth and working on the family farm. He attended Ontario High School and graduated in 1944. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hallie (Gravatt) of Meridian, Daughter Karen Stewart (Gary) of Cool, CA; 3 grandsons, two great grandchildren, brother in law Gerald Gravatt from Boise, ID and numerous nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 sons.
Chester was a General Contractor for many years and was a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Union Local #971 for 56 years. He earned his Life Membership in January 2012. He was in the National Guard, Army Branch with the 116th Armored Calvary for 16 years. Chester was a horticulturist gardener, emphasis on vegetables and his award winning gladiolus. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, telling jokes or stories and volunteer work; was President of Eagle and Star Senior Centers for many years and also attended Kuna Senior Center. Chester, earned the distinct honors of having February 10th 2016 as the Chester Goodell Day Proclamation by the Mayor of Eagle for all of his outstanding volunteer work at the Senior Center. He enjoyed playing cards with all of his senior friends and playing dominoes with his family. He loved his cats that he had throughout his life; Teddy, Bobbie, Puss n’ Boots, Herbie, Charlie, Sir, Big Guy and Kallie.
While he had many interests, his first love was wood working that is displayed throughout the Valley Pentecostal Church, a true craftsman along with the many houses that he built for family members. He was always remodeling or just adding his beautiful finish work to something. Another love was his big family. He always enjoyed the family reunions and meeting with all of his relatives, talking and looking at pictures for many hours.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Valley Pentecostal Church in Caldwell, ID at 10:00 a.m.; following with Funeral Services to honor and celebrate his life at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Services will take place at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise, ID; following the Service.