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Richard "Curly" Burl Goodale


Richard "Curly" Burl Goodale, 61, of Tipton, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Nov. 16, 2018, in his home, with his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, with cremation to follow. Visitation for Richard will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fry's Funeral Home.
Richard was the son of Kenneth Burl and Ruby Lucille Boggess Goodale. He was born on Dec. 13, 1956, in Osage, Iowa. Richard graduated from Osage High School with the Class of 1975 and was confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage. He completed the Ironworkers Apprenticeship program, reaching Journeyman status.
He was a 37-year member of the Ironworker's Local 89, and was proud to be an ironworker. He always said going to work was an adventure. A couple of his memorable jobs were the Carver Hawkeye Arena and the moving of the presses at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Richard was united in marriage to Nancy Renee' Bennett on June 18, 1988, in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Together with his wife, Nancy, he owned and operated Cedar Valley Stables for 24 years. At the stables, Richard was the "cowboy", the horseman of the ranch. He dedicated his life to the care of his horses, dogs, cats and wildlife at the ranch. He enjoyed the history of the land, collecting arrowheads and feathers while hunting, fishing or just walking the trails. He was a soft-spoken man and a mentor to many.
Richard is survived by his wife, Nancy Bennett Goodale; his father, Kenneth Goodale; his brothers, Russ, Ralph, Ron (Debbie), Regi (Angie) and Rod Goodale; his sister, Roxanne (Donnie) Tussler; mother-in--law, Jo Bennett; sister-in-law, Becky Bunting; brothers-in-law, Bob, John, Jim (Vicky), David (Vonnie) and Donnie (Amy) Bennett; 64 nieces and nephews; the Ranch family and many friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby; his brother, Robert; his father-in-law, Willard Bennett; and his sister-in-law, Denise Hanna-Bennett.
A GoFundMe page has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.