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Ronald Dean Goodside

d. September 27, 2020

February 13, 1954 ~ September 27, 2020



Wife – Joy Goodside of Shelby, IA

3 Sons – Zachary Goodside of Shelby, IA

Matthew Goodside of Omaha, NE

Eli (Ashley) Goodside of Avoca, IA

1 Sister – Andrea Shelton of San Antonio, TX

7 Grandchildren

Other Relatives & Friends

Ronald Dean Goodside was born on February 13, 1954, in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Des Moines Public Schools and graduated from Hoover High School in 1972. Ronald then attended Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and received an Associate of Arts degree in 1979; he later also studied computer science. He worked as a Systems Analyst for Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, for 35 years, and retired in 2012.

Ronald married Joy Beth Varner on May 23, 1981, in Ames, Iowa. Since 1991, the couple has made their home in Shelby, Iowa.

Ronald was a member of Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an active volunteer in Shelby, serving as president of the Community Club and working for the Democratic Party. During his youth, he enjoyed playing sports, and continued that hobby as an adult by golfing and playing horseshoes, basketball, and baseball. Ronald liked to camp, both with his family and as a Boy Scout parent. A special joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Ronald D. Goodside died on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at his home in Shelby, Iowa. He had reached the age of 66 years, 7 months, and 14 days.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joy Goodside of Shelby, Iowa; three sons, Zachary Goodside of Shelby, Iowa, Matthew Goodside of Omaha, Nebraska, and Eli (Ashley) Goodside of Avoca, Iowa; one sister, Andrea Shelton of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life service may be held at a later date. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc. in Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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