Ivan Cleo Goodner was born on November 12, 1934 in Franklin, Arizona to Cleo Connon and Clara Ruth Goodner at his grandmother Addie’s home. His parents divorced when he was 4, and later, Richard “Dick” Johnson married his mother and together they raised Ivan on the Twin Peak Ranch at Bitter Creek and the farm at Johnsonville, New Mexico.
Ivan attended grade school in Franklin, Arizona and then high school in Duncan, Arizona where he played football and developed a love of art; painting and drawing. He graduated in 1952 from Duncan High School.
At age 17, Ivan left home and attended Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona and graduated in 1954. His first official job was with Kennecott Copper in Hurley, NM in the boiler shop.
In 1957, Ivan was drafted into the Army 3rd Brigade at Fort Ord, California as a Private First Class He was honorably discharged 2 years later so he could help his father on the farm and ranch.
Ivan played steel guitar in two western bands, The Boothill Boys and Rhythm Wranglers who entertained in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. His other hobby was flying airplanes when he obtained his pilot's license in Silver City, New Mexico.
He married Janice Karyl Houston on October 21, 1960 in Hurley, NM and lived in Silver City where their 2 daughters, Terri-Anne and Karla Kay were born.
After the surprising death of his father in February 1967 the family moved back to his home town of Johnsonville, New Mexico to help his mother with the farm and ranch. He also took a boilermaker job at Phelps Dodge in Morenci. His third daughter Sandra Lu was born in 1971.
In 1996, Ivan retired from Phelps Dodge, spending his retirement years playing his steel guitar, ranching, building corrals and spending time with his family. He passed away at the age of 86, in Show Low, AZ at the home of his daughter, Terri-Anne.
He is survived by his three daughters, Terri-Anne (Bob Eberly), Karla Kay (Stan Ellis) and Sandra Lu (Chuck French), 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sister in law Susan Schear, nieces Staci Schear and Kellei Baca, nephews Dwight Phillips and Troy Phillips. He is preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Janice, his parents Dick and Ruth Johnson, mother & father in law, Dwight and Grace Houston, sister and brother in law, George & Vickie Zumwalt, brother in law, Luther Schear, nephew Rusty Schear and many uncles, aunts, and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 with a public viewing and slide show beginning at 10:00 am and services starting at 11:00 am, First Baptist Church of Duncan, Duncan, Arizona. Internment will be in the Duncan Cemetery with full military honors.
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