Kenneth Howard Goodman

August 15, 1922 to April 8, 2024 (101 years)

Kenneth H. Goodman passed away on April 8, 2024, at the age of 101 in Sun Lakes, Arizona after a long illness.

Louis Margie Bette and Ken
photo-postcard, dated 10/26/1961. Louis and Margie Goodman, Bette and Ken Goodman, Hot Springs, AK.

He was born on August 15, 1922, in Lorain, OH, and was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1940B.Ken proudly served in the US Army during the Second World War as part of Cannon Company, 378th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, and saw combat in the Battle of Metz under General George Patton. During his service, he displayed remarkable bravery and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. After his military service, Ken returned to Lorain and rejoined the family business, Goodman Beverage Co., founded by his father Sam in the 1920s where Ken had worked since he was a boy.

Ken Goodman 1943

In 1947, Ken set up the Tri-City Distributing Co which sold Carling Black Label and other top-selling beers of the day. He was later joined by his brother Jerry, who assisted with the companies’ growth. Eventually, with Ken as President, Goodman/Tri-City grew to become a large regional beverage wholesaler serving much of northern Ohio until the companies were sold in 2008. Hundreds of people locally were employed by the company over the course of its 75-year history, a great source of pride for Ken and his family. Ultimately, the Goodman Beverage warehouse in Lorain was donated to the Lorain City Schools which uses it as a distribution and storage facility. Ken was a devoted family man, and he and Bette recently celebrated their 71st wedding Anniversary.

Carling Dinner early 1960s

Ken is directly to the left of the 88 placard. His mother, Bertha, and father, Sam, are to his right.

Ken Goodman Niagara Falls 1953

Ken is survived by his loving wife Bette, and their children Larry (Stephanie Betts), Fern (Will Gethin-Jones) Goodman, and Michael (Lee). He was also a cherished grandfather to Betsy Soshnik (Michael), Shira, and Anna, and is also survived by his nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren, George and Audrey Soshnik. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings.

Sgt Ken Goodman - 95th ID studio shot

In his free time, Ken was actively involved in various organizations and was a member of the Jewish-American War Veterans and the B’nai Brith fraternal order as well as being a member of the Cotillion Club during the 1970s and 1980s. A member of Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, OH, he served as a Trustee for at least three decades. He enjoyed Lake Erie perch, playing poker and the stock market, and was an avid (though usually frustrated) Cleveland Browns fan for the past 70 years.

Ken Goodman high school photo

Ken on manuevers US Army

Bertha with baby Ken

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