We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Affordable Cremation and Funeral Service
Joel Merrick Goodsir, 61, began his next adventure Friday, September 10th, at home with his beloved wife Kim, and faithful four-legged buddy Zeiger at his side. Joel always maintained his great sense of humor and ever-present smile during his long and courageous fight with cancer. He brightened people's days and even had nurses and hospital staff laughing during his multitude of appointments over the last four years.
Joel was an old-fashioned, laid-back, and humble guy, who brought much joy to his friends, family, and all who knew him. One could find him doing his silly dance and funny faces for his adoring grandkids who affectionately called him silly G-pa. Compassionate, curious, and caring, Joel dearly appreciated his friends and family and always enjoyed time spent with them. Whether sitting cozy in his recliner devouring Western movies, watching a rousing Packer game with friends or family, Joel really enjoyed those who touched his heart.
He was an outdoorsy, nature-loving man, who had many interests throughout his life. He had a special fascination for birds, especially eagles and falcons, even rescuing and rehabilitating a baby falcon until it flew away. Bicycling, weight lifting, archery, golf, boating, water and snow skiing, fishing, and his yearly trips to the UP with his two daughters, family, and friends. He liked the range and shooting a multitude of different guns.
Maybe his biggest passion was riding motorcycles for most of his life. There was nothing Joel liked more than a spontaneous ride on one of his Harleys or an all-day journey with friends through the peaceful and winding roads in Wisconsin.
Joel worked at Fairbanks Morse for almost 40 years where he made many good friends until his illness forced early retirement.
Family was everything to Joel, he admired his wonderful parents, Ann and Fred, and he was very proud of his beautiful daughters Jennifer (Jake) and Sara (Julius). His adorable grandchildren, Easton, Aubrey, and new baby girl River owned his heart. His sister Julie (John) meant the world to him, as did his Auntie Gail (Joe), Uncle Jim (Susan), and his two nieces Jaclyn and Jordan.
Everyone that ever met him, loved him. He was just that kind of guy.
There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 25th, from noon to 4 at Riverside Pavilion South.
Not a day goes by when you are not loved and missed... A beautiful soul is never forgotten.