Arvin was born Feb. 22, 1921, the youngest child of Arthur U. Goodman and Cora Bell Huffman of Bell City, Mo. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Arvin started school at Bell City with his mother as his teacher. She taught Arvin, who was a natural "leftie", to use his right hand exclusively. He later attended school at Nimmons, Ark., and graduated from Kennett High School with the class of 1939.
In 1941 he volunteered with the Marine Air Corps, served in World War II in the South Pacific, and was discharged in Dec., 1945 as a Sergeant First Class. After the war, he ran several small businesses, was elected as Kennett City Treasurer, and served as Post Commander of the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired from City Light Gas and Water in 1983 with over 20 years of service.
Arvin and Dortha Lou Tomlinson were married June 30, 1949, in the home that Arvin built himself at 711 Lester Street and where they have since lived for 63 years. He is survived by his three sons and their spouses, Arvin Ryan Goodman and Patricia Amsler, Timothy Clark Goodman and Cathy Goodman, and Gregory Lynn Goodman and Lynda Wayne; six grandchildren, Nathaniel Curry Amsler Goodman and Miles Franscisco Amsler Goodman, Malerie Phillips Goodman Essner, Spencer Phillips Goodman, Maxim Wayne Goodman and Dylan Wayne Goodman.
Arvin inherited his father's building skills and created his own motto, "anything anyone else can build a lot of, I can build a little bit of". He was a devoted dad, as well as a son and brother. A friend of his boys remarked "If I ever need a Dad, I will choose Mr. Goodman!" His sharp wit and sense of humor provided much fun.
Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., at Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Visitation and services are under the direction of McDaniel.
Pallbearers will be his five grandsons and grandson-in-law, Brent Essner.
Honorary pallbearer will be his granddaughter.
Memorial gifts may be made to Legacy Hospice, Inc., 607 Billington Street; Kennett, MO 63857, (573) 888-4946.