Victor E. Goodhard
July 12, 2011
Victor E. Goodhard passed away early Friday morning July 8, at Heritage Park Care Center.
Born on Sept. 11, 1926 in Elkhorn, Neb., Victor was the son of Postmaster William E. and Twila Goodhard.
He spent his youth playing pranks on the local schools and police, which included barricading the only cop in town into an alley on Halloween. Being quick on his feet and with his wit, he was always home and in bed before the injured party came to the house looking for him. The pranks ran into his adult life and until the end.
Victor enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and traveled the world with the Sea Bees.
Once his tour of duty was over, he landed in Denver, where he met the only love of his live, Eileen “Butch” Vagneur. They married in May 1949 and relocated to Woody Creek to help Ben Vagneur with the Elkhorn ranch. Victor and Eileen later purchased what is now the Flying Dog Ranch. In 1962, they acquired Aspen Trash Service, Inc.
Victor was very active in his community service. He was a PER of the Aspen Elks Lodge (1959-60), a lifetime member of the Eagles Club; served on the draft board, the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission; and was a charter member of the Aspen Home Rule Committee.
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Eileen “Butch” preceded Victor in death on Nov. 11, 1982. Victor never remarried and spent his remaining years traveling and enjoying life, the Denver Broncos, his children and grandchildren.
His last years were spent at Heritage Park in Carbondale, where he was loved and enjoyed the companionship of all the wonderful and patient nursing staff. As one nurse commented: “Victor was the party.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; his love, Eileen, and brother Bill.
He is survived by brothers Jack (Doris) Goodhard and Jim (Janet) Goodhard, both of Nebraska; his family: Vickie Iseri of Montrose, Bill (Sue) Goodhard of Centennial, Kristie Goodhard of Carbondale; Michele Goodhard of Emma, and Bobbie Kinney of Aurora; grandchildren Desiree, Ben, Nathan, Erin and Hank; and granddog Eddie.
A rosary/visitation will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aspen.
A Mass will be held on Wednesday July 13, beginning at 10 a.m. Viewing will be available from 9:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Interment at Red Butte Cemetery will follow the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Victor’s name to The Right Door of Aspen or Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.