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FEB. 25, 1919 -- NOV. 25, 2004

Norval T. Goodman, a fruit farmer, World War II veteran and motorcycle racing champion, died Thursday in Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, Newfane, after a short illness. He was 85.

Mr. Goodman was born in Lewiston, where he attended school. From 1943 to 1946 he was in the Army, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines as a technician fifth class with Battery B of the 496th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.

He earned an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with two bronze stars and a Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star.

Mr. Goodman raced motorcycles from 1938 to 1950 along the eastern seaboard, at Daytona Beach, Fla., and in Springfield, Ill. In 1947-48 he was the New York State champion.

He operated Goodman Farms for 55 years.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Agnes J. Rodeke; two daughters, Ann Cornell of Wilson and Mary Jo Crawley of Ransomville; a son, Randolph of Ransomville; a brother, Lyle of Lewiston; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were held today in Hardison Funeral Home. Burial was in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.


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