O. Goodrich passed away on September 15, 2015, after a short battle with
leukemia. Bill was born on July 14, 1936 in Portsmouth New Hampshire to William
E. and Marguerite G. Goodrich, the sixth of six children. Bill grew up in
Portsmouth and became a tin knocker (body mechanic) in an auto body shop after
graduating from high school in 1954. In 1957 Bill joined the Morrison Knudsen
(MK) Construction Company on a tunnel job in Boston Massachusetts. He was
drafted into the US Army in early 1959 and spent most of his hitch as a medical
supply specialist at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
two year hitch in the army, Bill rejoined MK on a missile project in Oklahoma.
He remained with MK for the rest of his career and retired from MK in December
1989 in Boise, Idaho. After rejoining MK in 1961, Bill traveled from job to job
in the US until being assigned to work in Vietnam in 1965, where MK was
building everything from soup to nuts to support the US Military efforts there.
Bill was in Vietnam for almost two years and, while there, married Vu Thi Khuy,
a Vietnamese girl.
Bill and Khuy
went to Peru on a road job in September 1967, returning to the US in March
1969. Bill was relocated to Boise in July 1969 and, except for a one year stint
in North Dakota and a seven month stint in upstate New York, remained in Boise
until he retired. Bill traveled over much of the world in his work for MK and
spent a good part of his time on the road. Bill loved his work with MK and
really enjoyed working with those he became acquainted with in his many years
with the company.
Bill was an
avid hunter and fisherman all of his life and spent virtually all of his free
time pursuing those hobbies. Khuy was also an avid fisherwoman until she had a
heart attack in 1992 and often out-fished Bill and others in their party.
Although Khuy gave up fishing after her heart attack, she continued to
accompany Bill on most of his fishing trips. Bill started out as a young man
hunting everything from quail to deer but hunted mostly big game for the past
several years. He was able to bring home two moose and always considered that
to be the best eating although most of his family and friends liked either the
antelope, deer or elk he brought home better.
preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. He is survived by his
wife Khuy, daughter Dawn, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews
and great nieces and nephews. At Bill's request, there will be no services.
of life will be held at the Eagle Hills Country Club on Thursday, October 15,
2015, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and all of Bill's friends are welcome to attend.