John R. Good

June 23, 1938–August 24, 2021

John Richard Good, 83, left this world on August 24, 2021, to play for all eternity on heaven’s ultimate golf course. John was born in Independence, Missouri on June 23, 1938. He passed away after a two month struggle to regain his mobility after breaking his hip. John lived in Joplin, Missouri, with his wife of 61 years, Nancy L. (Johnsen) Good. He owned and operated Miami Butane for 36 years with his youngest son Richard L. Good.
John was born to John Harold Good (Sr.) and Evelyn J. Good in Independence, Missouri. He went to school in Blue Springs and Central High School in Kansas City. John was involved in Boy Scouts and attained the Rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Tribe of Mic-o-say, which is part of the Kansas City Boy Scouts Council. After graduating from Central High School, John joined the Marines in 1956 and served three years receiving an honorable discharge as a Lance Corporal. John was introduced to his wife, Nancy, on a blind date arranged by his friend Jerry Allen. John and Nancy eloped March 13, 1960. Their first son, John Harold Good (II) was born at the end of the year.
While living in Independence, John worked various jobs and attended Rockhurst College earning an Associate Degree in Accounting and then began a career in banking. In 1966 a second son, Richard Lee Good, was born. During these years, John and Nancy became involved in the Independence Jaycees and Jaycee Wives organizations. John volunteered as a reserve police officer for the Independence Police Department using skills he learned in the Marines. John was a junior auditor for Commerce Bancshares in Kansas City, before being offered a job at the Joplin branch of Commerce Bancshares in 1972. The family moved to Joplin in October of that year, and John and his wife continued their service to the community in the Joplin Jaycees. John served in many capacities in the organization. He was a member of many other organizations including Joplin Celebration Committee, Joplin Kiwanis, and others.
John was a sportsman all of his life. He participated in sports during school, playing baseball, basketball and football, also hunting and fishing with his father. As an adult he continued as a sportsman playing softball, downhill skiing, hunting, fishing and he was an avid golfer. He quickly became involved in the “new” sport of soccer in the 1970’s as a player and an official. He loved sports and officiating. He was an official in high school and college football for over 40 years. John also officiated soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball, but his true passion was golf. John attained a four handicap as a member of Twin Hills Country Club. He passed on the love of golf to his sons and grandson, Jack – who he loved to watch play. John traveled extensively, and always took his clubs with him in case a tee time became available. John and his cousins took a trip to Scotland and played many of the great courses including St Andrews- The Old Course. He loved to play the courses he would watch the pros play on tv. He played many of those courses including Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run (He had a hole in one while playing Blackwolf with his oldest son), Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass, and many others. John traveled to Florida with the Elks Club for yearly golf trips for six years. Then that spring golf destination became Myrtle Beach for the next 31 years. The family believes that it may have been the realization that he would never play again that may have led to his letting go of life.
John was a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and season ticket holder for many years. He also enjoyed watching the Kansas City Royals and all MSSU Sports. John served on the MSSU Lionbacker’s Steering Committee two years before his death. John frequently traveled to watch Missouri Southern Basketball teams including the 2000 Elite Eight team in Louisville, Kentucky, where John took the opportunity to play the Valhalla Golf Course.
Family members include his wife, Nancy L. (Johnsen) Good, his sons, John Harold Good (II) of Webb City; Richard L. Good of Joplin; brother, Chuck Good (Lori) of Joplin; sisters Jeanean (Good) Scarborough of Independence; Joyce (Good) Sammons (Randy) of Independence, sisters-in-law Sandy (Johnsen) Gramling (James) of Freeport FL; Marty (Johnsen) Belknap (Andy) of Lynn Township WI. Grandchildren Hannah (Sanders) Kent (Jake) of Webb City; John (Jack) Harold Good III, and Parker Elizabeth Good of Webb City. There were also many loving cousins, nephews, and nieces. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a grandson, Layne Sanders, his sister Linda (Good) Peach and her husband William.
There will be a Celebration of Life, held at The Joplin Elks Lodge on Tuesday August 31st from 4-6pm, with remarks beginning at 5pm.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at National Health Care, Adelmo Family Care, and the doctors and nurses working with John over the past six weeks. In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to Missouri Southern State University Foundation. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, August 31st at 4PM, at the Elks Lodge in Joplin. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.

2 Replies to “John R. Good”

  1. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    We both worked on many civic projects with John and always found him to be positive and willing to do whatever needed to be done. The Joplin community will remember his caring legacy!


  2. Nancy, John, and Chuck,

    Our sincere condolences on the death of John Richard. His obituary was delightful to read. Sounds like he made the world a better, richer, and more joyful place.

    If he was as nice, fun, and diligent as the three of you, and he must have been, what a pleasure knowing and interacting with him must have been.



    For John and Carolyn Hale


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