Robert Eugene Goode
May 19, 1926 – December 1, 2019
Robert Eugene Goode (CWO2, USN, Ret.), a 40-year resident of Annapolis, passed away on December 1, 2019. Bob is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie Ann (nee Fusselman) Goode, whom he married on May 8, 1948 in Long Beach, CA.
Born May 19, 1926, he was raised in the tiny town of Gause, Texas, the only child of Robert Leslie, a gas station owner and farmer, and Ruby Emmagene (nee Ferguson) Goode, a music teacher. Bob always dreamed of joining the Navy and traveling the world and, on his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater for the remainder of World War II, earning four combat stars before his 19th birthday as a beach jumper in Leyte, Luzon, Peleliu and Okinawa. Bob remained in the Navy after the war and became a Naval Security Group cryptanalyst, traveling overseas with his family to stations in Turkey and Cyprus, along with stateside assignments in California, Florida, Texas and, finally, Washington, DC. One special memory of his Navy career was witnessing the one and only flight of the Hughes Aircraft Company’s “Spruce Goose” while stationed at the Navy Yard in Long Beach, CA on November 2, 1947. Bob retired from the Naval Security Group Headquarters in Washington, DC in 1969 after 25 years of service. Following his Navy service, Bob worked for Vitro Corporation for 25 years, after which he embarked on his third career at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Service, from which he retired in October 2018 at age 92.
Bob was a wine connoisseur who also loved music, traveling, the funny papers, his dog Bill, and he especially enjoyed a good martini. But most of all, he loved his family. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his three daughters and their families: Rebecca (Stephen) Mucchetti of Ridgefield, CT and Annapolis; Deborah (Michael) Larkin of Adamstown, MD; and Melinda Goode of Annapolis. Also surviving are four grandsons, Michael (Kristin) and Stephen (Sarah) Mucchetti, Robert Goode, and Jeffrey Larkin, along with four great-grandchildren, Cally, Dany, Sam and George Mucchetti.
A brief memorial service will be held at 2 pm at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, immediately followed by a reception until 4 pm. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, MD 21122.
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
- Reception Saturday, December 7, 2019
Robert Eugene Goode
December 7, 2019
I worked with Bob Goode in Diplomatic Security in 1991 and we were friends for 28 years. He was my mentor, guiding me under his tutelage on how to write "government" memos and grants, how to negotiate with difficult people, and how to make the perfect martini! He was the ultimate gentleman and had the nickname "Dapper Dan" because he dressed better than anyone else in the room. He is of the greatest generation - a man of integrity, honesty, wit, and above all, hard working. I will always remember the month of May- it was his birthday and his anniversary to the love of his life, Marge. He loved his daughters, son in laws, grandchildren, and great grandchildren I will miss him always. I am confident he is enveloped in God's love.
December 5, 2019
Melinda: May God be with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Our heartfelt sympathy for all of you from all your coworkers at Exclusive Estate Sales of Maryland!
December 4, 2019
I got to know Bob during our bus commutes between Annapolis & DC. I always looked forward to finding him on the bus because he was such an interesting and articulate man. We shared long and fascinating conversations about travel, family, politics, the military, security, bureaucracy... So many topics. I missed him after I retired the end of 2008 and always thought our paths would cross again. I'm sorry they didn't. My deepest sympathy to his family for the loss of this remarkable man.
December 4, 2019
The world has lost a kind soul but heaven has gained a shining star! It was a privilege to have called you my neighbor and friend. I am so sorry for your loss Marge.
December 3, 2019
Bob and I worked together at the Department of State from June 2011 through October 2019 where he became someone that I honored and admired not to mention we were both in the Navy at separate times of course but he was my Shipmate, Co-worker and then a friend . Such a fine and outstanding gentleman.
Marge and family thank you for allowing us to share your husband and father Bob with us.
Rest Easy Shipmate we have the watch now.!!!