Wayne Goode

August 20, 1937October 3, 2020

P. Wayne Goode

Longtime Missouri legislator P. Wayne Goode died at age 83 on Sat., Oct. 3, of leukemia. His vision of public service energized him to serve 42 years in the Missouri House (1963-1984) and Senate (1984-2005), first running for office at age 25. He positively affected millions of Missourians through his advocacy of education, the environment, health care, consumer protection, and community improvement. In his first term, he sponsored the legislation allowing the establishment of the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Wayne was tireless in cultivating lasting friendships with legislators in both parties and modeling the art of compromise for the public good, leading to bipartisan legislation that stands today.

Wayne continued to serve the public welfare through long-term leadership on the boards of the Missouri Historical Society, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the L-A-D Foundation, Trailnet, Missouri Foundation for Health, and many others. He proudly served on the University of Missouri Board of Curators (2009-2014). In 2019, his dedication to the people of Missouri was recognized with the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Missouri Historical Society.

Wayne’s energy and love of the outdoors led him to a life of floating the Ozark rivers, hiking throughout Missouri and the western United States, and bicycling with his wife and friends through Europe.

Son of the late Peter W. and Helen (McManus) Goode, he is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Jane (Bell) Goode; their children, Peter W. Goode III (Jeannette), Webster Groves, and Jennie Goode (Kristin Pula), Seattle, and grandchildren Alexander Peter Goode and Carolyn Rose Goode, Webster Groves; his sisters, Linda (Goode) Wilson (George), Town & Country, and Nora (Goode) Casey, Chesterfield; sister-in-law Jackie (Bell) Wilhelm (the late Kenneth), Lakeland, Fla.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Wayne’s family is grateful to his dedicated doctor and the Siteman oncology team for their compassionate and skillful care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Great Rivers Environmental Law Center and the Missouri Historical Society. A private burial service will be held at Bellefontaine Cemetery. A public memorial celebration is planned for 2021.


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Marion Peck

October 8, 2020

So sorry to hear about Wayne. My thoughts are with you all especially with Jane whom I know this is a great loss. Please let her know I am thinking about her. Many hugs.

Jon Carlson

October 7, 2020

Rest in Chapter Eternal Peace SAE Brother Goode '60

Brother Jon Carlson '63

Stephen Stoll

October 6, 2020

Kathy and I want to express our deepest sympathy to Jane Goode and family on the passing of their loved one, Wayne Goode. I was fortunate to serve in the Missouri General Assembly with Wayne and always found him to be a thoughtful gentleman who cared deeply about making life better for the people he served. I know he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves a great family and legislative legacy we can all be proud of.

Stephen Stoll

Sean McLaughlin

October 6, 2020

I have many fond memories of enjoying the outdoors of Missouri thanks to Mr Goode and his family. I am grateful for all his service to our area. Best wishes to the entire Goode family.

John Hickey

October 5, 2020

I had the opportunity to work with Wayne on many conservation campaigns over the years. Wayne was a stalwart environmentalist who provided many years of leadership in the State House and State Senate. The State of Missouri is better off because of Wayne's dedication to the public good. My condolences to his wife Jane and the whole family, including his son Peter who continues the family commitment to the environment through his work at the Washington University Law Clinic.


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