George Robert Goodman

April 24, 1964July 23, 2018

George Robert Goodman, Jr, 54, of Stafford, VA, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2018.

George was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Winfield, Illinois. He joined in US Navy in 1982 and retired in 2007 after serving on board seven submarine commands. After retirement he continued to support military operations by working as a government contractor. He was a dedicated man who loved his kids and family, the military, airplanes, sailing, and Harry Potter.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 25 years, Dana (Bollig), and their children Kirsten, Madison, Liam, Colin, and Nolan, as well as by his sisters Melissa (Tom) Ubelhor, Andrea (Jeff) Plummer, Michelle (Dan) Duffin, and Jeanine (Logan) Murphy and fifteen nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents George Sr and Diane (Brennan) Goodman, and by his daughter Allison. Visitation will be held from 9:00 – 10:00 am on August 9, 2018, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral home, 186 Shelton Shop Rd, Stafford, VA, with burial to follow at Quantico National Cemetery at 11:00 am, August 9, 2018.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Graveside Thursday, August 9, 2018

George Robert Goodman

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Michael Kelly

September 15, 2018

George - I just have to say, I really was taken back to hear. It’s been years since we sailed together, but those years were so important to who I have become. We bonded like only Brothers of the Phin can. We didn’t always agree, but we always respected each other’s opinions and perspective. I am honored to have served with you on 2 different boats. During all that time, we laughed, we argued, we reminisced, we talked of our past, we dreamed about our futures. We did our job, and we did it well. We covered for each other when the other needed a hand. Our work relationship developed into a bond that only Submariners understand. I remember banding together and kicking Chester out of NavCenter, that we would be handling morning musters from now on. I think you were surprised when he turned around and left. He was waiting for you to step up. It was a great moment for you both professionally and personally. I am glad I witnessed it.I remember when you met Dana, and how you smiled when you talked about her. It was pretty clear early on, she was The One. I will always be honored to have been there for your wedding to Dana and to witness your family grow over time. When I heard you made Chief, I knew it was well deserved. As our life pathways continued to part ever further apart, when Facebook came along it was such a great way to keep in touch. Your life story has been one of challenges and triumphs. I am honored to have been a part of it. I salute you for your Service, I shake your hand for being the example to so many, I embrace you as my Brother and I will marvel to watch your legacy carry on in your Children. You were a Great Salior, a loyal Brother, a good sounding board, a Best Friend. Rest Your Oars George, Rest your Oars.

Bill Larsen

August 25, 2018

George made my first tour on submarines an unforgettable experience. I spent my first port call with him and others from our Navigation division and the image of George doing a hula dance is forever etched in my memory! We had many long talks during mid watches and meals. George was smart, encouraging and exceptionally funny. I had my first sailing experience with him as well when we took a "long lunch" and took his sailboat out into the harbor in Poulsbo. He was a great mentor and friend, who I believe left a strong lasting impression on everyone lucky enough to have shared time with him.

Gary Burch

August 11, 2018

I spent 14 years in the US Navy Submarine Force. George was my LPO (Leading Petty Officer) on my first submarine, 1990-1992, in the Navigation Electronics Division on the USS Tecumseh. He was a kind leader who set the standard for those who would follow him. He will be missed.

Lisa Johansen

August 10, 2018

Dana, kids and family....I am so very sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts. May you carry the love and light of George in your hearts and in all you do.

James Goldsmith

August 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about George passing. George was truly an inspiration to everyone. He always saw the possibility in everything, provided leadership, mentorship, friendship, and brotherly love. His direction lit the path for some of the Navy's strongest leaders and best Chief's. He never asked for anything in return as he freely gave. His family values were threaded in every story he told. The World has lost a Great Man; his legacy will live on.