Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Karl Maynard Goodnoe

December 17, 1927October 17, 2019

Karl Maynard Goodnoe was born December 17, 1927 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan and passed away October 17, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan at age 91. Karl was the son of the late Walter C. and Blanche (Soule) Goodnoe. Karl joined the US Navy in 1945 during World War II. In 1950, he married Betty L. Herber in Owosso, Michigan. Together they had three children; Daniel (JoAnn), Donald, and Katharine (Al) Fleming. In February 1971, he married Thelma Turner in Williamston. Karl worked for the Railroad most of his adult life. He loved spending his free time woodworking, gardening, wine making, traveling and really loved square dancing.

Karl is survived by his children and stepchildren Marie Rediss, Leila (Jim) McNelly, Amos (Glenda) Turner, grandchildren Tracy Fritcher (Rob), Brent (Melissa) Goodnoe, Eric (Alison) Goodnoe, Alisha (Mark) Bouchard, step grandchildren Heather Turner, Brad Turner, Jenny Turner, Chris McNelly, Andy McNelly, Mary McNelly, as well as several great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, brothers Donald, Kenneth, sisters Louise and Ellen Mae, mother to his children Betty O’Toole, and wife Thelma.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 12 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle St. The family will receive friends for fellowship from 10 am until time of service.

Those desiring may make contribute to The Williamston Area Senior Center, P.O. Box 343, Williamston, MI 48895, or the Williamston Food Bank, P.O. Box 65, Williamston, MI 48895. Please share expressions of sympathy and fond memories at www.grwilliamston.com


  • Williamston Area Senior Center
  • Williamston Food Bank


  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 26, 2019


Karl Maynard Goodnoe

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Leila & Jim, Chris, Andy and Mary McNelly

October 23, 2019

I remember most fondly the fatherly advice Karl gave me. He always helped in words and deeds. He is an amazing person and we are lucky to have a person in our lives that has set such a good and decent example.

Love and miss you Grandpa Goodnoe.

Alisha Bouchard

October 20, 2019

Love you grandpa. You told great stories of your time in the Navy and I'm glad to know you got to take a trip out west to California see the ship you were in back then. I'll always remember your ready smile and hugs as we walked in the door and you were always whistling a random tune. When I hear someone randomly whistling I think of you. I'll also miss having pizza with you as that was your go to meal with us when we visited these last few years. Love you and miss you!!

In the picture from left to right: Don Goodnoe, Karl Goodnoe, Mark Bouchard, Kathy Fleming, and Alisha Bouchard

Dawn and Ron Harris

October 20, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Karl's family. We knew Karl from the Williamston Area Senior Center where my husband and I are both volunteers. Karl was a true gentlemen, a kind soul with a great sense of humor. He will be missed!

Jenny, Oliver, Alyssa and Hunter Turner

October 20, 2019

There are so many memories of Grandpa for us that it would be impossible to name just one. He was also known to my kids as Grandpa Grape. A name he made up for them because great grandpa was just too hard to say. Each memory will hold a special place in our hearts forever. He held a special place and bond in his heart for us but especially for his train loving buddy Hunter. Grandpa never lost his inner child and his love for them could light up a room and put a smile on their faces no matter what they were going through. A constant and loving presence through our whole lives with Grandma. Teaching us what true love and family is all about. Besides Grandma, the kids were the center of his world. We are thankful today however to know that he can finally rest with Grandma Goodnoe who he has missed so very much since she passed. It hurts so very much to lose him from sight but he will never be far from us in our hearts. We love you forever and always Grandpa Grape!!!

James Goodnoe

October 20, 2019

To my Goodnoe Cousins.

So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I did not get to know Uncle Karl until 1993. We spent several annual visits when we attended the Soule Family Reunions. We were able to spend time visiting him and Aunt Thelma at their home. He had a wonderful since of humor. He will be missed by those who knew him. RIP Uncle Karl.

Love your nephew Jim and Grand niece Susan.

Amos and Glenda Turner

October 19, 2019

You will always hold a special place in our hearts, and will be greatly missed.
Amos and Glenda