Date of death: 6/10/2019
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1957
Rev. Fr. James R. Goodrum, age 88, formerly of Monticello, passed away at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, in St. Elizabeth Health Care, Delphi.
Born July 27, 2930, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Frank G. and Emma Lee Campbell Goodrum. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Sylvester Goodrum and Ralph C. Goodrum.
Fr. Goodrum lived most of his life in Louisville, Ky., and Logansport, Ind.A graduate of Flaget Catholic High School in Louisville, he was educated at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Syracuse, Ind., and St. Meinrad Seminary in Southern Indiana.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana on May 25, 1957, by Bishop John Joseph Carberry. Fr. Goodrum was associate pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Church and pastor of St. Bridget’s Church, both in Logansport.
On July 6, 2007, he was granted retirement. At the time of his retirement he was pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Monticello.
Fr. Goodrum enjoyed being a priest and loved people. His hobbies were visiting people, playing the organ and piano. He was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and was a Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel.