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Obituary For

Glenn Goodrich

12/29/1937 - 06/06/2018

Glenn W. Goodrich, 80, of Bartlesville, passed away on Wednesday, June 6th, after suffering a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident.  Glenn, a man of long-term Christian service, lived a full life and was loved by family and friends.  The youngest of four children born in Tulsa, OK to BC and Clytie Goodrich on December 29, 1937, he attended Lowell Junior High School and graduated from Tulsa’s Central High School in 1956.  During his early school years, because students were seated alphabetically, he sat by Zola Goins.  She accompanied Glenn on the piano when he sang for school programs.  They fell in love and were married on August 24, 1958.

Glenn attended the University of Tulsa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1960 with a 4.0 in his major.  Glenn and Zola made their home in Bartlesville, where Glenn started working at Phillips Petroleum Company in 1963.  Glenn had an incredible career in computing and his positions led the family to live in Borger, TX, Albuquerque, NM, and Littleton, CO, but Bartlesville was always home.  After over 33 years of service, Glenn retired from Phillips as the Director, Information Services.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church Bartlesville who sang in the choir and ensembles for years, was an ordained deacon, and a long-time member of the men’s Sunday school class.  Throughout his life he sang in several Southern Gospel Quartets and had a passion for music and for sharing his love of Jesus and personal salvation.  He was a competitive athlete and enjoyed playing basketball and softball into adulthood, coaching many teams along the way.  He won many MVP awards and enjoyed the camaraderie of sports.  He loved his family deeply and was an incredible father.  After a faithful marriage of 43 years, his beautiful wife Zola preceded him in death on March 11, 2002.  Glenn continued to embrace life and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Cruises were a favorite past time, and he travelled all over the world with his sister Nadine and with his close friend Della Thompson.

Glenn is survived by his son Glenn Goodrich Jr and his wife Jaye of Rockwall, TX; his daughter Ellen Miller and her husband Craig of Quakertown, PA; grandchildren Ashley Goodrich, Glenn Goodrich III, Mason Miller, and Morgan Miller; a sister Melba Seeley of Catoosa, OK, a sister Nadine Gregory of McKinney, TX, a niece and several nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Zola, his sister Virginia Ruth Harris, and two nephews.

Flowers or memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 405 S Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74003.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the First Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tulsa Memorial Park Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Walker-Brown Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at






06/16/2018 03:00 pm
Bartlesville First Baptist Church
405 South Cherokee Avenue
Bartlesville OK 74006


06/16/2018 07:00 pm
Memorial Park Cemetery - Tulsa

Tulsa OK 74003


First Baptist Church Bartlesville
405 South Cherokee Avenue
Bartlesville OK 74003

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  • Posted by Evelyn Helm from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    One of the nicest men to know. Visited with him and John Berry often at 55+ Activity Center.
    06/08/2018 at 11:55pm
  • Posted by Nancy Henry from Tulsa, Oklahoma
    We shall miss him. He was the Best Man in our wedding in 1959. Jerry and Nancy Henry
    06/09/2018 at 05:43pm
  • Posted by Jane Call from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    I met Glenn when I worked in the personnel group at Phillips . Glenn was a super nice guy and always had a smile for everyone. Thoughts and prayers to his family..
    06/10/2018 at 12:34pm
  • Posted by jack evans from tucson, Arizona
    glen an i attended lowell , we were in the same grade an same age hey glen played the cornet an trumpet in the band , he was really good even at that age so in class there was melvin downey, jack evans, an glen goodrich, along with carloyn green seated close together so i have good memories rest in peace glen
    06/13/2018 at 05:01pm
  • Posted by Vona Cardwell from Claremore , Oklahoma
    Uncle Glenn will be missed so very much. I grew up listening to my grandma Melba tell stories of their childhood and she always talked about one adventure or another with her little brother. Even at an early age he was head strong, driven and moral but had just the perfect mix of orneriness. I knew Uncle Glenn as one of quiet strength. When something went wrong, Glenn came in and set everyone at ease. His laugh was infectious and he had a way of injecting positivity into any situation. Our family will feel this loss immensely. My deepest condolences to his children, grandchildren, sisters, and all who knew this man. He was certainly loved by all.
    06/14/2018 at 01:02pm
  • Posted by Gary Reheis from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    I met Glenn my first day at P66 in 1966 and worked with him for 30+ years. We played softball and basketball together for many years. He was a super nice man and a very good programmer and manager. He left us too soon and he will be missed. Our condolences to his family. Love, Gary and Carolyn Reheis
    06/15/2018 at 10:04pm