Ivan C. Goodoien was born on October 24th, 1931 near Devils Lake, ND to Pete and Mena
(Bakken) Goodoien. He attended school in Devils Lake, ND, Goodrich, MN and Hoople, ND into
his teens. Following school he enlisted in the Air Force and spent time in a welding shop and
working on the flight lines in Japan and Korea from 1951-1953. Over the years he worked at
various shops and automobile dealerships in the region, including Skjerven’s Dodge dealership
in Park River, ND and Solberg’s in Lakota.
He married Gladys Evenson on May 19th, 1957 in Park River, ND. Ivan’s calm and easy-going
personality was a perfect balance for his spunky wife Gladys; they made a wonderful pair. They originally made their home in Lakota and later moved to the Cavalier area, where Ivan operated a mechanic shop with his brother Herman. The I & H shop was built in 1965 and has long been the place to go if you needed any sort of mechanical work, or if you simply wanted to share a beverage and friendly visit about old cars or tractors. In 2020 Ivan moved out of his home and into the home of his great nephew Ryan Goodoien; however, he was still most at home sitting within the familiar walls and grease-covered floors of his shop. He continued to spend most of his days there until the day he passed.
Ivan was peacefully called to his heavenly home on October 18th, 2022; just one week shy of
his 91st birthday. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gladys, brothers John, Tony,
Herman and Parnell, and sister Phyllis. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, great
nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, notably his great nephew Ryan
Goodoien (Shelbie) and his great-great nephew Oliver, whose home he shared for the past 2
Funeral service will be held Monday, October 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 23rd from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home.
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