James A. Goodman

James A. "Jim" Goodman, 62, of Waukesha, formerly of Delavan, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Waukesha. Jim was a lifelong resident of southern Wisconsin.

He was born at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn and grew up East Troy and Delavan, graduating from Delavan-Darien High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police in Germany from 1969 to 1971, where he received a National Defense Service Medal and a Parachute Badge. Returning to Wisconsin, he completed his education at Gateway Technical Institute and joined the New Berlin Police Department in 1973. After his retirement, he worked as a truck driver, collecting many stories of his trips around the Midwest.

During his time with the New Berlin Police Department, Jim was an active supporter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Wisconsin Special Olympics and of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Jim was a longtime member of the United Church of Christ in Delavan.

Jim is survived by his sister, Margaret Goodman of Washington, D.C.; his niece, Mary Zinn Goodman, also of Washington, D.C.; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Florence Goodman of Delavan.

A memorial service for Jim will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may donate to the Wisconsin Special Olympics at www.specialolympicswisconsin.org, or the charity of their choice.

Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. For more information, call 262-728-3353 or visit online at monroefh.com.