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Sheldon Goodrich
October 2, 2015
Sheldon G. Goodrich

Sheldon Goodrich, former Southwest Region RIG and later Headquarters Divison Director, passed away September 14, 2015, in Mechanicsburg, PA. Sheldon started with OIG in Hyattsville, MD, after his retirement from the army and retired in 1988.

The following is from his published obituary:

  • Sheldon G. Goodrich, 89, of Mechanicsburg, died Sept. 14, 2015, at VibraLife Center, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Born Oct. 9, 1925, in Pittston, Pa., he was the son of the late Clark and Thelma (Carey) Goodrich.

    Mr. Goodrich was predeceased by his loving wife, Kathleen Needham Goodrich, who shared many worldwide adventures with him; and by his granddaughter, Karey Lynn Goodrich.

    Mr. Goodrich is survived by sons, Carey C. Goodrich and wife, Debra of Mechanicsburg; Richard G. Goodrich and wife, Wanda of Leesburg, Fla.; grandchildren, (retired) Lt. Commander Shawn M. Goodrich; Major Kelly K. Ryan and husband, Kyle; Karen Y. Andrews and husband, Mark; Katie R. Spencer and husband, Evan; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Clark Goodrich Jr. of Inverness, Fla.; and a sister, Thelma "Toggie" Goodson of Clearwater, Fla.

    During WWII, Mr. Goodrich served aboard the Navy destroyer USS English in the Pacific area. He served with the Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He spent a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he volunteered to serve with the U.S. Special Forces and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The unit in which he served in Vietnam was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. During his more than 20 years of military service, Mr. Goodrich participated in various covert intelligence Cold War activities in both Europe and Asia. After retiring as a chief warrant officer, he accepted a position with the federal government, where he served in many capacities before retiring in 1988. He was a case officer and intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense, a special agent, criminal investigator supervisor, regional inspector general and a division director for a federal agency, a curriculum adviser and developer for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and an adviser to former President Reagan's Council on Integrity and Efficiency in Federal Law Enforcement. Upon leaving federal service, he received a letter from then-President Ronald Reagan, which described him as, "having been part of a special corps of Americans that devotes its talents and energies to our nation and its progress." For several years following his retirement from federal service, Mr. Goodrich was self-employed as a consultant to various federal agencies on security matters.

    Mr. Goodrich was a member of the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association, the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Veterans, Foreign Operations Intelligence Veterans, the Military Officers Association, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the USS English Shipmates Association, where he was a past president. He was a former member of the Association of the United States Army, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Fraternal Order of Police. Mr. Goodrich was the recipient of numerous medals, awards and commendations for his military and civilian federal service.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial with full military honors will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg - See more here