Ida Goodroad, 91, died Friday Jan. 11, 2013, in the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt. Burial is in the Highland Lutheran Cemetery in Brandt. Visitation is from 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday in the Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake.
Ida Josie Goodroad was born on Aug. 31, 1921, to Martin and Mary (Sommervold) Mickelson in Badger, Minn. She was a middle child of a family of 10, which included three brothers and six sisters. She was raised on a farm near Hendricks, Minn., and Astoria, where she attended country grade school and graduated as valedictorian from Astoria High School.
Following high school, she worked various jobs, and in 1942 she and some friends decided to go to California to find jobs. She began working in the shipyards in San Francisco, repairing battleships during World War II. Ida returned home when she received a letter from Vernon Goodroad. The couple was married Sept 25, 1943, in Astoria.
Following their marriage, they farmed and raised their five sons near Brandt. On April 27, 1980, Vernon died. Ida remained on the farm near Brandt until 2008, when she moved to the StoneyBrook Suites in Brookings. In August 2012 she entered the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake.
Ida was a member of the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt, where she was active in the Ladies Aid. Ida enjoyed dancing, bowling and loved having her family near.
She survived by her five sons: LaDell (Mary Jo) Goodroad of Brandt, Darryl (Sue) Goodroad of Brandt, Larry (Linda) Goodroad of Clear Lake, Gary (Julia) Goodroad of Watertown and Brad (Kristin) Goodroad of Canton; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Gerth of Watertown and Erlis (Gordon) Anderson, Astoria; four sisters-in-law, Rose Goodroad, Frances Squires, Marlys Houtman and Darlene (Steve) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, three brothers, Harold, Arnold and Miner Mickelson and four sisters, Julia, Gladys, Merle and Gilma.