George Beaver Goodykoontz, former Columbia Gas manager, dies at age 88

George Beaver Goodykoontz
George Beaver Goodykoontz

George Beaver Goodykoontz, a former Columbia Gas division manager and leader of numerous non-profit and commerce boards in Lexington, died Sunday in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., of heart failure, his family said.

Mr. Goodykoontz, 88, was a Fayette county commissioner from 1966 though 1970, according to an obituary submitted to the Herald-Leader.

He also was a member of former Governor John Y. Brown's Task Force on Government Review. He held leadership positions with organizations such as the Red Cross of Lexington, the Lexington Optimist Club, the Lexington Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee.

He was well-known as the Lexington division manager of Columbia Gas of Kentucky, where he worked from 1952 to 1988.

Goodykoontz's son, Robert Goodykoontz, said his father moved to Florida in 2001, but he frequently returned to Kentucky.

Mr. Goodykoontz, a World War II veteran, is survived by his son, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Georgeanne Chandler of Glens Falls, N.Y.; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oakey and Leta Goodykoontz; his wife, Lottie Marie Goodykoontz; and two brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lafayette Christian Church in Lexington, and burial with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Glover-Stewart Cemetery in Clearfield.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home in Bonita Springs, Fla.

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