Memorial Services for Greg Goodman, age 72, of Norfolk, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Reverend Neil Gately will officiate. Inurnment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk. Visitation with family will be one hour prior to service at the church. The service will be live streamed on Facebook at the Norfolk First United Methodist Church Nebraska Page. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
He passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at his home in Norfolk.
Gregory Paul was born on November 14, 1948 in Norfolk, Nebraska during the “blizzard of ’48” to his parents, Paul and Darlyne (Schulze) Goodman. He graduated from Norfolk High School in May, 1967 and received an Associate in Arts degree from Northeastern Nebraska College in May, 1972. Greg was married to two special women during his life. He married Barbara Ferguson in May, 1971, and later married Ann Dinslage in December, 1998. Greg was not married at the time of his death.
Greg spent most of his adult life as a musician playing guitar, saxophone, drums, but was best known as a keyboard player. His music took him to live in Nashville, Omaha, and back to Norfolk, but he traveled throughout the United States playing music with several bands. He began playing music with his childhood and life-long friend, Tom Benjamin, cleverly calling themselves the Benny Goodman Duo. Other bands that Greg was a part of included The New Breed Blues Band that he formed with his brother, Scott, The Smoke Ring, The Jailbreakers in Omaha, Redeye, Average Joe, Don Sohl and the Roadrunners, Housebroke, The Premiers, The Chants, The Ray Coble Show, Paradise Ranch, Papa Doodah while in Nashville, Bosco & The Malcontents, and he was honored to be a part of Norfolk’s original rock & roll band, The Strollers, in later years for the Nebraska Rocks concerts. Some musicians who knew of Greg didn’t know his actual name and only knew him as “Bosco”. Greg was recognized for his musical talent by being inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame, the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, and the Minnesota Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Greg was a huge Nebraska Cornhusker football fan. Early in his life, he was a very good athlete playing football and basketball until a football knee injury ended his sports career. That’s when he began concentrating on his music. Greg took pride that he was the third generation of his family who was living in the townhome that his grandmother Schulze originally had built and purchased in 1980, that his Aunt Bette lived in from 1993 until 2008 when he made it his home.
Greg is survived by his brother, Scott Goodman of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Bette Schulze. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be made to the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk or the Norfolk Area Habitat for Humanity or The Grain Train.
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