Jody Goad

August 23, 1948 - December 25, 2015
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Jody Lee Goad, of Poplar Grove, Illinois, was born on August 23, 1948 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  He passed from this world on Christmas night, 2015.  Jody was the first born son of Lloyd and Loretta (Visser) Goad.

Jody attended the Lincoln Country School in rural Knoxville. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1966 and attended college at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.  He graduated from ISU in 1971 with a degree in Industrial Technology.  While attending ISU, Jody met the love of his life, Cathy Lane Colbert.  They were married on June 26, 1971 in Rock Island, Illinois.

In March of 1972, he began his career with State Farm Insurance in Bloomington as a claims adjuster.  In a career that spanned over 43 years, he enjoyed and excelled in every aspect of the insurance business.  For the last twenty years, Jody was the good neighbor agent in Belvidere.  He believed wholeheartedly in the merits of his product and his greatest satisfaction was when he personally delivered claims checks to his clients when they needed it the most.

Jody and Cathy are the proud parents of Abigail Anne, Kevin Christopher (K.C.) and Christopher Lee and the Grandparents of Grayson Lee, Quinton Nicholas and Addison Grace.  Jody was the consummate family man.  He never met a stranger.  He was faithful and trusted in every relationship he had, as witnessed by his many lifelong friendships.  A man of steadfast integrity and impeccable character, Jody was trustworthy and loyal.  His family and friends could depend on Jody being there for them, before they even knew they needed him.

Jody believed in giving back to his community and was involved in the Belvidere Cosmopolitan Club, Belvidere High School Booster Club, Illinois Special Olympics, Belvidere Youth Baseball, and the informal “breakfast club” that met at various restaurants in and around Belvidere, where many world problems were solved each morning!

Jody had great pride when coaching his sons’ fifth and sixth grade football teams in Moline, Illinois.  His fond memories of playing high school football made him want to share those experiences with the kids.  His love of football was evident in his passion for the Green Bay Packers.  He even bragged about being a fan for more than fifty years and treasured his few opportunities to go to Lambeau Field.

Jody and Cathy were fortunate to travel throughout the world, but some of their fondest memories involved sitting around a campfire with friends and family.  Their most recent adventure was the renovation of a home on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin.  Jody’s hope and desire was to provide a place where all of his family and friends could come together to enjoy the serene and peaceful surrounding of the lake and to make lifelong memories.

Jody was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Loretta Goad; his grandparents, Dick and Sylvia Goad, and Gerrit & Gertrude Visser and cherished uncles and aunts.

Jody is survived by his wife, Cathy; his children, Abby (Serge) Zhivotovsky, K.C. (Lacey) Goad and Chris Goad; his sisters, Christa Phillips Hall and Julie (Steve) Lovell, and his brother, Dennis (Jan) Goad; his grandchildren, Gray and Quinn Zhivotovsky and Addi Goad.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as countless friends.  It goes without saying, the passing of Jody leaves a huge void in the lives of his family and friends, but our many memories of him will be in our hearts forever.

Memorial contributions made to the family will be donated to Camp Hertko Hollow, for kids with diabetes.   Direct donations can be made in his honor at  This facility was close to Jody’s heart, as he has three nieces and nephews that have benefitted from this wonderful organization. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit

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Memorial contributions made to the family will be donated to Camp Hertko Hollow, for kids with diabetes.   Direct donations can be made in his honor at  This facility was close to Jody’s heart, as he has three nieces and nephews that have benefitted from this wonderful organization


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Born: August 23, 1948
Died: December 25, 2015

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Cheryl Lehmann posted on 12/29/15

The Lehmann Family will always remember Jody as the guy in the neighborhood with a great smile and enthusiastic about everything regarding kids! We were blessed to have known Jody! Our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy and family. God Bless, Bill & Cheryl Lehmann, Moline, IL


Mike and Peggy Paulson posted on 12/31/15

Our deepest condolences to the family


Robert Bowley posted on 12/31/15

Cathy, my prayers are with you and your family


Les & Joan Molander posted on 12/31/15

Jody was a friend as well as our Ins. agent and we always enjoyed meeting with him. He will be missed.


Darlene Silver posted on 12/31/15

You have my deepest sympathies. I remember Jody fondly from State Farm.


Greg Watson posted on 12/31/15

Jody was always smiling and always ready to help you out. And has help me out many times in my situations throughout years. THANK YOU


Phil Grover posted on 12/31/15

Jody was a great person ready to help anyone in need. Loved his laugh and the sparkle in his eyes as he talked about his family. We loved you Jody. Our prayers for your family.


Diane Johnson posted on 12/31/15

Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Jody's passing. We will be keeping your family in our continued prayers. May God hold Jody in the palm of his hands.


Mr. & Mrs. Don Peck Sr. posted on 12/31/15

Dear Goad Family and Friens,We are so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our hearts thoughts and prayers.


Arnie Kathy Todd and Erin Winnie posted on 12/31/15

Sorry for your loss. Jody was a wonderful man


Linda (Juris) Curless posted on 12/31/15

Condolences to the family on the passing of Jody. I never had the pleasure of meeting him. He was my parents insurance agent for years. Prayers of peace to you.


Larry and Judy Burton posted on 1/1/16

Cathy, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We have good memories of Jody during our time with State Farm. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


Catherine and Hermann Haseneder posted on 1/1/16

Our sincerest condolences for the family of our trusted, loyal, jovial State Farm Agent. The friendly staff is a direct reflection of Jody's leadership and knowledge.


Fred/Phyllis waterman posted on 1/2/16

We were extremely saddened to learn of Jody's passing;he was a good man. we hope your fond memories help sustain you in this difficult time.


Fred/Phyllis waterman posted on 1/2/16

We were saddened to learn of Jody's passing;he was a good man. We hope fond memories help you get through this difficult time.


Diane Hawkins posted on 1/4/16

There are no words that can express the sadness in our hearts. Praying for you Cathy and your family at this time of great loss.


Rissa Spangler posted on 1/10/16

Sorry to hear about Jody's passing he was my car insurance agent for 20 years. I was 16 years old. I cannot believe that he is gone. I trusted him very much with all my insurances needs.


Carol Jones posted on 12/31/15

I am so sorry to find out about Jody's passing. He was a wonderful man who helped my husband and myself so generously and selflessly. I can't tell you how thoughtful, sincere and invested he was. I was so grateful that he was our Agent. The world lost a great man. My deepest condolences to the family.


Kathy Webster posted on 12/31/15

The Webster family extends it's condolences to you all! We have great memories of Jody! We'll be looking for that bluebird, knowing it's Jody's spirit!


Ramon and Jenny Tirado posted on 12/31/15

Our condolences and prayers to your family. Jody was a great agent and man.


pat donohoo posted on 12/29/15

I just found out jody passed away today and made me very sad. I had so many nice talks with him and Kathy and unfortunately haven't had the opportunity the last 9 months to talk with jody. Just a class act


Donna Rodgers Jackson posted on 12/30/15

My deepest sympathy goes to Jody's family, and I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.


Gwen Brooks posted on 12/30/15

I remember Jody as a wonderful, caring colleague who cherished his family, friends and community. We are all better for knowing him and he will be missed by many.


Owen Costanza posted on 12/30/15

I met Jody in 1998, he helped me greatly with advise and encouragement then and the years to follow.He shared with me his work and family experience,his son KC coached my son at summer camp. Jody you will greatly missed!


Julie McElwee, retired State Farm Agent posted on 12/30/15

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father and friend. So very sorry to hear of Jody's death. Always enjoyed talking about our business with him at meetings, conventions, and life trips.


Brady & Debbie and the Crew of Johnston Pile Driving, LLC posted on 12/30/15

We met Jody & Cathy this past year, while working on the boathouse project in Wisconsin. Our friendship grew as the much anticipated project was being worked on. They both have become good friends with us and the crew, as they were always treating us like family, bringing the crew cookies and goodies throughout and always excited to talk with us about the project. Our hearts are saddened for your loss and will miss Jody's friendly smile and conversations. Our deepest sympathy to you Cathy and all of the family. Take care and hope to see you soon.


John Fish posted on 12/30/15

Cathy our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family with the passing of Jody. Jody was a good man with a big heart. He was a great supporter to BYB and other organizations in the community. He will be missed.


Leslie Anderson posted on 12/30/15

Please accept my deepest condolences. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jody for the past few years. He will be greatly missed. His pride and joy was his family. Hugs to all of you.


kelly liebgott posted on 12/30/15

I'm so saddened to hear of Jody's passing. Such a lovely, kind, amazing man. He will be missed dearly.


Terri Schaefer posted on 12/30/15

Jody is already missed and will be remembered as one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure to know.


Steve Urbelis, State Farm Agent posted on 12/30/15

We lost one of our best. I was honored and blessed to have known Jody for a long time. Jody, I'll be thinking of you every time I tee off at the 6th hole at Timber Point - which will be often! Your friend Steve


Mandy Hudson posted on 12/30/15

Uncle Jody, you will be greatly missed. RIP.


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Ronda Andersen posted on 12/30/15

I've known Jody since I was a teenager. He was one of the nicest guys and will truly be missed.


John K. Rauschenberger posted on 12/30/15

Jody was 'as good as they get'...enjoyed all my time with him within State Farm as well as outside of it...fondest memory is when Jody, John Stone and I took all our kids up to the American Club's Preserve in Kohler, WI and spent the weekend in an authentic log cabin!


Mike St John posted on 12/30/15

Cathy, You all are in my prayers. Jody has been a model for family life, friendships and service to others. I am so grateful for my times with him. I wish peace for you and your family.


Mr. & Mrs. Tomial Gary posted on 1/11/16

I was saddened to hear the passing of Jody. We always looked forward to talking to him, especially my husband as they talked about the Green Bay Packers forever. We will miss him. We send our condolences to the family.