Billie Dale Goodlett SMSgt USAF (Ret)


Billie Dale Goodlett SMSgt USAF (Ret)

August 13, 1944 – February 23, 2024

Age 79

He retired from the USAF having served during Vietnam and was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.  He served on both Air Force One and Two under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter.

Preceded in death by his parents Arvin & Frances Goodlett; brother Mike Goodlett.

Survived by his wife of 59 years Carole of Papillion, NE; children Tracy McLenon (Brian) of Peoria, AZ, Therrese Chambaudet (Sylvain) of St. Remy, France; grandchildren Benjamin & Audrey Chambaudet, Rani Reichow & Sami McLenon; great grandchildren Ricky & Rosey Reichow; brother Bruce Goodlett; sister Rebecca Goodlett; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends. He was a friend of Bill W’s for 41 years and had a close friendship with Nobe Dorsey.

Visitation:  Tuesday, February 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by a

Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. both at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Committal Service: Tuesday, February 27, 2:30 p.m., Omaha National Cemetery

To view a live broadcast of the service, go to the website below and click the link on the Goodlett obituary.*jhhygq*_ga*MjU4NzU1NDYzLjE2OTYwMDg0MTg.*_ga_PXBBF7HVWQ*MTcwODczNDg0OC4xMzEuMS4xNzA4NzM0OTgxLjAuMC4w

Honors: Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard

Memorials suggested to the American Cancer Society/


  • Peggy Grimm Posted February 24, 2024 12:07 am

    My condolences for Carole, Tracy and Teresse, your Dad will be missed. He is in Gods hands now. Rest in peace Bill.

  • Vanessa Hardin Blackburn Posted February 24, 2024 11:36 am

    Thank you so much for your service. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Rhonda waldridge Posted February 24, 2024 1:01 pm

    Billy was a good man love his family

  • Dan Harringa Posted February 25, 2024 5:50 pm

    My condolences to you Carole, Tracy and Therrese. My thoughts and prayers of comfort and peace in this time of mourning.

  • Phyllis Waller Posted February 27, 2024 8:08 am

    May he rest in heavenly peace. My thoughts are with the family.

  • Pat Nosal & Sarah Nelson Posted February 27, 2024 10:10 am

    Carole and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill helped to change so many lives, including ours. Rest In Peace.

  • Wanda Zielinski Posted February 27, 2024 10:25 am

    My heart is so sad as I absorbed that Bill has died. I am and will carry you all in my prayers.
    love to all,

  • Todd Anderson Posted February 27, 2024 10:45 am

    It was a pleasure to have known bill. He was a good friend and a wonderful part of my recovery.

  • Geri Redmon Seymour Posted February 28, 2024 9:14 am

    I always referred to to war of our youth. You left earth too soon . your family.

  • Ralph J. Posted February 28, 2024 3:42 pm

    I met Bill through Dick M. 35 years ago when first sober. Bill was a light in my life. I turned to him for support all through my early sobriety. Bill always said, Ralph, you can carry the message but you can’t carry the alcoholic. When I worried about speaking engagements he used to say just tell the truth, nobody will remember what you said the next day. He often told a story about how he came home drunk and while passed out Carole wrapped him in the blanket he was laying on so he couldn’t move and then beat him half to death with a kitchen broom. I remember running to Bill with so much crap that Dick M. finally had to remind me who my sponsor really was. Bill always said Ralph, 99% of your fears will never come to fruition. They just exist in your head to make you behave. I guess there is a big roundup where Bill has gone, Eventually we will all find out. Death is a patient adversary. “Requiescat in Pace”
    Ralph J.

  • Lillie Edwards Shelburne Posted February 29, 2024 11:35 pm

    My name is Lillie Edwards Shelburne and I started first grade with Billie Dale in Wakefield Ky. About 6 miles from TAylorsville. We were born in Ashes Creek a few mikes from TAylorsville I am 80 years old so I guess I’m a few months older than him. I think I have a couple of pictures of him that were in an annual at Wakefield school. If you will provide me with an email address or Facebook name I will send them to you. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss and am so proud of him and his service to our country and honors he received. And what a job to be on Air Force One! That little boy who went to school in a two room schoolhouse sure did well for himself! You have my email address above and my Facebook name is Lillie Edwards Shelburne My address is Lillie Shelburne. 2891 Taylorsville Rd. Bloomfield Ky. 40008

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