October 01, 2022

Timothy “T.J.” Goodman


Timothy “T.J.” Goodman, 40, of Creston, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston. A Celebration of Life will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 22, at Eagles Club, 300 E. Montgomery St. in Creston.

Memorials can be directed to the family of T.J. Goodman. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.

Timothy “T.J.” James Everett Goodman was born Nov. 8, 1981, to James Fred and Donna Marie (Lane) Goodman in Jacksonville, Illinois. He grew up all over the place as his father had jobs in several states. T.J. was able to make friends anywhere he went.

His family eventually settled in Diagonal, Iowa, in 1992. T.J. had a love for music class and was able to be a part of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music where he toured for three weeks in Europe. He graduated from Diagonal High School in 2000. He later attended Southwestern Community College to further his education.

During T.J.’s life he worked many places over the years, but almost consistently worked in retail; and was almost always in some sort of management position. It was a love/hate relationship, but we all know he was good at it. In high school he began work at Texaco after school and worked at places such as: Walmart, First Realty, Payless Shoes, Games & More, US Cellular and SIRF. Most recently he had taken a management position at the Russell Cellular Verizon Wireless store in Osceola.

If you knew T.J., you knew he was a big personality, on and off the stage. His drag name was “Miss Monica Knight” - his drag family and friends can attest to the stage presence being larger than life. T.J. enjoyed doing drag for about 20 years. T.J. would never hesitate to help another person, especially if he could help raise money for them, such as doing a benefit show. Beagles were undoubtedly T.J.’s favorite animal and he had two of them, Bentley and Isis. They were the light of his life. He was a pet lover to the core.

T.J. owned at least 50 Christmas trees if that tells you how much he loved Christmas time. T.J. also was known for enjoying an “adult beverage” on occasion and making funny videos online. He loved to make people laugh. To quote one of his favorite shows, “Thank you for being a friend”.

T.J. is survived by his mother, Donna Goodman; three sisters: JoElla (Brandyn) Lilienthal - niece Wynter; Stevi (partner Cassie) Fowler – nieces and nephews Heavyn, Nyvaeh, Rylan, Trynton and Bambi Dunn; three brothers: Richard (Tresha) Millslagle – nephews Colby, Seth, Jachob; Jim Harker; Aryon Goodman – niece and nephews Faythe, Kaiden, Damian, Adryan; an aunt, uncle and cousins and many other friends that turned into family.

T.J. was preceded in death by his father James, both sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Our family would like to personally thank the nurses and aides that took care of T.J. during his months at Hospice House before it closed, the in-home Hospice help and few Crest Haven staff that got close to him in his short time there.