ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul brigadier general who fought in World War II and served as a personal pilot for six Minnesota governors has died at 94 years old.
Brig. Gen. Leo C. Goodrich passed away peacefully on June 1, according to O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Services.
Goodrich was born in St. Paul in 1923. He attended Cretin High School and St. Thomas College, and enlisted in the Air Corps in 1943. He flew a B-25 with the 12th Air Force in Europe during World War II, and joined the Minnesota Air National Guard in 1947.
Goodrich transferred to the staff of the Adjutant General of Minnesota in 1950 and became Assistant Adjutant General - Air in 1971. He earned his general's star in 1973.
Six Minnesota governors had Goodrich as their personal pilot. He also flew airlift missions to Korea and Vietnam.
Goodrich was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015. Stan Ross, who serves on the board of directors, said in a statement:
"Goodrich rose through the ranks and was an inspiring and exemplary leader. He has earned the highest level of respect which can be brought to bear as we send him off this week."
He is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.