Vigil, Funeral Scheduled For Tent Collapse Victim

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A candlelight vigil for the victims of Saturday's unexpected storm will be held Wednesday night at Kilroy's Sports Bar following the Cardinals-Pittsburgh game.

Al Goodman, 58, who was killed in the tent collapse outside the bar will be remembered with prayers and a release of one hundred red and white balloons.

Goodman was a retired iron worker from Waterloo, IL.  Friends there describe him as good natured and always helpful.  Waterloo Alderman Vicky Kerber recalled his love of sports and how their children played softball together.  "He was a very kind gentleman," she said Tuesday. She knew him as an avid NASCAR fan and baseball lover.

Jim Keeling spent years working with Goodman building bridges.  Both men were iron workers and helped to construct the Jefferson Barracks Bridge over the Mississippi River in the early 1980s.

Mike Eichenseer shared a love of the outdoors with Goodman.  Both held offices in the Waterloo Sportsman's Club.  The organization operates a camping and fishing club south of Waterloo.

"He was a down to earth person who just loved to be out in the country," Eichenseer said.  Eichenseer who is the recording secretary for the club recalled how Goodman showed him how to keep good meeting minutes.  "Anytime you wanted something or needed help he was there to help," he said.  "I really loved him."

Visitation for Mr. Goodman will be Wednesday from 2pm to 8pm at the Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo and again Thursday morning beginning at 10am at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo until the 11am funeral.

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