Donald Goodwin


TUSCOLA – Donald Wayne “Goody” Goodwin, 88, of Paris, and formerly of Tuscola, passed away at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at his residence in Paris. He retired from Panhandle Eastern Pipeline at Tuscola in 1988 at the age of 57, after a 33-year career.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at the Nazarene Church in Tuscola, with the Rev. Joe Carter officiating. Graveside military rites accompany burial in the Tuscola Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Edwards Funeral Home Arcola.   

Mr. Goodwin was born Oct. 26, 1930, near Bruce in Moultrie County, the son of the late Fred B. and Laura Mae Pierce Goodwin. He married Mary Charlene Schrock Jan. 9, 1951, at Charleston, and she survives.

He is also survived by four children, Donald J. (Tami) Goodwin of Arcola, Donna (Tom) Ogle of Paris, Dianne (Tony) Alexander of Robinson and Ron Goodwin of Hoyleton; seven grandchildren, Paul Goodwin of Arcola, Lisa (Steve) Miller of Arcola, Erin Krabel (Jordan Lauritzen) of Oakland, Andrew Staley of Xenia, Kristin (Ashlee) Rhodes of Urbana, Deanna (Mike) Woods of Robinson and Roy Anthony (Alissa) Goodwin of Pesotum; eight great-grandchildren, Sean and Avery Goodwin, Tyler Jeankins, Haley and  Calli Woods, Jaxon and Braxton Lauritzen and Sarah Miller.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Noel S. Goodwin and Ralph L. Goodwin.

Mr. Goodwin was a 1948 graduate of Humboldt High School and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

After retirement, he helped Steve Warters farm for 14 years, Joe and Phil Kappes for three years, drove a truck and tractor for Jim Baird for four years and worked a few more years for Mark and Mike Brian until he fully retired in 2012.

Mr. Goodwin held the track record for Mule Races in 1953 and 1954 at the Coles County Fair as well as the Moultrie Douglas County Fair.  It was a “Hully Gully” bareback race and he rode Peter the Great, his favorite mule that he just called Pete.

He also had a pony pulling team. He was an assistant 4-H leader while his children were growing up and they were involved in the 4-H Horse Club.

Mr. Goodwin also participated in antique tractor pulling.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling with his wife of 68 years and always looked forward to drinking coffee. He always said he never drank coffee unless he was by himself or with somebody.

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