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May 2, 2013

Charles Samuel Goodwin

Charles Samuel Goodwin died April 28 at his Avon home, a day before his 82nd birthday, following a long battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Born April 28, 1931, in Frankfort, he was a son of the late Samuel Shortle Goodwin and Margaret (White) Goodwin.

Mr. Goodwin graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in 1949 and attended the University of New Mexico (Lobos) in Albuquerque where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September of 1951 and served in Korea during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge on Aug. 19, 1954, as airman first class from Holloman AFB, New Mexico.

He married Joyce L. Bend and they had three sons, who survive him, Scott from Oakley, Calif., Sammy from Lafayette, and Steve (Renee) from Philadelphia, Pa. He married Kathleen K. Gochenour on July 7, 1979, and she survives, along with his mother-in-law, Nondas Gochenour Shaffer of Mulberry; a sister, Ann Crimmel Elmer (John) of Canton, N.Y.; and grandchildren Kailey S. and J. Shayla Goodwin of California, John and fiancé Amy, William Shawn, and Charles Ryan Goodwin, all from Philadelphia, Pa.; a special nephew, Hal Crimmel, his wife Ingrid, and a daughter, Natalia of Salt Lake City, Utah; a special niece, Catharine Shields, her husband Marty, and their children Isabelle, Hayden, and Tess Shields of Greenfield, N.Y.; and his boxer, Sage.

After returning from Korea, he followed in the footsteps of the Goodwin family tradition and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He then spent the next 20 plus years in the funeral and ambulance business, first as a partner in the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort, and then as a casket sales representative covering the lower half of Indiana and Ohio.  In 1985 he became a registered representative for the Prudential Insurance Company, working 10 years before retiring in 1995.

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