Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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.

While living in Frankfort, Mr. Goodwin was involved with many organizations and community projects. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, past governor and life member of the oldest  Moose Lodge, Frankfort Lodge No.7,  a 50-year member of Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 976, a former member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge and a 50-year member Murat Shrine. He was a 59-year member of Elks Lodge No.560, and a 59-year member of VFW, and a member of the Walter T. Cohee American Legion Post No. 12, 40 & 8. He also was constituted as a Life Loyal Sig of the Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1979.

During his retirement he continued his weekly Thursday luncheons and Friday golf outings with his friends until 2006 when he was diagnosed with M.S.A. Before his death, he and his wife Kathy spent many hours educating others on the disease.

A Celebration of Life is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Waterford Lakes Clubhouse, 309 Lakeview Ct., Avon.

Memorials may be made to the M.S.A. Coalition, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Ste. 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617.

Goodwin Funeral Home, 202 S. Main St., Frankfort, is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com.