Arthur H Goodwin
May 20, 1919 – January 15, 2018
Arthur Harold Goodwin Jr., 98, of Bloomington, died Monday (Jan. 15, 2018) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.
He was born May 20, 1919, in Lynn, Mass., to Arthur Harold Sr. and Ethel Mae Adams Goodwin. He married his sweetheart, Elizabeth Julia "Betty" Lamond, on Sept. 20, 1942; she is still living.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Resident Center (Multipurpose Room) at Westminster Village, Bloomington.
Also surviving are his children, Stephen (Mary) Goodwin, Bloomington, an emeritus professor of marketing at Illinois State University, and Meredyth (Don Keon) Goodwin, Moscow, Idaho, director of student disability services at Washington State University. His son, Randolph (Nancy) Goodwin, Glastonbury, Conn., a physician, is deceased. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Chris) McGraw, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Rebecca Goodwin, Belton, Texas; Tyler (Jung) Goodwin, Japan; Geoffrey (Annalies) Goodwin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Drew (Lauren) Goodwin, San Francisco, Calif.; Abigail Keon, Moscow, Idaho; Phillip Keon, Spokane, Wash. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Claire McGraw, Scarlett McGraw and Audrey Goodwin.
He graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1938 in Fall River, Mass. He attended B.M.C. Durfee Textile School for one year, and then became a men’s clothing salesman. A talented musician, Arthur was a member of two different dance bands, playing the trumpet at gigs on the weekends.
In 1941 he was inducted into the 9th Division Artillery in the U.S. Army and was in the band. In fall of 1942, after six weeks together with his new bride at Fort Bragg, N.C., he was shipped overseas where his unit fought in the African invasion, then on to the Sicilian invasion, then to England to prepare for the Normandy invasion. After that the band was dispersed. He was assigned to be a military policeman, medic and litter bearer, removing the dead during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to the States in September 1945, where he took advantage of the G.I. bill to study and became a stock broker in Fall River, Mass. After 18 years he tired of that rat race and in December 1963 moved the family to Waldoboro, Maine, where he and Elizabeth bought a five-and-ten store and enjoyed being a local merchant for 10 years. Following a term as town clerk of Waldoboro, he returned to selling men’s clothing in an upscale store in Camden, Maine, until he retired. Arthur was a member of the Mayflower Society, having traced his ancestry back to Resolved and Peregrine White of the original settlement in Plymouth, Mass.
Arthur had two loves in his life, his family and golf. He played a lot of golf (for many years holding a 3 handicap) and won many tournaments. He had four holes-in-one. He enjoyed bowling, pool, and playing cards with friends in Lake Wales, Fla., where he lived after retirement until moving to Bloomington, to be near family 10 years ago.
Arthur was always loving, cheerful and full of fun. He loved to joke, tell stories and had a quick wit. He will be sorely missed.
- Memorial Service Sunday, January 21, 2018
Arthur H Goodwin
January 21, 2018
Libby, I was so sorry to hear of Arthur's passing. Sending you my love and prayers and please know you are often in my thoughts... Love, your cousin,