Richard Lowell "Rich" Goines Sr.

December 31, 1950May 14, 2021

Richard Lowell (Rich) Goines Sr., Chillicothe IL, passed in peace surrounded by family on Friday, May 14, 2021 at the age of 70.

Rich was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1950 to parents Raymond Lowell and Betty Lou Goines. He was a USAF veteran honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1974 and retired from Caterpillar in 2009 after 33 years.

Rich was happily married to his best friend, Linda Eileen (Olson) for 41 years. He was a loving son and husband, supportive brother and uncle, dedicated father and, according to his grandchildren, the best grandfather ever.

Rich enjoyed playing baseball, horseback riding, fishing and hunting in his younger years. As an adult Rich and his family camped, fished and boated weekends and summers and he spent many fall vacations fishing with his buddies in Canada. After retirement, Rich and Linda moved to Lake Wildwood where they thoroughly enjoyed their laid back lake life. They wintered in Florida and traveled the United States photographing birds, wildlife and sunsets but Rich’s greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Lowell and Betty Lou Goines; parents-in-law, Harold and Dorothy Olson, brother-in-law, Dennis Reeves and grand-daughter, Kaylie Lynn.

Survivors include his wife (Linda), Chillicothe IL, sons Richard Goines Jr “Buddy”, Matt Etzel, Kevin (Jennifer) Etzel and daughter-in-law, Keri "Pody" Goines, all of Chillicothe IL; daughters Julie Johnson, Rock Island IL and Karie Goines, Moline IL; siblings Garland (Sarah) Hughes, Sikeston MO, John (Karen) Hughes, Seymour IA, Sharon (Lucille Librizzi) Reeves, Ft. Lauderdale FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ken (Marcia) Olson, Bettendorf IA and Larry (Nan) Olson, Davenport IA and sister-in-law Janice Olson, Chillicothe. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren Austyn Marks, Mason, Bryn, Griffin and Bryson Goines; great-grandchildren Tessa, Landon and Holland and several very special nieces and nephews.

Rich battled ALS with courage, determination and dignity. His family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Rich’s OSF hospice caregivers Camilla and Chaplain Scott, for their compassionate and loving care.

Per Richard’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Cremation and private burial of ashes with full military rites will be accorded. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorials may be made in Richard’s memory to the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter or the Paralyzed Veterans of America at or

Rich was a man of his word with a heart of gold and a gentle and caring soul. A gift to anyone who knew him. We will always remember the thoughts he shared and the love he gave us, cherishing the memories he provided us all. To honor Rich, love someone with your whole heart.


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Eric Ray Goines

August 1, 2021

I have a lot of memories of my cousin Richard back when he would come to Sikeston when we were kids. I always looked up to him. Even though it’s been years since I’ve seen him I will miss him. I always had fun visiting Richard and Sharon uncle Lowell and aunt Betty when we traveled to Davenport. I send my condolences to his sister Sharon and to his wife and family.

Susan Tucker

June 16, 2021

Linda and family - I just heard of Rich's passing. Terry & I are so sorry for your loss. What a great guy. We have many fond memories of him and you - with our good friends Ray & Sharon. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru this sad time. Take care - Sue & Terry Tucker

Lt. Colonel Steve Garrington, Honor Flight

May 31, 2021

Dear Friends,

We at Honor Flight of the Quad Cities were saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved veteran. We understand that this is a time of grief for you, and we share that grief with you. We are thankful for him and his selfless contribution of time and effort to support and defend our nation.

We are also thankful for all of you who have supported him before, during, and after his service. A wise person once said: “Those who put on the uniform are our knights of old, and our heroes of today, and our hope for the future.”

Please know that all of us at HFQC will be keeping you in our prayers.

The Board of Directors and Volunteers of
Honor Flight of the Quad Cities

Don Charleston

May 20, 2021

So sorry to hear about Rich Linda. You both were such great coworkers. May he rest in peace.

Jeannine Pierce

May 19, 2021

Dear Linda, Aunt Sharon and all loved ones of Richard,
What an incredible picture and tribute to Richard! Your courage and strength throughout this journey with Richard and through this debilitating disease is extraordinary. In the midst of this heartbreaking time, the complete love, joy and dedication to family in the graduation pictures shines through as true testament of how you all live your life with Richard. We pray you find comfort and peace in your faith and memories.
Jeannine, Kaily and Colton

Michele Camille

May 19, 2021

Dear Aunt Sharon, Linda & your beautiful Family,

My deepest condolences. You have been in my heart & thoughts & prayers so very much. Praying faith will help you through each passing day & that love & grace surrounds each of you.

May love know no boundaries & may we know the love of God & all one day meet again.

Hoping all our Angels are together in heaven & knowing they are always with us.

Your courage & love as a family through this illness is imprinted on my heart.

I love you, Aunt Sharon & sending my love to Linda & all you love. ❤️ Hugging you.

Love forever,


Lydia & Charlie Pierce

May 19, 2021

Dearest Linda and family . Through Sharon and Lucille we have been blessed to know you and Richard and your family . Our deepest sympathy comes to your all. We pray that the healing power of God embraces you , and that precious memories of your love for each other and your family brings you peace . Our faith teaches us that love knows no distance , from earth to eternity . Much love to you , Lydia and Charlie .

Jim Story

May 18, 2021

Linda -

Condolences from Linda & I as you navigate through these difficult times. The welcoming & accommodating feelings you & Rich showed upon my arrival at Mossville were much appreciated & will be forever in my memories.

Jim & Linda Story

Maureen, Gary, and Beau Shepard

May 18, 2021

Sincere sympathies to Linda and the family. Rich was a class act, and such a friendly guy. Our sons spent a lot of time together. Rest In Peace.

Maureen, Gary, and Beau Shepard

Debbie Martin

May 18, 2021

On behalf of Sharon and Lucille’s Florida friends, we want to express our many sympathies. We are so very sorry and saddened at the loss of your beloved, Richard. Even though we never met Richard, we felt we knew him through Sharon’s wonderful family memories. We’ve taken from them his greatest legacy will be his love, dedication and adventures with his family. It’s obvious Richard was the true definition of a “family man”. We send our deepest condolences to the entire family.