Charles Samuel Goodwin

April 27, 2013

Charles Samuel Goodwin, former Frankfort resident, was born on April 28, 1931 in Frankfort, IN. He passed away on the day before his 82nd birthday, April 27, 2013 following a long battle with an illness called Multiple Systems Atrophy. He died at his home in Avon with his loving family and his boxer, Sage, at his side.

He was a 1949 graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and attended the University of New Mexico (Lobos) in Albuquerque where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In September, 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge on August 19, 1954 as airman first class from Holloman AFB, New Mexico. He married Joyce L. Bend and that union produced three wonderful sons. He then married Kathleen K. Gochenour on July 7, 1979 and she survives.

After returning from Korea, Sam followed in the footsteps of the Goodwin family tradition and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He then spent the next twenty 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, and retiring in 1995. While living in Frankfort, Sam was involved with many organizations and community projects. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, 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, 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, Walter T. Cohee American Legion Post #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 buddies until 2006 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Systems Atrophy, (M.S.A.). Before his demise, he and his wife, Kathy spent many hours educating those with questions regarding this dreadful disease. Funds are needed for the awareness and continued research of this emotionally painful and disabling impairment, which will and does lead to costly medical bills as well as the loss of loved ones. Like Parkinson’s disease, which is usually the first diagnosis of M.S.A., it carries with it the shutting down of many essential organs needed to sustain life. The family requests that memorial gifts be given to the M.S.A. Coalition, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617.

Sam was a charismic, delightful, and warm-spirited man who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation and Services

The Goodwin Family is honored to celebrate the life of Sam Goodwin with family and friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Waterford Lakes Clubhouse, 309 Lakeview Ct., Avon, Indiana 46123.

Survived by:

His wife, Kathleen of Avon, IN, sons, Scott from Oakley, CA, Sammy from Lafayette, IN, and Steve (Renee’) from Philadelphia, PA, his mother-in-law, Nondas Gochenour Shaffer, Mulberry, IN and a sister Ann Crimmel Elmer (John), Canton, NY. In addition he is survived by 5 grandchildren: Kailey S. and J. Shayla Goodwin of California and John (fiancée` Amy), William Shawn, and Charles Ryan Goodwin all from Philadelphia, PA. A special nephew, Hal Crimmel, wife Ingrid and daughter Natalia of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a dear niece Catharine Shields, husband Marty and children, Isabelle, Hayden, and Tess Shields of Greenfield, NY also survive their uncle.

Preceded by:

His parents, Samuel Shortle Goodwin and Margaret (White) Goodwin and his former wife, Joyce L. Bend.


13 Condolences for “Charles Samuel Goodwin”

  1. Sharon and Terry McGill April 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Kathy, our love and prayers are with you at this very sorrowful time. There are 3 friends that would like to visit with you next week. Please let me know a couple of days that would be convenient for you. Hugs to you!

  2. Victoria Garrison Martin May 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    To the Goodwin Boys Scott, Sam & Steve I am very sorry for your loss I know that everyone of you cherished your father dearly and this will be a long road to travel but you all have the great memories and the laughter that was shared, Everyone of you has a part of him in you and he was very proud of the men that you all have become, my prayers are with you

  3. Gary & Diana Gottlick, Rachel & Faith Bankston May 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Dearest Kathy & Son’s, We send prayer’s your way for God’s Comfort thru this sad time! We will truly miss our friend and neighbor Sam, & his sense of humor. We have so much love & respect for Sam & Kathy, & know how Blessed we were while Sam was here! With Love always!!

  4. Barb Listermann May 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Gary and I are so sorry to hear the sad news about Sam. Just know that he is out of pain and at rest. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully we will get to see you soon. Take care of yourself and know that you are thought about often. Barb and Gary

  5. Sue Wright May 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Prayers for all your family. Same was a friend since high school. Always a pleasure to be around. I know he is not suffering anymore. For that I am glad for all of you. Your sons have always been special. Kathy, I don’t know you, but I lost my husband of 37 years recently and can imagine how you feel. God Bless

  6. Darla Large May 2, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Prayers go out to all the Goodwin & Miller family…. Love & God Bless You All!!!!

  7. Ellie May 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Knowing Steve and reading the family’s tribute to their father and husband, it is easy to see what a wonderful man of character Sam was. My prayers are with all in the Goodwin family

  8. Connie Bookwalter May 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Sam. At one time in my life, he was a dear friend. May God bless his family.

  9. The Centurions May 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Steve, your Centurion brothers hold you in our hearts during this time of loss. We never met your Dad, but we feel that we knew him a little from the stories you’ve shared. God Bless you and yours. A donation in the name of your Dad has been sent today to the M.S.A. Coalition in Raleigh

  10. Deborrah K (Horn) Burgess May 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Scott & the rest of the family as well . My prayers & thoughts are with you all at this time of sorrow . May God Bless you all!

  11. Joyce Wire @ family May 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Steve, Scott ,Sam so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We send our love. Joyce, Hairbear, Danielle, Boog. Miss you guys!!!

  12. Susie Cripe Skiles May 9, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Kathleen I just learned of your loss tonight and I’m so sorry. I’ll have you in prayers for peace and comfort.

  13. Gene Ritchie May 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    To the Goodwin family:

    I am sorry to have heard of Sam’s recent passing. When in high school, working at Laverty’s, I waited on Sam many times. I also remember having gotten phone call requests to deliver clothing to the Goodwin home (on my way home for the day) for Scott, Sammy and Steve — either for a summer camp or for the start of a new school year. (We kept a list of sizes and the kinds of clothing the Goodwin boys liked.) I remember Sam as being a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Gene Ritchie
    Mahwah, New Jersey

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