James E. "Jim" Goodwin, 89, of Port Byron, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the First United Methodist Church, Port Byron. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jim was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Quincy, Ill., the son of James Harvey and Mabel Miller Goodwin. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Jim married Barbara Blair on Aug. 26, 1944. He was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church, Port Byron, where he held several positions of leadership over the years. He worked for John Deere for 46 years, retiring from the foundry in the area of OSHA compliance. Jim was artistic. He enjoyed painting artwork, woodworking, landscaping and listening to country western music. He will be remembered as a great story teller who loved visiting with family and friends. Upon retirement, Jim and Barb spent several winters in South Texas. Survivors include his wife, Barb, of nearly 70 years; four children (and spouses), Sharon Goodwin, Eldridge, James Ronald (Kay) Goodwin, Silvis, John Goodwin, Silvis, Rose Goodwin (Jim Merchie), Lowden, Iowa; grandchildren, Melissa (Travis) Ralfs, Eldridge, James Scott Goodwin, Silvis, Bobbie Kabuto, Port Washington, N.Y., Amy (Jim) Froelich, Ankeny, Iowa, Barbara Hegwood, Davenport, Carrie (J.D.) Nichols, Bronxville, N.Y., Rose (Scott) Dunaway, Bronson, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Samantha Hegwood, Tiffany (Trenton) Steele, Valerie Dunaway, Emma Kabuto, Tyler Clayburn, Kaylie Hegwood, Aiden Bahls, Ricky Kabuto, Sarah Froelich, Addisyn Bahls, Jamie Froelich, Adeline Nichols; a great-great-grandchild due in September; stepgrandchildren, Mike, Kate, Rose and Steve Merchie; stepgreat-grandchildren, Lydia, Nora and Evan Ralfs; brother, Arthur (Donna) Goodwin, Fulton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris West; and brother, Harvey Goodwin. Share a memory or condolence at gibsonbodefh.com.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.