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.
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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.