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 Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch. 1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department. 1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.