Obituary: Robert Lynn “Goody” Goodwin


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Robert Lynn “Goody” Goodwin, 93, died Jan. 22, barely four months after losing his wife of 73 years, Esther Helen (McMahon) Goodwin. Bob and Esther were married June 27, 1942. He was born, June 23, 1922, to James Elbert and Gladys Marie (Keeling) Goodwin.

Bob was a stellar high school athlete. After graduating, Bob joined the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class and was soon promoted to Storeman – Petty Officer Third Class, serving in both the North Atlantic and Pacific Theaters in World War II. Upon return, he joined his father’s business, later becoming a solo entrepreneur as Bob’s Heating & Sheet Metal.

Bob’s volunteer efforts focused on sports and horses. He coached Little League baseball, Demolay basketball, and worked with the Hamilton Co. 4-H Horse and Pony Club. He encouraged horsemanship and loved to ride himself. He never wanted to compete, leaving that to others, however, he loved to trail ride. To celebrate his 80th birthday, he completed 15 American Quarter Horse Trail Rides for which he was awarded a trophy saddle.

Bob is survived by his three children; Pat (Steve) Heiny of Richmond, Stephanie McDonald of Carmel, Bob Goodwin, Jr. of Noblesville: four grandchildren; Melissa McDonald of Carmel, Curtis Heiny of Columbia, S.C., Koren Heiny of Richmond and Ryan (Janelle) McDonald of Indianapolis: two great-grandchildren; Masson Heiny and Oakley McDonald: several members of his extended family. In addition to his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Vera Powell and Lois Blake and son-in-law, Ray (Tub) McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Grand Lodge of Indiana (Masonic) Scholarship Fund or Third Phase, 15755 Allisonville Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060.

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