March 27, 2013


James Goodwin, 70, of Coon Rapids, died suddenly at his home north of Coon Rapids on Monday, March 25, 2013.

According to Jim's wishes there will be no services. His cremated remains will be buried at Union Township Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in memory of Jim.

James Donald, the only child of Donald and Frances (Reil) Goodwin, was born March 3, 1943, on the family farm in Willow Township, Greene County. He was raised on the farm and attended Willow No. 9 rural school through the fourth grade.

He completed his education in the Bayard Community Schools, graduating with the Class of 1961. Jim worked with his dad on the farm and then worked for Linn Feeds delivering feed in the area. Jim worked for Western Electric out of Red Oak for a short time.

On Feb. 15, 1964, Jim married with Judy Stone in Coon Rapids. They made their home in Scranton and were the parents of two children. Jim was a superintendent at Farmer's Elevator until 1973.He then worked as an electrician for Garst and Thomas in Coon Rapids until his retirement in 2005. Jim and Judy purchased an acreage north of Coon Rapids in 2001.

Along with their family, they completely finished the interior of the new home themselves. Jim could figure out and fix about anything mechanical or electrical.

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, making many pieces of furniture over the years. He also enjoyed any activity that took him outdoors including fishing, gardening, and caring for his yard.

Playing cards was also fun for him. Jim could often be found at flea markets hunting down bargains. Overall, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Jim's health began to fail early in 2012 however; he was able to remain at home with the care and support of his family.

Jim is survived by his wife Judy Goodwin of Coon Rapids; daughter Jessica (Bill) Arnold of Jefferson; son Jason Goodwin of Coon Rapids; grandson Trevor James Goodwin of Coon Rapids; mother-in-law Vera Stone of Coon Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Jerry (Joyce) Stone of Bayard; Kay (Richard) Brannon of Ankeny; Roger (Reta) Stone of Granger; Jan (Eugene) Scheuerman of West Des Moines; Marilyn (Gary) Hunter of Bayard; dick (Val) Stone of Bayard; Pat Reineke of Columbus, Neb.; Jack (Jeannie) Stone of Bayard and Don (Shirley) Stone of Minburn; his beloved dachshund Scooby; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents; grandparents; father-in-law Carroll Stone; and sister-in-law Carol Stone.