Former longtime Soldotna resident Stephen W. Goodwin, 69, died Friday, May 4, 2012 at his parents' home in Penacook, N.H.
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The family will enjoy dinner at the Duck Inn with some friends in celebration on May 19 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join in remembrance.
Steve was borne on Dec. 13, 1942 to Signe and Francis W. Goodwin in Concord, N.H. He graduated from Penacook High School in 1961. He served in the United States Navy from 1961-1965 in the Pacific, including assisting with rescue and recovery after the 1964 earthquake. He worked as a crane operator and a mechanic in the oilfield industry. He loved music and often played songs written by his daughter Jennifer White at local bars. He also loved to fly his planes until his health affected his ability to do so safely. He would often grab quality time alone with his children in the airplane and built many special memories for them with this one on one time.
All of his family hold special memories of him. His ashes have been divided equally between the surviving children. Some will be laid to rest in Boscawen, N.H. and the rest will come home to Alaska, the place his heart belonged to.
His family writes, "Stephen worked hard and lost much in his life but he is gaining much by his passing and is now in God's hands. We were blessed for the good times with him and the lessons learned."
Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer White, who was found murdered in Kasilof in 1996 in what remains an unsolved homicide.
Steve is survived by his daughter Sarah Musgrove-Short from his first marriage to Marsha Carlisle of Webster, N.H., son-in-law Matthew, their children and Jennifer's children; his children from his from his second marriage to Sandra Rayno, Jody and Joshua Goodwin and their children; his Aunt Dorothy Goodwin of Warner, N.H., and many cousins.
Donations in his memory can be made to the local Alcoholics Anonymous chapter, homeless shelters and services for the needy. Condolences may be sent to 5535 North Star St., Anchorage AK 99518.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 11, 2012