DeKALB – John Alwyn Goodwin, 79, of DeKalb, Ill., died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at home.|
Born Jan. 16, 1934, in Galesburg, Ill., the son of William L. and Eileen (Foley) Goodwin, John married Elaine F. Lebegue on March 9, 1957, in Highland, home of her parents.
John graduated from Galesburg High School in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State (Normal) University in June 1955. For two years, he taught chemistry and physics, and coached football and basketball at Carrollton High School. In autumn 1957, he attended the Ohio State University on a National Science Foundation grant and received a Master of Arts in Science Education in August 1958. John was hired by the DeKalb school district in September 1958 to teach chemistry and coach swimming for four years, and was golf coach for nine years before leaving in 1968 to organize the chemistry program, teach chemistry and coach golf at the newly formed Kishwaukee College in Malta.
In summer 1972, John left teaching and became an agent for the DeKalb Agency of Country Companies Insurance. In his 24 years with Country Companies, he earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and qualified numerous times for the All Star and All American awards of the company. John focused on his many clients and provided them with exceptional service.
John enjoyed playing and teaching golf, and played on both his high school and college teams, placing fifth individually in the Mid-American Conference in both his freshman and senior college years. Photography and birds were hobbies for a number of years. He spent 12 years in the local Kiwanis Club and served as club president. A member of First Baptist Church of DeKalb for more than 55 years, he held many positions, including deacon, moderator, treasurer, Sunday school teacher and chancel choir member.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Elaine; daughters, Cherie (Kortney) Bertsch of Oregon, Ill., Mardy (Al) Kvistad of Schaumburg and Janet (Paul) Sullivan of Loveland, Ohio; grandchildren, Megan Kvistad, Chris Kvistad, Annalisa Bertsch, Cade Bertsch, Elizabeth Sullivan and Alicia Sullivan; brother, Greg (Peggy) Goodwin of Sun City, Ariz.; and sister, Gloria (Won) Hurh of Macomb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, William Goodwin of Boulder, Colo.
The funeral service will beat 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, at First Baptist Church of DeKalb, with the Rev. Bob Edwards and the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Cremation will follow at Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
Memorials may be made to the John A. Goodwin Memorial Fund for First Baptist Church, DeKalb, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 29, 2013