Friday, July 19th, 2013
William E. Goodwin, 82, Celina, died July 18, 2013.
He was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Dayton, to William G. and Helen Stepleton Goodwin. He married Margaret Ann Miller on Aug. 2, 1958, and she lives in Celina.
Also surviving are his three children, Sandra (Kevin) Mast of Celina, William A. "Buzz" (DeDe) Goodwin of Englewood and Edward "Ted" (Lynette) Goodwin of Celina; six grandchildren, A.J. and Hanna Mast and William T., Andrew, Lucas and Kody Goodwin; and cousins Carol Womble of Lima, Kay Dyer of Florida and Sara Badertscher of California.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Ed Stepleton.
He graduated from Fairview High School in 1948, received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and master's degree in 1956 from Miami University. He served as an engineer in the Army from 1952-1954 in Korea and Japan. He was a teacher and principal in the Dayton Public Schools for 19 years and served as school board president for seven years. He owned several campgrounds, mobile home parks and marinas around Grand Lake for the last 43 years.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #210, Celina VFW Post #5713, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1473 and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge F & AM #717 in Dayton. He was a past president of the Dayton Teachers Credit Union, The Serving Our Schools Committee and The Dayton Federation of Teachers. He served on the Mercer County Board of Health and was a member of the Lake Improvement Association.
As school board president, he was responsible for taking the Dayton Public Schools from a $17 million deficit to an $18 million surplus. He appeared twice in front of the United States Supreme Court, opposing the forced busing issue in the Dayton Public Schools. He also was a philanthropist with generous donations to Glenville State College for a new student dormitory, sponsorships for children overseas and numerous other charities.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Celina, the Revs. Matt Reynolds and Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow at Burdge Cemetery in Montezuma, with military honors.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Monday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, and one hour before services at the church Tuesday. American Legion and VFW services will begin at 7 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, State of the Heart Home Health and Hospice or Glenville State College.
Condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.