Frederick “Scraper” Goodwin, Jr. passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023, in Knoxville, Iowa.
Services for Fred “Scraper” Goodwin, Jr., 90 of rural Knoxville, will be held Friday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Knoxville. Burial will follow at the Eureka Cemetery with Military Burial Honors. A luncheon will be held at the Harvey Community Center following the service.
A visitation will be held for Fred on Thursday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Knoxville. Memorials are requested to the Knoxville VFW of which he was a longtime member.
Memorials may be given in his memory to the Knoxville VFW Post 3519.
Fred was born on July 13, 1932, in Lovilia, Iowa, the son of Frederick and Mary Goodwin, Sr. He was the 3rd of five children and was the only boy.
Fred grew up and went to school in Lovilia and began working in the coal mines at an early age. When he turned 21, he was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea from 1953 until the end of the war. After returning home he worked at Morrel’s in Ottumwa, the VA Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa Power and then in construction until he retired.
Fred loved to fish, hunt, garden, and cause trouble, which is probably how he got his nickname “Scraper”
His family was his greatest love and he especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. Fred was a longtime member of the VFW in Knoxville.
Fred was united in marriage to Florence Flavie in 1954, and to this union a daughter JoEllen was born.
Fred then married Helen Guthrie Seibert in 1960. He was a wonderful father to her children: Rex, Carl, Jeannie, and Brette. Fred and Helen were blessed with three children together: Kyle, Kevin, and Sidinia.
Fred is survived by children: JoEllen Bingham, Brette Bird, Kyle Goodwin, Kevin (Kathy) Goodwin, and Sidinia (Dave) Dwigans; 14 grandchildren: Kelsey, Kallie, Katie, Selina, Sheena, Tammy, Travis, Joey, Adam, Gregory, Tim, Jennifer, Frank, and Carly; 27 great grandchildren; his sister, Evelyn (Bill) Langman; and of course his faithful companion, Bullett.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary; wife, Helen in 2014; children: Rex Seibert, Carl Seibert, and Jeannie Fincher; and sisters: Alberta, Mary, and Pat.
Fred’s family would like to thank the V.A. Hospital, Hospice of Midwest, and Madison for their care and compassion.