Wayne Arnold Goodvin was born March 17, 1920 to Ralph Watson Goodvin and Katie Augusta (Hoskinson) Goodvin north of Corning in Adams County, Iowa. He passed away June 12, 2019 at Care Initiatives in Corning following a long and well-lived life.
Wayne lived his entire life in Adams County. His early school days were spent in Prescott and then his family moved to the Carbon area when he was in junior high. Wayne graduated from Corning high school in 1937. On February 28, 1940 he was united in marriage to Georgia Verlee Olson in Maryville, Missouri. To this union two children were born, Max and Carolyn.
Wayne was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He lived a life that set an excellent example for the rest of his family. A relentless worker, he accomplished a great deal, but he was careful to not take advantage of anyone. The harder he worked, the happier he was. He and his brother Bryan “Hoot” dug a coal mine by hand when Wayne was not yet of age. After the mine went bust, Wayne started farming. He loved the land, and he loved caring for livestock. He lived the life he preferred – simple and in tune with nature and its creatures, caring for his wife, his family, his crops and livestock – always working and always with a positive attitude. Hopefully, we who are left to mourn his passing can carry his passion for work, family, and positive attitude with us for the rest of our lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother “Hoot”. He is survived by his wife of 79 years Georgia; daughter Carolyn Boswell and husband Mark of Corning; their sons Jason and wife Wendi of Corning and Justin and wife Jessica of Orient; son Max Goodvin and wife Dorothy of Council Bluffs; their daughters Heidi Reelfs and husband Scott of Council Bluffs and Emily Villanueva Lynch of Dripping Springs, Texas; and nine great-grandchildren who had the gift of knowing him.