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Sunday, January 9, 2011


My Mom's brother, Eddie, was so special to me!  I'd known him since I was born.  From what I remember growing up, "Unk" as we called him, was always around.  He lived with Mom and Dad, helping Dad on the farm.  Eddie was like a little brother to Dad.  He also worked with Pop when Dad farmed at Bunker Hill AFB, south of Peru, Indiana.  It's now known as Grissom AFB, in honor of Astronaut Gus Grissom, who died in that awful launchpad fire in 1967. 

Eddie Good ca 1941-42
Listie, PA

Eddie ca 1951

Uncle Eddie working with Dad
Peru, Indiana 1950s

Dad in Peru, Indiana in the 1950s

Edwin W. Good US Army 1950s
Eddie served in the Army, and I remember a picture of him and me together when I was 3 or 4, he dressed in his uniform.  It was during that time, I recall trying to tell him something and it came out bass-ackwards.  He laughed that beautiful, deep laugh, and from then on, he called me his "little Dutchman."  We always met his girlfriends, one of them, Pauline, would babysit us every now and then. 

Unk with his own Easter basket 1963
Peru, Indiana
When Unk married Garnet Craig in 1964, we were introduced to her.  His nickname for her was "Garney," but we kids mistook it for "Connie," and no one ever corrected us.  To this day, we still call her that when speaking of her.  I think she enjoyed it that she had a special name that only we used for her.  She passed away about 5 weeks after Unk died, from Diabetes complications.

I wrote the following the day after Uncle Eddie's death: 

"Uncle Eddie was a spiritual person, with a wonderful sense of humor.  He always tried to be positive and see the bright side of things.  He had a wonderful singing voice and could play the acoustic guitar beautifully.  I remember him sitting on Grandma's porch swing, sing hymns, reminding me of Andy Griffith.  He took care of Aunt Connie (Garnet), who is in a wheelchair, with dedication.  Even tho' he was in extreme pain from the bladder cancer which had spread to his liver, he said he had to take care of "Momma" (before he thought of himself).  He said we weren't to cry because of his passing, but to celebrate!  He was going Home. I know there's a great reunion in Heaven, as he joins his mom and dad, two sisters and a baby brother he never knew.  I will miss him so very much!   His loving niece, Joy- May 28, 2007."

The last picture I ever got of Uncle Eddie
Christmastime 2006
Daytona Beach, Florida
The following obituary was placed in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: 

"Edwin Good     
DAYTONA BEACH -- Edwin Wilbur Good, 69, of South Nova Road, retired from the Volusia County school district maintenance department, died Sunday at Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach. Mr. Good, an Army veteran, was born in Listie, Pa., and moved to this area in 1980 from Largo. He had also worked in construction. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Mr. Good enjoyed flying and anything to do with aviation. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Garnet; a son, Mark, Holly Hill; a sister Evelyn Logan, Indiana; and two grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, NCICFUL, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368. Woodward, Holly Hill, is in charge.
Published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on 5/30/2007." 

My sister and I didn't think it was worthy enough of Unk. So, she wrote another one (with my input) to put in the paper in Somerset, Pennsylvania (close to Listie, where Eddie was born).  That one follows:

"Edwin Wilbur Good, 69, of Daytona Beach, Florida passed away Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Florida Hospital Oceanside, Ormond Beach. He had been suffering with cancer for several years. "Eddie", as he was known by everyone, was born October 9, 1937 in Listie, PA to Edwin Ellsworth Good and Sarah Elizabeth (Aultz) Good.
He graduated in 1955 from Somerset High School. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Indian Town Gap, PA, where he acted as a general's chauffeur. In the early 1960's he worked in Chicago as a detective for the railroad and met his future wife, Garnet Lorraine Craig, while there. They were married on October 7, 1964 in Muncie, Indiana. She survives. On March 8, 1970 their son, Mark Edwin, was born in Muncie, Indiana. He survives along with his wife, Lynette, and their 2 children, Hunter and Hayden.
Eddie also, at different times, worked in farming, construction and at the Square D manufacturing plant in Peru, Indiana. In the 1970's he served with the Indiana National Guard out of Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, IN. Later he and his family moved to Florida where he eventually retired from the Volusia County School System.
Eddie was a licensed pilot and loved anything to do with aviation. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters - Mrs Alice Rebecca (Harold) King of New Port Richey, FL and Mrs Sarah Elizabeth (George) Graham of Listie, PA - and a nephew - Mr Bruce King of Pittsburgh, PA. Survivors besides the aforementioned include a sister - Mrs Evelyn Lois (James) Logan of Pierceton, IN - 5 nephews, 7 nieces, 5 great nephews, 6 great nieces and one great, great nephew.
Services will be Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 3 p.m. at Dale Woodward Funeral & Cremation, Holly Hill, Florida." (written by Kathy Logan Creamer with input by Joy Logan Burkhart for submission to and publication in The Daily American in Somerset, PA, May 31, 2007)

Uncle Eddie, Aunt Alice, Grandma Good,
Aunt Sally, & Mom (Eveyln) ca 1966
I really miss you, Unk!  Miss you, too, Aunt Connie!!! 
Love ya both!

Uncle Eddie 1971

Aunt Connie 1971


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)
Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Nancy said...

This was a wonderful post! I liked your obituary much better than the one in the Florida newspaper. Yours was biographical and written with love. He was a good man.

Joy Burkhart, IBSSG said...

Thanks Nancy. Yes, he was a very GOOD man!


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