Gary Goodwin, age 61, of Mahnomen, MN died Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Mahnomen.
Gary Lynn Goodwin, the son of Ervin and Geraldine (Villebrun) Goodwin, was born on October 18, 1951 in White Earth, MN. He grew up in the Minneapolis, MN area and attended school there. Gary received specialized training in Culinary Arts and worked for some time in a bakery in Minneapolis. He spent the majority of his life in the White Earth area to be near family.
Gary was very proud of his Native American Heritage and was strong in his traditional beliefs. He followed the traditional ways in all areas of his life. Gary was full of love for his family. He was especially close to his twin brother, Terry. Gary had a huge heart and was a very good son, brother, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his father, Ervin Goodwin of Mahnomen; six brothers: Merton Turpin of Mahnomen, John Turpin of Terrehaute, IN, Terry Goodwin of Mahnomen, Sandy Goodwin of Mahnomen, Craig (Donna) Goodwin of Richfield, MN, and Guy Goodwin of Mahnomen; four sisters: May (Skip) Weigelt of Minneapolis, Ninny Goodwin of Minneapolis, Charli (Ken) Lacey of Richfield, and Bobbi (Joel) Rodriquez of Minneapolis; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Turpin of Miltona, MN; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and several great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers, Clyde and Todd; and one sister, Caroline.
Traditional Indian Burial was at Duane Cemetery, rural Mahnomen, at 12:00Noon on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Serving as pallbearers were Merton Turpin, Terry Goodwin, Sandy Goodwin, Craig Goodwin, and Guy Goodwin. Honorary bearers will be Ken Lacey and Joel Rodriquez.
A luncheon took place at the home of Ervin Goodwin following the burial.