Monte was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Robinson, the son of Valmore and Mildred (Elliott) Goodwin. He married Janet R. Musgrave on June 22, 1957, in Hutsonville. She survives.
He is also survived by a son, James "Jay" E. (Tracey) Goodwin of Lake Mary, Fla.; a daughter, Julie G. (Tony) Clark of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren, Shelby and Travis Goodwin of Lake Mary, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Monte graduated in 1951 from Robinson High School, where he played on two consecutive state championship football teams in 1949 and 1950. He later went on to Purdue University, were he excelled at football. He graduated from Purdue in 1955. After graduating from Purdue, he joined the United States Army, where he served from 1955 to 1957. While in the Army he played on the Army All-Star football, baseball and basketball teams.
After the Army, Janet and Monte were married and he began working for the Marathon Oil Company. After Marathon Oil, he began working for Investors Diversified Services, which later became Amerprise, for 41 years, as a financial adviser, until he retired in 2003.
He was a member of the Jaycees, Rotary Club, Elks Lodge 332, 32nd degree Mason, Shrine Club and a trustee for Newell Township. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder for the church, and a member of the Danville Boat Club.
Monte was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing anywhere he could. He also enjoyed traveling and has spent the last nine years wintering in Florida. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends.
A celebration of the life of Monte G. Goodwin will be at 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Hopper officiating.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, a Life Celebration Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Hutsonville Cemetery in Hutsonville.
Memorials may be made in Monte's name to the First Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society. Please join Monte's family in posting memories, photos or videos on his tribute wall at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.