Leon Joseph Goodwin

July 29, 2019 West Grove, PA "Goody"

Leon “Goody” Joseph Goodwin, 86, of West Grove, PA died on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE. He was the husband of Yvonne Goodwin (nee Brown); the two had recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Born 1933 in West Chester, PA,  he was raised in Kennett Square, PA by his father, the late Barkley Goodwin and his mother, Mary Goodwin (nee Daniels).

Leon was educated in the Kennett School District and later joined the US Air Force where he attended Wilberforce College in Dayton, OH and proudly served our country during the Korean War. Leon was Military Police and was also on the boxing team. He returned to Kennett after his stint in the USAF and worked at Lukens Steel Company, retiring in 1995 after 40 years of employment.

Leon was an easy going man who made a lasting impression of anyone who knew him. He was kind, humorous, adventurous, and thoughtful. He enjoyed all wildlife and nature, going often to the Philadelphia Zoo, taking the family on numerous country rides, family history, farming and gardening. Leon was known to make all sorts of animals the “family pet”! He raised pigeons for decades, which were his great joy. He memorized the hunting and fishing season and had his equipment prepped well in advance! Leon loved speed. He enjoyed going out in the boat, flying/watching airplanes, and motorcycles. He enjoyed watching boxing and watching the Philadelphia Eagles (he was happy to see them get that BIG WIN!). Leon also loved food and was a wonderful cook, having spur of the moment barbecues, Friday fish fry’s and seafood meals! Leon was always encouraging and had a ‘can-do’ attitude which he instilled in all of us.

Leon was a member of the Jehovah Witness and enjoyed going to Hall and various meetings and services.

He was undeniably  a family man, affectionately giving all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren unique nicknames. Leon had a strong sense of family — always attending and enjoying the massive family gatherings and reunions.

He leaves to carry on his legacy, his wife Yvonne; daughters, Juanita (Kennett Square, PA), Pamela and Teresa (both of Avondale, PA), and Dianne (Willow Street, PA); his son, Darryl (Coatesville, PA); his mother, Mary; five sisters, Ruth, Linda, Margaret, Vanessa, and Arlene; two brothers, Jerry and Ronald; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Leonard and two brothers, Larry and Pete.

Services for Leon will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3470 Gap Newport Pike in West Grove, PA. Family and friends are welcomed to visit from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, his service will promptly follow. Interment will be private.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Directions to Kingdom Hall from Kennett Square:

  • Head west on Baltimore Pike/Old Baltimore Pike/State St toward S Union St
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto PA-82 N/N Union St
    Continue to follow PA-82 N
  • Turn left to merge onto US-1 S
  • Take the PA-41 exit toward Avondale/Chatham
  • Turn right onto PA-41 N and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be on the right

Message from the Family

We thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Feel free to share memories of Leon with us in the Guestbook below.




August 3, 2019 9:00AM to 11:00AM Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
3470 Gap Newport Pike, West Grove, PA 19390

Funeral Service

August 3, 2019 11:00AM Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
3470 Gap Newport Pike, West Grove, PA 19390




  1. A year has passed and so many changes…we miss you incredibly…like we promised you-we are taking care of your Vonnie (Mom)….

    Miss you, love you Dad.

    Dianne | August 21, 2020 at 10:08 PM
  2. Dad your “Dude” has joined you! Love and miss you both and Kenny too. Miss you saying ‘get em Gal, you got it Gal’ you always knew how to push me!! I know you hear me talking to you daily on my ride home from work and at other times. Going past the different farm fields you taught me how to know which ones were which. You built us tough, but I still drop tears of grief. I know you are looking over us! We are taking care of Mom…I know you aren’t not worrying. REST EASY! NO MORE PAIN!!! Love you and miss you so much….Love Dee.

    Dianne Goodwin | August 19, 2019 at 12:43 PM
  3. I hope he is dancing in the sky Dianne and may our father’s meet❤. My deepest sympathy to you and your family for you loss…

    Melody Edwards

    Melody | August 14, 2019 at 4:14 PM
  4. i imagine the only thing better than raising pigeons is flying with them. rest in peace leon

    andrew lafrance | August 5, 2019 at 11:28 AM
  5. Fond memories Goody, thanks for taking me for my first driver’s test, showing Rich and I how to skip stones across the pond, and taking my father on a motorcycle ride that put a smile on his face. RIP Jerry Barger

    Jerry Barger | August 4, 2019 at 9:30 PM
  6. Goodwin Family & Friends, “Goody” will be truly missed😇❤️You all are In our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time❤️🙏🏽Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the Morning🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️❤️ God Bless You & God Comfort You❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Christine Lambert | August 4, 2019 at 4:01 PM
  7. Love you Mr G rest easy now. Will miss you calling me short.

    Elveria Hayman | August 4, 2019 at 8:16 AM
  8. Sorry for your loss from James Daniels children tameka hill and Jasmaine Wyland

    Jasmaine Wyland Daniels | August 2, 2019 at 8:19 PM
  9. Dear Yvonne,

    I am so very sorry that Leon has passed. I hope that you and your family are ok. You will be in thoughts and prayers.

    Bill & Katherine Turner

    Bill Turner | August 2, 2019 at 3:23 PM
  10. You will definitely be missed. Love you always

    Kiasha Mitchell | August 1, 2019 at 6:51 PM
  11. Blessings and comfort to you and your family Mrs. Vonnie…Cousin Leon RIP I will see you on the other side. Sincerely, Margaret Thomas Loggins.

    Margaret Loggins | August 1, 2019 at 4:49 PM

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