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Goudie, William "Red"
William "Red" Goudie, age 92, of Knoxville, passed away at 9:10 P.M. on Friday, July 20, 2012, quietly and peacefully with his family by his side at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, Illinois.

He was born on November 26, 1919 in Hooper, Colorado, the son of William A. and Julia M. Chamberlin Goudie. Until the age of 14 years old, he and his brother lived in Kodiak, Alaska where they resided and his parents were administers of the Kodiak Baptist Orphanage. He married Evelyn R. Tower on February 1, 1941.

Surviving are his children: Bud and Marie of Marshfield, Missouri; Carolyn of Naperville, Illinois; Bill and Lorraine of Darien, Illinois; and Gary and Lynne of Knoxville, Illinois.
Nine Grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II from August 24, 1944 to February 28, 1946 on the PT Boats in the Philippine Islands as a motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class, receiving the American Area Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.

He came to Knoxville in 1942 and worked as a Mechanic. From 1951 until 1956 he opened and operated the Standard Gas Station. In 1957 he owned and operated his own auto mechanic shop, and then later switched to lawn mowers and small engines, known as "Goudie's" in Knoxville.

Red received his Graduation Diploma from the Knoxville High School in 2004 at the age of 84.

He was a member of the Knoxville Fire Department and served as its District Chief for many years. One of the longest continuous life members of VFW Post 2257 and served as Post Chaplain. Member and Post Commander of the Harry Philblad American Legion Post #749 of Knoxville, Illinois; AMVETS Post 8; and the Disabled American Veterans Association. Member and Past President of the Knox County Conservation Club; Former member of the Knights of Columbus; Former member of the former Knoxville Kiwanis Club. Past Boy Scout Leader of Troop #77 of Knoxville, Illinois. Member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Galesburg, Illinois.

He was an avid Hunter, outdoorsman, and enjoyed golf after retirement.

Red and Evelyn enjoyed many years of traveling in the south in their Motor Home visiting friends and family.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 7:30 P.M. with a Rosary Service on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Illinois. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Rev. William Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois with military rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285 of Galesburg, Illinois. In-Lieu of Flowers Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Knoxville Fire Department or the Knox County Nursing Home of Knoxville, Illinois. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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