Richard Goodwin Sr.

[ Age 75 ] Deputy United States marshal

December 27, 2007

Richard Harold Goodwin Sr., a retired deputy United States marshal, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Anneslie home. He was 75.

Born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he dropped out of high school and worked at racetracks as a hot walker - cooling down horses after runs - and a shoeshine boy. At 17, he left home and joined the Navy. He served for four years before enlisting in the Air Force. He volunteered to go to Vietnam in 1965 in the military police. He moved to Baltimore in 1966.

After retiring from the military, he joined Washington Police Department and later became a deputy United States marshal. For more than 20 years, Mr. Goodwin pursued fugitives, served warrants, participated in raids, and provided protection for judges and federal witnesses.

"He was well-known throughout the courthouses and respected for his professionalism and no-nonsense approach to his work," said his daughter, Desiree Pilachowski of Satyr Hill.

Mr. Goodwin received numerous awards and medals throughout his military and civilian career.

He volunteered for 25 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson and also served meals at Our Daily Bread. He also worked part time at Mitchell Wiedefeld Funeral Home.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 5500 York Road, where he was a member.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Lou Wertz; three sons, Richard H. Goodwin Jr. of Towson, Weldon Goodwin of Finksburg and Stephen Goodwin of Stoneleigh; three other daughters, Dawn Krol of Phoenix, Mary Kay Brown of Cynthiana, Ky., and Leslie Mooney of Anneslie; two brothers, Harold S. Goodwin of Queensbury, N.Y., and John H. Goodwin of Westland, Mich.; five sisters, Helen Sanders of Oakland, Ill., Dale DeMartino of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Lelia Gordon of South Glens Falls, N.Y., Cecelia Monsour of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Edna Rivers of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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