Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 11, 2012

Ezekiel 'Zeke' Dean Goodwin


WILLIAMSBURG — Ezekiel "Zeke" Dean Goodwin, 6, of Williamsburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 9, 2012. He took his last breath in the arms of his loving parents. Zeke was born on Aug. 10, 2005, the son of the Rev. Jeff and Becky (Clem) Goodwin.

Zeke was a sweet, gentle, quiet young boy and those who knew him will tell you he was a rare treasure. He always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, a song in his heart and a spring in his step. The sound of his laugh was music.

Zeke loved dreaming about his future, snuggling with his parents, spending time with his siblings and friends, fishing and playing sports. He loved all sports, especially T-Ball. He played as if the stadium were full, and the game was on the line each and every time he stepped onto the field.

Zeke had a special relationship with each of his siblings, Aubrey, Sterling and Eli, who survive. They will miss him deeply.

Zeke will be dearly missed by his parents, Jeff and Becky; sister, Aubrey; brothers, Sterling and Eli; grandparents, Gary (Sonia) Clem, Dave (Marilyn) Pierman, David (Sandi) Goodwin and Patti Dugger; many aunts, uncles and cousins; great-grandparents; and friends.

Zeke joined his infant brother, Corin Dean, as well as several great-grandparents in heaven.

Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Dr. David Walls will lead the service of remembrance.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the fund that has been established with the Northwestern Michigan Fair to create a safe biking area for all of the fair participants and visitors. Donations beyond what is needed for the bike path and racks will be redirected to a college fund for the Goodwin children.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.