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Donald L. Goodknight, 94, of New Castle went home to be with his Lord and Savior the morning of Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Golden Hill Nursing Home.
Born in Beaver Falls on Sept. 8, 1922, he was a son of Russell L. and Haddassah M. Carothers Goodknight.
On Aug. 25, 1950, he married his beloved wife, the former Jeanne H. Roberts. She survives him at home.
A graduate of Beaver Falls High School, Don then served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater.
He retired in 1984 from New Castle Battery Manufacturing Co. He was also a co-owner of R.L. Goodknight and Son Garage in Harlansburg, where he worked with his father for 23 years. During that time, he also drove school bus for the Laurel Area School District. Don continued working part-time until the age of 89 for various businesses in New Castle.
He helped organize and was a member of the Scott Township Volunteer Fire Department. He also served on the Laurel Area School District Board of Education for six years.
A member of First Baptist Church, he served as a trustee and an usher.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Deanna (Jeff) Sunderman of Volant and Joyce (David) Piper of New Castle; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the First Baptist Church, 984 W. Maitland Lane, New Castle, with the Rev. John Yergan officiating.
Burial will be in Unity Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Don's name to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 984 W. Maitland Lane, New Castle, PA 16105.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on June 26, 2017
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