MOUNT VERNON — William H. “Goldie” Golden, aged 68 years and 10 months, passed away Jan. 11, 2010, at Knox Community Hospital with his wife of 26 years by his side. Goldie endured a lengthy battle with diabetes and dementia. For the past 2 1/2 years he has resided at Country Court Nursing Home in Mount Vernon.
He was born in Berlin Township in Delaware County to Howard and Mary (Schanck) Golden on March 26, 1941. He lived and attended school in Radnor, Ohio, where he played baseball and basketball and was a member of the FFA. He enjoyed farming as a young man and went on to operate heavy equipment and drive truck for PPG Trucking and Henderson Trucking. While at Henderson, he was never without his trusty boxer, Buster. Goldie was quite the storyteller and never met a stranger and was an avid collector of John Deere memorabilia. In his spare time, he enjoyed dining out with friends on Friday nights, going to steam shows, watching Buckeye football and basketball, as well as NASCAR and the Indy 500. He was a member of the Raymond, Ohio Masonic Lodge and Teamsters Local 413.
He is survived by his wife, Kandy (Sweet); sons, Tim (Rochelle) Steck and Rodney Munday of Delaware and Ken (Kip) Sweet of Mount Vernon; daughter, Jamie Hamilton of Mount Vernon; three sisters, Mary Ann (Harvey) Johnson of Delaware, Patti (Steve) Martin of Phoenix, Ariz., and Janet Golden of Viola, Ark.; stepchildren, Ed (Karen) Steck, Forrest “Dike” (Deena) Steck, Scott (Debbie) Steck, Sue Steck and Sandy Steck; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nephews, Bill Johnson of Galena and Richard Johnson of Delaware; and niece, Susie Jones of Delaware.
He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Howard and Mary; his foster parents, Bill and Anne Rowlands; and two stepdaughters, Judy (Harry) Swope and Linda (Bill) Mills.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, and where Masonic services will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at a later date. To share a memory of “Goldie” or to offer condolences to the family, please visit www.rodmanneeper.com.