CORONA, Calif. - Russell Allen Goodwin, 50, of California, unexpectedly departed this life on Dec. 1, 2010, in Pomona, Calif. Veterans rites were accorded at National Park Cemetery, Riverside, Calif. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. January 15, 2011, at Greater Antioch Baptist Church, 929 14th Street, Rock Island, Ill. Memorials may be given to the family.
Russell was born July 13, 1960, in Davenport, Iowa, to Herman Goodwin and Evelyn (McDonald) Goodwin. He graduated from Davenport West High School, attended DeVry Institute of Technology, Chicago, and served as a medic and phlebotomist in the Navy. He placed second in the All-Navy Mid-Atlantic Regional Boxing Tournament.
He was a long-distance truck driver for CRST Trucking, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later owned and operated Goodwin Transport in California. He married Shelia Marvray in 2007 in California.
Russell's accomplishments were many but most notably he was the published author of the book, "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden." He was a self-taught musician who played piano, guitar, and percussion. He won the Palm Springs, Calif., American Idol in January 2006. He most recently became a member of the band WAR, who had planned performances in Las Vegas.
Russell is survived by his spouse, Shelia, Corona; sisters, Sharon Goodwin-Stokes (George), Davenport, and Karen Goodwin-Norton (Breon), Racine, Wis.; brothers, Herman (Christine), Davenport, Timothy (Teresa), Davenport, and Mark, Modesto, Calif.; eight nieces and three nephews; a stepson; and many friends and family. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dietra Ann, and his parents.
"You will not be forgotten because of our memories of you in our hearts."