Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Richard Arthur Goodhew Memorial
Richard Arthur Goodhew Memorial

Richard Arthur Goodhew

Richard Arthur Goodhew

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Richard Arthur Goodhew, 73, a resident of Burlington passed away at his home on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

He was born on April 10, 1944 in Medford, Oregon the son of Lawrence Henry and Vivian Aleta (Harn) Goodhew. He just so happen to be the biggest baby born in Oregon up to that date at 14 lbs.

Richard grew up in Sedro Woolley and was a longtime resident there. He lived in Oak Harbor in his later years, and spent the last several years of his life living next door to his second daughter, Cindie (Goodhew) Wotherspoon.

He was a hard worker and was a carpenter for over 40 years. He worked with his father in his younger years and then his father worked for him when he got the position of Forman building the Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley, Washington.

After that he ran his own construction crew for about thirty years. He once won a contest when nail guns first came out. The nail gun company offered $1000 to anyone who could beat the nail gun with a hammer – he beat it. He was well known and admired for the custom homes he built and the care he took in building them. His oldest daughter Vicki worked with him for many years and went on to run her own construction company.

He spent the last part of his career working for Yonkman Construction in Oak Harbor, Washington as a Job Supervisor. He loved his work and the people he worked with. Richard was known to have an easy-going attitude, a goofy sense of humor and a huge heart. People were drawn to him, he was well liked and he had many friends.

He loved football and baseball and kept records of game stats for most of his adult life. He was a big Nascar fan too.

He is survived by his daughters, Vicki Goodhew, Cindie (Goodhew) Wotherspoon and husband James, and Michelle Goodhew; brother, Larry Goodhew and wife Jacque; sister, Aleta Pentecost; grandchildren, Jessica Dowell, Jourdan Tewalt; nieces and nephews, Larry Goodhew Jr, and his wife Jeanne, and their two children Alicia (Goodhew) Lenz and Serena Goodhew; LaVonda (Goodhew) Kellogg, Stacy Kilborn, her children TJ and Christopher Kilborn, Dennis Kilborn and wife Dana, and their three children Michael, Brandon, and daughter Jaime, Lawrian Taylor and husband John, and their nine children John, Isaac, Justin, Justina, Nhoora, Cylestte, Eden, Tehya, and Dakota, plus three granddaughters and one grandson; former wife, Christine (Wilson) Harding; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gloria (Wilson) Cushen and husband Bob Cushen; nephews-in-law, Richard Cushen, Bob Cushen, and his child Logan Cushen; niece-in-law, Stephanie (Cushen) Mason, husband Stephen, and their child Drake Wilhonen.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Vivian Goodhew; nephews, Lawrence Kilborn, and Thomas Kilborn.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1PM-4PM at the home of Cindie and James Wotherspoon, 18027 Cook Road, Burlington, WA 98233. Anyone who knew Richard is encouraged by the family to attend. Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Cindy Candia

    Our condolences to you and your family. The passing of our dad’s will keep breaking our hearts forever. I’m sending y’all strength.

  • Kitty Curtis-Martin

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I can still picture him playing softball during Clear Lake Church School recess.

  • Dawn Lewis

    I am going to miss your Dad’s goofy sense of humor and the silly ‘dear in the headlights’ look. Truly a strong, hard working and sensitive man. Regardless of our age, he always greeted with a Hi kid and a smile. He was a big teddy bear on the inside, but you could tell that he was a rebel. He was never able to really hide his crazy life. His stories were funny as hades. He was a wealth of information about damn near everything. He was always willing and enjoyed sharing what he has learned. A real gem .