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Otis Ray Goodnight, 81, LaFontaine, passed away in his home at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2017.
Born in Tipton on April 18, 1936, to Gilbert and Ruth (Day) Goodnight, Otis married Cindy Haney in Marion on June 23, 1982.
Otis was a 1957 graduate of Tipton High School. He retired from General Motors in Marion after 50 years of service. Spending time with family was very important to him. Otis owned several trail horses for many years and enjoyed horseback riding and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy; sons, Mike (Leisa), Texas, David, Middletown, Jeff (Dawn), Middletown, and Phillip, LaFontaine; daughter, Amy (Jacob) Lavassaur; grandchildren, Michelle (Ben-jy) Bamburg, Texas, Hannah Goodnight, Texas, Madison Goodnight, Middletown, Kole Goodnight, Middletown, and Blake Lavassaur, Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Elijah, Josiah and Malachi Bamburg, Texas; brother, Jerry Goodnight, Anderson; sisters, Sonja Kay Land, Cape Coral, Fla., JoAnn Bryan, Galveston, and Martha Fox, Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Junior, Gene, and Kenny Goodnight; and sisters, Frieda West and Patty Rouse.
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 N. Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.
The family is having a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m. Sept. 9, at the LaFontaine Community Building, 103 W. Branson St., LaFontaine.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Published on August 30, 2017
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