Donald Howard Goins

Donald Howard Goins was born on April 18, 1937 in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of three children born from the union of the late Hobert and the late Coralee (Wylie) Goins. Donald attended Monroe High School graduating with the Class of 1955.

Donald met the love of his life, Shirley Sharp, and they married on June 14, 1958 in Monroe. From this union came the birth of four daughters. Donald worked hard to care for his family by taking employment through General Motors as a CAD Engineer. He received training through their trade school and had a thirty-three-year career, taking retirement in 1988.

For many years, Donald enjoyed playing softball as a pitcher and shortstop.  Some of the teams included Pete’s Eatmore and The Bombers. When he could no longer play, he continued his career as an umpire.  Donald also enjoyed many happy times on the golf course and fishing.

In his spare time, Donald enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and collecting coins. He would often watch the news and was great at proving his point in any debate. Donald’s family meant the most to him and spending time with them was a priority, as well as attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Donald Howard Goins, age 81 of Monroe, passed away at 8:51pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home. In addition to his parents, his passing is preceded by his brother: Timothy Goins.

To cherish his memory, Donald leaves his beloved wife of sixty years: Shirley; his daughters: Beverly D. (Gary) Bomia of Monroe, Donna M. (Timothy) Booth of Newport, Beth A (Thomas) Casari of Canton and Melissa F. (John) DuVall of Monroe; one sister: Beverly Lands of Monroe; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street (734)384-5185. He will Lie in State at 10:00am on Friday, April 5, 2019 until a Celebration of Life following at 11:00am at North Monroe Street Church of God with Pastor Tony Mills officiating.

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