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Ray Lee Goodwin Sr.

02/01/1940 - 09/11/2021


Obituary For Ray Lee Goodwin Sr.

Ray Lee Goodwin Sr., 81, of Sedalia, MO passed away September 11, 2021 in Sedalia. He was born on February 1, 1940 in Kansas City, MO the son of Phillip and Theresa (Gable) Goodwin, who preceded him in death.

On December 2, 1961 in Warrensburg, MO, he was united in marriage to Alice Jean (Powell) Goodwin, who preceded him in death.

Ray Lee enjoyed a stellar 15-year career of racing sprint cars from 1960-1975. During that span he won over 150 A-Main events, including the 1968 Knoxville Nationals. At Knoxville Raceway he won 18 features. Ray Lee was a member of 5 racing Hall of Fame's, the most honorable, The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. In 1972, he was the IMCA National Champion. Ray Lee also won track championships in four different states, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. He won the 1971 Missouri State Fair Futurity on the famous mile track, in Sedalia. He went on that year to be the Knoxville Raceway Track Champion. He was the Kansas City Auto Racing Club Champion for three consecutive years 1964-1966, at Olympic Stadium. He was forced to retire after two vicious crashes at Knoxville Raceway in 1974 and 1975.

In his later years, he enjoyed farming in Polo, MO with his wife, Alice and their son's Raymond (Alexis - granddaughter) and Steven (Sheila). He also enjoyed fishing and going to high school basketball games. He loved watching his grandchildren, Grace and Grant, play sports at Sacred Heart School.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Ray Lee is survived by a brother, Richard Goodwin.

In addition to his wife and parents, Ray Lee was preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip Jr Goodwin and Jimmy Goodwin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, September 16, 2021 at St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Parish, with Father Joe Corel, officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ron Covell, Gary Swenson, Charlie Bybee, Junior Parkinson, Lyle Farrand, Larry Kreisel, and Raymond McNish.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Parish or Sacred Heart School, in care of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.





09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart Church
421 West Third Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

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Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart Church
421 West Third Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

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11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Memorial Park Cemetery
3306 Greenridge Rd
Sedalia, MO 65301

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  • The Kaster family sends our condolences to the family. Many years ago Ray was helping a new track in Winston, Missouri called Hummingbird Speedway. (I35 Speedway now) and he recommended my Dad, Larry Kaster to promote the track in which he did. Ray, my dad, brother Buz and my mom Dixie are all in the C.A.R.B Hall of Fame. Ray always took the time to talk to us and he will be missed.

  • I will not forget night Ray Lee won Knoxville Nationals . long after most of crowd was gone he was still on stage thanking those that helped him. Phil Dullinger

  • Offering my condolences to entire Goodwin family. I began going to dirt track races in 60s. Ray Lee Goodwin was a star even then. From Olympic Stadium to Knoxville Iowa a true legend and a gentleman.

  • Thinking of all of you David and Marcia

  • My condolences to Ray's family. He and I became almost instant friends when we first met at Belleville during the Midget Nationals. He was fun to travel with to some of the vintage meets in Iowa and Illinois and will never forget the four hour tour of Speedy Bill's museum by Bill and Joyce. Peace and rest well my friend. Dick Lubbers, Midlothian, Illinois

  • I was at the Knoxville Iowa Speedway 4 years ago walking through the Museum when I saw a familiar face, it was Ray Lee. He told several stories of him and my dad Charlie Stepp during the racing years in the 60's and early 70's. Such a nice man and a great race car driver. I cried that day with joy, and today as I heard the news of his passing. There is a big checkered flag waving in heaven as another champion won their final race. RIP my friend. Terry Stepp

  • Thinking of your family.

  • As kid I grew up watching his intire career. Kansas City had fascinating group of drivers and Ray Lee was on of the best. I have a lot of fond memories and conversations with him. He was great man and he will be missed.RIP

  • My sympathy to Ray Lee's family. He was a a very good friend and we spent many hours reliving our good times at the race tracks. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  • Rest In Peace Ray Lee. We will never forget the "Gentleman Racer"!

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