Illinois lost a loyal farmer, who spoke out against the loss of water, and pollution of farms caused by coal mines.Â Charles Goodall, of Sidell, Vermilion County, a founder of Stand Up to Coal, passed away July 4 at age 68 in Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago of complications from multiple myeloma.Â He is well known in environmental circles, as well as agricultural organizations.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Sidell Methodist Church, 202 Chicago St., Sidell, Illinois.
A fifth generation farmer, he grew up on the family farm outside Sidell with sisters, Carol, Marjory and twin, Catherine.Â He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural economics.Â He spent two years in Venezuela as a Peace Corps volunteer, and graduated from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis.Â He greatly valued community, historical preservation, the natural world and conservation and spent time and effort on these causes.
Charles is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters Catherine (Uwe) Goodall-Heising and Andrea (Milyon) Trulove, and granddaughter Norah, three sisters, Carol Wock, Marjory (Paul) Queen, and Catherine (Albert) Allen, and many relatives and friends.
He invited members of CALM to come to Vermilion County to serve on panels for Stand Up to Coal programs.Â He also came to Montgomery and Macoupin Counties on a sponsored tour of mines in Carlinville and Hillsboro.Â He will long be remembered as a leader with a strong sense of justice, who fought for the fair treatment of rural citizens in our democracy.
(Catherine Edmiston, President, Citizens Against Longwall Mining)