Robert Gooding

Robert Leland Gooding, 88, Crawfordsville, passed away, Friday, December 29th at his residence. He was born on December 16, 1929 in Waveland to the late Leland Herschel and Naomi Delcina (Sutherlin) Gooding. On August 22, 1948 at Freedom Baptist Church he married Mary Virginia (Priebe) Gooding. Mrs. Gooding survives.

Bob graduated from Waveland High School in 1947. Then he attended and graduated from the Indiana State Teachers College, and later earned his Master’s Degree from Purdue University. Bob taught school for over forty years, starting in Fairmount, Illinois, followed by Waynetown, Waveland and Tuttle Junior High School in Crawfordsville, where he spent the last thirty-two years teaching before retiring in 1993. He was past president of the Montgomery County Teachers Association and the Crawfordsville Teachers Association, as well as a member of the Crawfordsville Retired Teachers and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. He had also served on the Waveland Town Board, the Waveland Volunteer Fire Department and the Waveland Public Library. Bob was a former member of the Waveland United Methodist Covenant Church where he served as teacher, Liturgist, trustee and financial secretary. After moving to Crawfordsville in 2011, Bob joined the Rock Point Church.

He is survived by his wife; Mary, sons; Rodger (Kim) Bloomfield, Ray (Donna) Chicago, daughter, Susan (Tim) Fulwider, New Market, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Pauline, and a brother, Austin.

Memorial service will be at 1:00 PM on January 4, 2018 at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 East Green Street, Waveland, Indiana 47933 with Pastor Terry Thompson officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, January 4th from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the Rock Point Children’s Ministry. Checks may be made payable to the Rock Point Church, 429 W. 150 South, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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9 thoughts on “Robert Gooding

  • Delores Thomas-Farley

    We are so very sorry to read of Bob’s passing. He was a well respected man in our community and a good man in general.
    We are in Florida and cannot attend the calling/funeral but want his family to know we are praying for them. God give you peace and comfort as you endure this hard loss now and in the difficult days ahead.

  • Don Swearingen

    50 years ago Mr. Gooding selected me to be a student in a math class he taught. I was concerned at the time if I was the right person to take part in this special opportunity. What he did as a unique person, more than just an educator; was to give me confidence in myself that I still carry with me to this day thanks to him.

    May the family be comforted knowing Bob has found Peace.

  • Robert Harbison

    To Mary and family: From my Waveland School days, through Lowell’s and Virginia’s association I remember Bob, Mary ; Mary’s sister Martha Mae and her husband Keith Greve well. As I graduated in the class of 1953, Bob has always been known to me. Also, I knew him as a teacher in C’ville, his interest in fishing and his trips during the winter to Florida. Bob always made me proud to be known as a friend. I’ve been called this week from Juanita, my classmate at WHS and from David, my nephew to share with me your families lose on February 29th. If possible, I will be with you one more time on January 4th in Waveland. Bless all of you and especially Bob ! From a Waveland Hornet: Robert Harbison

  • Ken Roberts

    I have known a several good men in my life time and none were better than Bob Gooding. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for his family.

  • Tracy Kelly

    Mary, Suzi, Woody, Saylor, Tanner & Family ,
    I am so very sorry for your loss, Bob was an amazing and wonderful person,and will be missed by many . May you hold on to your wonderful memories and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
    Lots of Love, Hugs & Prayers
    Tracy Kelly and Family

  • Steve & Susie Collings

    “Uncle Bob” Gooding: When we visited as a family you freely shared your wonderful nature and great sense of humor with all who were present. Many hours of laughter, teasing, jokes and good humor ensued. I distinctly recall such a time, sitting on Mom & Dad’s (Duane and Pauline’s) front porch, shortly after your significant heart surgery. After about 90 minutes of “joking around”, I remember asking if your chest area was painful after surgery, to which you replied,”ONLY WHEN I LAUGH!” This was typical and a very special memory to me. I’m proud of the sense of humor and good will you passed on to me, whether genetically or from practical experience. Even now, you are still present each time a smile or a laugh or a chuckle comes along. You have been a wonderful Blessing to all, “Uncle Bob”, and your memory lives on in each of us! Thank you for your positive impact upon those around you. With Love, Steve Collings & Susie, Wendi & Aimee.

  • dale brewer

    Dear Mary, Rodger, Suzi, Ray, and families…sorry I could not be there today for the services, but my thoughts have been with you these past few days. I cannot remember “not remembering” Bob Gooding as a great parent/supporter of WHS. We then crossed paths when I taught at C’ville Schools during the late ’70s-’80s. Over the years I would occasionally run on to them and he was always very cordial and he always asked about at least one or two of my siblings. I most recently gained an appreciation of his Facebook quips and anecdotes. Kids, you had hime for a long time, wish I had known my Dad for half of that time. Hold on to some very dear memories…an old WHS friend, Dale Brewer

  • Mike Davis

    Mary Gooding and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Robert Gooding. Bob was a wonderful human being, and I thought a great deal of him. He use to stop out at Stetler’s and come up and sit at my desk and talk about everything under the sun, and I sure miss that. You were so luck to have such a nice caring husband and father, and I always admired his good nature and kind heart. I consider myself lucky to have known him, and know he will be in good company in heaven. Prayers for all of you at this difficult time, so sorry I did not make it to the funeral home to pay my respects.
    God bless