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.