ILION — Charles H. Goodding, age 75, of Gage Road, sat down on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in one of his famous hunting seats to peaceably fall asleep only to awake in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was born on Sept. 8, 1938, in Missouri, son of the late Cecil and Leona Riley Goodding. On July 3, 1958, he was united in marriage with the former Elizabeth Cotton in San Diego, Calif. In 1960, they moved to the area where they raised their four children. Charles retired from Titan Homes in 2000 and spent his retirement years doing what he loved: fishing, hunting, caring for his goats, gardening, telling stories and spending the summer working for his friend, Ron Fountain. To all who knew him, he will always be remembered as a humble man who found pleasure in doing for others while looking for nothing in return. He was devoted to his family, church family and friends.
He is survived by his treasured wife of 55 years, Elizabeth; a son, David Goodding and his wife, Melinda, of Columbia Center; two daughters, Deborah Ray and her husband, Robert, of Warner Robbins, Ga., Donna VanderGroef and her husband, Ronald, of Mohawk; one sister, Evelyn Emerson, of Oregon; 11 grandchildren, Angela Lehman and husband, Philip, of Georgia, Jason Gilman, of Rochester, Amanda Goodding, of Syracuse, Matthew Goodding and wife, Brandy, of Georgia, Jonathan Goodding, of South Carolina, Joshua Goodding, of Columbia Center, Christopher Goodding, of Columbia Center, Rachael Ray, of Georgia, Emily VanderGroef, of Mohawk, Brendon Goodding, of South Carolina, and Eric VanderGroef, of Mohawk; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Micah and Sarah Lehman, of Georgia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents and an infant brother, he was preceded in death by a son, Darryl Goodding.
Calling hours for Mr. Goodding will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Mohawk at the Mohawk Reformed Church. A service to celebrate Charles’ life will follow with Pastor H. Ed Reed of the Christian Bible Church, Mohawk, officiating. Interment in the Reformed Church Cemetery, town of Columbia, will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Christian Bible Church. Envelopes will be available at the calling hours.
Funeral arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., Herkimer.