Gerald Gooding
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Gerald Gooding
  • September 24, 1934 - August 8, 2017
  • Prattville, Alabama

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Gerald R. "Gerry" Gooding, 82, of Prattville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 8, 2017. He was born in Hammond, IN on September 24, 1934 to the late John Kenneth Gooding and Edna Hasselbring Gooding. After graduating from high school in Chenoa IL, he served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force maintaining nuclear weapons, radar, weather instruments, satellite equipment and a solar observatory.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for a short time as a freelance technical writer, earned a bachelor's degree from Chapman University, and managed a technical writing department at the TRW Defense and Aerospace Company in Redondo Beach, CA for ten years. After his second retirement from TRW, he ran a technical translation business out of his home in Huntington Beach, CA before his final retirement in 2007. Gerry was an accomplished musician who loved jazz music and enjoyed playing the trumpet, guitar and harmonica. He was also a light aircraft pilot in his early years, spoke fluent Japanese and mastered the art of sailing. Above all, Gerry loved visiting with the many members of his extended family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Aiko, daughter and son in law, Sandra and Joel Marsh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Gooding and Christine Costello, and Jeffery and Valerie Gooding; five grandchildren, Sean Sylvia, Lauren Marsh, Allison Marsh, April Gooding and Amy Gooding; two great grandchildren, Zoe and Owen Sylvia; three brothers and two sisters, Jack and Ruth Gooding, Dick Gooding, Beverly and Roger Weber, Sharon and Steve Kelleher, Fred and Pat Gooding; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, https://www.lbda.org/.