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Charles “Chuck” Merton Gooder, age 72, of Hudsonville, fought the good fight and passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015 at home surrounded by family. The son of Merton & Mary Louise (Chapin) Gooder, he was born on June 22, 1943 in Grand Rapids. Chuck retired after several years as a Machinist Supervisor for Dematic. The most time he treasured was being up north at Silver Lake with family, boating and dunebuggying, enjoying the out doors, woodworking and creating so many wonderful close friendships. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Sharon Elerick, Barbara Coronel, and Robert Gooder. Surviving is his wife and high school sweetheart of 51 years, Mary Kay (Martin) Gooder; children, Jeffery Scott (Amy) Gooder, and Todd Martin (Darcy) Gooder; treasured grandchildren, Madelyn, Mason, and Emily; sister, Mary Lynne (Eric) Schilling-Gooder; brother-in-law, Paul Elerick; sister-in-law, Lucia Gooder; many loved nieces and nephews; life long friends, Bill & Cheryl Fairbanks; along with so many other special friends. The family would like to thank West Michigan Cancer and Hematology, Dr. Yuanbin Chen, and nurses, Lindsey, Tammy, and Gabby for their excellent compassionate care. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Rev. Robert Hundley will officiate, with a luncheon following. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice or In The Image.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. CORINNE BROOKS on November 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Uncle Chuck you are so deeply missed. I will cherish all the memories of all the fun we had. You were one of the great ones. Love you always and forever. Corinne

  2. Keith & Connie Erdman on November 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Chuck was a long time friend. Our children grew up together at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. We will miss you my friend. But you will not be forgotten. Keith & Connie Erdman

  3. Todd Ellsworth family on November 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Blessings and prayers to you and your family.

  4. Jim and Marilyn Mulder on November 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Mary Kay and Family,

    So sorry to here that Chuck passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Ken and Shirley Pierce on November 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Mary Kay, we are so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. We pray for Gods Grace and mercy as you and your family go through these diificult days.


    Ken and Shirley Pierce

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