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Edmond “Ed’ Gooding, age 82, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, December 7, 2013 at Metron of Greenville. The son of Mae Francis (Beckett) and Edmond George Gooding, Sr., he was born on November 3, 1931 in Ann Arbor.

A veteran of the Korean War, Ed proudly served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy and had been a board member of the Fighting Falcon Military Museum in Greenville. Following the war he began a long career in law enforcement, first as a corrections officer at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, then as a policeman in Greenville, and later in Crystal where he retired. In Crystal, he had also worked at the former Schnepp Funeral Home, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had once owned the Crystal Theater… which his grandson, Roger Jr., now owns. He had also been a Boy Scout leader in Sheridan, volunteered with the Sheridan Community Fire Department and had served as fire chief at one time.

On September 20, 1997, in Crystal, he married the former Patricia Ann (Eldridge) Hyde and together they enjoyed 16 years of marriage and were members of New Hope Church of God in Belding.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Edmond; a wife, Vertis Gooding; a son, John Gooding; and two sisters, Betty Sible and Jacquline Hitt.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Gooding of Greenville; three sons, Robert & Mary Gooding of Ionia, Roger & Susan Gooding of Crystal, and James & Maureen Gooding of Peoria, Illinois; two step-children, Pastor Tim & Angie Hyde of Greenville, and Annette & Pastor Greg Merren of Greenville; a sister, Janet Brown of Ionia; a brother-in-law, Chuck & Diane Eldridge of Greenville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other dear relatives and friends.

Visitation with the family is from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Military honors, rendered by the U.S. Navy, will conclude the ceremony and a luncheon will follow at New Hope Church of God in Belding.

Honoring Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and burial will be at Evergreen Township Cemetery at a later date. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Disabled Veterans of America are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ed’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

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