Obituary for Richmond Andrews Gooden

Posted on January 14, 2021

Richmond Andrews Gooden, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 with his wife, Charlotte at his side.  He was born in Neptune, NJ on March 20, 1930 to the late Charles and Dorothy

(Barry) Gooden.  He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; their daughter, Charitie Gooden (Brett) Thames of Forest; three step-children, Karin Baker of Ada, Chad (Heather) Bodine of Mt. Victory and Andrew (Shannon) Bodine of Dayton; grandchildren, Briana Handell, Marissa Kindell, Morgan Bodine, Andrea Bodine, Kelsie Crumpton, Ambur Martin, Kendall Geddings, Rayden Bodine, Jackson Bodine, Camden Bodine, Chloe Powell, Cameron Powell, Caleb Powell, Barrett Thames, Briggs Thames and Boone Thames; 12 great-grandchildren, including one great-grandson, Brooks (deceased). Also surviving are children: John (Lynn) Gooden, Jeanne (Yuri) Rojas and their daughter, Emilie and Jennie (Matt) Hempstead and their daughters, Elise and Justine.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Alan and Barry Gooden. 

Following graduation, he served in the US Army. Richmond received his undergraduate degree at Newark University and went on to his Master’s studies at The Ohio State University.  He retired from Parker-Hannifin (formerly, United Aircraft Products) in 1994 as an Aerospace Engineer.

The highlight of his career was receiving 5 U.S. patents.  Following retirement, he went on to be a full-time “stay at home dad”.  He was an adventurer, he and Charlotte spent time skiing, sailing and scuba diving.

He enjoyed Broadway shows, airplanes and trains.  He will be remembered as a perfect gentleman, loving husband, father and grandfather.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday, January 18, 2021 at SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Trent Boedicker officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, where full military rites will be conducted by Wright-Patterson Air Force Honor Guard.  Visitation will be held from 1:00-5:00pm Sunday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Coping with Laryngomalacia, PO Box 313 Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 or to Grace Gospel Church, Ada.  Online condolences can be shared by visiting

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