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Kenneth Charles Goodling, 91, of Mount Pleasant Mills, entered into rest on Easter morning, Sunday, April 16, 2017.
He was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Richfield, a son of the late Robert P. and Dillie Mae (Fogle) Goodling. On June 8, 1947, he married the former Catherine G. Frey who survives. His passing breaks a loving marital union of 69 years, 10 months.

Kenneth attended Quaker Run Grammar Schoolhouse and was a Navy veteran of World War II.
He farmed with his father until the age of 18 years and then worked for a few months at Monroe Renninger Sawmill at Loganton, then did general farming, basically his entire life. From 1950 to 1956, he worked at the Pennsylvania Railroad at the Enola Yards and then from 1960 he worked for the State in Division of Property and Supplies until 1963. Mr. Goodling also worked at Philco Ford, Watsontown, Mandata Poultry, Herndon, Kinney Shoe factory, Beaver Springs, and retired in 1988 as a dock worker for Weis Markets, Sunbury and Milton.
He was an active member with 50-plus years at Dresslers Ridge United Methodist Church, where he served as superintendent of the Sunday school, a Sunday school teacher, and a Trustee.
Kenneth enjoyed fishing, visiting the elderly, the outdoors, gardening, and reading. He especially loved his family and shared this love as a foster parent.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Dennis C. and Nancy Goodling, of Mount Pleasant Mills, Randy T. and Carol Goodling, of Oriental, Margie D. Goodling, of New Cumberland, and Dorothy Y. Goodling, of Lordstown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Jeremy C. Goodling and wife, Tabitha, Angela C. Goodling, and Stephen G. and Sarah E. Strenk; two stepgrandchildren, Butch Herrold and wife, Tabitha and Sandra Burkholder and husband, Mike; five great-grandchildren, Lydia, triplets, Hope, Lily, and Melinda Goodling, and Oshyen Knisley; stepgreat-grandchildren, Kendra Herrold, Austin Burkholder, RJ Burkholder, Anthony Burkholder, Elizabeth Burkholder and Dominic Dixon; one stepgreat-great-grandson, Marshal Dixon; one sister, Gladys Hoffman, of McAlisterville; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters-in-law, Palmer and Ruby Goodling, Monroe and Kathryn Goodling, Herman and Edna Goodling, and Arlin and June Goodling; one sister and brother-in-law, Beulah and Charles Sheaffer; and a brother-in-law, Earl Hoffman.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Dressler's Ridge United Methodist Church, 4180 Dressler Ridge Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Andrew Bucke officiating.
Burial with full military honors accorded by the Selinsgrove American Legion Victory Post 25 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6631, Selinsgrove will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of Kenneth to Dressler's Ridge United Methodist Church, 4180 Dressler Ridge Road, Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA 17853.
Published on April 18, 2017
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