Raymond Marshall "Jack" Gooding, 91, of St. Vincent's Home, formerly of 823 S. 36th St., Curtis creek Retirement Center, Quincy, died at 4:55 a.m. Monday (Dec. 31, 2012) in St. Vincent's Home. Jack was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Bowen, a son of Charles and Elva Jane Marshall Gooding. On June 6, 1946, he married Rita Elizabeth Hoffman in Quincy. She died on July 21, 2001. Jack was a 1939 graduate of Bowen High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Hospital Unit in World War II serving from 1942 to 1945 and was deployed to Europe, Africa and the Middle East where he earned several awards and medals. He was employed by Bueter Baking Co. for 23 years and Quincy Country Club for 21 years. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Western Catholic Union, Triple Oaks Boat Club and South Side Boat Club. He and his wite, Rita, enjoyed attending their grandsons' sporting events and traveling, including trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Jack was known as a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. He tuned into every game on TV and radio and on several occasions traveled to Chicago with his grandsons to watch games at Wrigley Field. Survivors include his daughter, Judi Maas, and her husband, Bill, of Quincy; two grandchildren, Craig Maas and his wife, Jennifer, of Chicago, and Curt Maas and his wife, Kim, of Quincy; a great-grandson, Cooper Jack Maas; and five stepgreat-grandchildren, Donavin, Blair, Reagan, Shelby and Kelseigh Ruths. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Verna Toombs of Rhode Island and Elaine Martin of Quincy; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death and his parents. SERVICES: Friday, with prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Roy Bauer. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A prayer service will begin at 6:30. MEMORIALS: In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that memorials be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice, St. Vincent's Home or Madonna House. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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1535 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2013