CRYSTAL LAKE – Geoffrey B. Goulding, 92, of Crystal Lake, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Fair Oaks Health Care Center.
He was born Nov. 29, 1920, in England, to George and Eliza (Birkett) Goulding. Geoffrey served in the Royal Air Force during World War II
. During that time, he started writing letters to a pen pal in the United States, Betty Vincent. Following the war, Betty went to England to meet Geoffrey, and on Oct. 16, 1948, they married. Shortly after their marriage, they returned to the United States to start a family. Geoffrey earned a bachelor's degree in education from Northern Illinois University and started teaching at Prairie Grove, where he taught fourth grade for almost 24 years. Following his retirement, he was able to enjoy his true passion for gardening and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Patricia (Robert) Krejci, Kathleen (William) Freund and Julia (Robert) Blazek; his grandchildren, David (Julie) Stone, Heather (Gregg) Bonti, Kristina (Gene) Krause, Jason (Jennifer) Krejci, Dan (Jennifer) Freund, Matt (Tammy) Freund, Mandy Freund, Justin Freund, Katie Blazek and Dan Blazek; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 13, at the chapel in Windridge Memorial Park, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Road, Cary. The service will be private.
Interment will be in Windridge Memorial Park.
Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.