May 31, 2007

(7/17/1939 – 5/28/2007)

Robert E. Gooden, 67, of Hannibal, MO., died May 28, 2007 at his home.

A Memorial Service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Norman’s Funeral Home in Downing, MO. The family will host a memorial gathering from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Norman’s Funeral Home in Downing, MO. Cremation rites will be accorded. The James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, MO. is in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Gooden was born July 17, 1939, in Downing, MO., to Glen and Edith Ruth Gooden.

He was married to Judy Owens on April 19, 1963 in Milton, Iowa. She survives.

Other survivors include one sister-in-law, Willa Gooden; two nephews, Michael Gooden and James Gooden; one great nephew, Joel Gooden; one great niece, Megan Gooden.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Gooden.

Mr. Gooden was a 1957 graduate of Downing High School. He went to work for CB & Q. Railroad after graduation, working first as a laborer and then as track foreman on the local branch lines. In 1982 he was transferred to Palmyra, MO. and later to West Quincy for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Mr. Gooden worked 36 years for the railroad before retiring in 1993 due to a disability.

He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles especially his Harley and as a couple they took many trips on their motorcycle, meeting a host of friends. He was a true and loyal friend to many. Mr. Gooden will be missed by the ones who knew and loved him. He was a Christian by Faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or American Cancer Society in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc.

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