Stephen Paul Gooding March 15, 1951 - June 16, 2015
Stephen Paul Gooding, 64, of Winchester, loving father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, passed away Tuesday, June 16, at Winchester after a valiant battle with cancer.
Steve was born March 15, 1951 in Quincy, the son of Wayne Otto and Wanda Lee McCants Gooding. Steve was raised on a farm south of Bowen and attended schools in Bowen, graduating with the class of 1969. Shortly after graduating High School, Steve joined the US Navy and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War era.
Prior to his forced retirement, he was owner/operator of S & S Express and was a long-haul semi driver with his rig being leased to Land Star. Prior to buying his semi, he worked for CIPS-Meredosia Power Plant from 1989 to 2003 and from 1991 to 2003 was also owner operator of S & S Tire. Steve enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors. He spent many hours hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting and riding his Harley. He also enjoyed blacksmithing and participating in Rendezvous. He was a member of Illinois Blacksmith Association. Steve especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and family. His friends were numbered by the number of people who knew him. To know Steve was to love him.
His is survived by his children: Scott Wayne Gooding, Stephen Shawn Gooding (wife, Rosemary) of Carrollton, and Amanda Jo Gooding of Meredosia; three grandchildren: Jayden Raye and Wesley Lane Gooding and Conner Lee Herrin; his parents, Wayne and Wanda Gooding of Bowen; siblings: David Wayne (Betty) Gooding of Warsaw, Mo., Patricia Ann (Richard) Thomas of Monroe, Mich., Barbara Joan (Gerald) Neill of Taylor, Texas, Ricky Dale (Trisha) Gooding of Augusta, and Paula Kay (Monte) Mongreig of Branson, Mo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Steve was preceded in death by two brothers in infancy.
As per Steve’s wishes, his body will be cremated. A memorial visitation with the family was held on Saturday, June 20, from 10 until noon at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester. Military honors with a celebration of Steve‘s life followed at the family ranch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com.