Jack D. Gooding, 69, a native of Attica, Ohio and a longtime resident of Archbold, passed away suddenly in his residence, in Montrose, Ala., on Oct. 19, 2012, after a brief illness.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State University in 1969.
He joined Willard Mack in the practice of law in 1969 in Archbold under the firm name of Mack & Gooding.
In 1979, Brent Winzeler joined the firm, and after the death of Willard Mack in 1981, the firm was known as Gooding & Winzeler.
Jack retired from the active practice of law on Jan. 1, 2006, after a very successful 36-year career, and permanently moved to the Mobile, Ala., area.
Jack was well respected by his peers for his knowledge of real estate law and enjoyed working with all of the courthouse personnel in the surrounding four counties.
He was a member of Attica Masonic Lodge; Archbold Kiwanis (President in 1990); Archbold United Way (President in 1975); Scottish Rite of Toledo; Fulton County Bar (President in 1996).
Jack pitched for his high school baseball team and was an avid Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He enjoyed co-ownership of Timeless Motion, a winning harness horse.
An excellent marksman, he won numerous trophies. His family and friends remember him for his boundless generosity.
While residing in Archbold, Jack and his wife, Vivian, attended Zion Mennonite Church, and upon Jack’s retirement they were members of Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship.
Vivian Tausend become his wife on June 7, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by her; daughter Elaine Peterson, Jackson, Miss.; son Grant Gooding, Oakland, Calif.; brother Jon Gooding, Huron; sister Judy Strater (Felix), Suffolk, Va.; five nieces and a nephew.
A celebration of Jack’s life was held at the Gooding residence in Montrose, Ala., on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012. Condolences may be sent to Vivian Gooding, P.O. Box 892, Montrose, AL 36559.