Saturday 6th March 2021

Charles W. “Chuck” Gooden, 97, of Marshall, MO, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall with William W. Harlow officiating.  Burial with military rites will follow in Sunset Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. the day of the service, at the funeral home.  Masks are required for all events and social distancing will be observed.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, American Kidney Foundation or Central Missouri Honor Flight.  An online guestbook is available at

Born September 10, 1923 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Forrest O. Gooden and Ella Marie Gooden.  Chuck served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Parche 384.  On October 17, 1948 he married Aura Pauline Strickland who preceded him in death on June 4, 1985.  On December 10, 1987 he married Helen McKee Williams who preceded him in death on January 16, 2012.  Chuck lived in Marshall most of his life where he retired from the United States Postal Service in 1988 after 33 years of service.  Following his retirement he then worked for the City of Marshall for several years until retiring again.

Survivors include one son, Randall Gooden (Sherry) of Chillicothe; twin step-daughters, Patricia Bosch and Pam Drake, both of Marshall; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Gooden of Sweet Springs; one granddaughter, April Phelps (David); one great-granddaughter, Tarryn Sanders; three siblings: Tom, Dave and Dorothy; as well as other extended family.

In addition to his parents and wives; he was preceded in death by one son, Terry Gooden; and five siblings.