Edward John Goerling age 89, was born May 31, 1929 on the south side of Chicago, and passed peacefully on July 22 at home in Arkadelphia.
He was preceded in death by beloved wife of 53 years Phyllis Jean Blythe Goerling. He is survived by seven children: Michael (Rita), Catherine Blythe, Philip (Kari), Amy (Matthew) Williamson, Mary (James) Buckner, Thomas (Mary) and Jean (Mark) Johnson; 32 grandchildren; and his nieces and nephew, Betty, Diane, and Arthur.
Edward joined the Navy in 1952 – 1956 as an Electrician Instrument Repairman assigned to the Terrebonne Parish sailing the Caribbean seas.
He married Phyllis on August 28, 1959 at St Clemente's Church in Chicago.
He moved to Arkadelphia in 2013 where he lived with his daughter, Mary, learning a more laid back easy going lifestyle. He loved going to the Honey Comb for breakfast and later going to the Arkadelphia Senior Center for lunch. He was briefly a resident at “The Plaza.” He was loved by all that met him. He was a true gentleman and will be truly missed.
We are grateful for the tender care and cremation services provided by Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home, 517 Clay St, Arkadelphia, AR.
A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 6 at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home. Mass will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville, IL; Inurment, SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Info: (630) 355.0264
Memorials may be made to U. S. Navy Memorial at www.navymemorial.org or to Hesed House at www.hesedhouse.org.