Sterling Alexander Goddard, 81, of Rio Hondo, Texas passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. He was born in Kansas City, MO, on January 27, 1938, to Alice Katherine (Wells) and Merritt Goddard. He graduated from Butler High School in May of 1956.
He entered the Marine Corps two weeks later and served his country proudly for 16 years.
He attended Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, TX, and graduated in May of 1985, then served as Assistant Pastor at the Evangelistic Center in Olathe, KS. He and his senior pastor traveled around the country doing tent meetings all across the northeast.
In addition to his parents, Merritt Goddard and Alice Katherine (Wells), he was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin, who passed away at age 20, in 1997.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Katrina Goddard of Rio Hondo, TX; sons, Allen Goddard, Mark (Tammy) Goddard, and Bruce (Kerri) Goddard; daughters, Penny (Jay) Roberts; Rebecca (Vince) Sheutz, Jo Anna (Paul) Piccirillo, Chris (Tammy) Merrick, and Pam (Eric) Schroeder; sisters, Margo (Harold) Shepard and Paula McCaskey; 24 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 8, 2019, at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas with full military honors. Funeral arrangements are under the care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048, (913)351-0200.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: The Bridge – Rio Hondo Baptist Church, 400 Bristol, P.O. Box 279, Rio Hondo, TX 78583.
You may sign the online guestbook and send words of comfort, flowers, or sympathy cards to the family of Sterling Alexander Goddard at: www.thomaegarza.com.
Local funeral arrangements were entrusted to Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematory, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas, (956) 399-1331.