March 28, 1969 - January 26, 2022
Sean David Gooding, 52, died on January 26, 2022, following a battle with aggressive melanoma. At the end, he was surrounded by family members in his home in Council Grove, Kansas.
Sean was born March 28, 1969, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Gary and Sharon (Pitts) Gooding. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1987 and began a lifelong career in Emergency Medical Services in 1988, when he became an EMT. After becoming certified as a paramedic in 1991, he co-owned and operated Lifeguard ambulance service in Osage County for two years. Sean served for many years with Douglas County EMS and became a lieutenant in the Lawrence Fire Department when they merged in 1997.
Sean married Ruth Elizabeth Simpson on March 9, 1996, in Overbrook, Kansas. The couple later divorced, but the marriage resulted in three children: Jacob Tyler Gooding on August 9, 1996; Gage Michael Gooding on August 30, 2000; and Emma Christine Gooding on May 12, 2004.
As Sean continued to serve, he also continued to learn. He earned an associate degree from Johnson County Community College in 2005. In 2008, he graduated cum laude from Ottawa University, where he studied health care administration and health management, and graduated from Hutchinson Community College with his nursing degree. He continued to work in a variety of roles throughout Kansas, Oregon, and South Dakota. In 2020, he became Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove.