The Life of Ronald P Gouldner

Ronald P Gouldner, 71, of Reading Pa, went peacefully home to be with Jesus Sunday morning, July 17th.  

Born in Schuylkill County, PA he was the son of Viola Moyer and Paul Adam Gouldner.

Ron was a proud Marine having served in Vietnam from 1968-1975 with the 3rd Recon Battalion.  He was a parachutist constantly being deployed (with his team of 5 other men) by helicopter deep inside NVA held territory on intel gathering missions.  These missions lasted 5-6 days with a 2-day break to restock and go over intel for the next mission.  Ron was an outstanding Recon Marine and a valuable team member who could always be counted on to carry out more than his fair share of duties.  He was awarded with a Vietnam Service Medal, Campaign Medal, Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Parachutist Insignia.

Ron worked many years at Reazor Custom Woodworking making cabinetry in Reading, Pa.  It was a job he truly loved, but the progression of his Parkinson’s disease forced him to retire early.

He loved eating burgers at the Café Waldorf in Reading, chatting and hanging out with his good friends there.

Ron attended Glad Tidings Church in West Lawn with friends and other veterans.  That is where he met his Savior that truly changed his life.  It was a sermon series in January 2019 called “Reset”.  He said I need to do a reset of my life and prayed that day.

He was also an active attendee at Veterans Making a Difference…a veteran center in Reading with a mission of veterans helping other veterans.  He made many close friends there.

Thank you to the true angels on earth that he met at the Wyomissing Health and Rehab Center.

Ron is survived by his son Ronald Leymeister, husband of Eleanor Readinger and one child Tristan Martin.   Also, a son Kevin Gouldner, husband of Mona and 3 children.
In addition, 3 sisters, Barb Reed, wife of the late Arthur Reed, Pat Reynolds wife of Patrick, Pam Ebling, wife of Lyn and 1 brother Jim Gouldner husband of Rhonda.  Ron had a brother Thomas who died at birth.  Also, surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, July 25th, 2022 at 10:00 am at Grabowski Funeral Home 75 Memorial Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, burial will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.  Friends and family are welcome from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veterans Making a Difference 2412 Spring Street, West Lawn, PA 19609.  Memories and condolences can be shared at 


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