Al Burton Goldsberry

April 09, 1947 ‒ June 17, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Al Burton Goldsberry, 70, of Marion passed away at home on Saturday, June 17, 2017, after a courageous battle with Lymphoma.

On April 9, 1947, Al was born in Marion, Ohio, the son of the late James W. and Hazel M. Goldsberry.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School class of 1965.

Shortly following graduation, Al married his classmate, Karen Sue Wilkinson, on February 4, 1966.  They have cherished their 50 years of marriage.

A veteran of the US Army, Al was drafted to serve his country during the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1968.  He served as a member of the 23rd Infantry and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and was trained to do reconnaissance missions.

Upon his honorable discharge, Al returned home to Marion, where he worked at Tecumseh Products and Eaton Corp.  He then became a journeyman electrician for General Motors in Ontario, OH, and retired after 25 years in 2009.

Al was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Marion.

An avid reader, Al loved studying history.  He always had books to read and could spend hours in any library, museum, or historical site.  A proud Republican, he recently enjoyed attending President Trump’s inauguration.  He also was a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers.

Most important of all to Al was his family.  He enjoyed spending time with family and watching his grandchildrens’ activities, who endearingly referred to him as “Pawpaw”.  When joining in on super hero games, Al was our Superman!  He faced cancer with amazing strength and leaves us with his advice to “Live your life while you’re in it.  It can change in a minute.”

Al will be dearly missed by his wife, Karen; three children: Laura (Kevin) Armour of Blacklick, OH, Kelly (Kirk) Steward of Aldie, VA, and James (Jennifer) Goldsberry of Gahanna, OH; six grandchildren: Ethan and Alex Steward, Jesse and Aaron Armour, and Lyda and Brennen Goldsberry; a brother, James W. (Christine) Goldsberry Jr. of Fallbrook, CA; a special sister and brother-in-law: Brenda and Steve Rizer of Leesburg, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his sisters: Laurice Austin and Alice Fryman.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with Celebrant Mark Schuring officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Agosta Cemetery in New Bloomington.  Following services at the cemetery, a gathering will be held at All Occasions, 6989 Waldo-Delaware Rd. (off SR 23), Waldo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marion Community Foundation, 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302, for the purpose of establishing an endowment fund in memory of Al Goldsberry (

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Al’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared by visiting

  • What a wonderful obituary. I’m so sorry for your loss, I am holding each of you up in prayer. Al put up such a great battle. May God comfort each of you and hold you in His Loving Arms.

  • To Laura and her beloved family, my heart goes out to you all. Laura, your father was a honorable soldier, he has fought his last battle with all he had, and was awarded the ultimate promotion in the sky to be with the Lord. May God give each of you comfort during this very hard time.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Al’s Passing. I was so lucky to have Al as a friend through Jr High and High School. You could not find a better man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and her family. May you rest in peace AL God Bless.

  • June 18, 2017
    I had the blessing of growing up next to the Goldsberry family! They were like a second family to me! Al was just an incredible man and example of a loving father. I remember Al making us all laugh and cooking incredible breakfast when I’d spend the night there. He was an incredible cook. You could see his smile and the joy that he always had with his family even through his difficult illness.

    My love and condolences the entire family-Karen, Laura, Kelly, Jamie, and their kids and the wonderful extended family. Thank you for sharing your love and home with me….Al will always have a special place in my heart and made a positive impact on my life growing up next door!
    -Tampa, FL

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Goldsberry family. You can see all the love your family has for each other. May God wrap his loving arms around you Laura and your entire family. God Bless you all !!

  • Dear Karen and Family,
    John and I were so glad to have met you and Al a few years ago at Brenda and Steve’s home here in Fl. We were so sorry to hear of Al’s passing and our sympathies go out to all of you. God be with you in the coming days, you are in our Prayers.
    John and Judy Ballew

  • Karen,
    Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Al. Knowing you and the way you assisted my family when both my mother and brother, classmate of yours and Al, passed way I would like to express my sympathies at this time of your loss.
    May his memory remain eternal.

  • Our family was so fortunate to have gotten to know Al and enjoyed sharing many festive times together, while watching football or listening to music. I will always remember him letting Walter and Rose rough house and crawl all over him- a Pawpaw even to those who didn’t have their own. We will miss you Al!

  • I never had the pleasure of meeting AL but his son Jamie is a good friend to my son Jesse and his wife Jen and I know what high regards they hold for AL and the extended Goldsberry family. So sorry for your loss.