Gov. Wolf orders flags lowered to honor Congressman Bill Goodling

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania's flags lowered from Tuesday, Sept. 26, until sunset Friday, Sept. 29, to honor former Congressman Bill Goodling.

The Republican from Seven Valleys, who represented York County for 26 years, died Sunday, Sept. 17, at the age of 89.

The governor's order also honors former U.S. Rep. Joseph McDade, who died Sunday, Sept. 24, at the age of 85. 

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Goodling, who retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, was known for education advocacy.

He served as chair of the House Committee on Education and Workforce. One of his major contributions as representative was The Even Start Program, which offers literacy training to parents to better equip them to serve their children's needs. 

Goodling's memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Codorus Church of the Brethren, 1129 Dunkard Valley Road, Dallastown. 

Guests are invited to gather in the church's fellowship hall after the service for a brief social, Goodling's family said in a news release.

The family asks that those wishing to make donations in honor of Goodling contribute to the Bill and Hilda Goodling Teacher Scholarship Fund and send in care of Jenni Goodling to 1520 Niles Road, York, PA 17403. 

McDade represented Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, which includes northeastern and central Pennsylvania. He served from 1963 to 1999. 

The U.S. flag will remain at full staff during the tribute, according to Wolf's office.