George A. Goodling, 86, a Pennsylvania Republican who served in the House of Representatives for six terms before retiring in 1975, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 17 at York Hospital in York, Pa.

He was a member of the House committees on Agriculture and Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

Mr. Goodling was first elected to the House in 1960, serving two terms before being defeated for reelection in 1964. He was returned to Congress two years later. A son, Rep. Bill Goodling (R-Pa.), succeeded him as the 19th District's representative in 1975.

Mr. Goodling was a native of Loganville, Pa., and has owned and operated a fruit farm there since 1923. He served in the Navy in World War I and then earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture at Pennsylvania State University.

He taught vocational agriculture and was a school administrator and served 14 years in the Pennsylvania legislature before entering Congress.

His wife, the former Annette J. Glatfelter, died in 1954.

In addition to Bill Goodling of Jacobus, Pa., survivors include two other sons, Robert, of Loganville, and Richard A., of Afton, Va.; three daughters, Isabel D. Goodling of Loganville, and Nancy J. Hershner and Patti J. Levis, both of York; 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.