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Wednesday April 1st, 2020

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Lyle "Gene" Gooch

Lyle Eugene Gooch, age 79, of Marion, Illinois, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:03 p.m. at his home.

Gene was born on December 22, 1940 at his home in Spillertown, Illinois, the son of Lyle Veldon and Lillian Louise (Stroud) Gooch. He worked as a coal miner for many years.  He married Janet Fisher on May 28, 1960, in Marion, Illinois and she survives.

Gene was a member of the U.M.W.A., the First Church of God in Marion, Illinois, and loved to fish. He loved his family, and loved working at the Ambleside School, which was started by the First Church of God. He brought smiles to countless children while dressing up as Santa Clause. He was a wonderful husband and father, who loved his wife and children unconditionally, but most of all, Gene loved the Lord!

Survivors include his wife, Janet Gooch of Marion, Illinois; his daughter, Shelley (Mark) Walker of Marion, Illinois; his four sons, Stan (Katrina) Gooch, Darrin (Millie) Gooch, Scott Gooch and Tony (Kristi) Gooch, all of Marion, Illinois; two brothers, Mike Gooch of Golconda, Illinois and Tom (Barbara) Gooch of Crab Orchard, Illinois; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dennis Gooch; and one great-grandson, Darrin Scott White.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Church of God, Marion, on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with Bro. Roy Pepmiller officiating.  A private burial will follow.

Visitation will be held at First Church of God on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial donations may be made to Ambleside School and will be accepted at First Church of God the day of the service or by mail to Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion, Illinois is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Prayers for all of the Gooch's.

Vicki L Taylor Jan 5 2020 2:32 AM

What a great man of God. He certainly lived for the Lord and left a legacy of love.

Heather Bryan Jan 4 2020 6:35 PM

So very sorry to learn of Gene's passing. He was a good man and always a joy to be around.

William Hays Jan 3 2020 4:19 AM

I' m so sorry for your loss. I had only met him one time, but he welcomed me with love and friendship. He will be dearly missed.

Jerri Hethmon Jan 2 2020 2:54 AM

Sending all the Goochs our Love and Prayers. Gene was such great guy along with his brothers and families. He will be dearly missed. Wish we lived closer so we could be there for all of you. Our thoughts are with you. Love to all, kissin cousin Kay (Gooch) Love?

Kay Love (Gooch) Jan 1 2020 11:36 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Lyle was such a pleasant guy to be around. Always had a joke or kind word to say and made me smile each time he came in to our office. He will be missed. May God bless you with the strength you need in your trying time.

Gaby Dec 30 2019 4:23 PM

I remember when Janet and got married since I knew here since Wendell Fisher, Janet brother, married my sister Betty Fisher. I met him at family get togethers in Marion for Thanks giving and Christmas. I am sorry to here how many grand children will miss Grandpa!

George Jenkins Dec 26 2019 3:52 PM

Thinking of you all.

Susan M. WHITING Dec 25 2019 10:53 PM

There are no words to express my love and friendship to Gene & Janet! He had a wonderful sense of gratitude, love, good will, love of family and The Lord! His sense of humor made trials seem trivial. My condolences to his family, to Janet and all his many friends. He will be greatly missed! GODSPEED GENE!

Rita Y Felty Dec 25 2019 6:17 PM

He will be missed by all his family & friends. He was a great person to be around as he had a blessed sense of humor and if you had a bad day he could help turn it around and make you feel better. He made working fun and not a chore and many many laughs while we were working at church on the projects which were being done with the rest of the guys.

Terry & Alberta Gossett Dec 24 2019 11:32 PM