Mr. Gooch, of Salem, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. He was 91 years old.
Born March 26, 1919, in Brookfield, Mo. he moved with his family to Walla Walla, Wash. in 1937. They moved to Oregon later that year, settling in the Salem area. He wed Iris Phillips in 1940. Mr. Gooch worked as a building contractor until retiring in 1984.
He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include: his son, Daryl (Sue) Gooch; two daughters, Linda (Louis) Walker-Choate and Doneva (Larry) Miletta of Salem; grandchildren, Darren (Jennifer) Gooch of Warrenton, Shelley (Brian) Watts of Salem, Mindy Walker of Keizer, Jonathan (Jamie) Walker of Salem, Brandon Miletta of Culver City, Calif., and Amber Miletta of Salem; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 5, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Hunters Association or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.