Maurice Donald "Don" Gooch, 83, Kokomo, passed away at 11:28 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at The Wellington in Kokomo. He was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Covington, Kentucky, to Cecil and Dorothy (Horton) Gooch. On Feb. 20, 1960, he married Elaine Bolling at First Christian Church in Noblesville, and she survives. Their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church on March 31, 2001, at St. Joan of Arc in Kokomo.
Don graduated from Broadview Academy, Broadview, Illinois, in 1952, and served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. He owned and operated Gooch and Co. in Kokomo for 44 years before retiring in 2015 and had previously worked for Sherwin Williams in Noblesville, Bedford, Bloomington, and Kokomo for 13 years.
Don was a very generous man and had helped many people start their own businesses. He also helped addicts get back on their feet and stay clean. He was a loving and devoted father and husband and was a good role model for his children, teaching them responsibility and manners. He enjoyed playing golf, camping and flying and had traveled extensively. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Kokomo Noon Kiwanis Club.
In addition to his wife, Elaine Gooch, he is survived by his children, Rebecca Gooch, Mary Gooch, Doug (Tammy) Gooch and Nate (Amanda) Gooch; grandchildren, Sarah (Adam) Oswalt, Aaron Waltman, Elaine Waltman, Alex Waltman, David Nelson, Elizabeth McCain, Ellie (Mark) Thompson, Andy Gooch, Aidin Gooch, Cade Gooch, Arianna Jankoviak and Jay Jankoviak; great-grandchildren, Zoe Iseminger, Haley Waltman, Becca Waltman, Kale Waltman, Kinley Waltman and Weston Oswalt; brother, A. Jackson (Jackie) Gooch; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Sarah Camille Gooch.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 N. Washington St., Kokomo, with the Rev. Father Brian Dudzinski the celebrant. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Entombment will take place at a later date in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, where a scripture service will be held at 7 p.m.
Contributions may be made in Don's memory to Riley Hospital for Children or to Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on January 30, 2018