Gerald Gooch

Born: Wed., Oct. 20, 1943
Died: Mon., May 30, 2011


10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 02, 2011
Location: Resthaven Mortuary

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jun. 02, 2011
Location: Resthaven Mortuary

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Funeral services for Gerald Gooch will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the Resthaven Mortuary, north of Trenton.  Visitation will be one hour before the services at 10 a.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, north of Trenton.

Mr. Gooch, a 67-year old Trenton resident, died at 2:10 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2011 at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.
Gerald was born on Oct. 20, 1943 in Kansas City, the son of Weldon and Mary Ruth Jackson Gooch. He grew up in Brunswick and graduated from Brunswick High School. He continued his education at Missouri Valley College, where he received a degree with a double major in history and psychology. He received his master’s degree in guidance counseling from Truman State University.
Gerald was married to his high school sweetheart, Terri Casebolt of Brunswick in 1961. They have two children, Marti and Lora.

Gerald accepted a position at Trenton High School in 1967, where he was a teacher and assistant football, basketball and track coach as well as the head golf coach. He later became the guidance counselor.  During his time at Trenton High School, he and Larry Bailey started Trenton’s first pizza parlor, B.G.’s Pizza.  After leaving the R-9 School District, Gerald became a real estate broker and started Gooch Real Estate. He also enjoyed farming. During this time, he touched many lives in the community. Gerald served on many boards, was an active community developer and was a member of the First Christian Church in Trenton.
Gerald loved his family. He never missed an activity or sporting event of Marti and Lora. His grandsons were his inspiration and he enjoyed watching them grow up.  He also had many friends. He looked forward to meeting with them on a daily basis for coffee or catching up with them at the cabin.

Mr. Gooch is survived by his wife, Terri, of the home; a son, Marti and his wife, Laura and two sons, Austen and Jordan of Liberty; a daughter, Lora, and her two sons, Drew and Grant of Clinton; his mother, Mary Ruth Meyer of Trenton; a brother, Gene Gooch and his wife, Sandy, of Brunswick; a sister, Carolyn Wright of Liberty; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Weldon Gooch.

The family suggests memorials to the Trenton High School. They may be left at or mailed to the Resthaven Mortuary at PO Box 587, Trenton, MO 64683. The family will direct the donations toward a special project with the athletic department.

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Tina Kirby
   Posted Tue May 31, 2011
Terri & Lora: Thinking of you and sending you many prayers & much love as you face the days that lie ahead. May you find peace knowing all pain & suffering is gone. Love, Tina

Larry Linville
   Posted Tue May 31, 2011
So sorry I couldn''t be with you on Thursday. Will have you all in my prayers.

Bob & Bonnie
   Posted Wed June 01, 2011
We are so sorry we won''t be able to be there with you in person, but you
know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Love, Bob & Bonnie

Rebecca Clark
   Posted Wed June 01, 2011
Thinking of you all and sending prayers your way. I am sorry I won''t be able to be there but your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Steve & Barbara Spencer
   Posted Wed June 01, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this heart breaking time.

Casey & Shelly Koehler
   Posted Wed June 01, 2011
Marti, Laura & Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Think of all the good times and fun you have had and may it make you smile.

Tony & Revay (Wright) Millstead
   Posted Thu June 02, 2011
We are so sorry to hear abour Gerald''s passing. Our thought & prayers are with you Terri and your family. God Bless ~

Doug Dible
   Posted Thu June 02, 2011
Dear Terri,
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Gerald was a good man. I remember with much happiness my time as his office mate.

Warmest regards,
Doug Dible

Jesse Lybarger
   Posted Fri June 03, 2011
So sorry to hear about Gerald. I guess I hadn''t seen you guys since school days. My sympathy goes out to you.

   Posted Sun June 05, 2011

You were a wonderful wife to Dad. We could not have asked for more. You were just a young girl, 13, when you and Dad started dating. He was blessed to have you and you were blessed to have him in your life. We all know October would have brought us your 50th wedding anniversary. You two were a great example. Thank you so much for taking care of Dad. You did it with grace and there was not a selfish bone in you. I know how much it meant to Dad and he referred to you one day as his angel. It gave Marti and I a sense of peace knowing you were by Dad''s side. We all love you...


Cheryl Drake Feldt
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Dear Marti and Lora, My sincere sympathies on the loss of your father. May your memories help you through this time in your life. You are in my prayers and my peace be with you. Sincerely, Cheryl Drake Feldt

Kelli Adams Grube
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Crystal Chapman
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Hi Terri, Remember me? Millie''s granddaughter in Vegas. It''s been awhile since I''ve seen you. I was truly sorry about Gerald''s passing. It was very obvious how close you two were and how much you loved each other. So many people never find that in a lifetime but you two had it a whole lifetime. I thought Gerald was a fine human being, I''ll never forget how well he treated us at Lora''s wedding. I pray for you and your broken heart as well as Marti''s and Lora''s. Take care and give Aunt Ruth a kiss for me. Love Crystal

Ginger Young
   Posted Sun June 12, 2011
We were in shock to hear about Geralds cancer. Cliff nor I would have ever thouht of him being ill. Terri, we pray the Lord will ease your pain of this great loss. Mary Ruth and your children will need to see you being strong, I hope you will be able to carry that thru. It is never easy when you yourself are so broken on the inside. God be with all of you.

Jim Hughes
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Terri and family,
I''m sorry to hear of Gerald''s passing. I was a senior when he started teaching and coaching at Trenton. He was a good, positive role model for students and athletes and I know he took those same qualities with him into real estate. I hope your many wonderful memories of the years you spent together will provide you comfort in your time of sorrow.

Clarissa Smith-Barber
   Posted Wed July 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. We wish the family strength and much peace.

Our Warmest Regards,
Clarissa, Anthony, Antrissa, Dion and Aniya Grace

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