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Charles E. Gooch

Charles E. Gooch, 82, of Kokomo and formerly of Indianapolis and Nineveh, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at North Woods Village in Kokomo.

He was born in New Castle on Jan. 24, 1931, the son of John and Julia (Gourley) Gooch.

He married Audrey Atkinson on Aug. 9, 2008; and she survives.

Charles was a 1949 graduate of New Castle High School and went to work for Chrysler Corp. after graduation. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953. During active duty, he served in the Korean War.

Charles retired from IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp.) in 2002. He worked for Pan Am in Hialeah, Fla., for nine years prior to his return to Indiana.

Charles had fond memories of having lived more than 20 years on Sweetwater Lake and cherished his Nineveh family and friends.

He was a member of the First Church of God in Kokomo.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; a daughter, Lugena Gooch of Pompano Beach, Fla.; a son, Bradley A. Gooch and his partner, Tony Barnhart, of Indianapolis; and two sisters, Evelyn Rainey of Indianapolis and Phyllis Stonerock of New Castle. In addition, Charles is survived by his wife Audrey’s four children, Debbie (Richard) Pine and Cathie (Steven) Davis, both of Kokomo, Teresa (Michael) Caldwell of Crown Point and Kevin (Kristie) Atkinson of Corning, N.Y.; and 11 stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family invites you to join in a celebration of Charles’ life at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor John Newton officiating. The family will receive friends from

1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the VFW military rites team.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home; or First Church of God, 5737 S. Park Road, Kokomo, IN 46902.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.shirleyandstout.com.

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