Michael B. GOOCH, 68, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Born November 25, 1948, in Lebanon, PA, he was the son of Lester and Shirley M. Kulp Gooch.
On September 6, 1969, in Coudersport, he married the former Vicki L. Russell, who survives.
A 1966 graduate of Coudersport High School and a 1970 graduate of Robert Morris College, he earned a degree in business administration.
A Vietnam Era Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army National Guard from 1971 - 1976.
Mike was employed with at Midland Optical with his father, Air Preheater in Wellsville, Adelphia, and Cole Memorial Hospital.
He was a member of American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport and coached inner city baseball for many years. He was affectionately known as Yoda and Bear.
Surviving besides his wife, Vicki, are: three sons, Derrick (Nicole) Gooch of Goodyear, AZ, Clay Gooch and Ryan (Cynthia) Gooch, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Austin, Bianca, Mariah, Corry, and Jackson; two sisters, Pamela (Paul) Simcoe of Coudersport and Cynthia Nourse of FL; aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends may gather at the American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport to celebrate Mike's life on Saturday, August 19, 2017 beginning at 5:00 PM.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Potter Post #192, 2 Buffalo St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or Coudersport Little League, c/o Coudersport Service Club, P.O. Box 292, Coudersport, PA 1915.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
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