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Gary Darrell Gooch

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 2:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 8:05 a.m. CDT

FAIRMOUNT, Ill. — Mr. Gary Darrell Gooch, 56, of Fairmount, Ill., peacefully passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home.

Born July 17, 1956, in Danville, Ill., Gary was the son of Darrell and Bessie (Evans) Gooch, who both preceded him in death. He married Karen Simpson on Nov. 15, 1996, in Morris.

Gary loved to barter and trade things, buy cars, fix them and resell them. He also loved to drive up to the Grundy County Fairgrounds for the Friday night races.

Survivors include his loving wife, Karen; step-daughter, Lori RIchter of Sidell, Ill.; two grandchildren, Abi and Dale Richter of Sidell, Ill.; Gary's older brother, Dale Gooch of Morris; two nephews, Ron Gooch of Morris and Mike (Marge) Smith of Seneca; four nieces, Debbie Punke and Tina Brookman of Mazon, Sherry Hyde of Goodyear, Ariz., and Lori Hopkins of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Marlene Smith of Morris; and his brother, Paul Gooch of Fairmount, Ill.

Special love and thanks to cousins Patty and Bridget for all their loving care and help during Gary's time in hospice.

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