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Colonel Kay W. Gooch

1930 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Col. Kaye Wendell Gooch, U.S. Army (retired), died peacefully in his home in Lovettsville, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at the age of 88.

Col. Gooch is survived by his son, Thomas Gooch, Kirkwood; sister Lena (Arlyne) Roller, New Haven; nephew, Perrin R. Roller, Palestine, Texas; and stepdaughters, Margot Mezvinsky, Vera Ovadia, Elsa Smithgall and Eve (Evie) Mezvinsky, of his late wife Myra (Micky) Shulman; other relatives and friends.

Col. Gooch was born April 20, 1930, in New Haven, to the late Richard K. Gooch and Olga Hoelscher Gooch. He graduated from New Haven High School in 1948, and then the University of Missouri in 1952, where he received his undergraduate and master degrees.

Above all, he loved his country and made a career in the U.S. Army where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and served from 1952 to 1978, retiring at the rank of colonel. He served tours in Germany, Turkey, Africa, Vietnam and several U.S. stations. He continued his love of service to his country after retiring to the private sector by consulting for several government defense contractors.

Col. Gooch loved farming, the countryside, birds, tennis and was a collector of coins, stamps and artwork.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister; his daughter, Margaret C. Gooch; his parents; and wife, Myra (Micky) Shulman. He was a larger than life person and The Colonel will be greatly missed by all he touched.

Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date, which will be provided to all who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Col. Kaye W. Gooch to his beloved alma mater, the University of Missouri's Athletic Department, 1 Champions Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65211.
Published in The Missourian on Jan. 12, 2019
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