Robert “Slick” E. Gooch, 77, of Bethalto, went to be with the Lord at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born in Durham, N.C., on March 4, 1938, the son of the late Herman and Martha Alda (Bridges) Gooch.
Robert married Judy (Bartels) Yehling on Sept. 17, 1982, in Edwardsville. She survives.
He spent most of his life in Durham, N.C., moving to the Alton area in 1977. Robert worked at Owens Illinois in Godfrey in the machine shop until his retirement in 2000.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lori (Larry) Stutz of Godfrey; a son, Craig (Erin) Gooch of St. Louis; a stepson, Rod Yehling of O’Fallon; a stepdaughter, Pamela (Richard) Althardt of Pocahontas; five grandchildren, Evan Stutz, Abby Stutz, Chloe Gooch, Macie Althardt and Brenton Althardt; a brother, Carlton (Doris) Gooch of Durham, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Gooch of Mount Holly, N.C.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Verlene (Arlyn) Schwalb and Alberta (Marvin) Ringering, all of Edwardsville, Charles Kanning of Moro, Beverly (Kenny) Bivens of Greenville and Wilbert (Emma Jean) Bartels of Alton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Thelma Odom; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman Nathaniel Gooch, Bervin and Nell Gooch, and Janet Kanning.
A memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Pastor Martin Schultz officiating.
Inurnment will be later at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.