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Terry Goucher

April 12, 2020 - 00:00
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Terry Goucher was born April 10, 1944, to Byron and Marveta Goucher of Lansing, Mich.

He was promoted to Heaven on April 1, 2020, due to health complications.

Making people laugh is the thing his friends and family will miss the most about him.

He was a man of many words - some of which were even true.

Terry was a sensitive, trusting, yet a stubborn, independent man. He was a friend to many, father to several, a grandfather and great-grandfather.

After the unfortunate death of his father around the time Terry was 5 years old, his mother later married Forrest Woodward who helped her raise her boys.

Terry called him Dad. Mr. Woodward was a Nazarene preacher, necessitating the family moving multiple times - living in Wakeeny, Kan., Anthony, Kan., Oklahoma City and Kingfisher, to name a few.

Being raised by a preacher, he gave his heart to Jesus at a young age.

Terry graduated from Anthony High School and a few years later attended boot camp for the United States Air Force.

Discovering that he would soon be a father, Terry decided to forgo boot camp to be with his new family and they resided in Wichita, Kan.

Over the years he moved a lot and held many types of jobs including fireman, Cessna employee, Sante Fe box car repairman, oil field, maintenance, environmental services, funeral home assistant, painter and sales, to name a few.

Back in the day, he was in a band (played guitar, piano and vocals), held a black belt in karate, enjoyed the horse track and played pool. In later years he enjoyed fishing, Fox News (and Hannity), coffee with his friends, donuts, chicken fried steak, french fries with brown gravy, pie - especially pumpkin, chocolate milk, and ice cream.

A large portion of his life he lived in the Kingfisher and OKC areas.

His last (almost five) years he lived in the Amarillo, Texas, area where he made a new group of friends, enjoyed fishing and spending time with his oldest son and family.

Preceding him in death were his father, stepfather, mother, stepbrother Kenneth Woodward, stepsister Karla (Woodward), brother Gerry, son Brandon Baird and granddaughter Candace Goucher.

Looking forward to the day we see him again are his daughter Lawanna Milo (Gene) of Dodge City, Kan.; son Bryan Goucher (Cindy) of Canyon, Texas; son Matt Goucher (Laura) of Yukon; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; half-brother Rick Woodward; sister-in-law Priscilla Goucher; a host of nieces and nephews and many “coffee buddy” friends.

One of the last things he said to his granddaughter was “I know I’m going to Heaven and I’m ready; I’m tired.”

At his request, cremation has taken place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family hopes to have an intimate celebration of life gathering in the coming months.

Memorials may be sent to: Terry Goucher Memorial Fund, 17500 Spring Lake Drive, Canyon, Texas, 79015.