Keith O. Goacher of Sullivan, Missouri passed away at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at the age of 76 years.
Mr. Goacher was born August 16, 1925 in St. Louis to the late Glenn and Ruby (Boaz) Goacher. He was raised in Centerville, Illinois and attended Dupo High School. Upon the attack of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Marine Raider earning two Purple Hearts.
On March 3, 1947 he was married to Florence T. Catalina in East St. Louis, Illinois. Florence preceded him in death in January of 1997.
Mr. Goacher was employed with the Union Electric Company at the Ashly Plant. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 148, Life member of the D.A.V., Purple Heart Association of Belleville, Marine Raider Association and American Legion of Belleville.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Karen Stern of Beaufort, Missouri, three grandchildren, Kurt J. Stern, Richard H. Stern and Traci Monk and husband Scott, three great-grandchildren, Erich S. Monk, Addison J. Monk, and Meghan N. Monk, other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents and wife, Keith was preceded in death by a brother Wayne, a grandson, Erich Coacher Stern, a nephew Terrence Goacher and a grand-nephew, Daniel Darling.
Funeral services were conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2001 from Valhalla Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home, 1406 S. 59th Street, Belleville, Illinois.
The family received friends from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Those who desire may make memorials to the Missouri Veteran’s Home, St. James, Missouri.
Funeral arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan, Missouri.