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“Justin, Shana, Kolby and Parker: My thoughts and prayers are with you - so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Aunt Toni ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Toni (Nash) VanSyckle - Brooklyn, MI

“My thoughts are with Mr. Goheens family, especially to my friend Justin, Shana, and their two sons. Teresa, and I will say a prayer in honor of your...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: David Barron - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sorry for your loss....... ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Evans - Bloomingdale, MI

“I worked with Gary at CMC in inspection.One of the best to work with he helped me a lot in my job he always had a smile and laughed a lot. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Evans - Bloomingdale, MI

“I worked with Gary at Checker. He will be missed! ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Daniel Miller - Kalamazoo, MI

“I have so many wonderful memories with the Goheen family. Our sons played football together, among other crazy things. Pam and I were two of the...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Lauderdale (ex Sadler) - MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for Gary in 1974 at Just Jeans at Maple Hill Mall. He was a wonderful boss and friend. I still enjoyed...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Lorri Kirby - Richland, MI

“I am very sorry to hear about this. Thoughts and prayers to the boys and their families. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mozy Lammers

“To my Goheen family my heart goes out to you all.I'm so sorry for your loss.Gary was a kind gentle man. He will be missed, God has called him home....Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Tammy England - Bryson, NC

“Extremely sad to hear of Gary's passing. He was truly good soul. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: David Dunning - Saginaw, MI


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Gary Richard Goheen of Richland, MI

Gary, age 66, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018 at his residence.

Gary, the son of Richard and Marilyn Jeanne (Reithel) Goheen, was born in Gladwin, MI on June 10, 1951 and was a 1969 graduate of Gladwin High School. He then entered the United States Marines Corp during the Vietnam War and served in Okinawa. Gary was the Quality Layout Supervisor for Checker Motors of Kalamazoo for 32 years and most recently was employed with Tenneco as a CMM Operator/Programmer, which is where he ultimately retired on June 9th, 2017. Gary's greatest joys in life came from watching his children and grandchildren succeed in whatever aspect of life they were participating in; sports, academics, careers, families, he truly enjoyed hearing even the most minuscule of "good" news from his family. Gary was a true road warrior, he thoroughly enjoyed traveling the U.S. on his trike with Pam. In total they visited 37 U.S. states and put 70,000+ miles on his beloved Honda Goldwing Trike. Gary had a litany of other hobbies including, but not limited to; creating programs on his computer, creating videos for special family events, playing games (and some of the oddest games at that, just ask his Freikorps buddies), and probably his most favorite… telling stories.

Gary was united in marriage to the former Pamela Lois Parker at Crooked Lake, Delton, MI, on September 1, 1979 and she sadly preceded him in death on April 11, 2013. Surviving are their three sons, Michael David (Elizabeth) Cross-Goheen of Commerce City, CO, Richard Clayton-Israel "Richie" (Blair) Goheen and Justin Gary (Shana) Goheen, both of Kalamazoo; eight precious grandchildren, Bethany, Ethan, Mason, Alexis, Cameron, Kolby, Parker and Molly; his father, Richard Goheen of Lakeland, FL and his sister, Robin (Terry) Holt of Midland, MI. Gary was also preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Dan Goheen.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Gary's life will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89) with Rev. Edward C. Ross of Jackson, MI, officiating. Gary's family will greet friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Following the memorial service, The Goheen family will be having a Celebration of Life at the home of Gary and Pam. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary's honor may be directed to Brothers of The Third Wheel.