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John W Gocken

1961 ~ 2020 (age 59)

Obituary

John Wilbur Gocken, 59, of Georgetown passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at home surrounded by his wife Michelle and family.  He was born June 24, 1961, to Daniel and Mary Ellen (Becker) Gocken. They survive.  He is also survived by his wife, Michelle.  His three children, who he loved dearly: John Michael (Kayla Noggle); Dusti Rose; and Matthew Daniel Gocken.  His stepdaughter Sarah Mosier (Tanner McQuown) and three awesome grandchildren: Presley Mosier, Sawyer and Stone McQuown.  His sister Debbie Donaldson (Billy Pearson).  His in-laws Ben and Mary Harris.  His sister-in-laws: Sherri (Kurt) Cruppenink, Tammy (Dave) Roseman, Mary (Kevin) Thomas, and brother-in-law Greg Harris (Nicia Buyno). He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Hardy whom he often recalled stories about and spoke of being reunited with her in his final days.

John owned and operated Gocken’s Automotive for many years. He was well known throughout the community and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He had the biggest heart and was very humbled by the outpouring of love and acts of kindness during his illness.  He enjoyed the short seven years he spent with his best friend and wife Michelle, and being Poppa John as Sawyer called him. John and Michelle enjoyed riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle and all the many trips and memories they made together.  

Memorial Service will be held at the First Church of Christ, 503 North Main Street, Georgetown, Illinois on Saturday, October 17, 2020. A two-hour celebration of John’s life with friends and family will be held at 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following. Officiated by personal friend and Pastor Phil Miller. Per John’s wishes he requested to be cremated by his dear friend Brad Watson of Watson Cremation Service, LLC of Danville, Illinois.

John Wilbur Gocken, 59, of Georgetown passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at home surrounded by his wife Michelle and family.  He was born June 24, 1961, to Daniel and Mary Ellen (Becker) Gocken. They survive.  He is also survived by his wife, Michelle.  His three children, who he loved dearly: John Michael (Kayla Noggle); Dusti Rose; and Matthew Daniel Gocken.  His stepdaughter Sarah Mosier (Tanner McQuown) and three awesome grandchildren: Presley Mosier, Sawyer and Stone McQuown.  His sister Debbie Donaldson (Billy Pearson).  His in-laws Ben and Mary Harris.  His sister-in-laws: Sherri (Kurt) Cruppenink, Tammy (Dave) Roseman, Mary (Kevin) Thomas, and brother-in-law Greg Harris (Nicia Buyno). He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Hardy whom he often recalled stories about and spoke of being reunited with her in his final days.

John owned and operated Gocken’s Automotive for many years. He was well known throughout the community and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He had the biggest heart and was very humbled by the outpouring of love and acts of kindness during his illness.  He enjoyed the short seven years he spent with his best friend and wife Michelle, and being Poppa John as Sawyer called him. John and Michelle enjoyed riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle and all the many trips and memories they made together.  

Memorial Service will be held at the First Church of Christ, 503 North Main Street, Georgetown, Illinois on Saturday, October 17, 2020. A two-hour celebration of John’s life with friends and family will be held at 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following. Officiated by personal friend and Pastor Phil Miller. Per John’s wishes he requested to be cremated by his dear friend Brad Watson of Watson Cremation Service, LLC of Danville, Illinois.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
October 17, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First Church of Christ
506 N. Main St.
Georgetown, IL 61846

Memorial Service
Saturday
October 17, 2020

3:00 PM
First Church of Christ
506 N. Main St.
Georgetown, IL 61846

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