Michael Robert Gooch, age 50, of Winchester, KY., passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018.
Michael was born on January 29, 1968 in Milan, IN., to the late Robert Ellis Gooch and Glenna
Faye Cromer Renner. He was a self-employed Auctioneer and Realtor at Gooch Auction Group,
an instructor for the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors, and a certified John Maxwell
He is survived by his wife, Rony Jo Ballou Gooch, whom he married on September 18, 2014 in
Clark County, KY; two daughters, Jaylan and Casada Homan, both of Winchester, KY; his Mom,
Beverly Tincher of Lexington, KY; two sisters, Gina (and Rob) Oliver of Georgetown, KY; and
Robin (and Bruce) Orwin of Somerset, KY; five nieces and nephews, Zachary Dick, Jordan Dick,
Katie Dick, Jasmine Harrell, and Will Orwin; his best friend, Brian (and Felicia) Spencer and
their children, Jacob and Chase Spencer, all of Mt. Sterling, KY; and his faithful companion,
his dog, Cash and Belle his horse.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Gooch and Glenna Renner, and his
grandparents, Ed and Roberta Bullock Cromer and Oris and Hazel Poynter Gooch.
Michael was a lover of life and lived it with passion. He had a contagious smile, a twinkle in
his eye, and a genuine love for people. He had an uncanny sense of humor and enjoyed
telling stories. He could light up a room with his presence and easily bring a crowd to
laughter or tears. He had a gift for inspiring people and making them feel special. He was a
true cowboy and southern gentleman, who had a firm handshake, but an even stronger hug.
He was a “Giver” at heart.
He loved riding horses and was a member of the Cowboy Mounting Association. He recently
took up the sport of mounted shooting, which combined his hobbies of riding horses and
shooting guns. Being a natural performer, he lived his dream of being on the “big screen” as
he was cast as an extra in two movie feature films.
Michael loved well and was well loved by all who were blessed enough to know him. His
passing leaves a void in many lives. However, his legacy will live on in the lives and memories
of those he touched.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 1:00pm until 9:00pm at Lake
Cumberland Funeral Home, 1046 West Hwy 80 Somerset, KY.
A second visitation will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the
Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with
speakers, Dr. Jonah Mitchell and Frank Mallinder. Burial will be at McKinney Cemetery in
Rockcastle County, KY.
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Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Michael Gooch.