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Charles Ferrell-J.D. ‘John’ Gooch

Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Charles Ferrell

Charles L. Ferrell, 77 of Silex, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on De. 18, 1935, in Leadwood, Mo, the child of Zellie and Evelyn (Beck) Ferrell.

After attending the local schools, he enlisted in the United States Army. In 1956, he received his honorable discharge and it was then he met the love of his life, Rebecca Counts. On Nov. 30, 1956, the pair was married in Irondale, Mo. To this union five children were born: Randy, Duane, Melinda, Pamela, and Kathleen. For about a decade, Charles worked as a St. Louis City police officer. He also worked as a truck driver for many years.  In his spare time, he liked to hunt and go fishing.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife, Rebecca Ferrell of Silex; two sons: Randy Ferrell and wife, Jackie, of Arnold, Duane Ferrell, of Park Hills, Mo.; and three daughters: Melinda Cromer and husband, Norman, of Doe Run, Pamela and husband, Ron Ryback, of Festus, and Kathleen Smith of Silex; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers: Lester Ferrell and wife, Marilyn, of DeSoto, Donald and wife, Caroline, Ferrell of Leadington, and Roger Ferrell and wife, Geraldine, of Maryland Heights, and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Moore Funeral Home in Irondale, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to visit our website at to sign the on-line guest register


J.D. 'John' Gooch

J.D. “John” Gooch, 87, of Troy, formerly of O’Fallon, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Lincoln County Medical Center in Troy.

He was born on June 29, 1925, in Caldwell, to Harrison and Bertha (Williams) Gooch. J.D. attended the local schools and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a combat veteran on the U.S.S. North Carolina during WWII.

J.D. married Rebecca Phelps, of Cardwell, Mo.. To this union were born two sons, John and Rocky.

After being in the U.S. Navy for four years, J.D. enlisted in the Air Force and made a 20-year career out of it. The family traveled all over, living at different bases. They enjoyed all the people they met and different experiences. J.D. retired from Emerson Electric as an inspector after ten years.

Surviving are his loving wife, Rebecca Gooch of Troy; his two sons: John Gooch, Rocky and wife Karen Gooch of Lake Saint Louis; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Shatley of Wentzville; many other relatives and friends.

Services were private and held at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center in Troy. Inurnment followed in the National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks with full military honors. Friends and family are invited to sign the on-line register book at