Lee Clarence Gochenour, 94, of Woodstock, VA passed from this life to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Lee was born December 4, 1919 and was the son of Clarence Lee & Minnie Mae Wetzel Gochenour, who preceded him in death. He leaves his loving wife Louise Fox Gochenour, whom he married on June 6, 1947. He was a veteran having been drafted in 1942 and served as a Pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Lee joined the Air Force Reserves in the 1950s, and later organized the reserves in Virginia. Lee shared, “I’ve always like the government; I’ve always liked the military.” Lee remained in the Reserves for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Lee was the Commander of the Air Reserves in Richmond, VA until his death.
Lee lived in Richmond, VA for 38 years, working as the Director of IT for The Richfood Corporation, Southern States, and Farm Bureau before taking a job with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Lee retired after 19 years of civil services at the age of 77.
Lee and his brother-in-law, Gilbert Bushong founded Sunset Memorial Gardens in Woodstock 1969 and changed ownership in 1989.
Lee returned to his home town of Woodstock in 1999, and became very active in his community. Lee was appointed by the Woodstock Town Manager to become the only chairman of Woodstock Economic Development Authority which he helped form in 2003.
In addition to his wife, Lee is survived by his brother Linden F Gochenour and wife Mildred, and sister-in-law Marvene Gochenour. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond W, and Elwood C. Gochenour. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Saturday, August 16 at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. A Masonic Service will begin at 6 pm.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Woodstock, VA where he was an active member, on Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 pm. Pastors Nathan Robinson and Hardy Lutz officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Gochenour, Gerald Gochenour, Nathan Gochenour, Travis Franklin, C.M. Fox, and John Richman, Jr. Masonic Lodge 142 and Masonic Lodge 125 will gather as honorary pallbearers. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 199.