Michael J. ‘Mike’ Gochnaur

Oct. 14, 1953 - Aug. 13, 2020

Michael J. “Mike” Gochnaur, 66, Altoona, died Thursday afternoon at UPMC Presbyterian following a two-year battle with heart failure.

He was born in Altoona, a son of the late Clair Edgar and Mary Jane (Rhodes) Gochnaur. He married Beverly A. Hurliman on May 22, 1976, in Altoona.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Kimberly Meloy (Andrew) of Altoona; a son, Jason Gochnaur (Mindi) of Enola; seven grandchildren: Brayden, Nevaeh, Kolton, twins Hunter and Harrison, Paxton Meloy and Theodore Gochnaur; siblings: Randi Schellhammer (Stan) of Ashville; Greg Gochnaur (Mary Ann), Lori Sneed (John) and Bryan Gochnaur, all of Altoona.

Mr. Gochnaur was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Gochnaur.

He was a 1971 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 1976 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Mike was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Vietnam era, attaining the rank of corporal.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and lit up when they were around. He excelled at cooking and enjoyed fishing, shooting, bike riding and traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, and listening to his daughter-in-law, the Rev. Mindi’s, sermons.

Mike was a member of the Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Association.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, Pastor Brian Sandell officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at the church immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to Transplant House of Cleveland, 2029 East 115th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona.