He was born July 3, 1953, in Hillsdale, Mich., the son of Walter E. Gochanour Sr. and Helen (Gasaway) Gochanour. Walt graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1971. Following high school, he joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1972. Walt owned and operated Highway 40 Wrecker Service, Brazil, for more than 20 years. He married Judith Layne Jan. 11, 1981.
In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and visiting with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Judy, children Brian Walter Eugene Gochanour (Karen Bowles), James Gochanour (Melinda), Jody R. Layne and Tommy Layne (Karrie), all of Brazil, grandchildren Zachary, Cole, Damien, Alex, Mica, Brandon, Waylon, Connor and Tyler, sister Althea Campbell, nephews Billy Sampson and Ryan Fletcher, and niece Brandy Arnette.
At his request, cremation has been entrusted to French Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.