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Bryan D. "Bry" Gochnaur

January 4, 1972 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 52) 52 Years Old

Bryan Gochnaur Obituary

            Bryan D. “Bry” Gochnaur, 52 of Altoona died Wednesday afternoon January 24, 2024, at his residence following a brief battle with cancer.

            He was born January 4, 1972, in Altoona, a son of the late Clair E. and Mary J. (Rhodes) Gochnaur.

            Surviving are his fiancée, Cynthia M. “Cindy” Bickel; three siblings, sister Randi Schellhammer (Stan) of Ashville, brother Greg Gochnaur (Mary Ann) of Altoona, sister Lori Sneed (Jon) of Altoona; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Gochnaur, and Deborah Gochnaur both of Altoona; his “dad”, Terry Bickel; his “mom”, Janet Bickel; the entire Bickel family; his “brother” Jerome “Jay” Epple; his lifelong friend, Danny Thompson; his many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew Matt Gochnaur who grew up with Bryan like a brother; numerous extended family members and friends; and his favorite kitties.

            Bryan was preceded in death by two brothers, Timothy Gochnaur, and Michael Gochnaur.

            He was a 1990 graduate of Altoona Area High School.

            Bryan was, for many years, well known to the local community as on-air radio personality “Tadpole” on Froggy 98.

            He also was employed in the parts department of Ansley RV, Duncansville for ten years, and previously was employed as a bartender at Family Pizza, Altoona.

            He enjoyed camping, cooking, singing, and making people laugh.

            He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins fan and enjoyed attending and watching their games.

            Bryan was a member of the Unter Uns Club and the Swiss Club.

            Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday February 1, 2024, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc. where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Linda Banaszak officiating.

            A Celebration of Life Service is planned to be held in the future, date and time to be determined.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602.          

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February 1, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc.
501 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Memorial Service
February 1, 2024

7:00 PM
Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc.
501 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602


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