Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Patrick Edgar Gouge

February 11, 1991May 15, 2020

Patrick Edgar Gouge, age 29, of Greensboro, formerly of Hickory, left this world tragically on Friday, May 15, 2020. Patrick was born February 11, 1991 in Hickory, NC to Jeff and Susan Gouge. Patrick was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. He was employed by MSS as a fire alarm technician. Patrick was also a member of Guilford County Volunteer Fire Department District 13.

Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Julius Edgar Hoffman and Thelma Mosteller Hoffman, and his paternal grandfather, Sam G. Gouge.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Jessica Bierman Gouge and his unborn son, Theodore Patrick Gouge of Greensboro, NC; sister, Brittany Moose and husband, Vance of Conover; grandmother, Marie Gouge, of Hickory; his 2 favorite nieces, Aubrey and Emily Moose of Conover; mother and father-in-law, Bill and Patti Bierman; brother-in-law, Kurt Bierman and favorite nephew, Sawyer, all of Prairie du Sac, WI; uncles, Sam Gouge and fiancée Pam and Tim Gouge and wife Debbie; aunts, Kay H Ramseur and husband David, and Rene G. Slaughter and husband Terry; and numerous cousins.

Patrick was a wonderful loving husband, son, brother, uncle and nephew. He was a fine sweet soul who treated everyone with kindness and respect. His generous and giving nature was reflected in the many people who will miss him dearly. He was excited to be a dad, and he will live on through his son. Patrick will be dearly and sorely missed as he always gave us a reason to laugh.

In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established at the NC State Employees Credit Union for their unborn son in the name of Jessica B. Gouge. An outdoor memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory with Pastor Andrew Rawls officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Gouge family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

The Gouge family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory, NC.


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Lisa Santos

May 21, 2020

Patrick was one of the finest young men I ever taught (St. Stephens High School). He was funny, bright, and utterly selfless. My prayers are with your family during this heartbreaking time.

Rene' Gouge Slaughter

May 21, 2020

Patrick gave me a beautiful gift not long after he served in the United States Marines where he had been deployed to Afganistan. I ran into him at Lowe's Food in Hickory. We sat in his car and he shared some deep things on his heart. We talked for maybe an hour. The gift he gave me was his trust that day and I will never ever forget it and him. Love Aunt Rene'

Victor Marinez

May 21, 2020

The most intense and comical lance corporal in our section in Afghanistan. Gonna miss you brother.

Till Valhalla!

Semper Fidelis 🙏🏾

Joel & Dawn Mosteller

May 20, 2020

We are so saddened to hear of Patrick's sudden death. Our prayers go out to his entire family during this difficult time. We wish we could be at his memorial to pay tribute to such a beautiful person and life he lived, as well as honor his entire family and unborn son, Teddy. May Patrick's wonderful attributes and soul live on through his son. God is watching over you. Be blessed during this hard time.

Jim Decker

May 20, 2020

Patrick was such a solid young man! My sons, Colby and Steven both enjoyed a friendship with Patrick, who was several years younger. Their involvement in youth group at Viewmont Baptist was their commonality. They all Love our Lord and Savior, Jesus! 🙏🏻

Ray Cerda

May 20, 2020

I would be proud to serve next to Patrick anytime anywhere. One of the most dedicated Cadets at St. Stephens High School I was privileged to teach. He knew from Freshman day one he wanted to be a Marine and serve his country. He epitomized honor, courage and commitment as a 14 year old! Very rare. He was a leader who relished military drill. Tried for 4 years to get him to annunciate his commands! We had the most fun with that. Patrick took it with determination and of course disarmed you with his smile. A true leader. Carry on Patrick. I love you. Master Chief

Owen and Jo McGuire

May 19, 2020

"Packman" is what we called Patrick as a toddler when we would see him at get to gethers with g/grands Ed and Thelma and Jeff and Susan. Watched him grow up joining the Marine Corps and starting to follow his Dad in the Fire Department. We also remember "Nitny Wose", as she would say if you asked her what her name was. Wish we could be there for you. Will be thinking about the entire family.

Kristen Dorsch

May 19, 2020

“Goodbyes hurt when the story is not finished and the book has not been closed”.
I am still in a continued state of shock that we even need to say goodbye to Patrick. It seems wrong that someone as kind and young as Patrick was could be taken from this world so soon. Patrick was not just my best friend’s husband. About five minutes after I met Patrick, he was a friend. Patrick had an infectious personality that made you feel like you had always known him. This wasn’t a surprise as after meeting his parents (and leaving their home eight hours later with a full belly, after just initially stopping to say hi), it was clear where his kindness came from.
Patrick was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. He was an….interesting… dancer. He was a terrible bags player; though I was too, so we made a good team. Patrick instantly turned into a human popsicle every time he came and visited us in the winter in Wisconsin. He loved his Kringle and I’m so glad I was the one to notify him that they in fact do deliver out of state. He got my husband hooked on Sheetz (seriously, what is the deal with Sheetz?). Patrick had a fantastic sense of humor and a great appreciation of internet memes. But what I loved about Patrick most of all was the way he loved my best friend.
One of the last conversations I had with Patrick was in his car when we were on the way to an event at Jess’s work last fall when I visited NC. We talked about parenthood and he had so many questions, but it was evident how excited he was to become a father. I am gutted in the fact that he will never be able to meet his son this August.
This world can be cruel sometimes. I don’t think I will ever understand how it could take a person like Patrick away when he had his whole life ahead of him. Please keep Patrick’s parents, Jeff and Susan, his in-laws, Bill and Patti Bierman, and of course his beautiful wife and my dear friend Jessica and their son. We love you so much.

Robert Suggs

May 19, 2020

I did not know Patrick, but I have known his Father, Jeff for many years. Jeff and I was in the Hickory Viewmont Fire Dept. together. Jeff is a good Christian friend and I know that he was a good Father. I am so sorry for your loss, Jeff and Susan. Patrick was so young to be taken so soon. But God always has a better plan than we do.

Bob Suggs

Katalynn Thomas

May 19, 2020

I was so shocked and heartbroken to learn the news on Saturday. My prayers go out to Patrick’s family.

Patrick and I became fast friends and thick as thieves in MCT when I overheard him singing the lyrics to “Stein Um Stein” by Rammstein. His eyes lit right up when I joined in, and that was that. We bonded quickly and I wouldn’t trade any of these memories for the world. He was my “mon frere” and his memory is alive.


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