Rural Fults Man Dies On His Farm

Michael Gooch, 65, of rural Fults, died today, Saturday, Sept. 23, while tending to farmland he owns off of Oak Tree Place (off Kaskaskia Road between St. Joe and Renault). Just after 10:30 a.m., Gooch was found deceased sitting on his tractor parked next to a soybean field. At the time of his death, he was tending a small fire burning over a sinkhole.

As per procedure, the Monroe County coroner is investigating the case to determine an exact cause of death.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe County Ambulance Service and Prairie du Rocher Fire Department were all dispatched to the scene to locate the man and then handle the situation.