William A. Goettemoeller (Bill), 76, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on September 24, 2013, following a lifetime of happiness, work, and love.
He was married to Doris A. Kramer for 53 years and she will miss him dearly. He was born March 20, 1937, in St. Rose, Ohio to the late Lou & Loretta (Wolf) Goettemoeller. Bill graduated in the "Class of 55" from St. Johns (now Marion Local) School in Maria Stein and attended agriculture courses at Ohio State and Purdue Universities.
Bill's happiest times were with his children & grandchildren. He loved horses, plowing, traveling, and tending his apple orchard. Bill was a strong voice and supporter for agriculture. He received his pilot's license at the age of 40. He farmed and managed a trucking business for over 50 years. He was an amazing and loving father and his family will miss him greatly.
Bill was active in: Holy Family Catholic Church served as Lecturer & Usher, Lifetime Member Knights of Columbus – Fourth Degree Knight, Lifetime Member of National Farmers Organization & on Board of Directors for 22 years, Former Secretary of the USAPO Plowing Association, Served as Board Member of World Plowing Organization, National Plowing Champion in 1967 and 1971, World Plowing Contestant in 1968 in Rhodesia, Africa, and 1972 in the US.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children: Gary & Pam Goettemoeller, Versailles, OH; Cheryl & Tony Campodonico, Studio City, CA; Joyce & Andrew Fitzpatrick, Santa Margarita, CA; Tammy & Kevin Goodman, Bowling Green, OH; Jennifer & Wade Kozich, Powell, OH; Brian & Dru Goettemoeller, Winchester, IN.
And Grandchildren: Chris & Katelyn Goettemoeller; Laurena & Jade Campodonico; Alexandra, Madeleine, & Tommy Fitzpatrick; Darin & Emily Goodman; and Spencer Goettemoeller. Extended family members Katie, Sarah and Kelly Kozich.
Bill is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws: Tom & Irene Goettemoeller, Bob & Bernice Goettemoeller, Jim & Carole Goettemoeller, Jack & Betty Goettemoeller, Dale & Ag Goettemoeller. And In-laws: Vern & Julia Kramer, Gene & Pat Kramer, Marv Kramer, Lloyd & Sylvia Kramer, Rene & Luke Klosterman, Jan & Chuck Feltz, Diane & Joe Seger. He is preceded in death by parents-in-law Lawrence & Laurena (Bergman) Kramer, and in-laws Virgil Kramer and Vernon Kramer.
Bill will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, Ohio. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to State of the Heart Hospice, Holy Family Catholic Church or Versailles Emergency Medical Services.