VERSAILLES - William A. Goettemoeller (Bill), 76, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 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 and 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 and 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 and usher, lifetime member Knights of Columbus - Fourth Degree Knight, lifetime member of National Farmers Organization and 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 U.S.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children: Gary and Pam Goettemoeller, Versailles, Ohio; Cheryl and Tony Campodonico, Studio City, Calif.; Joyce and Andrew Fitzpatrick, Santa Margarita, Calif.; Tammy and Kevin Goodman, Bowling Green, Ohio; Jennifer and Wade Kozich, Powell, Ohio; Brian and Dru Goettemoeller, Winchester, Ind. And Grandchildren: Chris and Katelyn Goettemoeller; Laurena and Jade Campodonico; Alexandra, Madeleine, and Tommy Fitzpatrick; Darin and Emily Goodman; and Spencer Goettemoeller. Extended family members Katie, Sarah and Kelly Kozich. Bill is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws: Tom and Irene Goettemoeller, Bob and Bernice Goettemoeller, Jim and Carole Goettemoeller, Jack and Betty Goettemoeller, Dale and Ag Goettemoeller. And in-laws: Vern and Julia Kramer, Gene and Pat Kramer, Marv Kramer, Lloyd and Sylvia Kramer, Rene and Luke Klosterman, Jan and Chuck Feltz, Diane and Joe Seger
He is preceded in death by parents-in-law Lawrence and 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 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 to 7 p.m. and Monday morning from 9: to 10at 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. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com