Gerhardt Oskar Goldbach
January 12, 1935 - December 6, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Gerhardt "Gary" Goldbach, after a long battle with cancer, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Gary was born to Oskar and Elisabeth Goldbach, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, the youngest of five children. In 1950, he immigrated with his family to the United States and resided in Altadena in Southern California. He earned a BS degree from the UCLA
School of Engineering in 1958. A few days after graduating he received his "greetings" and spent two years in the US Army, volunteering to join the 101st Airborne Division after his basic training. Gary was married to Jane Vrooman, in June, 1961, and they started their family and lived for 52 years in the San Jose Bay Area.
Gary was an outgoing, positive and innovative person in life. He had a long and distinguished engineering career starting in aerospace with United Technology Corporation in 1960, working with and developing both liquid and solid fuel rocket control systems in the space program. Later he worked with Combustion Power Company, a company which was begun to develop processes and systems to extract energy from combustion systems burning waste fuels in an environmentally safe manner. Although he retired from CPC as VP, Engineering, Gary always said his greatest reward was having "fun" with his engineering in whatever engineering project with which he was involved. He made many significant contributions to his area of engineering expertise, held multiple patents, was well respected by his peers, and was a great mentor and friend to the many people with whom he worked. He loved to travel, and took numerous domestic and worldwide trips with his wife, family and friends. He was an avid gardener and spent many an hour enjoying his passion for grafting fruit trees, both his own and trees of his friends. He enjoyed sports, especially soccer, which he played until he was fifty years old (long after his sons said he shouldn't!) and was active in all his sons sporting endeavors: driving to countless games, volunteer coaching and refereeing. Gary's gregarious personality is deeply missed by his family and his many friends. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all the prayers, flowers, and thoughtful condolences we have received.
He is survived by his wife Jane; son Erich, wife Arlette, their two sons, Andrew and Ian, of Half Moon Bay; son Christopher, of Sunnyvale; his brothers Heinrich and Wolfgang, and several nieces and nephews.
A remembrance of a life well lived will be held February 8th, 2pm - 5pm. Please contact Gary's family for location and directions.
If you would like to make a donation in Gary's memory his family suggests contributions be made to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or online at www.pcf.org
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