WELLSVILLE -William K. Goetschius, 80, formerly of 3471 North Drive in Riverview Heights, died on Monday (July 14, 2014) surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Nyack, N.Y., the son of the late Harry and Florence (Kay) Goetschius. On July 3, 1954, in Wellsville, he married Dolores M. Joyce, who predeceased him on Oct. 11, 2012.
Bill joined the New York State Troopers on Jan. 2, 1962. In 1966, he was promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). It was a career choice he truly loved. He has been described as a passionate, devoted and compassionate trooper and in simple words "a great investigator". He was also known as an occasional prankster who brought a love for life and a smile to many people. He retired in 1988. He was a successful entrepreneur who owned a car detailing business called Tidy Car, a driveway sealing company, a parking lot cleaning business and a laundry mat. He was known as "Cowboy Bill" to many as he faithfully wore a cowboy hat.
He was married to the love of his life, Dolores, for 58 years. He had three children who greatly loved and admired him. His grandchildren have found him to be a great grandfather always willing to listen and help them face life's challenges with wisdom and laughter.
Surviving are two sons, William F. Goetschius of Wellsville, Brian (Dawnell) Goetschius of Texas City, Texas; one daughter, Deborah A. Goetschius of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, Joseph, Jared (Elizabeth), Julia, Gabriel, Gregory, Grace, Rose, Ryan (Missy) and Brody Goetschius; one great-grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald; one brother, George K, Goetschius of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews and his former daughter-in-law, Julie (Joe) Tripodi; who along with the staff at Manor Hills were a great help to the family over the past five years. He was predeceased by a niece, Teresa M. Burdick and a brother, Charles Calvin Goetschius.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 10-10:30 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (July 18, 2014) at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial in Stannards Cemetery will be at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.