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Henry "Hank" Goethals, Jr.

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Henry "Hank" Goethals, Jr. Obituary
Hank Goethals passed away on August 13, 2011 in Redding, CA. He was 90 years young and the self-proclaimed , "Luckiest man alive!" Hank grew up on the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica and graduated from Venice High School in 1939. He crewed P-38s for the Air Force during WWII. In 1950, he moved his family to Lomita, CA. He opened his own gas station and began a successful career in auto mechanics. Hank's Service Center and Towing Service opened in the 1970s. He also taught auto mechanics at Harbor College. He was a 40-year member of the Lomita/Harbor City Kiwanis. His second marriage to Pat, in 1978, was filled with fun and adventure. They traveled all over the world, often on a cruise or in their motor home. Many wonderful vacations were spent with their combined families and a large circle of dear friends. Hank and Pat enjoyed cheering on the Lakers from their courtside season seats and sailing to Catalina on the "Hanky Panky". In 1986, they chose to retire in Redding, CA. At the age of 65, Hank learned to snow ski on Mt. Shasta and he and Pat spent many vacations and holiday celebrations with family and friends at their log home in Northstar at Tahoe. "I'm better, better, better" was Hank's favorite quote and he was admired for his positive outlook on life, always lending a helping hand and enjoying life to the fullest. He has been an inspiration to his friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters, Penny Stephens, Connie Burleson and Nancy Sutton; stepson, Bill (Stacie) Edgington; and stepdaughter, Julie (Brian) Beckman; grandchildren, Jamie Stephens, Jeff (Kristlynn) Stephens, Donna (Brent) Hedgecock, Karen (Brad) Lomas, Gary (Sarah) Burleson, Sue (Aree) Montgomery, Tony (Nikki) Sutton, Debbie (James) Noble, Bailee Edgington, Austin Edgington, Kyle Edgington, Ben Beckman, and Bella Beckman. He had 14 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Hank's life will be held at A.M. Gamby Funeral Home in Lomita on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to California Hospice Organization at http://calhospice.org/. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 24, 2011
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