Terry R. Goodermuth Sr. (1936 - 2012)
On Wednesday January 4, 2012 in a quiet hospice room in Phoenix Arizona, a very courageous man lost his battle with an enemy that proved to be too much.
1st Sergeant Terry R Goodermuth Sr. "Papa", 75, born in Gettysburg Pennsylvania on May 7, 1936 passed away peacefully with love in his heart. Terry served his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars in both the Marines and Army for 28 ½ years. Terry had a love for his country that was only eclipsed by the love he had for his family and grandchildren. Our father was a recipient of the Purple Heart for a gunshot wound he received during one of his tours in Vietnam. While serving his country, Terry was awarded numerous service medals to include: a Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the one he was most proud of his Drill Sergeant Badge.
Terry retired from the military and went to work for the US Post Office for 15 years, but his service to his country did not end there. While living in Arizona as a "Snow Bird" he joined the local Lions Chapter to help serve the needy in his community. He also spent time teaching 1st grade kids about the importance of patriotism at Sousa Elementary School in Mesa, AZ.
Terry is survived by his wife Juanita (Montero) married April 3rd, 1971, his son Terry (Margaret) Goodermuth, daughter Christine (Steve) Born and his beloved Brandi. His grandchildren are; Geoff, Alec, Aaron, and Gianna Goodermuth, Myranda, Michaella, and Jordan Born. He is preceded in death by his mother Sarah, father Raymond, brother Raymond, his sons JD and Michael.
Dad, we are happy that you have found peace and are no longer suffering. Now we must find the strength that you had during your battle with cancer to move forward with you only in our hearts. You have the love and admiration of not only your family but all those you touched. A Celebration of his life was held at Citrus Gardens in Mesa, AZ. A memorial service will be held in Oshkosh, WI in the summer for family and close friends. Hoo-rah Marine... Semper Fi!
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jan. 14, 2012.