Raymond G. “Junior” Goetz Jr., 87

Raymond G. “Junior” Goetz Jr., 87, of Spencerville, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family, following a short illness.

He was born on March 31, 1925, in Jennings Township, Van Wert County, the son of Raymond C. and Jessie M. Gilbert Goetz, and they preceded him in death. His stepfather, Emlyn O. Jones, also preceded him in death.

On May 11, 1946, he married C. Annette Kohlhorst, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 2009.

He is survived by three children, Danny R. (Sue) Goetz, Elaine A. (Bob) Walker and Jeannine S. Prine, all of Spencerville; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Donna Kohlhorst of St. Marys, Marilyn (Harry) Boley of Tucson, Ariz., and Carol (Jack) Monroe of Tipp City; a stepbrother, Howard (Dorothy) Jones of Lima; two brothers-in-law, Marlin (Martha) Kohlhorst of St. Marys and Leonard (Reba) Kohlhorst of Findlay; a sister-in-law, Virginia Wierwille of Celina.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Micky Prine; a sister, Fleta Rust; a stepbrother, Donald Jones; two brothers-in-law, Jom Wierwille and Herbert Kohlhorst; a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Robert) Walden.

Ray was a 1943 graduate of Spencerville High School and served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946.

He had owned D. & R. Tire Service in Spencerville with his son for 30 years. He had worked 18 years with Metzger Drainage Co., 10 years at Parker Hannifan and 13 years at the Flex-Foam Plant.

He was a life member of the Bowersock Bros., the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 and a life member of the Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191, where he was a former trustee. He served on the military honor guard for many years.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, camping and woodworking.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. John G. Medaugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Wright Cemetery near Converse, with military rights by the Spencerville Veterans.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spencerville Area Veterans Memorial Park Fund.