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Byron Michael “Mike” Goettsch
December 5, 1938 – June 25, 2017
Byron “Mike” Goettsch, 78, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospice, Cedar Rapids, following complications from surgery.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 Wednesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello
Surviving is his wife, Pam, of fifty-two years; two children, Lisa (Mick) Adams, Monticello, Corey (Cara) Goettsch, Clarkesville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Trint (Erin) Adams, Travis Adams, Kristina (Patrick) Pace, Katie (Dallas Lumpa) Goettsch, Kody Goettsch, Brandi Davis, Justen Davis; five great-grandchildren, Cameron Koelsch, Kelsey and Sawyer Adams, Rayden Pace, Lennon Lumpa; and his sister, Marcia (Robert) Stark, Boynton Beach, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Byron Michael Goettsch was born December 5, 1938, in Marshalltown. He was the son of Verne “Bud” and Marjorie (Edwards) Goettsch. Mike graduated from the Anamosa Community School with the class of 1956. He continued his education at the University of Iowa and later at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas.
Following graduation from the Mortuary College, Mike went on to serve in the United States Army. On his return from service, Mike was employed as funeral director for Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. Mike married Pamalee Norman on March 20, 1965, at the First Congregational Church in Spencer. The couple moved to Monticello in the fall of 1965 when Mike joined his father and Uncle Cecil at the Goettsch Funeral Home.
In 1968, Mike became the first administrator of the Monticello Senior Home. In 1972, he return to funeral service at the Goettsch Funeral Homes. On December 5, 1977, Mike joined Freese Motors in Monticello where he remained until he retired in 2012.
Mike belonged to the Monticello Lions Club and was the treasurer for the Lions Girls Softball leagues for many years. While he was at the senior home, Mike was very active on the Hoover Health Council where he served a term as president. He was also a long time member of the Monticello Golf Club and served a term as the board president.
Mike was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family.

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Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, June 29, 2017

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