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Eugene S. "Biggie" Goetz, 88

October 15, 2009

AUG. 15, 1921-OCT. 13, 2009

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Eugene S. "Biggie" Goetz, 88, of 212 Orchard Circle, Greencastle, Pa., died at 8:16 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Aug. 15, 1921, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late George H. Goetz and Margaret (Stover) Goetz Elliott.

He and his wife of 68 years, Mildred L. (Dietrich) Goetz, were married Oct. 4, 1941, in Hagerstown, Md.

He worked as a mechanic for the former Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, retiring in 1983. He was a 1939 graduate of Greencastle High School and attended Aircraft Technical School at Fairchild Aircraft. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS McGinty in the South Pacific.

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Mr. Goetz was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greencastle, where he served on church council and as an usher. He was a life member of Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. No. 1, serving in various capacities. He was a charter member of Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 Ambulance Squad, where he was secretary lieutenant for more than 25 years. He sang in the chorus for the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. annual Minstrel Show from 1952 through 2008. He was post member and a past commander from 1956 through 1957 of Harry D. Ziegler VFW Post 6319, Greencastle. He was a member of Greencastle-Antrim Senior Men's Club and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in the Greencastle area. Mr. Goetz served on the Greencastle-Antrim School District School Board. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and spending time with his family.

Surviving family in addition to his wife are four daughters, Barbara L. (wife of Ronald L.) Nicarry and Beverly J. (wife of Roger L.) Bitner, both of Greencastle, Deborah J. (wife of Ricky L.) Lynn of Hagerstown and Carole L. (wife of James A.) Sutch of Sharpsburg; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kirk A. Bitner; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Fox; and his stepfather, Daniel W. Elliott.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle with the Revs. Martin H. Horn and Donald M. Bohn officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Chambersburg VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. The Greencastle VFW Post 6319 will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Memorial Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle, PA 17225. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.zimmermanfh.com.

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