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Wayne J. Goetz

Born: Fri., Nov. 29, 1946
Died: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: St. Mary's ProCathedral

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Aug. 22, 2019
Location: St. Mary's ProCathedral

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Wayne Joseph Goetz of 6781 S. M- 129 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away August 12, 2019 at War Memorial Hospital.  He was born November 29, 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Wilda (McKenzie) Goetz, of 49 years.  Also surviving Wayne are his sisters Ruth (Jim) Conley, Norma Pesti, and a brother Albert Goetz.  Wayne is loved by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and a cat named Baby Bert that misses him terribly.  Wayne is predeceased by his parents Edward and Violet (LaPlaunt) Goetz and brothers John, Peter, Walter, James, Richard, Cecil, Leon, Raymond, and Robert Goetz. 

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the 125th Infantry Division (Tropical Lightning) and the 716 Military Police Battalion in Saigon from 1967 – 1969.

He sailed on the Great Lakes aboard the George G. Crawford and the Benjamin James Fairless.  He worked at the Corps of Engineers and later at the United States Postal Service for 34 years.  For the past 16 years, Wayne was the bookkeeper for his niece at the Palace.

He was involved in sports all through school and played softball in the Men’s League for years.  He loved listening to the Oldies; watching the T.V. show M.A.S.H.; fishing with his buddy Ralph; feeding birds and animals; and helping others.  He liked to stay busy and loved pulling pranks.  Wayne could make drinking cheap wine out of a Styrofoam cup look classy!

Wayne loved to help people.  He enjoyed the camaraderie of making meatballs at the Christopher Columbus Hall and pasties at St. Francis Church.  Wayne delivered pizzas to the Diane Peppler Resource Center on Sundays.  He was a driver for Road to Recovery and the Veteran’s Administration.  He assisted friends and family with projects.    He was a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  Wayne gave treats to nearly every child (young or old) and pet he met.  He aided people anonymously in ways that are only known to him and the receiver. 

Wayne was a man of strong faith.  He loved being involved in the church that his family was baptized, raised, married, and buried in.   Wayne had the greatest respect for Father Sebastian Kavumkal and was honored to assist him however he could.

Wayne always sang or whistled every morning.  He was always singing a crazy tune and had a beautiful voice.  That stopped the day he experienced the word “cancer”.  Let’s hope he resumes singing with the angels now that he is free of heartache and pain.  He will be sadly missed by many.

Visitation will be held August 22, 2019 at Holy Name of Mary ProCathedral from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00am Thursday August 22, 2019 at Holy Name of Mary ProCathedral with Father Sebastian Kavumkal as Celebrant.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name of Mary ProCathedral 377 Maple Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or the Chippewa County Animal Shelter located at 3660 Mackinac Trail, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.  Online Condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com.

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John Goetz
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
Dear Aunt Wilda, You're in our prayers,

Uncle Wayne was definitely loved by his many nephews, nieces, in-laws your pets, even that beautiful cat Grandma Goetz had in early 70's.

Uncle Wayne is now in heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in the loving arms of his wonderful Christian mother, Violet Goetz, along with Grandpa Goetz and his departed siblings.

I remember how much Grandma Goetz loved you and Wayne. I remember her unceasingly praying for Wayne and Uncle Albert to survive The Vietnam War and come home again to see her. As you know, poor Grandpa and Grandma Goetz had to endure almost all eleven of their sons serving our country in either WWII, The Korean War and Vietnam War. Quite strong parents!
I remember your nuptials at St. Mary's, I remember how kind you two were to my family when my dad passed in 1969, I remember how kind you were at my wedding, and how kind you two were when each of my four children were born just to name a few of your acts or words of kindness.

Jesus will help you through this sad time.

Aunt Wilda you and Wayne are loved by many in the Soo, Detour, the EUP and really all over the place.

Love, Nephew John Goetz and Family

Lynne Ermatinger Weaver
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
So sorry to read of Wayne's passing. I've known him since high school and there was never a negative word said about him. My condolences to his family.

Darren Goetz
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
So sorry to hear of Uncle Wayne's passing. I can't express enough how instrumental he (and Wilda) was/is to my success as a human being, taking time out of their own lives when other members of the family didn't, after the passing of my parents. Taking care of me on weekends when my stepfather was out of town, and even taking me on the road outside of Michigan, which left an indelible mark on my future views towards travel and exploring. Wayne actually taught me how to swim! It was his personal mission on a trip to Florida to ensure that I would not be a non-buoyant member of the Goetz family!

Wayne would give you the hardest time, laughing and making fun of you, but at the same time take the shirt off his back for you, if it was needed/necessary - I'll always remember that. His work ethic was also something to admire and sometimes watch in astonishment, and was influential in my own, by no measure. There are countless other personal behaviors I have that are a direct reflection of Wayne, both good and bad (and in the case of the latter, observation has helped me control). He will be surely missed by many in our family, and the general community in Sault Ste. Marie.

Darren Nathan Goetz

Ann Edmonds
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
Wayne was the best kind of man you could ask for. Little Yorkie Tony Whealy ran to Wayne's
house the second the car door was open and They would have a love fest of total wiggling and excitement and treats for Tony. Anyone who gains the love of an animal is the best kind of man. We will miss you Wayne but you are with Tony now. XO Ann Edmonds

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