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Donald "Donnie" Harvey Goettsch

May 31, 1933 - April 3, 2020
From: Sutherland, IA
Donald "Donnie" Harvey Goettsch

Donald "Donnie" Harvey Goettsch

Born: May 31, 1933
Died: April 3, 2020
Age: 86

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Donald Harvey Goettsch, age 86 of Sutherland, IA, passed away April 3, 2020, at his home.

     Don was born May 31, 1933, near Holstein, IA, the son of Harvey and Margaret Cipperley Goettsch.  He was raised on a farm near Holstein.

     On December 4, 1955, he married Sandra Sauter at her parent’s home in Sutherland.  Don enlisted in the National Guard in 1949 and served until 1957.  Two of these years were in active duty at Fort Campbell, KY,  and Fort Eustis, VA.  He worked at Simonsen’s in Quimby, and on a turkey farm until they moved to Sandra’s uncle’s farm in 1968 near Sutherland.  They were still farming when Don passed away. 

     Don loved to fish and go coyote hunting with the guys.  But his biggest love was his garden.  The community lost a green thumb.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years; three children: son, Lyle and Gloria Goettsch of Peterson, IA, daughter, Teresa Mackey of Peterson, IA, and son, Brian Goettsch of Sutherland, IA; five grandchildren: Trisha, Julie, Kimberley, Darren and Bryan; four great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Goettsch of Washta, IA; sister, Frances Nagel of Ida Grove, IA; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Margaret Goettsch; his sister and husband, Beth and Harlen Lingle; Sandra’s parents, Kenneth and Isabelle Elsbury; and her brother, Freddie Sauter.

Due to State and Federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be having a 
Celebration Of Life Service at a later date.


Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:54 AM
“I'm saddened to hear about the loss of Donnie. Rest in Peace my friend. Sending prayers to all the family. Just so your wondering who I am I met Brian when he was at the Spencer Hospital he talked a lot about the family and how he was moving back to help out at mom and dads. God Bless.”
- Cindy Jones
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Dear Sue, Lyle, Teresa and Brian. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult times.”
- Daryl Orthmann
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:17 PM
“Sue and family: Sorry on loss of your husband and father. He was a good guy. Never enough of them. Take care of yourselves.
Sincerely, Roxanne Berg Grona”
- Roxanne Berg Grona
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9:30 PM
“Sorry for your loss I liked Donnie I don't like a lot of people but I did like him”
- Jim Mc Daniel
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 3:23 PM
“Dear Sue and family, I am sorry to hear about Donnie passing. Your family was one of the good memories I have of living in Peterson. I will be thinking about you and I hope that you find peace and comfort in your memories of Donnie.”
- Joel Haaland
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“So sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Thinking of you all.”
- Sue Hass
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Sorry for your loss. May the memories of Donnie always be special.”
- Dawn Fuhrman
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Sorry to here of. Don's passing our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
- Carol Kruckenberg Johnson
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Sue,Teresa,Lyle & Brian,sorry for your loss, Don was a great man! ”
- chuck &Lila kummerfeld
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:23 PM
“Sorry, for your loss!! ”
- Anonymously
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 1:03 PM
“Sue and Family - We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. Mom still talks about the wonderful vegetables from his garden. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Delores Raveling, Mark & Lori Roberts”
- Lori Roberts
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:51 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss Sue and family..I remember him as a hard working man with a beautiful and caring family..his loss am sure will be greatly missed..”
- Bonnie Giese
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:42 AM
“Sue, Lyle, Teresa and Brian we were saddened to hear about Donnie! Hugs and prayers for you all!”
- Adrianna, Georgette and Jeff Ebel
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:41 AM
“We were saddened to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.”
- Rochelle Waggoner
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:31 AM
“To the Don Goettsch family, my sincerest sympathy to you all.”
- Helen Jalas Schettler
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“Sue, Lyle, Brian, & Teresa, you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you make your way through this difficult time in your lives. May you find comfort and peace in your memories and know that he is always silently beside you through this journey. May our Gracious God wrap his arms around you and grant you peace in the weeks ahead as you grieve. God Bless you going forward.
- Toni Gilmore
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“Dear Goettsch Family - I am so sorry for your loss. Donnie was an awesome soul and Heaven surely has gained an angel. I can see him gardening in Heaven and sharing the bounty of his garden with other souls! May you find peace and comfort in your memories.”
- Val Moermond
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“Very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Don huge garden!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Betty Helland
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“To the Family of Don Goettsch
So very sorry for your loss.”
- Butch Engelke
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“Sue and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
If there is anything we can do please call.
- Bruce &Donna Berg
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:52 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your healing.”
- Ann Leonard Metivier
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