Jim was born a few miles North of Odessa on April 16, 1918.
His parents were Emanual Goetz and Matilda Almer, known as Tillie.
Jim was the oldest of five brothers and outlived all of them.
Jim farmed most of his life on the family farm North of Marlin.
He joined the Army in 1942 and while stationed in Texas met and married his wife of 71 years, L. Geraldine Smith know as Jerry.
Jim was wounded in combat in the Philippines and received the Purple Heart.
After the war he returned to Marlin where he and Jerry farmed the family farm and raised three sons: Tom, Terry and Greg.
In 1965 Jim and Jerry moved to Odessa where Jim worked for the Lincoln County road crew until his retirement.
Jim is survived by his wife, L. Geraldine (Jerry) Goetz; and his sons, Tom Terry and Greg; daughters-in-law, Jeanne and Lynn; and numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on January 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Heritage Church, Odessa, WA., with Pastor Jon Hayashi, officiating.
Interment will be held at the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.
Memorials may be made to the Odessa Hospital Auxiliary or the Odessa Healthcare Foundation.
Please sign the online guestbook at: www.stratefuneralhome.com.
STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.