Dick Goetsch

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Funeral services for Dick Goetsch, 94, of Chamberlain will be 10:00 am Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with family present from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. Melvin Richard “Dick” Goetsch was born to Richard and Meta (Fascher) Goetsch on August 5, 1922 on the family farm south of Chamberlain where he also spent most of his life. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1939. From 1940-1941, Dick worked with the CCC at Camp Lodge which is presently the Black Hills Playhouse. Dick joined the U.S. Army in November of 1942 where he served as a radio operator. He was a marksman in rifle and carbine, 1st class Gunner and a submachine gun expert. He served stateside before being honorably discharged in December of 1944. He returned to the farm until retiring from active farming at the age of 70 years. Dick was united in marriage to (Laura) Joan Dobberstein on May 24, 1948 in Chamberlain, SD. He and Joan continued to live on the farm until Dick entered Sanford Care Center in September 2016. Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved golfing and was often out on the course through the age of 93. He had a lifetime love of baseball. In 1994, Dick was inducted into the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Dick was a lifelong member of the Zion Lutheran Church where he held several offices and was one of the oldest continuous members. He also served on the Township Board and County Commission. Dick was an active member of the American Legion Potter Post No. 3 in Chamberlain for over 70 continuous years. During that time he served as commander, adjutant, and as a member of the Color Guard. Dick passed away at Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain with family by his side at the age of 94 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Joan of 69 years; three children Terry (Sandy) Goetsch of Sioux Falls, Myra (Jerry) Duba of Rapid City, and Marty Goetsch of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents Richard and Meta; and two sisters and brothers-in-law Evelyn (Robert) Schooler and Leola (Joe) Burull

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