Ira A. Goetsch, age 94, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2022 at his home.
Ira was born November 22, 1927, in Glenview, IL, the son of Ferdinand J. and Clara (Schwark) Goetsch. He enlisted into the United States Army following High School. Upon his honorable discharge Ira started his lifelong career with Bell and Gossett in Morton Grove, IL. He briefly worked as a Superintendent with Marble Arms in Gladstone, but returned back to Illinois with Bell and Gossett until his retirement.
Ira was united in marriage to Shirley Dricker on April 23, 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenview, IL and together they raised two children.
After Ira retired, the couple relocated to Delta County in 1983. They were both active members of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone.
Ira was involved in various committees and was an usher.
Ira spent many years working at Skradski Funeral Home working visitations, funerals and coordinating transportation.
He was also a member of the Rapid River American legion Post 301. He enjoyed photography, planes, gardening and taking care of his yard.
Ira loved his family and was a very proud Grandpa and Great Grandpa.
Ira is survived by:
Daughter: Debbie (George) Lang of Wheeling, IL
7 Grandchildren: Marc (Kristina) Lang, Aaron Lang, Sam Goetsch, Clara Goetsch, Chloe Goetsch, Anna Goetsch and Catherine DeMore.
2 Great Grandchildren: Hazel and Landon
In addition to his Parents and Wife, Ira is preceded in death by:
Son: Steven Goetsch
Family will receive friends on Friday, August 5, from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented at 4:00 PM by the Rapid River American Legion Post 301. Funeral services honoring Ira will take place at 4:15 PM at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Elisabeth Daniels officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Entombment will take place in Arlington Heights, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church or U.P Honor Flight. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Goetsch family.