Jerome Thomas Goetz

Jerome Thomas Goetz, age 77, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly while doing yard work at his home in Yankton on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with the Reverend Anthony Urban officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Pallbearers are his grandsons: Adam, Brock, Cody, Eric, Isaac, Jacob, Jordan, Thane and Wyatt.

Jerome Thomas Goetz was born June 18, 1941, in Yankton, South Dakota, to John and Elizabeth (Grovijahn) Goetz. He grew up in Yankton and attended Sacred Heart School through eighth grade and graduated from Yankton High School in 1959.  

After graduation he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, with his brothers and began learning the trade of drywall and paint. He was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, 1963-65. After he returned from military service, he continued his work as a painter and drywaller in Yankton. Jerome was an avid guitar player and enjoyed playing as a member of the Country Drifters. He married the love of his life, Doris Oorlog, on Oct. 7, 1982, in Scotland, South Dakota. They moved five miles south of Yankton in 1983, where he started Goetz Country Auto Sales, selling used cars for 10 years.  They moved to Yankton in 1993, and there he returned to his first career, finishing drywall. He operated Goetz Drywall the rest of his life.

Jerome was a hardworking, loving, positive, uplifting man who took great pride in his work and took great care of his things. He loved cars and enjoyed working on and restoring them. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and especially the love of his life, Doris. Their love of music, baseball and stock car racing took them many places.

Survivors include his seven children: Jonathan Goetz of Underwood, Minnesota; Jillynne (Brian) Utecht of Marshfield, Missouri; Glenn Winckler of Memphis, Tennessee; Thomas (Cathy) Winckler of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Melissa (Bruce) McMillen of Mitchell, South Dakota; Randall Winckler of Lake Andes, South Dakota; and Krystal (Tim) Paulson of Yankton; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Genevieve (Bill) Taevs of Green Valley, Arizona; a sister, Elizabeth Olsen of Blaine, Minnesota; a brother, Carol Goetz of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Doris, on Jan. 23, 2017; by his son, Greg Winckler; and by four brothers: Arthur, Wilfred, Gerald and Edwin.

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