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James Charles Goetz passed away peacefully on November 30, 2022, at the age of 72, after a valiant fight with cancer. Jim was born on January 6, 1950, in Milwaukee, the son of Jerome A. Goetz and Vera Schaefer Goetz.
Jim, a Vietnam veteran, served in the United States Army from 1968-1970 and was a recipient of a Purple Heart Medal. He worked as a machinist and supervisor at Oshkosh Truck and retired after 28 years with the company.
Jim happily spent his retirement fishing, hunting and being with friends and family. He always looked forward to his annual walleye fishing trip with buddies on Lake Erie. Jim also proudly speared his second sturgeon this year.
Jim is survived by his sister, Marilyn Graves; brother, Jerry (Diane) Goetz Jr.; as well as nephews, Fred Graves Jr., Todd Graves; niece, Jodi (Bill) Patek; and many cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Fred Graves; and nephew, Jeremy T. Goetz.
Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services. We plan to have a military remembrance for Jim in the coming year. Interment will be in the Central Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in King. If you would like to make a donation in Jim’s memory, please direct them to the Otter Street Fishing Club or to the charity of your choice. Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.
A special thank you to his nephew, Todd, and good friend, Mark, for their compassionate care of Jim. We all know Jim is now fishing the walleyes hard in heaven.