OBITUARY

Thomas E. Koetting

April 14, 1939November 16, 2021
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Thomas E. Koetting, 82, of Newburgh passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Son of the late Edwin and Katherine (O’Connell) Koetting, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Catherine Koetting; brother, Bernard Koetting, and twin brother, Lawrence Koetting.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret “Maggie” (Brundick) Koetting; son, Michael (Beth); daughter, Lori Goris (Dr. James E. Goris); grandchildren, Brady Koetting, Katy Koetting, Amy Goris, Matt Goris, Will Goris, Luke Goris and Jake Goris; nephew, Don Koetting (Winona), and brother-in-law, Dr. Edward L. Brundick (Holley).

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, he was stationed in Germany as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army before starting his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse in St Louis, MO. The arc of Tom’s professional career demonstrated his considerable financial and negotiating skills, culminating with his role as Vice President – Sales and Marketing for Peabody COALSALES Company, the position from which he retired in 1996. After retiring, Tom lent his time and expertise to local small businesses through the Evansville chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), ultimately serving a term as its president.

Maggie and Tom moved to Newburgh in 1981 and remained close to friends and family in St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve, where Tom was born and attended Valle High School. A longtime member of Rolling Hills Country Club, he rarely missed a weekly golf outing and was a popular patron of the 19th hole. A fan of country and bluegrass music, Tom was the informal travel agent and entertainment director for a wide group of friends, leading them on numerous trips and outings. Never one to miss a party (many of which he hosted with Maggie), Tom was known to honor friends and loved ones with poems and limericks – most were humorous, Maggie’s were amorous and all are cherished. Tom was a devout Catholic and an active member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church; he and Maggie served as pre-Cana advisors and were recognized for their service to the Diocese of Evansville with the Bruté award. Always an optimist, Tom was a mischievous brother, a patient and guiding father and grandfather, a trusted uncle, a loving husband and loyal friend.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 S. Green River Road, Evansville, IN, officiated by Rev. Bernard Etienne. Burial will be at later date in his hometown of Ste. Genevieve, MO. Friends may visit from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 19, 2021 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held Friday 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Pathways Midwest (formerly Gilda’s Club Evansville). Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Vigil Prayer Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Iris Vincent

November 21, 2021

Maggie and family,
Tom was a classmate, always kind thru our school years and also very intelligent. Enjoyed the pictures that you shared of your family and also the early ones of the Koetting family. Offering deep sympathy to your family and your dearest friends. Prayers!

Gary and Sue Gress

November 19, 2021

Maggie and family, what a wonderful, kind man Tom was. Initially a business relationship in the 1980's developed into a friendship. We always enjoyed your company. We were especially touched when you attended our 50th wedding anniversary after not having seen you for many years. Tom was definitely one of the good ones.

Kelly Bogt

November 19, 2021

Lori and Jim,
Maggie and family,
I cannot say how sorry I am that you have lost this precious man. I have recently lost my own father and that experience informs me of your exquisite pain. The only thing that comforts is to know he IS in a better place; a place of love where he now knows all the “secrets” that we, the living, ponder everyday.
With love and fond memories,
Kelly Vogt
Bob Vogt

Terry Coffey

November 19, 2021

Maggie, I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I always enjoyed seeing you guys in Perryville. The Koetting family has always held a special place in my heart and family. May you and your family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your faith carry you through this difficult time. I know it isn't easy, but remember you are not by yourself. You have many friends and family here for you.

Hugs!!!

Terry and the Coffey family

Wally Davitz

November 19, 2021

Maggie, Mike and Laura, I'm so sorry for Your loss. I was a classmate of Tom's and his twin Larry's and liked and admired them both but especially Tom. Tom was always a nice guy and an intelligent one. I never knew of him lording it over anyone or saying anything cruel to or about anyone. He was always a gentleman and had a magnetic charisma about him so it was very easy to be a friend of Tom's. We didn't stay in touch after high school but we saw each other at reunions a few times. Tom was a special person and the world is "less than" because he is gone. It was plain to see that he loved you Maggie so very much. It was obvious seeing you together. Love never dies. I'll keep you in my prayers and please accept my deepest sympathy. Wally Davitz

Rick Watkins

November 19, 2021

Maggie I’m so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. It was wonderful to have you both come by the house for Janet’s service and have an opportunity to see you and Tom.
The video tribute to Tom was absolutely beautiful of both Tom, you, and all your family.
Unfortunately I’m in the hospital right now. Had my shredded Achilles’ tendon repaired yesterday will then go straight to a skilled nursing facility for rehab. I feel so bad I will be unable to attend any of the services for Tom. But please know that my heart is with you. If you care to talk with me Maggie I would be most happy to if I can be of any help to you at all.
Please accept my deepest condolences. Rick

Gyanith Shea

November 19, 2021

Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He certainly will be missed by all.

Lin Midyett

November 19, 2021

Lynne and I wish to extend our heart felt condolences to Maggie and the rest of Tom's family. I have fond memories of our time while at Arch and Peabody. Tom, Alan Roth and I shared many laughs and stories while we were commuting to Arch's offices downtown.

Tom was a great guy and mentor to many. I feel privileged to have known him.

Lin Midyett

tom hoog

November 19, 2021

With the passing of my friend Tom, a friend of more than 70 years, I'm reminded of a quote from Rabbi Kushner, "Both love and true friendship are more than a way of knowing that we matter to someone else, they are a way of mattering to the world." Tom lived a life of love and true friendship and impacted the world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Maggie and family

Michael & Karen Shackelford

November 18, 2021

Tom was a very good man. I know he will be with our Lord!
Karen and I enjoyed the times we shared with he and Maggie very much. He will be missed by many!

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