William "Bill" A. Goettemoeller

March 20, 1937September 24, 2013

William A. Goettemoeller (Bill), 76, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on September 24, 2013, following a lifetime of happiness, work, and love. He was married to Doris A. Kramer for 53 years and she will miss him dearly. He was born March 20, 1937, in St. Rose, Ohio to the late Lou & Loretta (Wolf) Goettemoeller. Bill graduated in the “Class of 55” from St. Johns (now Marion Local) School in Maria Stein and attended agriculture courses at Ohio State and Purdue Universities. Bill’s happiest times were with his children & grandchildren. He loved horses, plowing, traveling, and tending his apple orchard. Bill was a strong voice and supporter for agriculture. He received his pilot’s license at the age of 40. He farmed and managed a trucking business for over 50 years. He was an amazing and loving father and his family will miss him greatly. Bill was active in: Holy Family Catholic Church served as Lecturer & Usher, Lifetime Member Knights of Columbus – Fourth Degree Knight, Lifetime Member of National Farmers Organization & on Board of Directors for 22 years, Former Secretary of the USAPO Plowing Association, Served as Board Member of World Plowing Organization, National Plowing Champion in 1967 and 1971, World Plowing Contestant in 1968 in Rhodesia, Africa, and 1972 in the US. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children: Gary & Pam Goettemoeller, Versailles, OH; Cheryl & Tony Campodonico, Studio City, CA; Joyce & Andrew Fitzpatrick, Santa Margarita, CA; Tammy & Kevin Goodman, Bowling Green, OH; Jennifer & Wade Kozich, Powell, OH; Brian & Dru Goettemoeller, Winchester, IN. And Grandchildren: Chris & Katelyn Goettemoeller; Laurena & Jade Campodonico; Alexandra, Madeleine, & Tommy Fitzpatrick; Darin & Emily Goodman; and Spencer Goettemoeller. Extended family members Katie, Sarah and Kelly Kozich. Bill is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-laws: Tom & Irene Goettemoeller, Bob & Bernice Goettemoeller, Jim & Carole Goettemoeller, Jack & Betty Goettemoeller, Dale & Ag Goettemoeller. And In-laws: Vern & Julia Kramer, Gene & Pat Kramer, Marv Kramer, Lloyd & Sylvia Kramer, Rene & Luke Klosterman, Jan & Chuck Feltz, Diane & Joe Seger. He is preceded in death by parents-in-law Lawrence & Laurena (Bergman) Kramer, and in-laws Virgil Kramer and Vernon Kramer. Bill will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, Ohio. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Frenchtown. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to State of the Heart Hospice, Holy Family Catholic Church or Versailles Emergency Medical Services.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 29, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, September 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 30, 2013

William "Bill" A. Goettemoeller

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Larry Fiely

October 2, 2013

Gary and family- I am sorry to hear about Bill. We were on a trip and I found out too late to personally extend my sympathy to your family. I think Chris was surprised I knew his Grandpa well, when I asked about Bill a while back. I told him I felt old but proud that I also did business with his great-grandpa Lou. It was my pleasure to know both of them for so long. I still miss talking to Bill every week about farm life. He was such a fine person and will be missed.


October 1, 2013


Kerby and Beth Wilcox

September 30, 2013

So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob & Martha Pohlman

September 30, 2013

Doris and family...So sorry for you loss. God blessed you and Bill with a beautiful family and He will be there for you and your family during this sad time. We have great memories of Bill on our trip to Alaska. Our prayers are with you.

Kelly & Mike Lehmkuhl & family

September 30, 2013

So nice to look through all your family pictures. So much love is visible!
May all these memories bring you comfort.

With love - your niece


September 29, 2013

Gary, no words can express how very sorry I was to hear of your loss. Your father leaves an amazing legacy of a wonderful loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Barry Goettemoeller

September 28, 2013

Aunt Dory and Cousins, So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. And, sorry we cannot make it up from Florida, but, I have great memories of your dad. I mostly remember his laugh. mainly at me, during family holidays on the farm. I used to act like such a dumb kid, and your dad would just laugh at me. Do you remember? Anyway, What a great man. Miss you all. And him too! Barry & Jodi

September 28, 2013

Doris , So sorry to hear about your loss of Bill . Cindy showed me the pictures and you have a nice family . I enjoyed seeing them and being able to read the obituary . I will not be able to make the trip to visit . My deepest sympathy ! Marvin Goodman

Sharon & Krista Fourman

September 27, 2013

Gary and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.

Tim & Linda Hunt

September 27, 2013

Gary we were sorry to hear of the death of your father,all our prayers are with your family.