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John E. Goetze

John E. Goetze

Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

LTC(R) John Ernest Goetze, age 73, passed away peacefully with family at his side on February 21, 2018. John was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Bloomington High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he was deployed to Vietnam. Upon his return, he joined the Army Reserves and earned his Commission as an Army Reserve Officer. He served at many locations including FORSCOM Headquarters at Ft Mc Pherson, GA; 377 TACON in Louisiana; and Ft Lee, Virginia. His many deployments include Vietnam, Korea, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia. He retired in 1996 and settled in Hudson, Wisconsin. John is lovingly remembered by his daughter Joneen (Mike) Northquest, and sons Jeremy Davis and Joshua (Amy) Goetze; grandchildren Michaela and Elizabeth Northquest and Ava and Austin Goetze; sister Janice (Delmer) Stamness; and special friend Nancy Boatman. John will also be forever remembered by his devoted nieces Susan Stamness and Janell Riley and nephews David Goetze, Dan Stamness, and Perry Stamness. Many extended family and dear friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Janell Goetze; brother, Maynard Goetze and infant daughter.

Special thanks to Regions Hospital, The VA Hospital Minneapolis, Hopkins Health Services, Ecumen North Branch, St. Croix Hospice and the countless staff that tenderly cared for John. A Celebration of John's life will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at Grace Church Roseville (1310 County Road B2 W) Roseville. Visitation at 10:00 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorial donations in memory of John Goetze may be made to: The Honor Flight Twin Cities, 2674 Mackubin St., Roseville, MN. 55113, a non-profit organization created to solely honor American Veterans. Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences may be expressed online at