Our beloved father and "Opa" passed peacefully from this existence on Saturday morning, March 28, 1998 after a long illness, to be reunited with his dear wife and other family members and friends.
He was born in Loessnitz, Germany on June 27, 1908 to Max and Minna Enderlein Goeckeritz. He was converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a youth, and served an honorable mission in his beloved Germany. He married his eternal sweetheart, Hildegard Fischer, on October 28, 1933 and they were blessed with five children. Their marriage was solemnized in the Swiss Temple, June 1957. She preceded him in death January 25, 1991 after 56 years together.He and his family emigrated to the United States in December 1957 after leaving everything they owned behind in Germany in order to live in peace and freedom. He was a valiant servant of his Heavenly Father, holding many positions in the Church, including Branch President in Chemnitz and Hohenstein, Germany, counselor in the Frankfurt Mission Presidency, and dedicated teacher. However, his special project was being in charge of the "Deseret Industries" drive for numerous years, and he personally supervised the picking up and loading of each truck with great care.
He and his sweet companion served a mission to the Swiss Temple in 1974, and were both workers in the Salt Lake Temple for many years. He continued in this capacity until his health failed. Opa had a great love for learning, and was very interested in the sciences, especially astronomy, geology, and all aspects of electricity. He will be remembered by his friends and family for his many "electrical" projects, rock hunting, and viewing the stars through his telescope.
He leaves behind his five children, Eva McClellan (Charles), Raimund Goeckeritz (Elvona), Rosemarie Groebs (Reiner), Klaus Gockeritz (Connie), Annette Holbrook (Jeffrey); 29 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Wolfram Goeckeritz, and a sister, Rahel Berthold, both still in Germany. Preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Karl and Rudolf Goeckeritz; and his sister, Charlotte.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Winder 12th Ward, 4350 S. 1100 E. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at Memorial Estates Mortuary, 5850 S. 900 E., Murray, and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment, Mt. View Memorial Estates.
Many thanks for the loving care given by the people at the Garden Terrace Alzheimers Center of Excellence.
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