Gary W. Goetsch, 83 of Springfield, passed away on May 14, 2024, at Maranatha Lodge.

Gary began his career as a high school educator, teaching biology, physical education, and driver’s education and coached high school football, wrestling, baseball, and track. He transitioned to the automotive industry, selling automotive parts and service, then spent over 20 years in the manufacturing industry making boat trailers and high-performance pontoon boats. While working full time, Gary also served as Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Humboldt, Iowa for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife Mary Goetsch; daughter Yvonne Rayborn and husband Marvin; son Steve Goetsch and wife Kim; son Alan Goetsch and wife Annette; son Brad Goetsch and wife Jill; eleven grandchildren: Courtney, Nicolas, Emily, Matthew, Paul, A.J., Sarah, Grace, Paige, Cooper, and Gus, two great-grandchildren: Olive and Nico; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Gary will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Maranatha Chapel, 233 E Norton Rd, Springfield, MO, 65803, with the celebration of life to follow at 11:00 a.m. under the care of Greenlawn Funeral Home North.