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Kenneth G. Goerlich

Kenneth G. Goerlich

Kenneth G. Goerlich, age 79, of Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 1020 Kentucky, died on Monday, January 8, 2018 in the Home. He was born on September 22, 1938 in Quincy, IL the son of Robert and Hilda (Willer) Goerlich, the youngest of ten children. He married Clare Louise Koehler on October 20, 1962 in St. Boniface Church. She survives.
Ken attended St. Francis and St. Anthony grade schools. He graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1956, where he played baritone horn in the band.
Ken was an active member of the Melrose Victory 4H club for eleven years, and played on the 4H State Championship softball team.
A member of Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity, Ken graduated from Quincy College in 1960 with a BS degree in accounting.
Mr. Goerlich was a member of the Illinois National Guard, called up for active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1962.
Mr. Goerlich was an accountant and later a purchasing agent for Calcium Carbonate Company and later J.M. Huber Corp., retiring in 1995 after 31 years of service. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and a former longtime member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
In his free time, Ken enjoyed dancing, tennis, hunting and fishing. An active community supporter, he was a member of the St. Boniface Parish Council, the St. Boniface School Board, the Roman Catholic Cemetery Association Board, the board of directors of the Quincy Catholic Youth Organization, and was a long-term member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Elks.
After retirement, Ken and Clare restored historic properties in their Kentucky Street neighborhood, which led to their reception of the Landmarks Illinois Richard Driehaus Foundation award for Architectural Preservation in 2016.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Joseph (Donna) Goerlich of Quincy; Marie (Stephen) D'Orazio of Naples, FL and John Goerlich (Larry Stephens) of Jackson, MS; five grandchildren: Andrew and Emily Goerlich, and Nick, Celeste, and Jace D'Orazio; two brothers: Donald Goerlich and Gene (Rita) Goerlich and two sisters: Carlene (Tom) Shade and Marilyn Schafer. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Virgil, and Joseph Goerlich; sisters Joan Goerlich and Rita Bockhold; brothers-in-law Henry Bockhold and Charles Schafer; and sisters-in-law Rosie Goerlich and Rita Goerlich.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the Good Samaritan Home for the excellent care the home provided Ken in his later years, with special recognition to the Activities Department and its drivers who transported Ken to innumerable social activities.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:30 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and at 10:00 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Quincy University, Quincy Notre Dame, Blessed Sacrament Parish, or to the Elks Foundation.

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From:
Lonny Lemon
Mundelein, IL
Comments:
Clare, Joe, Marie, and John: I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband and father was one of the best men I ever met. I was BLESSED to be so close to your family and so proud to have restored and lived in "grandma's" house next door. I will pray that HE gives the strength you need to get through any tough days ahead, and that HE will fill your hearts and minds with only the great times you shared with Ken.

God Bless
From:
Tom Scobee
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Clare our condolence. Kenny was a wonderful person.
From:
Vern & Becky Zinn
Quincy, IL
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Clare- We am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.
From:
Judy Graham and Carl Adams
Port Charlotte, FL
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Clare and family - I am so very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He and I had many good conversations over the years. He always enjoyed talking about his business dealings with Carl and how he always drove a hard bargain. We always enjoyed watching you and Ken dance at some of the dances at Good Samaritan Home. We are sorry we are not able to be at his services since we are in Florida. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
From:
Larry Brinkman
Owatonna, MN
Comments:
Clare, we're so sorry to hear about Ken. Barb and I wished we had visited you guys more often, but time constraints wouldn't allow it! Take care.
From:
Tom & Lisa (Musolino) Scholz
Ellenton, FL
Comments:
Dear Clare & Goerlich family- What a loving father, husband & Grandfather you have lossed. Our prayers are with each of you & Kenny as he rejoins family & friends in the heavens with our Lord. Our parents, Fran & Joe loved playing tennis with Ken & you, Clare. Surely they will embrace a reunion of a heavenly match above! It seems like yesterday that we shared in the joy of your milestone wedding anniversary celebration and how Kenny took his bride for some fancy footwork on the T&C dancefloor. What a family loving man of faith & community. Our condolences. The family of Fran & Joe Musolino and Lisa & Tom Scholz
From:
Rodessa Pepper
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Clare,Greg and I send Our condolences to you and your whole family.Ken is one of the sweetest resident at good Sam.I will surely miss him.Godbless
From:
Lana Anderson
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Clare: Thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I remember Ken as a kind man with a great sense of humor.