Harold Goetz went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2014.
Harold Goetz went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2014. He was born on December 20, 1932 to Alex and Emma Goetz of Halliday, ND.
He received his elementary education at a country school but did not go to high school in order to help run the family farm.
He served in the Army during the Korean War era. While in the Army, he also studied and received his GED. Following his discharge, he attended junior college in Bottineau, ND.
In August 1960, he married Lorna Hall, who also attended the same college. He later completed his B.S. degree at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND.
In 1960, he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to study at a university in Hohenheim, Germany. Upon his return from Germany, he attended NDSU and received his Masters Degree in Botany and Zoology and furthered his education at the University of Utah, where he received his Doctorate Degree in Range Management.
During his career years at NDSU and Colorado State University (CSU), he served as a teacher, researcher, and administrator who was highly recognized and respected by his colleagues and students.
He served as dean and chairman of the Botany/Biology Department at NDSU. He also served as chairman of the Tri-college University Center for Environmental Studies and was awarded the Doctor of Service Award as voted by the student body of NDSU.
Harold and his family also went to Tehran, Iran for a year where he worked for the United Nations and taught at Tehran University. After his service at NDSU and in Iran, he served as the chairman of the Range Science Department at CSU for ten years and retired in 1995.
Harold loved the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, traveling, and going on nature walks. His favorite pastime was always reading.
His fondest memories were spending time at the YMCA in Estes Park with his children and grandchildren.
He was a very kind, humble and loving person who lived his life through his faith in God. He will be greatly missed by his family who rejoices in all the wonderful memories of him.
He is survived by his wife Lorna Goetz and three daughters, Darby (Jon) Alstad, Roxane Shaw, Nicole (Josiah) Kilpatrick, and five grandchildren, living in northern Colorado.
Surviving siblings include Victor and Elmer Goetz of North Dakota and sister Wilma Freise of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, and one nephew.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to Lorna Goetz who will establish a scholarship fund at a college or university in memory of Harold.