George J. Goettelmann

06/16/2017 12:58 PM |

George J. Goettelmann of Riverhead died June 15 at his home. He was 97.

The son of George and Julia Goettelmann, he was born Dec. 22, 1919, in New York City. He attended Jamaica High School and Pratt Institute.

Mr. Goettelmann served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945 for his service.

He worked as an insurance broker for AE Goettelmann & Company and served on the board of directors for State Bank N.Y.

Mr. Goettelmann was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, past member and president of the Strathmore Country Club and a member of the New York State Movers and Warehouseman’s Association.

Family members said he enjoyed golf, gardening and home renovations.

Predeceased by his wife Harriet in 1984 and his sister, Julia, Mr. Goettelmann is survived by his wife, Anna Marie, of Riverhead; children, Georgette Hespos of Wading River, Laurence, of Glen Cove, George, of Palm Gardens, Fla., Ellen Palmedo of Remsenburg and Robert, of Sea Cliff; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors June 19 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a funeral service also took place. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Northport VA Hospital.

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