David C. Goetzinger

David C. Goetzinger

David C. Goetzinger passed away on July 2, 2020, at the age of 70, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. To celebrate David’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, July 6, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor David’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

David was born on June 6, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Gladys (Donatsch) Goetzinger.

David attended school in Sherrill, Iowa, until 1959 when the family moved to Boscobel, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1968. He attended Stout State University in Menominee, WI, earning his degree in engineering. David played football in high school, at Stout State and tried out for the Edmonton Eskimos. After finishing school, David went to work at John Deere Dubuque Works as an Engineer Analyst, until his well earned retirement in 2000. David was very talented and was always looking for a better way to do things, even earning a patent for one of his inventions. David was quite athletic and everyone who knew him, knows that he could usually be found out riding his bicycle. He officially started keeping track of his miles in 1982, amassing a log book that was over 400 pages long. Riding the bike was sometimes hard on the body, he broke over 58 bones on his journey to logging 500,000 miles. David enjoyed competing with others and was awarded countless medals and trophies throughout the years. We are deeply saddened at losing David in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now free of all the health issues he has battled so bravely.

Those left to cherish David’s memory include

his mother,
Gladys Strachan;

his fiancé,
Gail Tigges;

his siblings,
Charlotte (John) Smith,
Marianne Dorsey,
Mark Goetzinger,
Rose (Andrew) Schaepe
and Grace (Jack) Barrows;

and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his father, Charles; and 2 sisters, Pauline and Joan.

Memorials will be accepted by the family, and can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. David Goetzinger Family, and will be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
July 6th, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
July 7th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

7 condolences for David C. Goetzinger
  1. Joe Faley says:

    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I use to ride with Dave on thurs. before moving to Florida. Dave would always start off riding with us in Wisc. then he’d get restless and off he went. He was a wonderful rider who lived life to the fullest. Our sympathy.

  2. Jesse says:

    Rest in peace Dave.

  3. Linda McDermott says:

    So very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Condolences and prayers of comfort to all.

  4. William Johnson says:

    Got to know Dave through the WiSport Cycling Series. Always opinionated, sometimes controversial, but you always knew he was serious when it came to cycling competition. Great sense of humor, he never missed a chance to see something funny in those around him. He was a stickler for “the Rules” in peloton behavior, and didn’t hesitate to call out anyone who didn’t follow them. Dave was also a mentor, sometimes sharing a breakaway with a younger, strong rider, he kept them in check and explained how the finish sprint was going to play out. The cycling community, and I, will miss him and share Goetz memories for years.

  5. Diane Berzinski says:

    My condolences to Gail, David’s family and friends. Goetz was one of the first to welcome my husband and me to WiSport racing and our friendship grew over the years. He was a fierce competitor, an advocate for bike riding/racing, a really fun guy and a friend to many. I’m grateful he was part of our lives and that we have wonderful memories of him. May the wind be always at your back and ride on Goetz!

  6. Gorde Ranum says:

    David was not shy. He was overt and engaging with people – sometimes too engaging but often with a twinkle in his eye and a challenge in his manner. I had to learn to like this rather brash muscled ‘freak on a streak‘ biker. Like others have said, he was vocal and a stickler to rules of engagement on a bike.

    After decades of group rides I felt Dave and I shared a certain trust and could have candid, sometimes more personal conversations. But could I ride with him? Only if I could keep up his pace. Sometimes 10 miles or longer. Often only a few.

    David’s tough guy exterior was only a little braggadocio and his sense of “manly” was like most trained athletes. Confident. He had earned his pride in competition. On the inside he could be thoughtful and curious to what I thought. I told him sometimes Dave you act to get attention but in a weird way. How? I’m the Duke from DuBuque – what do think of me so far (?) as I ‘m imitating him – we laughed. The Duke was easily annoyed, also petulant but I knew he knew I knew and it didn’t matter so much between us.. We were friends on certain terms – for a long and wonderful stretch of years. We shared a hearty history of memories every year. Dave was a character with a heart that was not often open to see.
    To his family, my condolences for your loss.

    To you Gail, you were his sweetest. I’m glad you two met and I’m sad he slipped away from us, so quietly, too soon to better share the better nature he disguised behind his tough competitive exterior. Gail, I’m also sad you didn’t have the ceremony you wanted but you were the one whose heart he held inside his.

    The relationship he and I had grew with trust, more open and reflected the softer more vulnerable Duke. But I didn’t know a lot about how bad this on was.

    I will certainly miss all his challenging engaging antics, those occasional phone calls and his monster pace on a bike. Well, OK, I’ll miss most of them, Dave. Hope to see you on the other side my friend. But I hope it’s a long ride. Remember to laugh tough guy. Life is short but at your pace – you arrived too soon. RIP “Duke from Dubuque!

  7. Steven Fouts says:

    My dad worked with Dave at John Deere in Dubuque for many years. I started cycling when I was 16 and my dad hooked me up to ride with Dave when I was about 18. Boy, what a ride. Thousands of miles. Thousands of laughs. Countless hours of shared pain and reward from the efforts we put in. He was my coach on the bike. He taught me to downhill, corner, and not to take crap from anyone on or off the bike (I needed that badly in my life). I have too many great cycling memories to comprehend and Dave was a big part of so many of them. After race celebrations, sharing a hotel room 350 miles from home during weekends with 2-4 races, watching him win races, winning some of my own with his help, watching him heal after countless broken bones, seeing the determination with which he faced adversity, and descending hills in Mauston at 58 MPH.

    32 years later there is a huge hole where he was. Cycling will never be the same without him, but he lives on through the people who knew him best. On the bike my own kids are learning the important “Daveisms”. Car back = “Quack Quack”, car up = “Carp”, and to smirk and giggle just before putting in an effort that makes everyone suffer. Thank you Dave for everything you did for me, and never once asking for anything in return.

    To Gail his beloved and his family, my deepest condolences. While cycling was my main connection, there was so much more to him than that. May God bless and keep you all.

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