James W. “Jim” Goetzinger

James W. “Jim” Goetzinger

James W. “Jim” Goetzinger, age 70, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:00 a.m., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Luther Manor. To celebrate Jim’s life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. The service will be available for the public to watch on the Behr Funeral Home Facebook page on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Jim was born on August 22, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Delbert and Rosemary (Murphy) Goetzinger.

Jim graduated from Wahlert High School in 1968 and from Loras College in 1972. Jim received a BA in Social Studies and Education, and earned a coaching endorsement (PE) there. Jim has held many jobs, most of the time more than one at the same time. From 1965 to 2009, Jim’s jobs included working at Jim’s Drive-In, working the hog kill at the Dubuque Packing Company, teaching 7th grade at St. Mary’s in East Dubuque along with being the Athletic Director, bartending at the Finale and Dave’s Point After, manager of the Dunleith Pool and Park in East Dubuque, owner and operator of Goetz’s Tap, and substitute teaching from 1979 to 2009 for Dubuque Community Schools, East Dubuque Public Schools, Dubuque Parochial Schools, Western Dubuque Schools, and Hillcrest. He also held many coaching positions from 1972 to 2009. He coached 5 sports at St. Mary’s in East Dubuque while he taught there. He coached 8th grade football and Junior Varsity Football at East Dubuque Public School, along with basketball. Jim coached girls’ basketball and track at St. Mary’s in Dubuque, 8th grade football at Holy Ghost (Jim was the last Holy Ghost football coach), and junior high football and basketball at Washington Junior High in Dubuque. He was united in marriage to Patricia “Pat” Hutchcroft, on July 22, 1989, at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. They have enjoyed 31 wonderful years together. Jim was active in his community and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Dubuque Lodge #355 and Elks Lodge #297. In his free time Jim enjoyed playing Bridge, Euchre and Cribbage, as well as going out to eat with family and friends. Jim also enjoyed watching tv, especially if the Bears or the Cubs were playing. Jim was an outgoing man and a friend and mentor to many, he will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include

his wife,
Patricia “Pat” Goetzinger, Dubuque, IA;

2 brothers,
Thomas (Marcia Neville) Goetzinger
and Roger (Debbie) Goetzinger, both of Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Darlene (Jim) Fuerstenberg, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Connie) Hutchcroft, Dubuque, IA,
Rose (Russ) Allen, Hiawatha, IA,
Sheila (Dave) Peterson, Maple Grove, MN,
Tom (Karen) Hutchcroft, Robbins, IA,
Sharon Hutchcroft, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Karen (Ed) Spring, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Salas and his nurse, Allison, and the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Jim.

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


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12 condolences for James W. “Jim” Goetzinger
  1. Maureen Kleiner says:

    Tom and Roger, so sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. You have my heartfelt sympathy.

  2. Dan Lange says:

    RIP Goetz! I was part of your first class in 7th Grade @ St Mary’s and you would have never known that you were a first year teacher! One of the best teachers I ever had. You coached me in Football for 2 years and basketball for 1. You worked with my mother @ on the Docks of the TH and she never said anything but you were the most amazing man. You will be missed!

  3. Paul & Joyce Sheehan says:

    Jim was a kind and gentle soul. I really enjoyed talking to him and Pat at family gatherings. We will miss his wit and stories. RIP Jim

  4. Lynn (Steffen) Burlage says:

    I grew up behind Goetz’s tap. I have many memories of him, especially of him being our substitute at Holy Ghost school and coaching. I could have swore he was the only substitute teacher around. He was a part of many kids lives. His family has my sincere condolences.

  5. Beanie Baumhover says:

    Sorry for your loss. BEANIE BAUMHOVER

  6. Susan (White) and Guy Westemeyer says:

    Tom and Roger,Sorry for your loss,sending prayers for your family ..

  7. Candi and Joel Petsch says:

    So sorry for your loss, Pat. We always enjoyed talking with both of you down at Goetz’s. Our daughter, Julie Petsch, lived down on Elm Street for a few years and it was like a second home for her and her friends. You both are two of the best people Joel and I have been blessed to know. We love you and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Jim! Love, Candi and Joel Petsch

  8. Candi (Kane) Petsch says:

    Roger and Debbie – So sorry for your loss. Jim was a great man, one of the best!! Take care and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Candi (Kane) Petsch

  9. Tom Draus says:

    I only met with Jim a couple of handful of times, mostly at Holy Ghost when I was young and in my first years teaching. I could be excitable or nervous sometimes but talking with Jim and watching the good interaction he had with students always left me more at ease and confident. He was a good role model. I found Jim to be definite and clear, and always positive.

    Seeing Jim’s obituary made me stop and think. So often there are good people who cross my path and leave me better for meeting them. Our interactions may be simple and few, but uplifting and point of joy. Yet, I don’t follow up and let them know how good they were. I wish Jim to know I appreciated him. He was good.

  10. Melissa Hind 'Missy' says:

    Jim was my ‘cousin’ through the Wilberding sisters, his mother was a very good friend and relative of my mom, Laley Unsen. Many a time we would get together as a family when my parents were alive. I know Rosie was proud of Jim, as the rest of us were. He saved my bacon a few times! Jim was such a sweet and considerate man, and he was willing to be a straight talker, also, when needed. May he rest easy, knowing that he made a difference to people’s lives for the better. Our family condolences to Tom, Roger, and Pat.

  11. Rhonda (Lindecker) Hillery says:

    Jimmy was a relative of mine and we had some great times with our families when we were kids thru adults. And also worked with him at Senior High School over the years. He will be missed by many RIP Jimmy til we meet again.

  12. John N Leibold says:

    RIP Goetz. Thanks for all the great memories.We were lucky to have you as our teacher and coach. He sure kept us in line. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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