In Memory of…….

Picture of Gary Goetze Portraying John Snyder Carlile
Mr. Goetze as Hon. John Carlile

To the friends and family of Mr. Gary A. Goetze, The Historic Clarksburg WV Cemetery Preservation Alliance offers our deepest sympathies and condolences.

We appreciate you for all your hard work and dedication to historical reenactment. Thank you for your portrayal of John Snyder Carlile.

We were honored to have known him. HCWVCPA will fondly remember his participation over the years at our Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Commemoration Events.

Please take a few moments to read Mr. Goetze’s Obituary reposted below

Gary Arnold Goetze

Obituary originally posted at

Gary Arnold Goetze, 78 of Mt. Clare passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord at 2:22 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in the comfort of his home with loving family by his side.

He blessed this Earth when he was born in Highland Park, MI on February 24, 1940. Gary was a son of the late Arnold Meldrum Goetze and Verna Rosella Rueger Goetze. On August 26, 1961 he married Mary Mildred “Millie” Anderson. She will dearly miss her loving husband, best friend, and loyal confidante after 56 years of marriage. The faithful, devoted spirit of Gary will be carried on by his 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 siblings, 4 nieces and 2 nephews. His beloved border collie, Mitzi, who was always by his side, also survives him.

His Life……

The State of Virginia Before WV Split off

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant son. Gary enjoyed a successful career as a savvy business owner in the wholesale auto parts industry for over 23 years. He and Millie owned Eight Bells Farm. They provided produce and eggs to various farmers markets and Garden Market in Philippi. He was a charter member of the Tygarts Valley Growers Association. Gary had extensive knowledge of WV Civil War history. He enjoyed participating in Civil War Reenactments, portraying Senator John Carlisle, the first senator of Restored Virginia.

As a member of the Blue and Gold Choir, he sang bass in numerous community and church choirs over the years. He expressed his creativity through crafting wood furniture, birdhouses, and looms. Weaving as a member of the Jacksons Mill Fiber Arts Guild, and dancing with the Centennial Squares Dance Club. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Gary had a special place in his heart for time spent at his friends lodge.

His Faith

Luther's Rose

Most importantly, his life was built on a strong foundation of faith. Gary was a member of several Lutheran churches in Minnesota, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and West Virginia. He was currently an active member, elder and worship assistant at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Clarksburg, a mission congregation of St. Johns in The Cove, Accident, Maryland. He was working to establish them as an independent congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Friends and family will gather at St. Johns Lutheran Church at 123 Meigs Ave. in Clarksburg from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Funeral Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Reverend James A. Oester officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery on Spesutia Rd. near Aberdeen, MD with Reverend James A. Oester and Reverend Blaise Sedney officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the congregation c/o St. Johns Lutheran Church, 1065 Cove Rd, Accident, MD 21520. The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Gary Arnold Goetze. Online condolences may be expressed at

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