Adolph F. Goeckner, 85, of Effingham, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, surrounded by his family.
He was born on August 27, 1932, to George and Rosa Goeckner of rural Effingham. During the Korean Conflict, he served his country as an Army Sergeant for Company A of the 13th Combat Engineers. On September 5, 1959, he married Mary Louise Vonderheide. She preceded him in death on January 14, 2007. He built, owned, and operated commercial and residential rental property for most of his life. He loved spending time with his family especially on the farm with his animals. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Effingham, Illinois.
He is survived by Sons: Ambrose (Angela) Goeckner of Amarillo, TX; Leonard (special friend, Debi West) Goeckner of Effingham; Timothy (Cindy) Goeckner of Olathe, KS. Daughters: Charlene (Dr. John) Watts of Aurora, MO; Cynthia (Todd) Mundinger of Hainseville, IL; Michele (Dale) Greuel of Effingham. 9 Grandchildren; 3 Step-Grandchildren, 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren. Brothers: Virgil (Helma) Goeckner, Ralph (Joan) Goeckner, Clete (Judy) Goeckner, Sister: Marcella Burford all of Effingham. Many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, brother: Ambrose Goeckner, sisters: Florence Schumacher, Laura Apke, Alvena “Sister Mary Wilma” Goeckner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Effingham. Burial will be in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Shumway, with military rites. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 7 pm on Friday at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School, Sacred Heart Church or the donor’s choice.