Richard Goeke

Obituary of Richard Goeke

Richard J. Goeke Princeton native, World War II veteran Richard J. "Dick" Goeke, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, at his home in Princeton, NJ, with family at his side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 17, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, Princeton, NJ. Interment will follow at Princeton Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 16, from 2-5 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit life-long Princeton resident, Dick was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving as a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. This branch of the Navy defended both U.S. and Allied merchant ships, including cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels. He saw service in the American and European-African Middle Eastern Areas. He married Ann Wuest, his "Valentine," on Feb. 13, 1943.After his return from service in 1945, Dick worked for the painting contractor and retailer, Morris Maple & Son. He then moved on to the painting department at Princeton University, originally working on campus buildings. Later he transferred to the University's real estate department, where he became the painting foreman. Dick retired from the University in 1986 after 35 years of service.During retirement, he enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends and traveling with his wife and friends-to Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and many other places in the United States. Those who knew Dick will remember him for his friendliness and his eceptional sense of humor-he was a joke-teller extraordinaire. He was often a day-brightener for friends and family who were ill, whom he made a point of visiting in the hospital or at home. In 1992, he and Ann were recognized as the Outstanding Nursing Home Volunteers for Mercer County for their service at Princeton Nursing Home. Dick was an active member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Armed Guard, a life member of American Legion Post 76, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9312 and the Commanders Club of the Disabled American Veterans. In addition to Ann, his loving wife of 69 years, Dick is survived by his children, Charles Goeke and his wife, Carol, and Ann Raas and her husband, Scott. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Chris Goeke and his partner, Kathleen Sauve; Cindy (Goeke) Skelton and her husband, Gary; and Alyssa and James Raas, as well as by his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kylie Skelton and Shelby and Piper Goeke. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Mary Goeke, nieces, a nephew, and many cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Dick's memory to Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 529, Princeton, NJ 08540-0529 (online at, or Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.
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