Obituary of Raymond F. Goelz
Raymond F. Goelz, of Sterling,VA, passed away on the 7th day of July, 2020.
Born on October 11, 1927, he was the son of Frederick Goelz and Minna Goelz (Allendorf). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Helen Goelz (Sonntag).
He attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a BA in Political Science. He was a distinguished graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public and International Affairs, earning a Masters Degree.
He enlisted in the Merchant Marine and then the US Army before joining the US Air Force, where his career spanned 30 years. He served in Vietnam and later was the Director of the Defense Intelligence College, before retiring as a Colonel in 1975. Subsequently, he began work at the US Department of State as the Director of Policy Management Staff for the International Affairs Division. He retired in 1987. Ray enjoyed growing orchids and roses, playing tennis, good wine and conversation.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Gordon Goelz, and his three children, John Goelz (Cathy), Katherine Brooks and Phillip Goelz (Beth). He had five grandchildren, Leah Purish, David Goelz, Shelly Athlage, April VanGelder and Jennifer Rothstein. He is also survived by seven step children, Peggy Gordon, Patty Bittenbring (Charlie), Doug Gordon (Alma), Debby Drissi (Abe), Amy Harrell (Andy), Pam Grzybowski (Tim) and 11 step-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on the 12th of August, 2020 at 11:00 AM.