77, Marathon, died Monday, September 20, 2021 peacefully at home.
He was born December 21, 1943 in Wausau, son of Julius and Dehla (Bahr) Goetsch. On November 2, 1963 he married Sharon Dahlke at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Marathon.
Merlin grew up on the family farm before becoming a full time carpenter for many years, while also growing ginseng and dairy farming with his brother, Harley. He was a skilled logger, loved operating his bulldozer and developed the craft of restoring vintage horse wagons. His hobbies included working with Belgian Draft Horses, going to area auctions, hunting, and fixing farm equipment. Merlin had a great love for animals of all kinds. He looked forward to and faithfull attending Men's Bible Study.
Survivors include: wife, Sharon (Dahlke) Goetsch, Marathon, children Gregory (Diane) Goetsch, Wausau, Shelley (Shawn) Kage, Marathon, and Brendon Goetsch, Wausau. Grandchildren Jared and Jessica Kage, Marathon, Alaina and Julia Goetsch, Wausau, brother Harley Goetsch, Weston, Brother-in-law Elroy Roeder, Jr., Rothschild, and sister-in-law Doris Dahlke, Merrill and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Merlin was preceded in death by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will held at 4:30 pm Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church ELCA, (Town of Stettin) 232220 N. 120th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00-4:30 pm at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church ELCA, Town of Stettin.
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