Carl Leo Goetting passed away on the evening of Sunday April 01, 2012. After some years of struggle and a short stay in the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, his ending was peaceful.
Leo was the 5th of 6 children born to Bill and Della Goetting of Moose Jaw, SK; after Della’s early passing he was raised by his father Bill and Aunt, Mary McIvor.
In Leo’s teens, the family moved to Castlegar, BC. While already very active in sports, it was while singing in the high school choir that Leo met the woman of his dreams, Louise. The two went on to study at U.B.C. in Vancouver. They married in 1960, and moved to the Shuswap where Leo took up teaching at J.L. Jackson.
While Leo majored in History and Geography, within a few years he was teaching full time Phys Ed. He was very involved in sports; he coached many students in track and field and cross country running and led the J.L. Jackson girls’ basketball team to winning a long string of provincial championships in the 1960’s.
Leo and Louise went through some difficult times, as their second daughter Marcie had a form of muscular atrophy and died at the age of three. The couple remained very devoted to each other, and the family enjoyed many happy times camping and houseboating on the lake before Louise’s departure in 1992.
Leo was predeceased by his siblings, Della, Aggie, Hugh and most recently Wilda.
He is survived by his brother Roy and eldest daughter, Lynn.
A memorial get together will be held on Saturday April 07, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Bowers Funeral Home Chapel, Salmon Arm, BC
E-mail condolences can be sent through Leo’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com