Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Father Armand Bertrand will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee.
Adrian John Goth, the eldest of 11 brothers and sisters was born to Rufus and Mary (Rotert) Goth, on May 9, 1929, in Germantown, Mo. His childhood years were spent in Germantown and it was there that he attended school until the eighth grade.
Following his schooling, Adrian moved to Marcus, IA, where he helped as a farm hand with the harvest. On Sept. 19, 1950, Adrian was united in marriage to Helen Gravenish at the Maryhill Catholic Church. In June of 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army were he served as an MP stationed in Japan, until his honorable discharge in May of 1953.
Adrian moved to Meriden in 1959. In 1961, he went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad. He started as a cook and worked his way up to Assistant Track Master and remained with the company for 28 years until his retirement in 1989.
Following the death of his first wife Helen, in 1997, Adrian was united in marriage to Lois Robinson on Sept. 29, 1999, in South Dakota.
Adrian was very active in Meriden where he served as the Meriden Fire Chief and Constable for 25 years. He was also a handyman that could fix anything. He enjoyed being able to help family and friends anytime he was able.
Through the years Adrian had many interest to keep him busy. He loved to grow the largest pumpkins for his grandchildren and had a longstanding yearly bet with Dr. Tim Menke on who could grow the larges pumpkins. He remained undefeated! He also enjoyed being a beekeeper and had up to eight swarms. He was the official popcorn maker at Dave's Repair as well as a master gardener. Adrian also enjoyed flea markets and auctions, but most of all he loved being around his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Goth; granddaughter Stacy Goth; his parents, Rufus and Mary Goth; one brother, Ralph Goth; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Lois Goth of Meriden, his four children: Ron and Shannon Goth of Cherokee, Roger and Kim Goth of Thorton, Colo., Lori and Hal Hackbarth of Clear Lake, and Craig and Lori Goth of Spirit Lake; his stepchildren: John Robinson and special friend, Judy of Gillette, Wyo., Doug and Judy Smith of Cherokee, Jean and Dave Hind of Gillette, Wyo., Jim and Ann Robinson of Cherokee, and Jeanette and Gary Lukins of Adel, IA; grandchildren: Karly (Terry) Sindelar, Erin (Brandon) Corkish, Alison Goth, Olivia Hackbarth, Spencer, Hayden, and Lauren Goth; one great-grand-daughter, Jade Sindelar; 18 step-grandchildren; 31 step-great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and many friends.