Herb was born October 11, 1921 to Theodore and Lillian (Holst) Goettsch in Douglas Township, Ida County. He attended Cushing Consolidated School and graduated with the high school class of 1939. His father died when he was seven. He was raised by his uncle Alfred Holst and aunt Ella Holst. He married Myrtle Anna Dau on February 27, 1945, in the Holstein Lutheran Church Parsonage. To this union two sons were born, Gerald Herbert and James David. The family were dedicated members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein. Herb in his younger years was very active in his church and served on the church council. He was a farmer in Douglas Township, Ida County, until his retirement in 1982, when they moved into their new home on the Holstein Golf Course.
Herb had a love for life and had many interests. He played his accordion and sang for many years at chivari's and other gatherings. He enjoyed bowling before his retirement and went to many National Tournaments. Golf was a sport he really enjoyed and worked hard at getting a golf course built in Holstein. He served on the Country Club Board many years.
He had a great love for music and spent many hours working with his music equipment. After his retirement he taught himself to play the organ. It was not unusual to come into their home and find him singing and playing the organ. He was a perfectionist at playing pool and he and his pool buddies had regular meeting times when they would enjoy a tough game of pool in their own private homes. He and Myrt spent many years traveling state-side and abroad. He was definitely a "people person."
In later years as his health began to fail, it was hard for him to give up the hobbies he enjoyed. He tried to the very end to be as active as possible. It was difficult for him to see others do his yard work and pick the cherries from the tree in his back yard. He enjoyed the grandchildren and their activities until just a few months ago.
The survivors are his wife, Myrtle (Myrt); son, Dr. Gerald (Roletta Albers) Goettsch of Bettendorf, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Patricia (Shelton) Goettsch of Hubbard, Ohio; five grandchildren, Barry (Dr. Eva) Goettsch of Hawarden, Iowa, Nichelle (Elliott) Schiffman of Glenview, Illinois, Brandi (Matthew) Pavone of Boardman, Ohio, Ryan Goettsch and David Goettsch of Hubbard, Ohio; and five great-grandchildren, Bennett and Abigail Goettsch, Zachary and Madelyn Schiffman, and Jemma Pavone. Also his wife's siblings and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Lillian; sister Elinor Goettsch; and son, Dr. James Goettsch in June 2005.
The family requests that any memorials be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Holstein music fund.