Robert C. Goetz, 57, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Covington, Kentucky, died Sunday at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He retired in 1995 as a Brigadier General in the Army after 32 years of active duty.
He served during the Vietnam War and was a presidential appointee to the Senior Executive Service. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit,Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, VietnamService Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
He was a 1963 graduate of Xavier University and earned a master's degree in 1972 from Indiana University.
He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish of Geist Catholic Church and American Society of Military Comptrollers.
Survivors include his wife, Rose C. Campbell Goetz; a daughter, Lisa M. Croghan; a son, James C. Goetz; his mother, Margaret D. ”Bessie” Goetz; and a grandson.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
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