James and Linda Gottschalk passed away 20 hours within each other surrounded by their loving family at their home. Jim died on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 and Linda died on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 5th at 10:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Otho Cemetery with Military Rites Conducted by the V.F.W. Post 1856 and the 133rd Test Squadron Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 4th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home.
James and Linda are survived by their son Jim (Gwenn) Gottschalk and their children Jesse, Tricia, Caitlyn, and Chloe, daughter Heather (Jim Nicola) Gottschalk, son Dennis (Jessica) Gottschalk and their children Hannah, Emelia and Ozzie, son Jonathan (Jennifer) Gottschalk and their children, Jordan, Jazmine, and Jaysawn of all of Fort Dodge, 2 great-grandchildren, Tricia's children Zoey and Vega, Linda's sister Lena (Tom) Burger of Dawsonville, GA; and their side kicks and best friends, dogs, Chubbs and Lexie.
They were preceded in death by their parents, Jim's brother, Dennis Gottschalk; and Linda's sister, Regina Myers, their niece Kris Gottschalk.
James Robert Gottschalk was born November 28, 1944 to Walter and Doris (Johnson) Gottschalk. Linda Marie Beaver was born June 13, 1947 to Floyd and Martha (Griffis) Beaver. Both being born in Fort Dodge, they attended schools here and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School. Jim graduated in 1962 and Linda graduated in 1965. Jim served in the Army National Guard from 1965 until his honorable discharge in 1971, while Linda attended ICCC and graduated in 1967.
The couple met after high school while they were both working at the Meade Box Factory in Fort Dodge. Linda and James were married on May 11, 1968 at Riverside Methodist Church. They made Fort Dodge their home and raised their family. Jim worked in maintenance and in animal care at the Fort Dodge Animal Health and Linda was an office assistant at the Webster County ISU Extension Office. They both later retired from the Fort Dodge Animal Health. Jim and Linda were both long time 4-H Leaders and Jim was involved with the Webster County Extension Council. They were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The family would like to extend a thank you to all the family and friends that were able to stop by and spend time over the past few days; especially the UnityPoint Home Health and Hospice nurses and staff.
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Jim and Linda were lovely people. Sincere condolences--- Erin Thompson
What wonderful people your parents were, so many fond memories of them and your family. They will be missed . Thinking of you and praying for comfort for your family. Dale & Barb Thompson
Dennis,we want to tell you and your family how sorry we are to hear about the loss of your parents. We remember the fun times we had with them in the days you and Robbie were in 4H. Good memories.
I shared with Robbie and he sends his sympathy.
I will keep you and your family in prayer.💗
Jim and Linda will be missed by all of us who got to know them through 4-H. A really wonderful couple. God be with the family. Dean and Marlys Adkins
Jim and Linda leaves this world with smiles shared with me and many , many other. With sympathy.coworker Della Thedford
I met Jim & Linda at the greenhouse where I worked for many years. I can't imagine one without the other and now they won't be. They were a joy to know, so happy go lucky & pleasant. I'm sure they will be missed by many...they left their mark on the world. Sincere sympathy to their family.
We don't remember back when we met the Gottschalk family, but it was probably through 4-H meetings as their kids and our kids as well as Jim and Linda and both of us were always involved in 4-H when we lived in Coalville; we've just always known each other! Such a wonderful family!! We are so glad they are at peace together and our sympathies go out to the kids and other family members.
I went to school with Lena so knew Linda as her older sister. I thought Linda was the best big sister anyone could have as she was always so sweet and nice to us. I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember Jim, when I worked at Farewsy part time he came in their very nice man. My deepest sy.pathy for the family for losing both of these wonderful souks!!
I remember when Jim worked at Gilman Drug and Wiley White and myself would pick him up after he got off work. He was such a nice guy always in good humor. I was at their wedding he and Linda were a great couple. So sorry to hear this news.
Sending my love & deepest sympathies to you all, its an unimaginable loss.
Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Heaven has gained two more angels.
So sad prayers for the family
I have thought today about the first time Linda was picked up for her date and I was sitting at the table with her Mom, Sue. And then the wedding shower my roommate and I had for her at our house, I still have the pictures, we made wedding dress for her, oh we had fun. when we met up it was like we had seen each other yesterday. And Jim was always beaming. Prayers to you all from Jack and Cindy (Cynthia Irvine) Pogge
I graduated with Linda and remember her as a caring person...Jim always ha a smile on his face when you saw him.....will be missed.....
I met Jim and Linda about 12 yrs ago when I was selling real estate. He was very happy when I told him I had been friends of his late brother Dennis back in the 60's. Whenever I would see them, they were always so happy and fun to exchange memories of Dennis. They were such wonderful people. Keeping you in my prayers.
Jim and Linda were such a loving and fun couple. Always had smiles on their faces. Most important to them was their family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Linda were the most caring and loving couple and I so will miss them. I am so fortunate to have them as great friends my sympathy to their family. Mel Jordison
Jim was the most honorable man I have known. He always had a willing hand and was the first one there if there was a need. My deepest sympathies. He will be missed.
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