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Brig Gen. Hugh “Philip” Goettel, USA

Died: 7/29/2011

At the age of 79, and while surrounded by his family, Brigadier General Hugh Philip Goettel, of Newark, DE, passed away at home on Friday, July 29, 2011.

Phil was born in Syracuse, NY, on July 5, 1932 to the late Vernon S. and Alexandra Angevine Goettel. Phil grew up in Central Square, NY, spending many summers at his familys cottage on Oneida Lake in Constantia, NY, where he enjoyed boating and fishing.

He attended St. Lawrence University, where he participated in the ROTC program. He graduated in 1956. Following graduation, Phil entered the Air Force as an officer. Throughout his life he continued his love of boating on the scenic Chesapeake Bay, a passion he shared with his family and later with his wife, Nancy.

He retired as a Brigadier General, having served thirty-eight years of distinguished military service. His last position was Adjutant General for the Delaware Air National Guard. Phil was a Master Navigator with 9945 flying hours, while serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, and the New York and Delaware Air National Guards. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and twelve other citations.

Diagnosed with cancer more than four years ago, Phil and Nancy vowed they would travel this new journey together, living each day to the fullest. They were an inspiration to many. As a member of Red Clay Presbyterian Church, he served as a leader in the Stephen Ministry program. Phil showed an unparalleled open and compassionate nature towards others.

Phil is survived by his beloved wife of 18 years, Nancy Scott Nichol Goettel; children, Sandra Goettel of Centreville, Shaun Reynolds of Wilmington, Sharon Goettel and partner, Cathy Blough, of Tucson, AZ, Philip Goettel and wife, Vicki, of Lincoln University, PA; step children, Scott Nichol and wife, Carol and David Nichol and wife, Susan all of Oxford, PA, Lisa Czerwinski and husband, Mark, of Hockessin; sister, Grace Niland of White Plains, NY; and 12 grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington. A funeral service will be held at the church on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 11 am, where a reception will follow. Interment will be held Monday, August 8, 2011 at 11 am in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Frank Beardell and his entire staff. A special thank you to Sr. Julian Wilson of CCHS, Michelle Baliff of the Helen Graham Cancer Center, and the staff of the Wellness Community for traveling the journey with them.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Philips name to the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church at the address listed above or to Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community), 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.

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