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Ralph Raymond Goelz

Obituary for Ralph Raymond Goelz

July 7, 1935 - February 7, 2020
Elyria, Ohio | Age 84

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother


Ralph Goelz, 84, of Elyria, Ohio passed away in Medina, Ohio on Friday, February 7, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio on July 7, 1935 as the first child of German immigrants Christ and Lena (Alber) Goelz.
Ralph's childhood fascination with machinery led him to a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University prior to marrying his wife of 51 years, Marjorie McDermott, in 1961. That union marked the beginning of their long-time residence in Elyria where they raised three children. Ralph worked in the air and space industry in both the private sector and at NASA. He was an early contributor to the Gemini and Apollo space programs.
Years of experimenting with rocket propulsion and designing fuel pumps for aircraft instilled in Ralph an aversion to risk that he never outgrew. Even so, his wife somehow persuaded him to go bowling, ride a bicycle, and take several memorable cruises. Ralph was proud of his three children and loved bragging (from a safe distance) about their perilous life adventures. After the loss of his wife in 2012, Ralph lived his remaining years in the community of the Wesleyan Village Senior Living Center in Elyria. While Ralph would have preferred to last forever and this outcome is not what he had planned, his parts finally reached the end of their serviceable life due to a failure to mitigate the passage of time.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and an infant sister. He leaves behind a daughter, Diana Malinkey of Wellington; two sons, Philip Goelz of Medina and Chris Goelz of Hilliard; a brother, James Goelz of Sandusky; and five grandchildren, Kristen, Ashley, Kyle, Ryan, and Emily.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Ralph will be held at the Wesleyan Village, 807 West Ave, Elyria, OH 44035 on Saturday, February 29, with visitation from 10-11am and a service at 11am. Chaplain Kurt Walker will officiate. Arrangements by Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second Street, Elyria 44035 (440) 322-3717

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