Charlie Goertz


Charlie Phillip Goertz was born in Austin, Texas, on March 29, 1952. He was the eldest and only son of Paul and Elizabeth Allen Goertz.
He graduated from McCallum High School in Austin. While he was there he was in the ROTC and after graduation enlisted in the US Navy. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed in Guam working on nuclear vessels.
After his discharge from the US

Navy, he worked for the Texas Highway Department for a while and then went to work for a residential treatment center, where he met and married Lynne Lewis. Eventually he realized he preferred working for himself outside and chose to do landscaping and yard maintenance for the rest of his working career.
Charlie loved music, children and picking up stray animals. He was lovable, curiously funny and people were drawn to his oddly appealing humor. People enjoyed spending time with him, but he preferred to spend time with people individually or in small group. He was not a fan of large or dressy affairs. He lived his life simply and with a few close friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Charlie died in the VA Hospital in Temple, Texas, on May 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by triplet siblings, a paternal uncle, three paternal aunts and two first cousins.
He is survived by Lynne, his wife of almost 38 years; his father Paul Goertz of Austin; his mother, Elizabeth Goertz of Carrabelle, Fla.; his sister, Karen Curly, of Los Angeles, Calif.; as well as a paternal uncle, Ralph Goertz, of Georgetown, Texas; many cousins; and two maternal uncles and a maternal aunt all of Carrabelle, Fla.
There will be a memorial service in the Prayer Garden on the south side of Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 118 N. Church St., Lockhart, Texas, on June 2, 2017 at 10 am. He will be interred in the columbarium there.
Please make any memorial donations to the Lockhart Animal Shelter or an animal shelter in your community.



  1. Monica Harrison 13 May, 2017 at 04:44 Reply

    Mrs. Lewis, I am so sorry for your loss. I just heard about his passing today and it deeply saddens me. I met him at Sunshine Cafe. (He loved our tea) I loved waiting on him because he always made me laugh. I would see him now and again when I was visiting my parents. He always stopped to ask me about the kids and how we were doing. I will miss seeing him around and chatting with him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rest easy my friend Charlie.

  2. Ron Moore 17 May, 2017 at 22:52 Reply

    Missing you greatly Charlie. Sitting here at one of the plank top tables you cobbled together from castoff parts and three different colors of paint. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. You always saw past the flaws in things and people, salvaged what was good, and made them better. I will always appreciate how you helped Rocky and I keep the store going when my parents were ill.

    It was always an adventure having lunch with you or running a simple errand and you would get into a twenty minute conversation with total strangers. Double that if Ridge or one of the other dogs were along for the ride! Safe to say no one ever met you without divulging their life story and leaving with a bewildered smile in their face.

    Gonna miss the crazy fishing stories even the ones you told repeatedly. You were truly one of a kind. I know I can speak for Rocky and Jeff as well, thank you for being in our lives big guy.

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