Sunday, June 29, 2003

Obituary: James Goeddel was family man

Executive worked his way to the top

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Retired Procter & Gamble executive James Stanley "Stan" Goeddel loved his family.

"He was a family man. The family was the most important thing to him," said his daughter Susan Brooks of Glendale. "He was very generous with his family. From the time he graduated from high school, he always sent money home to his parents until they died. He was a fabulous father."

Mr. Goeddel died of cancer Wednesday at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash. The Wyoming resident was 89.

He was born in Pittsburgh in 1913 to Louis and Mary Goeddel and was the 11th of 12 children. He was part of a talented family that included several singing-and-dancing siblings. Mr. Goeddel was a piano player.

In 1927, he and his family moved to Philadelphia where he graduated from high school in 1932. When he was 20, he went to work in the mailroom of Procter & Gamble in Philadelphia. He moved up in the company, eventually to management, enjoying a 40-year career without a college degree.

He retired in 1962.

Mr. Goeddel loved to dance, and he met his first wife Dorothy Lehmann at a "Coke and dance" shop. They were married in 1938. She preceded him in death in 1979.

In 1980, he married Marjorie Jahnke of Hartwell.

His memberships included the College Hill and Wyoming Presbyterian churches, the College Hill-Harry S. Johnson Lodge No. 641 F&AM, the Scottish Rite, the Syrian Shrine Temple and the Clovernook Country Club.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife, Marjorie; daughter Sally Reichert of Lecanto, Fla.; a son, Fred, former mayor of Wyoming; a stepson, Roger Jahnke of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Patricia Jahnke Dagget of Flagstaff, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 25 Wyoming Ave.

Memorials: Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, 45242-5613 or Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 25 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati, 45215-4303.


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