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“Dear Jim,We met on Facebook, one Nam vet talking to another Nam vet. We shared the same political philosophy. I always looked forward to your posts...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Sal Molina - San Antonio, TX

“I never had the pleasure to meet Jim in real life, living on another continent, but I've learned to know him through his posts on internet. I'll miss...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Petrouschka Colomé - Francon

“I wanted to share with the family of Jim Gocht that I had a great amount of respect for Jim's military service and his expertise with the radio...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Michek - Dodgeville, WI

“Jim's love for his family and appreciation for the land around him will always stick with me as a fond childhood memory. God watch over and bless...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Paula Markley - Plainfiled, IL

“Janet, Jeff, Brenda, & family, We just wanted to extend our condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Mark & Ann Lins - Lodi, WI

“Jim inspired me to have a greater appreciation for the outdoors. When I hear the birds singing or the owls hoot I think of Jim. I will forever...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Gocht - Belleville, WI

“As a friend of Jim's brother Pete - we met years ago and more recently maintained a friendship through the social media. We sparred often - he being...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Pauline Boyle - Barrington, IL

“My grandpa was very wise and was tremendously caring towards me and all other acquaintances. Many things I didn't know I know now because he was...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Alex Gocht - Belleville, WI

“Because of my grandpa, I will always put ketchup on my scrambled eggs, and I will think of him every time I eat puffy Cheetos, chocolate covered...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Megan Gocht - Belleville, WI

“Because of grandpa, we will always know the "correct way to call to a coyote or owl in order to get them to respondThanks to his "care packages" he...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Megan and Alex Gocht - Belleville, WI

“Jim became a friend when I worked as a dispatcher at W.P.&L years ago. He was always willing to come when we had problems regardless of the time of...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Laverty - Mineral Point, WI

“Janet, please accept this expression of my sympathy upon the loss of your husband. Mother told me after she had phoned your mom. She asked that I...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Dennis Polglaze - Dodgeville, WI

“Jim was a great person. It was an honor to have Jim as a mentor during my brief time at Evans Industrial Communications. He helped me to learn the...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Matt Orr - Portage, WI

“We did not see Jim often which was our loss. Jim was always friendly and pleasant and easy to visit with and we will miss him. Our sympathy to all...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Bruce and Dar Perkins - WI

“Angye & PJ, I offer my deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. I am lifting you up in prayer. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Fritzi - tampa, FL - friend

“My heart goes out to an outstanding lady on the loss of her father. We know the pain associated with this loss. Angye was always there to comfort...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Arch Deal - Odessa, FL

“Jim: We communicated once on social media and I remember the things you said. I never got to meet you in person but I wish I could have. You had a...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: John Emery - St. Petersburg, FL

Me & Pop “The Badgers are red. The Packers are green & gold. In the sport of life, you taught me to be brave & bold. I hear your words in my head, Pop, and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Angye Fox - Tampa, FL - Daughter

“Jim was easy to respect, talk to and admire. He was always willing to talk for a minute and help with questions. We shared the like for working on...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Chad Kanable - Richland Center, WI

Nita in South Dakota-Mt. Rushmore “Jim was a good friend and wonderful person. Kind, brave, courageous, outgoing, and patriotic. He had a great intellect and a great sense of humor...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Nita Gocht - Chicago, IL


Joachim "Jim" R. Gocht, age 74, died Saturday, August 10, 2013 at his home in rural Ithaca. He was born January 21, 1939 in Crivitz, WI the son of Albert and Anna (Carstens) Gocht. On June 16, 1973 Jim married Janet Humke in Beloit, Wisconsin. Jim enlisted in the United States Army and joined Special Forces and served in the Vietnam War.

Jim was a Service Manager at Evans Industrial Communications for several years and then moved to Richland Center and worked as a Systems Engineer at General Communications in Richland and the surrounding counties. Jim was very meticulous and passionate about his work. He enjoyed camping, bird watching, photography, and especially enjoyed the surroundings of the earth sheltered home he designed and helped construct. Jim had a special place in his heart for his three brilliant grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Janet Gocht of rural Ithaca; 2 children, Jeff (Brenda) Gocht of Belleville, WI; Angye Fox of Tampa Bay, Florida; 3 grandchildren, Megan and Alex Gocht of Belleville and Patrick "PJ" Fox of Tampa Bay, FL; a brother, Peter Gocht and a sister-in-law, Nita Gocht both of Chicago; a mother-in-law, Helen Humke of Beloit; 2 sister-in-laws, Carol (Ron) Warren of Louisville, Kentucky, Nancy (Harold) Kressin of Beloit; 2 brother-in-laws, David (Connie) Humke of Fitchburg, Brian (Ann) Humke of Greenville, S.C.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home at 1:30 PM with George Burnham officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday at the Clary Memorial Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:30 PM. On line condolences can be made at www.clarymemorialfuneralhome.com