It is with great sadness that the family of Hans Josef Goehl, 77, of Terra Alta (Alpine Lake community) announces his death on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. The son of the late Elizabeth (Shuler) and Josef Goehl, he was born on February 1, 1941 in Budenheim, Germany.
Graduating at the top of his class in precision machining, Hans served an apprenticeship in Buedesheim where he earned a coveted status of "master machinist". Hans immigrated via Ellis Island from Budenheim b. Mainz, Germany in 1961 and worked as a master machinist for more than 15 years. In 1977, Hans moved his family to Terra Alta, WV where he owned and operated Arrowhead Machine Shop. It was often said, "given a set of blueprints, a micrometer, and a lathe, Hans could build anything in the world". Hans always taught his children that the best 2 tools are your hands - knowing what he taught his children, they would also teach theirs.
Hans was a loyal West Virginia football fan who loved traveling, cooking, spending winters in Florida with Mary Jo, dining or visiting with his children and grandchildren.
Hans was an active community member and served on committees of the VFW and the Loyal Order of Moose and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Hans is survived by his beloved companion Mary Jo (Michelle) Gregg, of Terra Alta; four daughters and spouses, Susan and Keith Jones of North Augusta, SC, Dianah and Jerry Toledo, and Jennafer and Michael Gillott all of Clearwater, FL, Veronicka and Mark O'Caellaigh of Pace, FL; a son and spouse Luke and Kelly Goehl of Clearwater FL; 10 grandchildren Madonna, Johnathan, Cheryl, Brian, Carson, Kaylyn, Jamie, Cassie, Cheyenne, Rae and 7 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two siblings, Anni Jung and Gertrude Keating, and one nephew Frank Goehl.
Family and friends will be received at Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta on Tuesday from 4-8:00 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Edward's Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018 with Fr. Andrew Switzer as celebrant. Burial following at the Terra Alta Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hans Goehl's memory to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made at www.arthurwrightfuneralhome.com