Dr. James E. Gottemoller, 90, of Streator passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his residence in Streator.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 A.M. Monday at the St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Rev. Fr. Raymond Guthrie will officiate.
Visitation will be from 2-5 P.M. Sunday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. The rosary will be recited at 5:00 P.M.
Additional visitation will be held from 8:30 A.M. until 9:15 A.M. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.
Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jonathan Gottemoller, Richie Powell, David Gottemoller, Andrew Gottemoller, Daniel Rowell, Joshua Rowell; and nephew, Michael Tomaso. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons, Paul, Jimmy, Joe and Mike Gottemoller. Third Degree members of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council # 790 will serve as honorary pallbearers. Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Born April 9, 1928 in Chicago he was the son of Victor Henry and Irene Ruth (McMillan) Gottemoller. He married Laura M. Utterback on October 18, 1986. She survives in Streator.
He is also survived by daughters, Susan (Rich) Powell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Julie Gottemoller - Mueller of Orland Park and Jeanne (Danny) Rowell of Loves Park; sons, Paul (Paula) Gottemoller of Princeville, Joe (Chris) Gottemoller of Crystal Lake, Jimmy (Julie) Gottemoller of Menomonie Falls, Wisconsin and Mike (Jeni) Gottemoller of Sterling; 24 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Maribeth Tomaso of Elk Grove Village and a sister in law, Sophie Gottemoller of Northeast, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Vickie Gottemoller - Geiger; a brother, John Gottemoller; and a special aunt and uncle, Jim and Marie Tygard.
Born and raised in Chicago Dr. Gottemoller attended St. Robert Bellarmine Grade School and St. Mel High School. While in High School he was involved with the R.O.T.C. He attended Loyola University and majored in Pre-Medicine. He then attended Loyola Medical School from where he graduated Cum Laude. He served his internship at Cook County Hospital from 1949-1953.
He served his country in the United States Air Force for 2 years as a Medical Captain.
He came to Streator in 1956 with Dr. Powers. He practiced for a total of 43 years retiring in 1999.
He was a member of the former St. Anthony Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church. He was a third Degree member of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council # 790.
In 2010 Dr. Gottemoller was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the LaSalle County Medical Society for his dedication to attending to the health care needs of the people of LaSalle County and the State of Illinois.
He served St. Mary’s Hospital and the Streator community for many years as a family physician. He was the Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital 1967-1968 and 1983-1984. He was a member and past-President of the St. Mary’s Hospital medical staff, member and past-President of the LaSalle County Medical Society, member and past – President of the Streator High School Board of Education 1975-1985 and the founder of the Streator Medical Society High School Valedictorian Fund. He was also a Diplomat for the American Board of Family Practice from 1972-1999. He served for many years on the St. Anthony School Board.
Dr. Gottemoller loved wood working and working with and building clocks. He repaired and worked on the clocks in the St. Anthony Church steeple’s many times through the years. He also loved flower gardening and especially roses. He and his wife Laura traveled a lot through the years including a trip to Switzerland.
Memorials may be directed to the St. Michael the Archangel Church or the National Parkinson’s Foundation
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com