Ervin B. Goltz

Ervin B. Goltz

1919 - 2009

On Aug. 24, 2009, with solid assurance and steadfast faith, Ervin B. (Erv) Goltz left this world after 90 years of living to step into the presence of God Almighty.

Ervin was born in Falls City, Nebraska on Aug. 1, 1919. He was born to German immigrants, Emil J. Goltz and Frederika (Wissmann) Goltz, who came to the United States in the late 1880s.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alva M. (Mary) Shelton, whom he married on March 5, 1943. He leaves his three children, daughter, Patricia Johnson (Roland); son, Daniel Goltz (Linda); and daughter, Fredia Titus (Jim); six grandchildren, Kristen Dunlap (Sam), Leslie Hudson (Gary), Tim Titus (Jamie), Dionna Sanchez (Eliseo), Tami Fauth (David) and Tracy Titus; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha Holland and Clara Lock, of Nebraska. Preceding him in death were eight brothers and sisters.

In World War II he served as staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945 as an airplane maintenance chief, supervising the repair of B24 and B25 bombers at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona.

Ervin and Mary moved to Medford in 1949 where he worked as a master mechanic at several Rogue Valley General Motors dealerships over the next four decades.

His tireless work as a leader and mentor touched the lives of people across several generations and included more than 50 years of service as a member of the First Baptist Church and more recently Grace Bible Church where his grandson is Pastor.

Fishing and hunting were two of Ervin's favorite pastimes. He knew all the best places to catch trout on Howard Prairie Reservoir, Fish Lake and other "secret spots". He enjoyed an active retirement full of golfing, hiking and traveling with his family. Later in life he learned the art of woodcarving and jewelry-making creating treasures and gifts for family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Bible Church, 209 North Pacific Highway, Talent, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 28. A private military service for family will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Grace Bible Church, 209 North Pacific Highway, Talent, OR 97540 or the Medford Senior Center, 510 East Main Street, Medford, OR 97504.

"Your faithfulness continues through all generations."

Psalms 119:90

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