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GOETTLER
JAY BLAIR
Age 87, of Butler,
Pennsylvania, passed away on
Tuesday, October 9, 2018,
peacefully in his sleep. Jay was
born in Butler, Pennsylvania on
April 10, 1931. He graduated
from Butler High School and
continued on to Saint Vincent
College in Latrobe for a year.
Jay was married to Virginia
Ann Goettler (Glace) on
February 13, 1954; they were
married 64 years. Jay worked
at his father's beer distributor,
E.C. Goettler Distributing,
before joining the military and
serving 4 years with the
Seabees (Navy) stationed in
Trinidad and Newfoundland.
After returning from the
service, Jay went back to work
at his family's business that
was established by his
grandfather, Fred H. Goettler,
in 1933. He purchased the
business from his parents
(Eugene and Margaret) in
1972, and in 1976 he became
President and CEO of Goettler
Distributing, Inc. He loved the
beer business and was a role
model for all his employees
over the decades. Thanks to
his guidance, Goettler Distributing,
Inc. has continued on as a
successful local business for
85 years. Jay had yet another
passion in life…HE WAS A
SINGER. During all his time
raising a family and growing a
business, Jay was very
involved with musical theater.
Taking some time off, he was
in the famous summer stock
theater company, The Kenley
Players, 1967 production of
"Sweet Charity," starring
Janice Paige...he was bitten by
the musical theater bug. The
years that followed were filled
with his starring roles in
musicals. In 1970 he won
"Best New Male Performance"
with the Youngstown Players.
From there, the majority of
Jay's leading roles were with
the Musical Theatre Guild of
Butler. His incredible voice
was not only for the theater;
Jay has sung for most
churches in the area, either as
cantor or wedding soloist. Jay
even sang "The Star Spangled
Banner" for the opening of a
Pittsburgh Pirate's baseball
game. His voice will live on in
numerous audio and video
recordings, and also in his
album "At Last," which he
recorded in 2004. Jay is
survived by his wife, Virginia
Ann Goettler; his five children,
Daniel Goettler and his wife,
Tracy; Kevin Goettler and his
wife, Ann; Larry Goettler,
Karen Young, and Timothy
Goettler and his husband,
Scott Gabriel; his 12
grandchildren, Katie, Brittany,
Patrick, Megan, Holly,
Matthew, Emily, Grant, Cullen,
Spencer, Rachel and Andrew;
his six great-grandchildren,
Carter, Madilyn, Eliana,
Evangeline, Daniel and
Camden; his nieces and
nephews; and the rest of his
relatives and friends; Jay was
preceded in death by his
parents, Eugene C. Goettler
and Margaret E. Goettler; as
well as his brother, Dale
Goettler. Visitation will be held
at 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 8
p.m. on Friday, October 12,
2018 at GEIBEL FUNERAL
HOME in Butler. The funeral
service will be held at 10 a.m.
on Saturday, October 13, 2018
at St. Fidelis Catholic Church,
125 Buttercup Rd., Butler,
Pennsylvania 16001, Reverend
Nicholas J. Argentieri will be
officiating. Burial will follow
the funeral at Calvary
Cemetery. Funeral arrangements
are being handled by Geibel
Funeral Home, 201 East
Cunningham St., Butler, PA
16001. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be
made to VNA Hospice, 115
Technology Drive, Butler,
Pennsylvania 16001, or The
Musical Theatre Guild of
Butler, P.O. Box 2001, Butler,
Pennsylvania 16003.
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PostedOctober 11, 2018