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GOETZ, Rudolph

Private Rudolf Goetz - March 8, 1945

11th Canadian Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Service Number K/1553.

Original Unit of Service – A Squadron 9th Armoured Regiment, 5th Motorcycle Regiment, British Columbia Dragoons

Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Age 23.

Son of Gerhard and Anna Goetz, Yarrow, B.C.

Rudy Goetz was the only child of Gerhard & Anna Goetz. He was born March 10, 1921 in Russia.

In 1924 the Goetz family moved from the Ukraine to Dalmeny, Saskatchewan and later to Eckert Road, Yarrow where Gerhard Goetz practised veterinary medicine.

Rudy attended Yarrow Elementary school until age 15. Later, he attended Yarrow Bible School and graduated in 1941.

He maintained an interest in animals and loved boxing. He and his father built a boxing and wrestling ring in their small barn. Rudy could be beaten in wrestling but in boxing he always won, even over much bigger and stronger opponents.

The Goetz family were Mennonites, and although many Mennonites retained pacifist views, about 4500 Mennonites joined the armed forces.

Rudy enlisted with the Royal Canadian army Medical Corps on December 12, 1943 as part of a Mennonite rush between December 1943 and January 1944 of Mennonite men to join the Medical Corps. He received his basic training in Trenton, Ontario. He was transferred to Camp Borden for his medical training. In May 1944, he was given a furlough, which he spent with his parents in Yarrow. He departed for Britain on June 25th.

Rudy Goetz served with the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance which was serving with various regiments in France and Rudy joined them as a stretcher bearer. He served at the front for only three days when he was killed in action, March 8, 1945, evacuating the wounded. There was intense fighting, “exactly how Rudy died can only be imagined” (Harold Dyck p329 Village of Unsettled Yearnings).

Rudy Goetz is buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Climb duo take Goetz: Chilliwack Progress, August 22, 1984

This is one in a continuing series of stories of Chilliwack area mountain climbs. The mountain peaks and lakes are named in memory of Canadian Armed Forces’ Second World War Veterans from the Upper Fraser Valley who were killed in action, are being climbed by a team led by Neil Grainger to honor those war dead.

By Neil Grainger: Chilliwack Progress, August 22, 1984

Goetz Peak was named for Rudy Goetz of Yarrow.

Goetz Peak, elevation, 6,600 ft., is pronounced “Getz”. It is located about a mile north of Williams Peak. It is easily seen from Foley Lake looking northeast. You will see a connecting ridge to Williams Peak, a pyramidal peak to the south of Goetz. Williams is easily seen from the Chilliwack Lake Road., about five miles west of the lake.

For access, go past Foley Lake about two miles, take the logging road up Goetz as far as it will go and choose your own route to the top.

Another route is to take the Williams Peak Trail. That starts from the Chilliwack Lake Road near Centre Creek Camp. Go up the trail to the base of Williams Peak, then traverse the west side of the connecting ridge and then along the ridge to Goetz Peak.

This is a day-long trip. This trip was done by Neil Baker and Reinhardt Fabische of the Chilliwack Outdoors Club on June 19, 1984, the day after they had climbed Mt. Mc Donald. Their report follows:

“We chose to climb to the peak by a route never done before, starting from Lindeman, Lake. This pristine little lake is about 20 minutes hike from the Chilliwack Lake Road at Post Creek.

It is a very popular spot; you can even find orchids growing there in early June. At the north end of the lake we ascended a 2,000 ft. gully. The angle was a bit dicey, but very direct. The only trace of life was a chipmunk and pieces of mountain goat wool snagged on treed ledges. The gully leads to an elegant ridge at about 5,000 feet, which is very rewarding to climb along.

This ridge will be snow-free in mid-summer but there were a lot of cornices along the ridge that we avoided as much as possible.

It also offered us a unique challenge of exposed rock climbing intermittent with walking amongst the heather. The view from this high exposed ridge is spectacular, with Chilliwack Lake dominating the scene.

Our ascent took less than five hours on this beautiful day in June. We placed the cross on the warm summit, took pictures and admired the view once again. Our descent took about four hours. I would like to stress that the route described above is not the usual one and should be used only by experienced mountain climbers.


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