Longtime Brookings resident Gomer H. Rettke passed away Oct. 21, 2017, at a local care facility in Brookings. He was 91.
Gomer was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Tacoma, Washington to Carl and Ruby Chesterfield Rettke. He spent most of his formative years there until he turned 18, wherein he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
Gomer served aboard the USS Lofberg DD-759 from 1944 to 1946 earning the American Campaign, World War II Victory and Asiatic Pacific Campaign medals for his service.
Gomer married Shirley Kerr Jan. 6, 1952, in Brookings. He spent the majority of his career working for Brookings Plywood and South Coast Lumber Co., retiring in 1994.
Gomer enjoyed spending time with his family, and never missed an opportunity to play Skip Bo with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed bowling and playing golf. His favorite restaurant was Mattie’s Pancake House, formerly owned by his son, Dale. His family expresses their appreciation to the guys and gals of Mattie’s for the kindness and care they have shown over the years, especially in the latter months of Gomer’s life.
Survivors include Shirley Rettke, his wife of 65 years, of Brookings; son Larry Rettke of Independence; daughter and son-in-law Cyndi and Steve Williams of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law Dale and Jacki Rettke of Brookings; grandchildren Kandi Rettke of Brookings, Ryan Rettke of Crescent City, California, Tia Vaughn of Roseburg, Mark Ramsdell Jr. of Jefferson, Chris Rettke, USN, Japan, Eric Rettke of Independence; and 12-great-grandchildren.
Gomer was preceded in death by his sons David Rettke and Bryon Rettke; great-granddaughter Kaydence Holmes; brothers Robert Rettke and Carl “Tyke” Rettke.
A celebration of Gomer’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Lighthouse Assembly of God, Harbor, with Pastor Tim Lourash of the Brookings Nazarene church officiating.
Private family inurnment will take place at WJ Ward Memorial Cemetery.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.