John E. Gottman, 67, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 9:15 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo.
John was born June 22, 1954, in Hannibal, to Chauncey and Thelma Bross Gottman. He was married to Louise J. Brown on June 2, 2000, in Palmyra. She survives.
Other survivors include seven children, Curtis Gottman (Addy), Palmyra; Adam Gottman (Jessica), Palmyra; Jacob Gottman (Hannah), Palmyra; Joni Bock (Brent), Palmyra; Jeannette Begley (Caleb), New London, Mo.; Joseph Foley (Jessica), New London; and Joshua Foley, Quincy; four brothers, Bill Gottman (Jan), Rockford, Ill.; Phillip Gottman (Margie), Sharon, Wisc.; Jim Gottman (Sally), Palmyra; and Matt Gottman (Dee), Palmyra; two sisters, Bonnie Weekly, Farmington, Mo.; and Willa Hendricks (Jim), Rockford; 19 grandchildren Maura, Molly, and Meg Gottman, Tristen and Chauncey Gottman, Barrington and Hudson Bock, Jazlin, Jacen, Jaxon, Jaylon and Jalix Gottman, Jacob, Kial, and Landen Begley, Cody and Georgia Foley, and Violet and Lily Foley; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clifford Gottman.
John was a hardworking man who took great pride in his work as a welder for LN Bross, serving the company and community for 45 years.
John had many hobbies to keep him busy, and most often he could be found in the great outdoors, hiking on his favorite trails, camping, fishing, boating or playing horseshoes. He was an avid hunter, primarily focused on coon and deer hunting, although another form of “hunting” that meant a great deal to him, was searching for the next prized piece for his large collection of toy tractors, bobble heads, deer sheds, insulators, cream top bottles, marbles and tools.
Family and friends meant a great deal to John, and spending time with them playing ball or getting together for a fun game of cards meant the world to him.
John and his wife attended The Crossing Church in Hannibal.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Randy Drish will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Gottman, Adam Gottman, Jacob Gottman, Brent Bock, Tristen Gottman, Barrington Bock and Joseph Foley.
Honorary pallbearers will be John’s grandchildren; John’s brothers; Mike Coons and Andy Bross.
Family and friends are invited to John’s life celebration at a visitation to be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.
Memorials may be made to the Crossing Church of Hannibal.
Online condolences may be shared, and video tribute viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.