Arvid “Arv” Koetitz, age 77, a resident of Ocean Shores, Washington died on August 8, 2013, at Willapa Care Center in Raymond, Washington. Arv passed away after many months of illness and has gone to a much better place where he will continue to look after his family from above.
Mr. Koetitz was born on November 23, 1935, in Battrick, Montana to Alvin and Thelma Koetitz. He graduated from high school in Ronan, Montana. He then served 27 years in the U.S. Navy. While stationed at Eglin AFB, he met and married Anna, while both were on active duty. Arv served in Korea and Vietnam, and was proud of his time on the USS Midway. He then worked for the Boeing Company for an additional 17 years in computer support.
He was an active member of the Ocean Shores community, being involved with the Interpretive Center from which he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a Crime Watch Volunteer, involved in the Jazz Festivals and the AARP Tax program.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 55 years, Anna of Ocean Shores; three daughters and their spouses, Debra Koetitz of South Prairie, Washington, Danette and James Thornton of Summit, Mississippi and Diana and Patrick Shea of Maple Valley, Washington; three grandchildren, Anna Fetter, Stephanie Tauzin and Douglas (JR) Dickenson; six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Joni and Tommy Fetter, Tyler and Samantha Tauzin and Justice Dickenson; two brothers, Alvin Koetitz and Eugene Koetitz and a sister, Carolyn Beavers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Koetitz and Thelma Ries.
The family requests contributions in memory of Arvid “Arv” Koetitz be sent to the Coastal Interpretive Center, P.O. Box 726 in Ocean Shores, Washington 98569.
An urn committal with military honors was held on Monday, August 19, 2013, at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Galilean Lutheran Church, 824 Ocean Shores Boulevard N.W. in Ocean Shores, Washington 98569 with Pastor Bob Hoem officiating.