Francis H. Gootee, MD, 90, Jasper

Dr. GooteeFrancis H. Gootee, MD, 90 of Jasper, died at 10 a.m. Thursday (June 20) at home.

He was born on his family farm north of Loogootee, on November 15, 1922, to Leo M. Gootee, DVM, and Estella (Fanning) Gootee.  He married Patricia Hallihan on June 24, 1950, in Chicago.

Dr. Gootee received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 1952. He began his professional career as a family practice physician in 1954 in Loogootee. In 1960 he and his brother, Dr. Thomas Gootee, opened their medical clinic at the corner of Fifth and Clay streets in Jasper, from which they practiced medicine for over 50 years.

He was an army veteran who served during World War II as a paratrooper in the Pacific and earning the rank of captain. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, American Legion Post #147, VFW Post #673, a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Serra Club, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, and staying in touch with former patients.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Gootee; three daughters, Mary Pat Fuhrman and husband James, St. Louis, Marita Gootee and her partner Wendy Roussin, Starkville, Mississippi; Maureen Gootee and her partner Angela Steele, Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Edward Gootee and wife Fay, Floyd Knobs, and David Gootee and his partner Mark Gilley, Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Father Paul  Gootee, SVD, Chicago; three sisters, Agnes James,  Ludington, Michigan, Theresa Jatkowski, Rogers City, Michigan, and Sister Patricia Gootee, Medical Mission Sisters,  Peru, South America. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Gootee,  three brothers, Thomas H. Gootee, MD, Raymond Gootee and  Fr. Stanley Gootee, SVD; and one sister, Sr. Marym Gootee, Sisters of Providence.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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