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Timothy Goeke: His Life & His Ancestors
Timothy Goeke was 16 in 1991 when (as a class project) he wrote the following remarkable
story of his life to date -- published here in its entirety. Interesting accounts of some of Timothy's
ancestors are also included, as well as his personal Ahnentafel chart.
On Friday, December 3, 1976, I, Timothy Martin Goeke, was born to David and
Martha Goeke in the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. I weighed exactly eight
pounds, and I had one outstanding feature -- my feet. The first thing that Dr. Leopold said
was, "This boy sure has big feet!" An interesting incident occurred in the delivery room. When
I was being delivered, the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck twice. This fortunately
caused no harm. I was healthy and was able to go to my first home two days later. I met my
older brother Aaron for the first time. He was almost two years old. My father's parents also
came to San Antonio to meet me. I was able to walk at eleven months, and my first word was
"Dada." When I was two years old, my brother Paul was born.
From infancy, I have been brought up in the Lutheran religion. My family and I have
been members of two different churches: Mount Olive Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran, both
in San Antonio. I was baptized at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on December 12, 1976, where
my mother's father was a pastor for nearly thirty years. We attended Mount Olive until my
mother's parents moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1985. We became members of Redeemer
Lutheran Church when I was going into the fourth grade. I have always taken part in church
activities such as church plays and outings. I became a member of the Redeemer Lutheran
Junior Youth Group in the sixth grade. I was confirmed on May 19, 1991, also by my maternal
grandfather, but this time at Redeemer instead of Mount Olive. After I was confirmed, I
became a member of the Senior Youth Group at Redeemer. This youth group takes part in
church fund-raisers, outings, retreats, helping the needy, and other such activities. Another
part of my church life has taken place in my home. For as long as I can remember, my family
has had an evening devotion together. I have been taught, and I believe, that Jesus Christ is my
Lord and Savior.
I have attended several schools in my life. From kindergarten until third grade (19811986),
I attended Mount Olive Lutheran School. My kindergarten teachers were Mrs.
Schlaeger and Mrs. Wuthrich. In the first grade, my teacher was Mrs. Cox. My second grade
teachers were Mrs. Van Meter and Miss Burk. Incidentally, Miss Burk later married my aunt's
ex-husband, Neal Peterson. Until the end of my second grade year, my father was the principal
of Mount Olive Lutheran School. My third grade teacher, Miss Hoppe, had a tendency to yell
often. She was married during the school year and moved away. She was replaced by Miss
Caffey. I managed to maintain good grades while I attended Mount Olive. After the third
grade, I began to attend Redeemer Lutheran School. I stayed at Redeemer from the fourth
grade until the sixth grade (1986-1989). My fourth grade teacher, Miss Gerhardt, was my
great-uncle's sister. In the fourth grade, I participated in the spelling bee but didn't place. In
the fifth grade, I had two teachers, Miss Koenig and Mr. House. I again participated n the
spelling bee and, again, didn't place, but I won first place in a Bible Knowledge Quiz. In my
sixth grade year, my teachers were Miss Simpson and Mr. House. My sixth grade class spent
three days at Camp Lone Star in La Grange, Texas, and participated in a track and field day at
Concordia College in Austin, Texas. My grades continued to remain fairly high during my
time at Redeemer. After the sixth grade, I again changed schools. I attended Shepherd of the
Hills Lutheran School during my seventh and eight grade years (1989-1991). My teachers in
the seventh grade were Miss Krackhardt and Mr. Alborn. In the seventh grade many of the
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