Lawrence "Butch" "Geezer" Gocker

  • Born: November 22, 1938
  • Died: November 29, 2016
  • Location: Columbus, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral & Cremation Services, Columbus

146 South Dickason Boulevard
Columbus, WI 53925

Tel. (920) 623-3150

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lawrence J. "Butch" "Geezer" Gocker, 78, of Columbus passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at his home.

He was born November 22, 1938 in Beaver Dam to Lawrence and Gertrude (Sterr) Gocker. Larry attended Beaver Dam High School where he starred on the Golden Beavers football team. After high school, he pursued his love of football at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he served as co-captain of the Warhawks in 1962. During his time at UW-Whitewater, Butch "the Little Tank" Gocker helped guide the Warhawks to three conference championships. It was lights out for defenders if Gocker got the ball inside the 5-yard line as he led the Warhawks with 10 touchdowns in 1962.

Larry began his post college career as a history teacher and football coach at Racine St. Catherine's. He held many jobs thereafter including insurance sales and home construction. He ultimately retired in 2004 following many years being employed at Perry Printing in Waterloo. Larry remained active in the community coaching his children's football, basketball, and baseball teams early on in life.

Larry was an avid golfer and was forever grateful for the time spent with his sons and the friendships he made as a long-time member of the Columbus Country Club. Larry also enjoyed cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

More so than anything, he enjoyed cheering on his three children Eric, Matthew, and Sara, in all of their accomplishments. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Undoubtedly, they will all miss his sharp wit, his endearing smile, and his big heart.

Larry is survived by his children, Eric of Columbus, Matthew of Milwaukee, and Sara of Milwaukee. He is also survived by his four sisters, Shirley (Jerry) Miller of Ocean Springs, MS, Jeanne Gocker (Steve Sapontzis) of Hayward/Fort Bragg, CA, Mary (Tim) Verberkmoes of Madison, Claire Gocker of Middleton, sisters-in-law Margaret Gocker of Kimberly, and Margaret Breuer of Beaver Dam.

He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence and mother Gertrude, and two brothers, Phillip Gocker and Peter Gocker.

Visitation to be held on Sunday, December 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home, 146 S. Dickason Blvd. in Columbus. A celebration of life luncheon will follow at the Columbus County Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association would be greatly appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Although I haven't seen Butch since I left High School, my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great guy and football player whom I watched from the bench.

Posted by Joe (Mick) Stehling - Angel Fire, NM - Family   December 08, 2016

So sorry to have missed the funeral,We were very good friends at our younger days and High school,so sorry for the family

Posted by David Broome - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 05, 2016

So very sorry to hear about Butch passing. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family. I have many wonderful memories of Butch and Mick, especially when they had their "candy stand". God Bless

Posted by Kay Stehling-Rushlow - Houston, TX - Family   December 05, 2016

Sincere sympathy to the Gocker family from a former Whitewater football team mate. Another nickname for Larry was "no neck" among the football players. I have many good memories of our times together at college and later in life. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago and was glad that I was able to contact him. He will be missed by his many football friends.

Posted by Tony & Marlene Zens - Waukegan, IL - Friend   December 04, 2016


My family's thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. All the memories of Larry will be within your hearts as time goes forward and your Dad will always be close by your sides ...

Posted by Sue Reese - Columbus, WI - Neighbor   December 04, 2016


We are going to miss my brother deeply. He truly did love his children and they took such good care of him. He is now with the rest of his family having a beer in heaven.


Posted by Mary Verberkmoes - Madison, WI - Sister   December 03, 2016

"We will definitely miss one of our own Fairway Dr. friends! Rest in Peace, Larry. Your health struggles are over... Your quick wit and chuckle are in our hearts forever. Many prayers for the Gocker family."

Posted by Lynn and Diane Dhein - Columbus, WI - Neighbor   December 02, 2016

Rest in Peace Butch.

Posted by Tom Murray - Neenah, WI - Family Friend   December 02, 2016


With deepest sympathy I send my love to the Gocker family. A man that loved his children like never before. :) Rest in Peace and May God cover the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Krystal Fifer - Milwaukee, WI - Family Friend   December 01, 2016

Blessings to the family.

Posted by Amy Trzebiatowski - Family Friend   December 01, 2016

Eric, So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Thinking and praying for you and your family. Take Care My Friend.

Posted by Terri Messer - Columbus, WI - Friend   December 01, 2016

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