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William "SKI" Gowitzke
(November 13, 1923 - June 4, 2014)

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William

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William "SKI" Gowitzke, 90, passed away on June 4, 2014 at the Covenant Hospice Home at the West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He was born on November 13, 1923 in Manchester New Hampshire to William B. and Irene Morey Gowitzke. William "SKI" Gowitzke grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated from Central High School in Manchester New Hampshire in 1941. After high school he joined the United States Navy in 1942 and served for 26 years. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was the recipient of Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. He retired in 1968, achieving the rank of Aviation Maintenance Administration Chief. After retirement he began work for Pensacola Cigar and Tobacco Company as the Warehouse Manager where he worked for 15 years after which he retired to spend all his time with the love of his life Lucille "Bunny" Gowitzke. William "SKI" Gowitzke married Lucille Jeanette Gamache in 1949 in Manchester New Hampshire. They were happily married for 47 years. William "SKI" Gowitzke was a charter member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 557 for 41 years where he served in the highest position in each level of the Moose and achieved the distinction of having the title of "Pilgrim", bestowed on him, which is the highest order in the Moose. He attended Saint Anne's Catholic Church of Bellview. He enjoyed working in his yard which was his pride and joy having the only Putting Green yard in Pensacola and was an avid bowler for many years and did not retired from bowling until February of 2014 at the young age of 90. He and his beloved wife were both Lieutenants in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps for 6 years volunteering to help young men prepare for their Naval careers. William "SKI" Gowitzke was preceded in death by his, parents William B. and Irene M. Gowitzke, loving wife "BUNNY" Lucille J. Gamche Gowitzke, brother Richard Gowitzke., and longtime special companion Lorraine Baxter. William "SKI" Gowitzke is survived by his son Glenn "SKI" Gowitzke, (Vicky) Gowitzke, daughter Leslie Ann Howard, all of Pensacola FL., sister Dorothy Gowitzke Hebert of Manchester New Hampshire, his grandsons Brandon M. Chism of Pensacola, FL. and Curtis W Halsey MSGT United States Marine Corps , (Suzanna) Halsey, his great-grandchildren Caitlyn Halsey, Samatha Halsey, Curtis W. Halsey Jr., Angelica Halsey, Mia Swain, David Swain and Cadence Swain, and his many nieces and nephews and other relatives. A memorial service will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens 7433 Pine Forrest Road at 1:00 PM, June 8 2014. A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens 7433 Pine Forrest Road between 6 and 8 PM on June 7 2014. Burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens 7433 Pine Forrest Road. The family will be greeting friends and relatives following the burial with a luncheon hosted by the Loyal Order of Moose at 8851 Lewis Street Pensacola off Davis Hwy in Ferry Pass. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Covenant Hospice of Pensacola 8383 North Davis Hwy 3 North, Pensacola FL 32514. Condolences may be left on William "SKI" Gowitzke online guest book at PMGFuneralHome.com.

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