John G. Gotzen, 79, owner of insurance agency

March 12, 2003

John G. Gotzen, retired owner of an Overlea insurance agency who was active in World War II veterans affairs, died March 5 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from cancer and a stroke. The Perry Hall resident was 79.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, he was a Kenwood High School graduate.

He joined the Army during World War II, and served as a combat engineer and tank commander with the 279th Combat Engineer Battalion in North Africa and Germany. He received the Purple Heart and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. Gotzen inherited an uncle's business, the John L. Sippel and Son Insurance Agency in Overlea, which he ran for nearly 40 years. He retired in 1988 and sold the business.

FOR THE RECORD - John G. Gotzen:
An obituary published yesterday for retired insurance company owner John G. Gotzen omitted a survivor, his sister Annabelle Schwarz of Dundalk.
The Sun regrets the error.

He played for 35 years in the Yankee Rebel Drum and Bugle Corps, which performed in local parades.

He was a member and past commander of Hamilton American Legion Post 20 and a member of the Legion's Gavel 20 group. He attended many Legion conventions and studied World War II military history. He was also a member of the Parkville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1977, he married Marilyn Austin, a secretary at the old News American who is his sole survivor.

Military services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery.

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