Passing of Gottschalk leaves vacancy on cemetery district board
Change continues for Quincy Valley Cemetery and the board of commissioners of Quincy Cemetery District 1. Commissioner Jack Gottschalk died on Feb. 27.
The sudden vacancy on the board follows the addition of Carl Yeates, who was appointed by the board in January to take the seat left by outgoing Randy Holloway.
When the Quincy Cemetery District 1 board, now consisting of Yeates and Mike Scharbach, chairman, chooses a replacement for Gottschalk, two of the three members will be new to the board.
Gottschalk’s obituary was in the March 6 edition of the Post-Register. He retired from John Deere in 2010.
Scharbach said there were a couple of people who expressed interest in serving on the board when a replacement for Holloway, who moved out of the district, was needed. So the board already has some leads as to whom to turn to. Asked whether he thought it will be difficult to fill the position, Scharbach said, “I hope not.”
“Carl and I have not talked too much about it yet,” Scharbach said last week.
He pointed out that the board has a quorum with two of three board members, and it therefore can carry out business and make decisions for the cemetery district.
The next board meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 11. Scharbach said last week that there would not be a decision in that meeting about an appointment to the open position, but he and Yeates will discuss the matter.
Whoever is chosen will fill out Gottschalk’s term, then that person will have the option of running or not running for election after that, Scharbach explained.
Gottschalk’s position is not up for election this year. The only one of the three board positions up for election is the one Yeates now has. He has said he plans to file to run for the seat in the General Election, which is Nov. 5.
Scharbach said that Gottschalk, a veteran and longtime local resident, is definitely going to be missed.
“Personally, I am going to miss him,” Scharbach said. “He was a friend before he was on the board.”
Gottschalk’s military service was a motivator for his long service on the cemetery district board, Scharbach recalled.
“He was retired and had a need to serve,” Scharbach said.
By Dave Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org