City employee Dave Gottschall, pictured here, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday. In honor of him, the city street department will close to 2 p.m. today to attend his service and visitation. The city bus, which is still operating on a by appointment only basis, will also close early.

The Washington Street Department lost one its own last week when David Gottschall passed away on Wednesday after being involved in an motorcycle accident in Pike County.

“Dave had worked for the city twice,” said Washington Street Commissioner Bryan Sergesketter. “He had worked for the city in the 1990’s and then came back to work here in 2017.”

Gottschall, Sergesketter said, was always smiling and always doing whatever he could to help.

“He was always helpful. He always wanted to go above and beyond to help everyone out,” he said, adding that in recent months, Gottschall, 58, had served as the facility’s maintenance jack-of-all-trades. “Anything we needed done as far as maintenance and cleaning, Dave took care of it. He even served as our backup secretary.”

On Wednesday, Sergesketter said Gottschall spent the day serving in that back up secretary role.

“I was able to spend most of the day with him Wednesday,” said Sergesketter. ‘I’m glad I had that opportunity.”

Washington Mayor Dave Rhoads announced Monday that the city street department will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday to allow employees time to attend Gottschall’s funeral and visitation. The recycling center will remain open until 3:30 p.m.

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