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David Allen Goebel

David Allen Goebel David Allen Goebel


David Allen Goebel, 76, of Gilman, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, March 9, surrounded by love. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery-Gilman. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home with a 7:30 p.m. rosary and again on Saturday one hour prior to service at the church.

Dave was born June 2, 1946 to the late Chet and Clara Goebel; the seventh of nine children. He grew up in Gilman, went to elementary school in Sunnyview and graduated from Gilman High School in 1964. He was united in marriage to Alexis Lencz Goebel on Oct. 23, 1965 at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Gilman, and celebrated 57 years together. Dave, with the support of his wife Alexis, farmed, lived and raised eight children together; a first, second, and third crop.

Dave loved his family, his faith, farming, the outdoors and sports. When Dave was not farming on his own land, he was often at a sibling’s or a friend’s farm helping them. Hunting season was always a big festivity with his family. Every November brought about love and good spirits. Dave’s family has often heard stories of his basketball and baseball days in high school. In his adult years, he played summer softball in leagues and weekend tournaments until he couldn’t anymore; and that was a long time. Dave was loved by many who enjoyed sharing and listening to stories. He made people feel very loved and that came through when giving the best hugs.

Dave taught his children to be compassionate and to help others in times of need. He transferred a work ethic to all of his children through the idea of ‘Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.’ Dave and Alexis shared the love of Cornucopia on Lake Superior to their children as it was a family vacation most summers. Dave’s children continued the tradition of camping in Cornucopia for the last 21 years with him present every year. Those are some of the best and most cherished times.

He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife, Alexis (Lencz) Goebel of 57 years; and their children, Joe (Vickie) Goebel of Menomonie, Don (Kate) Goebel of Watertown, Angela (Jodie) Bray-Goebel of River Falls, Candice (Philip “Butch”) Grunseth and Janice (John) Komanec both of Gilman, Anna Goebel (Jahn Ahlers) of Eau Claire, Elizabeth (Clayton) Skabroud of Jump River; and honorary son, Michael Schroeder of Altoona; four siblings, Mary Westaby, Chester Jr. (Marge) Goebel, Sylvia Piekarz, Tom (Evelyn) Goebel; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and so many nieces and nephews who also loved Dave very much.

Dave was preceded in death by his son, Michael Goebel; grandson, Jackson Komanec; parents, Chet and Clara Goebel; his siblings, and in-laws Janice and Paul Potapenko, Eddie and Lucille Goebel, Marian Westaby, Jack and Anita Goebel, Carla and Toby Kostick, and Jerry Piekarz.

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