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Services for Richard J. Gubbels, 77, of Randolph, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. Burial will be in the St. Frances Catholic Cemetery with military rites by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph.
Visitation will be at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service.
Richard John Gubbels, age 77 of Randolph, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his home in Randolph surrounded by his family. He was born March 18, 1940, at Randolph, Nebraska, the son of Walter and Irene (Gerber) Gubbels, Sr. He was a 1958 graduate of St. Frances Catholic High School in Randolph. After graduating, he began farming with his father near Randolph. Richard joined the United States Army on November 3, 1959, and was honorably discharged on August 2, 1961, and returned to farm with his father.
On August 1, 1964 Richard John Gubbels married Rita Ann Helena Reineke at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. The couple continued farming near Randolph until 2011 when they moved to Randolph.
Richard was a lifetime member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph where he served on the parish council and building and grounds committee; member Knights of Columbus Council #5143 serving as Grand Knight three times and nine years as Trustee; a member of John Deere 2 Cylinder Club; member of Tri County Cruisers; Charter Board member of Randolph Farm Supply; member American Legion Post #113 of Randolph serving on the honor guard; and a Teammates mentor.
Hobbies Richard enjoyed were working on his John Deere tractors and old cars, spending time with his grandkids as well as attending their sporting events, and his daily drives through the country.
Surviving Richard is his wife of 52 years, Rita Gubbels of Randolph; his 5 children Jane and Larry Janssen of Randolph; Jill and Jeff Dominisse of Norfolk; John and Kathy Gubbels of Randolph; Regina and Scott Backhaus of Randolph; Rebecca and Jeff Kerkman of Neligh; 16 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four siblings Frances Lenhoff of Randolph; Walter and Detta Gubbels, Jr. of Randolph; Gilbert and Marian Gubbels of Cedar Falls, IA; Donna and Jim Lackas of Randolph;
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Bryan Hanna; brother Ronald Gubbels in infancy; Father and Mother-In-Law Joseph and Maxalinda Reineke; four brother-in-laws Charles Lenhoff, Jr., Ronald Reineke, Don McIntosh and Sam Jones.
Funeral Services: St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church – Randolph, NE
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 10:30 A.M.
Interment: St. Frances Catholic Cemetery – Randolph, NE
Military Rites: Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph, Nebraska
Minister: Rev. Father Timothy Forget
Visitation: Tuesday, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. Christian Wake Service at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph; under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home – Randolph
Music: Organist: Ruth Carstens; Cantors: George Bradley and Terri Haselhorst; "I Can Only Imagine," "Here I Am Lord," "Angels Among Us," "Ave Maria" and "Precious Lord."
Pallbearers: Richard's grandsons: Thomas Hanna, Evan Janssen, Nate Gubbels, Jace Gubbels, Alex Kerkman, Keaton Backhaus, Special Angel – Bryan Hanna, and Teammates mentee - Jordan Merchant
Honorary Pallbearers: Richard's granddaughters: Ashley Stollberg, Heather Janssen, Robbyn Frost, Hannah Janssen,
Kristina Swantek, Kelsey Backhaus, Katelyn Backhaus, Haley Kerkman, Emma Dominisse, and Abby Kerkman