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Richard J Gubbels
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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 3 times and 9 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, loved 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; 8 Great Grandchildren; 4 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; 4 brother-in-laws Charles Lenhoff, Jr.; Ronald Reineke; Don McIntosh; Sam Jones;

Funeral Services
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: 4 - 8 P.M. with 7:30 P.M. Christian Wake Service all TUESDAY 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; Terri Haselhorst; "I Can Only Imagine" "Here I Am Lord" "Angels Among Us" "Ave Maria" "Precious Lord"
Pallbearers: "Richard's Grandsons" Thomas Hanna Evan Janssen Nate Gubbels Jace Gubbels Alex Kerkman Keaton Backhaus Special Angel – Bryan Hanna 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 Abby Kerkman

Call Johnson Funeral Home with questions 402-337-0711.

FOR RANDOLPH: If you would like to order flowers and avoid a wire charge call RANDOLPH's local florist, they will take visa/mastercard or bill direct, (THIS WILL SAVE YOU AN EXTRA WIRE CHARGE, CHARGED BY THE NATIONAL FLOWER CENTERS) Randolph Florist: Main Street Flowers 402-337-1004; has dedicated service to Randolph, delivery in Randolph before and after services, providing an extra layer of service for our Randolph residents and our client families.

FOR STANTON: If you wish to order flowers FOR STANTON LOCATION - FLORISTS, call 402-644-8361 (THIS WILL SAVE YOU AN EXTRA WIRE CHARGE, CHARGED BY THE NATIONAL FLOWER CENTERS). Floral Expressions will accept most major credit cards and may bill you directly, Floral Expressions has dedicated service to Stanton, delivery in Stanton before and after services

Funeral Home:
Johnson Funeral Home
111 E. Broadway
Randolph, NE
US 68771

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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church

403 N. Bridge Street
Randolph, NE 68771

7:30 P.M. Christian Wake Service TUESDAY at CHURCH





10:30 AM
St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church

403 N. Bridge Street
Randolph, NE 68771





St. Frances Catholic Cemetery

86690 559th Avenue
Randolph, NE 68771


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