Robert Francis ‘Bob’ Goebel


ENTERPRISE — Former Milton-Freewater resident Robert Francis “Bob” Goebel, 89, of Enterprise died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Enterprise. Recitation of the holy rosary will be held Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater. A private interment will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30 from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.   

Mr. Goebel was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Wallowa to Anthony (Tony) and Estella (Stella) Johnson Goebel. The family were farmers, settling on a small farm south of Enterprise. He attended grade school at the Alder Slope School on Alder Slope, where he played guitar in the school band, and Enterprise High School, graduating in the class of 1939.

In 1942 he joined the Marine Corps. During his training he went to Abram’s School of Aerial Surveying and Mapping in Lansing, Mich., and was sent on to Camp Maui in Hawaii. His Engineer Regiment was sent to Iwo Jima before the landings in 1945 and was there until the United States secured the island from the Japanese.

He married his hometown sweetheart, Boncyle Kooch, in 1943 at Oceanside, Calif. After the war was over he returned to Enterprise and Boncyle, where he was an apprentice mechanic for his uncle at the Chevrolet dealership in Enterprise for several years. He and Bonnie later moved to Hermiston, where he worked for the Soil Conservation Service. He worked in Hermiston several years, then in Pendleton before moving to the Milton-Freewater office. They sold their home in Hermiston and bought a new home in Milton-Freewater in 1962. He lived there until October 2009, when he moved to Enterprise to the Wallowa Valley Care Center. Bonnie passed away Jan. 4, 2009.

Mr. Goebel is survived by daughter Donna Rice of Milton-Freewater; one granddaughter; five nieces; and several cousins in Wallowa County.

His parents and brother Kenneth also preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowood Springs Speech Camp or the Elks Eye Clinic in care of the funeral home.

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