Robert Francis "Bob" Goebel, of Enterprise and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away Jan. 19, 2011, in Enterprise, Ore., at the age of 89 years. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, 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 on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Bob Goebel to the Meadowood Springs Speech Camp or the Elks Eye Clinic in care of the funeral home.
Robert Francis "Bob" Goebel was born on Jan. 25, 1921, to Anthony (Tony) and Estella (Stella) Johnson Goebel in Wallowa, Ore. The family were farmers settling on a small farm south of Enterprise on Hurricane Creek Road and Tony worked for the Wallowa County Road Department. Bob and his brother Kenneth attended grade school at the Alder Slope School on Alder Slope, where he played guitar in the school band. Bob attended Enterprise High School graduating in the class of 1939. In 1942, he joined the United States Marine Corp and went to boot camp in San Diego. 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 February 1945, and was there until the United States
secured the island from the Japanese. Bob married his hometown sweetheart, Boncyle Kooch, on May. 24, 1943, at Oceanside, Calif. After the war was over, Bob returned to Enterprise, where he was an apprentice mechanic for his uncle, Ray Johnson, at the Chevrolet dealership in Enterprise. He worked there several years before he and Bonnie moved to Hermiston, where he went to work of 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. Bob lived there until October 2009, when he moved to Enterprise to the Wallowa Valley Care Center. Bob liked his garden and raised beautiful roses and flowers, which he brought to Enterprise for his family on Memorial Day. He also liked to fish the small streams of the Wallowa Valley when they came to visit family. Bob was a very active member of the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge No. 2146, where he held several offices including past exalted ruler. Bob enjoyed volunteering his time to the Elks. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F., American Legion Post No. 24 and was a past post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4307 in Enterprise. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Boncyle, on Jan. 4, 2009.
Bob is survived by their daughter, Donna Rice and husband Steve; daughter, Melissa of Milton-Freewater; nieces, Kristy Gifford of Independence, Ore., Lorri Wade of Hermiston, Ore., Julie Goebel of Freemont, Calif., Tonia Dunn of Bend, Ore., and Tiffany Rush of Coos Bay, Ore.; and several cousins in Wallowa County. His parents and brother, Kenneth, also preceded him in death.