Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Grandpa Gubser

Sunday evening I got a call from my parents letting me know that Grandpa passed away.  It is hard to believe that someone who has been around all your life isn't going to be there anymore.  Grandpa was 94 and lived a good, long life.  And as many people say, 'he really lived life.'  I am so thankful to know him and know, in my heart 100%, that he is in Heaven singing with the angels. 

Soon after Grandpa's passing my sisters, cousins and I flooded facebook with memories, some I knew and some I didn't.  Grandpa's leaky laps, and his three wheel bike he would ride everywhere.  Eventually that upgraded to a motorized scooter and let's just say you better get out of the if you saw him coming.  Grandpa was always up for getting out and going places: ball games, campouts, drives to Nebraska City for dinner or just a drive to see the fields.  He could tell you about his first car, first horse, and first tractor and every one of them after.  He was always good for stories and memories.

The following is Grandpa's Obituary:

Robert Henry Gubser, son of Claude Henry and Bertha Belle (Moore) Gubser, was born October 12, 1918 in Atchison County, Missouri (rural Hamburg, Iowa).  He died February 17, 2013 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Robert graduated from Sunny Slope in 1931 and Hamburg High School in 1935. Robert was united in marriage to Monna Lee Morelock on June 1, 1944 at High Creek Baptist Church of rural Watson, MO.  To this union four children were born.  They farmed in Missouri until 1951 and then moved to a farm north of Riverton, until retirement in 1988 when they moved to Hamburg.  While farming, he was a truck and school bus driver.  He hauled grain, hay, gravel, lumber, and livestock.  While living in Hamburg, he cleaned his church, mowed yards and did farm work for his nephews Marvin and Marlin Gubser.

He attended  Lone Chapel Christian Church in his early childhood. He was baptized in 1935 and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church at Hamburg, where he served on several boards, was a Sunday School teacher, and sung in the choir.

Preceding Robert in death were his parents; wife Monna Lee, daughter Celia Ruth Gubser, brother Leroy Gubser,  brothers-in-law: Robert Hahn, Sr. and Herman Joesting, sisters-in-law: Judy Gubser and Elsie Gubser.

Robert is survived by two sisters, Verna Joesting of Tarkio, Missouri and Vada Hahn of Toluca, Illinois; brother, Raymond Gubser of Virginia, Nebraska; two sons, James Claude Gubser and wife Dorothy of Hamilton, Missouri, Robert Lee Gubser and wife Ruth of Lincoln, Nebraska, and daughter, Cynthia Sue Shelton and husband Gene of Farragut, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Gina and husband Bruce Baragary of Hamilton, Missouri, Kelly and wife Amy Gubser of Lincoln, Nebraska, Amy and husband Rob Basham of Cowgill, Missouri, Troy Gubser of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kimberly and husband Matt Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, Emily Shelton of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rebekah and husband David Elder of Sioux City, Iowa, and Carla Shelton of Stillwater, Oklahoma; sixteen great grandchildren: Ryley, Bryce, Brodyn, Bryer, and Brady Baragary; Calvin, Katie, Kerri, and Cheri Basham; Maya Martin; Skyler, Dusty, Harrison, and Tobias Gubser; Noah and Levi Elder, many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg, IA with Pastor Tom Beutler officiating.  Burial will follow the services at the Hamburg Cemetery in Hamburg, IA.

The family will greet friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening (2/22) at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg.

Memorials to First Baptist Church, Hamburg.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February: I Love...

to read and I recently finished this great read.

I am excited that we already have a trip planned to the Pacific NW this summer and I hope to see some of the historical locations mentioned in this novel.  David and I also had an interesting discussion about how growing up in our history classes we didn't learn much about the camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.  David also shared, as his 3rd year of being professor, that this was the first year that all of his students had been taught this part of our history.  (He teaches a course on war propaganda.)

Joining Kerry in her I Love series.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February: I Love....

My boys and cookies, can't get any better than that!

I am joining Kerry and others in an I Love...series.