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Henry John and Jennie May Goebel, brother Fred Goebel, brother George Goebel, Happyville

In 1900 Franklin County, Nebraska, Henry Goebel born Jun 1846 in Germany, married 27 years to Kate Sept 1852 Germany, are  farming, with Mary April 1881 Illinois, Henry March 1884 Illinois, Fred Mar 1886 Illinois, and Lydia April 1893 Nebraska.

1909 "Mr. and Mrs. Goebel, of Nebraska, are visiting their sons at this place."

 In 1910 Henry is in Yuma County, with Jennie 22, born in Kansas, and Velma seven months born in Colorado.  On the same page is Fred H. 24, born in Illinois. - married but no spouse.  This must be wrong - one Ancestry tree says Fred married in 1916 Nebraska.

1913 "Geo. Geobel, of Riverton, Nebr., got off the train Monday, for a visit with relatives south of Eckley."

Henry and Fred had a brother George "GOEBEL, GEORGE SR: Garage owner & Town Marshal; b Carroll Co, Ill May 13, 1878; s of Henry Goebel-Katherine Marbutt; ed Franklin Co; m Blanche Bush Feb 2, 1899 Webster Co; s Herman, George Jr; d Alice (Mrs L McDowell), Lyda (Mrs Frank Allen); 1898-1927 farmed & oprd blacksmith shop, Franklin Co; 1927- in garage bus, Riverton, oprd truck line 1 year; 1937- town marshal; past mbr sch bd dist 28 several years; past twp constable; Luth Ch; hobby, work; parents came from Ill to Franklin Co in 1887; res Riverton."

February 7, 1945 Yuma Pioneer
George 1878-1945 is buried in Riverton cemetery, Grant County, Nebraska, with Blanche 1871-1952.


1914    This might be Henry, not George.

Henry proved up two quarters in 5 and 6, 1S 46W in 1916.  Witnesses were George S. Caldwell, Enola Caldwell, Elijah Thurman, and William R. S. Allen, all of Eckley.

In 1920 Smith County Kansas, Henry J. is farming, 35, Jennie 30, Velma A. 10, and Kenneth R. 4.

The 1925 census has H.J., Jennie May, Velma 15, Kenneth 9, and Lile 4.

In 1930 Smith County, Henry and Jennie have Velma 20, Kenneth 14, and Lile 9.

Henry John Goebel 1884-1955 and Jennie May Geobel 188-1963 are buried in Smith Center.

Lile R. Goebel 1920-1988 and Meta Faye 1922-  share a tombstone in Smith Center.

The Paul Lile Goebel 1943-1989 in Smith Center is likely a son.

Kenneth is in Enid, Oklahoma in 1957, married to Arvillia, a warehouseman.

Arvilla Valentine Keever Goebel, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away June 11, 2013, at Homes of Greenbrier, Enid, OK.

Arvilla was born on February 14, 1920, at Lebanon, KS, to Alfred and Avis Gilbert Keever. She was the oldest of ten children, all of whom survive her. Arvilla graduated from high school in 1937 and taught at rural schools for five years. She married Kenneth R. Goebel on June 22, 1942, in Enid, OK, where Kenneth was stationed for the opening of Vance Air Force Base. To this marriage, four children were born, a son and three daughters. Kenneth and Arvilla were identified with one another so completely, it is impossible to speak of one without speaking of the other. Throughout their marriage, Kenneth and Arvilla were employed by several historic businesses in Enid. Together, they were employed by Longbell Lumber Company for several years. After devoting a large part of her marriage to homemaking, Arvilla ended her work life in employment with Winchell Donut Shop where she was able to showcase her baking expertise.

Family was the most important part of Arvilla’s life. She lived an understated life, but the pride she felt for her children as they became worthwhile members of their communities could not be suppressed. As their grandchildren began to arrive, Arvilla spent a significant amount of time helping to care for them and participating in their lives. Even as great-grandchildren arrived, her love for family never diminished or faded.

Arvilla was not only a terrific cook, specializing in noodle-making, she also loved gardening and bird watching. One summer, she’d planted some Hawaiian flower seeds she’d ordered from a catalog. After they grew to maturity, traffic along the street in front of her home would slow or stop completely to enjoy the beautiful sight. Hummingbirds and all types of songbirds loved visiting her immaculate yard.

Kenneth passed away in 2004. She is survived by her children, Gary Goebel and wife, Charlotte of Norman, OK; Cheryl LaRowe of Enid, OK; Carol Broughton and husband, Mitch of Hennessey, OK; and Gale Palmer and husband, David of Enid, OK. She is also survived by three grandsons; five granddaughters; four great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Also surviving are her five brothers and four sisters, Leota Arment, Oleta Pixler, Iris Rhoades, and Walter Keever of Smith Center, KS; Marion Keever of Bartlesville, OK; Alvin Keever of Atchison, KS; Ora Keever of Albert Lea, MN; Rosalee Gutscher of Minneapolis, KS; and Richard Keever of Russell, KS.

A special thanks to Steve Hackett and the staff at Homes of Greenbrier and Greenbrier Assisted Living.

Funeral service will be 2:00pm Friday, June 14, 2013 in the Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 1:30 and will also be available after the service. Arvilla will lie in rest next to the love of her life, Kenneth, at Memorial Park Cemetery.



1919 "Grant Christy and sons are engaged in the construction of a new residence for Fred Goebel south of Riverton"

In 1920 Fred is back in Franklin County, Nebraska, 34, married to Della 23, Kentucky.  They have Albert 6, Willie 3, and June 1, all born inNebraska.

In 1930 Franklin County, Fred and M.Della have Leslie A. 15, William H. 12, Irene K. 10, Della T. 9, and Esther 2.

In 1940 Franklin County, Fred "Gachel" and Della have Ester 12, Juio4 18, Tommy 8, and Dickie 4.

Fred 1886-1973 is buried in Riverton, Nebraska "husband of Mary Della"  So is Mary Della 1897-1973.

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