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Albert J. Goebel

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GOEBEL, Albert J., rounded the bases and headed for his Heavenly home on November 13, 2020. Al was born in Springfield, Ohio, to Albert W. and Gertrude (Dupee) Goebel on February 1, 1929 - not 1928, as his driver’s license stated for 75 years. Al Senior attested to the erroneous 1928 date so his “Sonny” could get a job driving a truck for the Springfield Daily News in 1944. Al excelled at many sports, but his love was always for baseball. He started playing ball at the sandlots in Snyder Park with his friends from the West End, continuing while attending high school at Catholic Central, from which he graduated in 1947. Both the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees recruited him, but Al’s father insisted he go to college instead of pursuing a chance at the majors. He continued playing ball while attending The Ohio State University, lettering in three of his four years, and graduated with a business degree in 1951. Al also excelled in his career. He started working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in June 1951 as a trainee buyer, and advanced rapidly through a series of leadership positions over the next 34 years before retiring in 1985 at federal grade level GS-15. Al managed the acquisition aspects of several major Air Force projects including the F-4, F-5, F-111, EF-111, and C-5A aircraft and the Maverick missile weapons system. During the final years of his career, he served as the Deputy for Contracting and Manufacturing, and in this role he oversaw a workforce of more than 540 military and civilian personnel who provided support to the Foreign Technology Division, the 4950th Test Wing, and the Small and Disadvantaged Business Program. Al received both the USAF Meritorious Civilian Service and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award over the course of his career. But most importantly, Al excelled at life. He married his high school sweetheart, Marianne “Leah” Juenger, on Sept 9, 1950, and they remained true to each other for the next 63 years until her passing in 2013. They were always on the go: to Ohio State football games, to family vacations, to dinners out, to bowling and card games with friends, and in later years, back and forth between Springfield and their home in Florida. Al was happiest when his family was all in the same place at the same time, and he made sure that happened often by hosting countless holiday gatherings and birthday meals for everyone. Celebrating his life, but mourning his passing, are his two daughters, Kathleen (Bob) Kline, Cindy (Frank) Catanzaro; four grandchildren, Anastasia (David) Smith, Vanessa (Kevin) Vaughn, Albert (Claire) Kline, Rob (Heather) Kline; four great grandchildren, Ophelia Smith, Griffin Smith, Wyatt Kline, Kaia Kline; and good friend Gladys Schneeberger. Over the years, Al amassed an amazing number of people whom he considered great friends - too many to mention here - through his work, the K of C 624, and the Springfield/Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame. The family thanks the staff at Wooded Glen for their loving care and support during the last two years. We couldn’t have gotten through it without you. Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Raphael Catholic Church or the Springfield/Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame are appreciated.
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Can't begin to count the number of times we ran across backyards from Englewood to the cul-de-sac in the early years to see if one another could come out to play. Fond memories of your parents--their kindness and hospitality. May you find comfort in your memories and to know others care. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

- Maryann Marsh Malinowski, Wednesday November 25th, 2020

Condolences to the Goebel Family. Lots of good memories of our talks over the backyard fence the years we were neighbors on Rebecca. Take care.

- Al Wansing, Wednesday November 25th, 2020

Cindy, May God give you and your family peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. My father just passed November 5th. Keep the memories close to your heart.

- Carolyn Gracy, Monday November 23rd, 2020

Cindy, so sorry to hear this news. My father loved his coaching years at CCHS and Al was 1 of his favorites and I have fond memories of him as well from Al's coaching days at St.T's. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

- Bob Kavanaugh Jr, Sunday November 22nd, 2020

For over 40 years the Veskauf’s were just 4 houses down from the Goebels. After all that time eventually he was known as Uncle Al to me and my younger sister Susan. He was a great neighbor and friend and will be missed.

- Tommy Veskauf, Sunday November 22nd, 2020

Cindi, So sorry to hear about your father Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Vicki & Dave Hermanowski , Saturday November 21st, 2020

This is such a lovely tribute! I realized when I read it your dad probably worked with my dad at Wright-Pat. I can tell you from experience, your dad will never leave you; you will have conversations with him and realize he is with you at key moments. God bless and prayers for all!

- Barb Bookser Fraze, Wednesday November 18th, 2020

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm happy I was able to get to Ohio regularly during the past several years to see both your Mom and Dad while they were well. I remember at Christmas time going to your house thinking it was so cool playing pool I'm the basement. I am praying for you during this time.

- Sheila Nolte, Tuesday November 17th, 2020

He will never know how well he was loved by so many. He was always smiling, always gracious and always family centered. I can only thank you for sharing him with me over the many times spent at your house in that basement on Rebecca. Thanks for the memories. All my Love.

- Pat Ryan-Bergljung, Monday November 16th, 2020

What a wonderful man - so kind, always pleasant to be around, a super-nice neighbor, and a great sense of humor. Al & Marianne hosted my mom and dad’s 25th anniversary at their house, and his phone call to my mom advising that my dad didn’t have to fly to Montana to hunt deer when there’s six of them standing in our front yard will always be remembered with a laugh. God bless him, Marianne, Kathie, Cindy, and all family members - we are so fortunate to have known you.

- Chris & Mary Ann Cochran, Monday November 16th, 2020

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