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John Richard "Rick" Gockel, 45, of Mt. Vernon formerly of Fairfield Bay,
  Ark, died 11:14 p.m. Jan. 4, 2001 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital.
  Mr. Gockel was employed by Alexander Wholesale Co. for 23 years until failing
  health and was in the telephone sales department. He was born Aug. 17, 1955
  to John Robert Gockel and Marianne (Friend) Holdman, who both survive. Funeral
  services will be 1 p.m. Sunday and per request of Mr. Gockel his remains
  will be cremated following the funeral services and the cremated remains
  will be buried at a later date in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may
  call 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. He is survived
  by his mother, Marianne Holdman of Fairfield Bay, Ark; his father, John R.
  Gockel and wife Elsie of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Terry Lee Gockel and wife
  Sherry of McCallaster, Okla; a stepbrother, Randy Lowery of Mt. Vernon; several
  nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles. Mr. Gockel was a born-again Christian
  and attended the First Christian Church in Fairfield Bay Ark. He was preceded
  in death by a brother, Robert E. Gockel; and his grandparents. Funeral services
  are under the direction of the Hughey Funeral Home where you may call at
  242-3348 for information at any time.
Submitted by: Misty Flannigan
July 5,2001

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