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James William Goebel was born June 13, 1926 in Bellville the son of Gus and Hallie Goebel. He passed away Oct. 22, 2009 in Austin at the age of 83.

James was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran in Bellville, and was a faithful and active Lutheran throughout his life. He entered the Navy upon graduating from Bellville High School in 1944.  James was stationed in Pearl Harbor as part of his Naval service, and had fond memories of the beauty of the islands. 

After WW II he attended and graduated from Texas Lutheran College, which was a 2 year school at the time, and then went on to graduate with a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. James later reminisced that one semester he nearly flunked out because he spent too much time on his duties  as President of the Lutheran Students Association. 

In 1955 he married Lois Marie Obermiller at St. Martinís Lutheran in Austin. James and Lois had four children: Charles Albert, Helen Marie, Paul Joseph, and Richard James. They had the good fortune of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005 with family and friends. Lois Marie passed away in 2007, and rests at Capital Memorial Park in Pflugerville. James will be laid to rest next to her. 

James began his 36 year career with Gulf and Chevron working as a field auditor based in Austin.  This required much travel throughout Texas and included special assignments to other places, including New York City.  The family followed his career with moves to Wichita, Kansas and Houston. James and Lois spent the last ten years of his career living in Danville, California. These were good years, as their children matured and married and grandchildren were born, and James and Lois traveled to Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Mexico. After retiring, they enjoyed migrating with the seasons, with homes in Florida and in the mountains of North Carolina. 

As a young man, James developed life-long interests in photography and automobiles. He enjoyed working outdoors, and was an industrious and successful gardener. While living in Houston, he often spent weekends at a family property in East Texas, and he often volunteered to work in the National Parks during the years in California. During his retirement years he did volunteer work for the church and delivered for Meals on Wheels.  

James had a clear, strong voice which was often heard in church, and he would occasionally burst out spontaneously in song. He enjoyed good food, and socializing with family and friends.  Many who knew him remarked that he was a friendly, happy man.

James is survived by a sister, Blanche Fahrenthold of Bellville, his four children, and six grandchildren: James Sebastian, Amanda Christine, and Clara Elena of Plano, Texas; and Jacob Lawrence, August(Gus) Moore and Wyatt James of Austin. 

Services will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Martinís Lutheran Church, Austin. Flowers are welcome. Memorials requested to the Texas Lutheran University Scholarship Fund or St. Martinís. 

Posted by Joy Neely


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