- March 23, 1930 - November 4, 2010
- Stevensville, Michigan
of William 's Passing
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“JOAN, I JUST HAPPENED TO RUN ACROSS BILL'S OBITUARY WHICH I RECEIVED FROM MY NIECE IN PITTSBURG..I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS. BUT I...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: LEN DALOISE - MEADVILLE, PA
I am so sorry for your loss - you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
2 of 19 | Posted by: Christen Hopkins - Saint Joseph, MI
“Joan and family,
My heart broke when I learned of Bill's passing a week after the funeral. I would not have missed honoring this man whom I loved and...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Gary Bolin - Friend
“Joan and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Bills passing; he and I used to talk once or twice a year, whenever the Korean Veterans needed a bugler. ...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Gretchen Herrman - Atlanta, GA
“BILL WILL BE MISSED BY MANY PEOPLE
I REMEMBER THE TIMES, BILL & I WOULD EAT LUNCH TOGETHER, MAYBE WE WOULD GO DOWN TO GRAND MERE, OR GO DOWN TO THE...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: JACK CANFIELD - MARYVILLE, TN
“Dear Mrs. Gobert, Karen & family,I am sorry for your loss. My father, Henry Kircher knew Mr. Gobert from Paramount Die Cast and the Stevensville...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Bonni (Kircher) Sullivan - MI
“Dear Joan and Family,
I am very sorry to learn of the loss of Bill. I know what a wonderful relationship the two of you had for so many years. ...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Kristina (Lee) Rita - St. Joseph, MI
“Dear Joan, Chip and Karen,Maggie and I always enjoyed working with Bill and Joan over the years and Bill certainly lived a life of sharing, giving...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Bruce & Maggie Aungst - Friend
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We could always count on the lifesaver treat on Sunday morning. In the dictionary you can find a picture of...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Herb and Carla Cloud - Lecanto, FL
“The Papason-Mamason Korean Veterans will truly miss Bill. He was a great member & friend. If the family needs us, we will be there for you always. ...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Papason-Mamason Korean Veterans Accociation - MI
“Joan and family,
You are in our prayers and thoughts as you go through this challenge. Memories will flood your thoughts as you laugh, cry and share...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Barb Steiner - Walkerton, IN
“Joan, Karen and Chip, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Bill for his good humor and enthusiasm for sports. Thinking of...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Keith and Bonnie Wilson
“My deepest sympathies to Joanie, Chip and Karen - you have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. aaaaahhh, the Memories! The parties at...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Bob and Sally Sopher - Hermitage, PA
“Joan, Chip & Karen - Just want you all to know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Your dad was such a special person and was so...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Wahl Rellihan - Lenexa, KS
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joan, Karen and Chip. Bill was such a special person and will be dearly missed. Heaven has gained a special...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Corky, Jackie & Sarah Witt
“My deepest condolences and heart felt sympathy to Joan and all the family.
I remember you from earlier KWRM reunions and missed you this year.
I can...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Maggie Attaya - Charleston, SC
“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I remember Mr. Gobert as an amazing father to his children and a loving husband to...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Luanne Binnendyk - Zeeland, MI
“Deepest condolences to the entire Gobert family. Thinking of you...
-- Beth (Woodward) Blighton & family
18 of 19 | Posted by: Beth Blighton
“We just want to extend our thoughts and prayers to Joan and family on Bill's passing.
19 of 19 | Posted by: Fred & Ginny Woodward - MI
William L. Gobert, 80, of Stevensville died Thursday at Rush University Hospital, Chicago after a three-year battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life Eternal will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Rd., Stevensville, with Rev. Gordon Barry officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville, with graveside military rites conducted by Stevensville American Legion Post #568. Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stevensville United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to sign Bill’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Born in Tarentum, PA on March 23, 1930, he was the son of Lee and Freda Gobert. After graduating from Tarentum High School he joined the Marine Corp with three other classmates and served with the Marines for four years. Thirteen months of that service was in Korea with Recon Co. of the First Marine Division. He was proud to have survived the Chosin Reservoir Battle and earned five battle stars.
After his service, Bill earned his degree in Business Management from Penn State University. He worked with Talon Inc. as Manager of Management Development until being transferred to Paramont Die Cast in Stevensville. There he served as Personnel Manager, Safety Director, and Purchasing Director until Paramont closed in 1986. He then worked at Whirlpool Corp. for eight years, retiring in 1994.
Bill was an ardent Pittsburgh Steeler, Penn State, and Lakeshore Lancer fan where he manned the sticks for over twenty years for Lakeshore football. He proudly flew his flags on the front lawn on game days. He enjoyed golf, hunting, and fishing off the sand bar.
He was a member of the Wolverine Detachment of the Marine Corp League. Bill was one of five Korean Veterans who raised money to build the Korean War Veterans of Southwest Michigan memorial that now sits on the bluff in St. Joseph. He was a member of the Michigan and National Chosin Few and Stevensville American Legion. Bill was active with Boy Scouts for fifty years and earned the “Silver Beaver” award. He was a volunteer driver for the Veteran Administration and spent some of his retirement years as The Nittany Painter.
Frequently you could find him trimming shrubs, cutting grass, or making pancakes at Stevensville United Methodist Church where he was an active member for forty years.
Bill is survived by his wife Joan Henry Gobert to whom he was married fifty-two years, a son, Kerry "Chip" Gobert of Rockford, MI, a daughter, Karen Gobert of Mount Dora, FL, and a grandson, Keegan Gobert of Rockford. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Taylor Ann Gobert.