NORFOLK — John J. Gubbels, 40, Norfolk, died unexpectedly Jan. 8, 2016, at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk.
Visitation and a wake service were Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk. Rev. Daniel Andrews will be the celebrant.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery Norfolk.
John was born April 23, 1975, in Yankton, S.D., the son of Clifford and Linda (Lanning) Gubbels. He was raised on the family farm and attended East Catholic Elementary, Bow Valley. The farm gave John the opportunity to develop his handyman skills and create unique inventions. His favorite activities growing up were playing football and dirt league baseball. In 1993, John graduated from Wynot High School. He continued his education at Northeast Community College, Norfolk, earning his degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Following his graduation, John was employed by Murray’s Plumbing and Heating, Faith Regional Health Services and was last employed by North Star Services and Northeast Community College. John married Christina Brozek April 29, 2000, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Norfolk, where they raised their three sons, Daniel, Joshua and Jackson.
John loved sports and enjoyed rooting for the Detroit Lions. He had a passion for coaching his boys’ football and baseball teams. He was a patient and fair coach with a heart of gold. John was well known for his unbelievable ability to make people laugh and his ability to create and fix things.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, where he served as an usher and sacristan. John was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus in the Norfolk Council 1793. He was very active in the council most notably as a bingo caller and tootsie roll drive distributor. Whatever the task, John was able to add his personality and flare to the event that made everyone feel more special and the event more memorable.
John is survived by his wife, Christy; their three sons, Daniel, Joshua and Jackson; his siblings and their spouses, James and Marshawn Gubbels, Winside; Jerald and Amy Gubbels, Stuart; Joe and Maggie Gubbels, Wayne; and Julie Anderson, Winside; his parents-in-law, Doug and Barbra Brozek, Norfolk; his brothers-in-law, Matt and Chrissy Brozek, Denver, Colo.; Michael and April Brozek, Humphrey; and Joey and Heather Brozek, Denver, Colo.; his step mother, Betty Hoile, Hartington; and 17 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents and one nephew, Evan Brozek.