September 2, 1936 – November 25, 2013
Cletus Gebel, 77, entered Eternal Life on Monday, November 25, 2013.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 29, 2013 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be 1 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester, Minnesota.
Cletus John Gebel was born September 2, 1936 in Elma, Iowa to Walter and Emma (Novy) Gebel. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Elma High School in 1954. Two years later Cletus enlisted in the United States Army and served his country until 1958.
Following his return he made a trip to Rochester and met the love of his life, Margaret Mary Kriener who was attending nursing school. The couple became united in marriage on February 11, 1961 and made their home on a small farm outside of Rochester. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Gretchen and Heidi. Cletus was very proud of his country upbringing and helped raise his daughters to appreciate the country life. He made his living on the farm and also drove a fuel delivery truck for Greenway Co-op for 35 years before retiring in 2001 and moving to Ankeny. During retirement Cletus drove a school bus for the Ankeny School District. He was a faithful member of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus for 50 years.
Cletus was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working outside. He loved to go dancing with Margaret at local live bands. Most of all, Cletus was a family man and his daughters and five grandchildren held a special place in his heart.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Margaret; daughters, Gretchen (Phil) Stanislav, and Heidi (Brent) Walker; grandchildren, Alexa, Mikaela, and Evan Stanislav, and Kriston and John Walker; twin brother, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Gebel; and brother, Ron (Judith) Gebel. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Catholic Charities.Information provided by: Ankeny Funeral Home and Crematory 1510 West First Street Ankeny, IA 50021 515.964.4674 www.ankenyfuneralhome.com