Jarold James Gebel


July 30, 1937 - June 19, 2015


Jarold James Gebel was born July 30, 1937, to Edward and Marguerite (Conzemius) Gebel at Wagner, SD. He lived in the Mitchell area most of his life where he attended Notre Dame Catholic School and graduated from Plano High School. On May 8, 1957, he married Jeanette Hohn at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He owned and operated a Phillips 66 Station in Mitchell for many years. He was employed at Scott’s Supply, farmed and also owned and operated Jerry’s Paint and Repair Auto Body for many years where he also did classic car restoration. He had been a private pilot since 1975.

He was a man who loved family, friends, working and playing hard. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed the freedom of living in the country. He enjoyed flying his airplane, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, dancing, snowmobiling, cycle riding, camping, and parasailing, all with family, friends, children and grandchildren. He loved the 50's cars and enjoyed restoring them for himself and others. His favorite was the 57 Chevy, the year he and Jeanette were married.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years, the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and was a member of the SD National Guard 665 Ordinance for nine years.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; four children: Larry Gebel and wife, Kathy of Mitchell, Roger Gebel and wife, Teresa of Mitchell, Cheryl Cowan and husband, Jeff of Eden Prairie, MN, Shelly Schuetzle of Buffalo, MN; ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Terri Gebel Shannon and husband, Todd of Mitchell; a brother, Kenneth Gebel and wife, Edna of Missouri Valley, IA; two sisters: Mary Mahoney and husband, Ralph of Fulton, Janice Welch and husband, Dennis of Mitchell and sister-in-law, Mildred Gebel of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dwayne, his brother, Eugene and his parents.   



In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to the John Paul II Elementary School.



Monday, June 22, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture/Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, June 23, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sherril (Hohn) and Jim Blair on July 2, 2015
Jeanette and Family,
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathy go out to all of you as we are sure you will truly miss this incredible man.
Posted by Jim Larson on June 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeanette and your entire family. Jerold was always so friendly and considerate whenever I saw him. He will be missed. May God be with you during this very difficult time.
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on June 23, 2015
Jeanette, our sympathies to you & your family on your loss. Jarold was a great & friendly person to everyone he encountered in his life's endeavours.
Posted by Laurie Clemans (Stiefel) on June 22, 2015
Jeanette, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Jarold. May Gods arms embrace you and the families during this very difficult time. Jarold was kind hearted and always gracious where my family was concerned. My first plan ride as a kid was with uncle Jarold , and to this day I have a love/passion for flying thanks to him and his generosity. I'm so thankful for the fond childhood memories I have spending time with your family during visits to grandma and grandpas house on the farm. Please let the rest of family know that I'm thinking of you all and sending prayers your way.
Posted by Arlan & Vickie(Hohn) Muilenburg on June 22, 2015
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you and your family Jeanette. May God hold you in the comfort of his loving arms during this great loss that you suffer.
Posted by Anne & Arlen Moke on June 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss, doesn't seem real. Just know you can call if you need anything. We are just next door.
Posted by Sarah Mullinix (Umscheid) on June 21, 2015
Prayers are with you Jeanette and family. I have so many childhood memories of Jerry. He is such a special man and will be missed very much.
Love and God Bless
Posted by Marilyn Schneider on June 21, 2015
Gene and I were so blessed to have become good friends and neighbors with you. Jeanette, Jerry was such a loving and caring person. I thank him for sharing all of his good stories, whether serious or funny, with us. Benji still looks down the street for his "Buddy Jerry". Thank you God for sharing all the joy and happiness that Jerry gave to everyone. We'll never forget him. Good bless you at this most difficult time and may all those memories give you strength and comfort.
Posted by BonnieWeber on June 21, 2015
prayers are with you Jeanette and your family in the lose of Jarold
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on June 21, 2015
So Sorry for your loss ! He will be missed by all that was blessed to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are coming your way .
Posted by Maria Payne on June 20, 2015
Jeanette. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying you feel God's love and strength as you go through this most difficult time.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on June 20, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Gebel families, may God give you strength at this difficult time; our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on June 20, 2015
So sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. I will always remember his sense of humor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!!!
Posted by diane moke on June 20, 2015
Jeanette..I am at a loss for words. All the pictures Duane and I did for your family. All of the dances that Duane's band played for. You two were such loyal followers. I always idolized your marriage. It seemed you two were always together. my heartfelt love and sympathy to you and the kids....
Posted by Kelly Gross on June 20, 2015
I am so sorry to hear that Jerry has passed away. I will always look back with great fondness on those years that I lived in the mobile home on the farm place. Jerry took me on my very first plane ride so I think of him every time I fly. Jerry and Jeanette have a special place in my heart and I am very sad to find us at this place. May God comfort all of you during this time but especially, you, Jeanette, I rarely saw one of you without the other. I know you will miss him terribly. My prayers are with you and will continue to be with you as time goes on.
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