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James Gobernatz

Funeral services for James Gobernatz of Morris will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Dell Sanderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.

James Joseph Gobernatz, son of Anthony and Julia (Dirkes) Gobernatz, was born June 12, 1944 in Browerville. At a young age, Jim's family moved to Morris, where he began his schooling at St. Mary's Catholic School, completing his education at the Morris High School. On Sept. 8, 1962, he was united in marriage to Barbara Greiner in Webster, S.D. On Aug. 7, 1965, Jim and Barbara were married for a second time at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. The couple lived in various locations in central Minnesota, where Jim worked managing turkey farms. In 1997, they moved to Morris and Jim began working for Riverview Dairy, where he made many wonderful friends.

Jim's favorite pastime was fishing. Every time a new grandchild was born, the first thing he wanted to buy them was a fishing pole. He enjoyed his cabin up north, where he spent many hours with family and friends. He also loved Christmas and would spend days decorating. If he didn't have a tree in the front yard, he would buy and decorate Christmas trees to place in the yard. Jim was also a very good mechanic and enjoyed refurbishing old cars.

Jim was a loving and patient husband, father and grandfather. He was always more than willing to help anyone who asked him and offering his help to those who didn't ask. His most enjoyable times were when his family was around him, especially his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all.

Jim died on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 at his home in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 65 years.

He is survived by his wife: Barbara Gobernatz of Morris; five sons: Jeffrey (Lisa) Gobernatz of New London, David (Catherine) Gobernatz of St. Paul, Chad (Jayne) Gobernatz of Crookston, Kirby (Wendy) Gobernatz of Cypress, Texas and Aric (Felicia) Gobernatz of Robbinsdale; 11 grandchildren; one brother: Anthony (Ellen) Gobernatz of Seattle, Wash.; five sisters: Jeanette (Paul) Jost of Morris, Elizabeth (Ray) Jost of Morris, Margaret (Jim) Small of Noblesville, Ind., Helen (Walter) Cleath of Elk River and Irene (Al) Danko of Brooklyn Park and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Marie Wevley and Edna Zupko.

Pallbearers for the service are: Tony Staebler, Greg Thieschafer, Dave Skallet, Jim Ellingson, Jerry Jost and Robert Jost. Honorary pallbearers are: Marlin Greiner, Tyler Gobernatz, Mason Gobernatz, Dylan Gobernatz and William Johnson. Rita Lambert will serve as organist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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