Liebelt served in Army, had love for horses


John Edward Liebelt was born October 12, 1931 in Isabel, South Dakota to Edward and Leah (Fuehrer) Liebelt.  In 1941 the family moved to rural Herreid, S.D. where John attended the Herreid school. The family later moved to Mobridge where John finished his senior year of high school. John worked for Delux Cleaners for a while and then went to California, where he worked for General Motors until Uncle Sam called him into the Army in 1952.
In 1955, John and Shirley Likeness were married and moved to Huron, S.D. To this union, one daughter was born, Kim. In the early 1960’s they moved back to Mobridge where he bought the Culligan Soft Water business and also farmed and ranched.  His wife, Shirley, passed away after along battle with cancer in November of 1992.
John was very active in the Rodeo Assn, American Legion, Moose Lodge and the Mobridge Northwest Development Corporation.  He also loved to show horses. Wrestling was John’s favorite sport and he followed the local
team faithfully.  He was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On February 14, 1994, John married Roberta Goehring, retired from farming and moved to Mobridge where he resided until his passing.  Grateful for having shared his life is his wife, Roberta “Bert.”
Liebelt; 6 step-children, Terry (Vanessa) Goehring, Larry (Susan)
Goehring, Ronnie Goehring, Laurie (Tom) Brandner, Susan (James) Aman and Troy (Amy) Goehring; 15 step-grandchildren and 9 step great grandchildren; daughter, Kim (Dave) Lewis; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; sisters, Bertha (Vernon) Long Henry, Leila Popp and Karen Zakaki along with special friends, Marcia Berg and Vicki Vander May. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Liebelt; parents, Edward & Leah Liebelt and brothers, Ervin, Edgar, Henry, Jake & Calvin Liebelt.

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