John Liebelt loved showing horses
Funeral services for John Liebelt, 80, of Mobridge, were held Monday, July 16, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Pat Hahn officiating.
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.
John passed away at his home in Mobridge on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
John Edward Liebelt was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Isabel to Edward and Leah (Fuehrer) Liebelt. The family moved to Herreid in 1941 where John attended 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 Likness were married in Huron. To this union one daughter, Kim, was born. In the early 1960s they moved back to Mobridge where John bought the Culligan Soft Water business and also farmed and ranched.
His wife Shirley passed away after a long battle with cancer in November of 1992.
John was very active in the Mobridge Rodeo Association, American Legion, Moose Lodge and the Mobridge Northwest Development Corporation. He also loved to show horses. Wrestling was his favorite sport and he followed the local team faithfully. He was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On Feb. 14, 1994, John married Bert Goehring, retired from farming and moved to Mobridge where he resided until his passing.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Roberta “Bert” Liebelt; daughter, Kim (Dave) Lewis; six step-children, Terry (Vanessa) Goehring, Larry (Susan) Goehring, Ronnie Goehring, Laurie (Tom) Brandner, Susan (James) Aman and Troy (Amy) Goehring; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; 15 step grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Vernon) Long Henry, Leila Popp and Karen Zakaki; along with special friends, Marcia Berg and Vicky VanderMay.
John was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Liebelt; parents, Edward and Leah Liebelt; and brothers, Ervin, Edgar, Henry, Jake and Calvin Liebelt.