Born: Thu., Jun. 18, 1942
Died: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
Location: Gorman Funeral Home - Converse Chapel

Funeral Liturgy

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Saint James Catholic Church

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Larry Cyril Gubbels, age 75, made his last car deal on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:32 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on Thursday, June 18, 1942 the son of Cyril Jerome and Mary Catherine (Sauser) Gubbels and grew up on a farm outside of Randolph, Nebraska. Attending all his schooling at Saint Francis Catholic school, he graduated high school in 1960. In high school he became a well known athlete playing basketball and baseball. He carried his love of sports throughout his life
Larry served proudly in the United States Army from 1962-1964, mainly stationed in Germany.
On December 29, 1964, he married his best friend and love of his life, Barbara Louise Sukup at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Osmond, Nebraska. They were blessed with two children, Martin and Mary. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
To Larry, family came first and was followed closely by a deep commitment to his faith. Community, friends, business, farming, sports, and the University of Wyoming were also valued highly.
After working many years with the Kansas/Nebraska Gas Company, Larry was given an opportunity to relocate with the company. After much discussion, Larry and Barb decided that Douglas was their home and Larry’s professional life started a new chapter.
Larry was given the opportunity to sell cars at the local dealership, Rogers Ford, and after many years of hard work, Larry and Barb bought the dealership in 1989.
Throughout the years of owning the dealership, he was actively involved in the community, especially the Douglas and Glendo schools, where he donated a pickup to the FFA chapters each year.
Larry was a member of the FDAF (Ford Dealer Advertising Fund) and WADA (Wyoming Auto Dealers Association). He was on the WADA board from 1991-2000 and was President of the Board from 1998-1999. In 2004 he represented Wyoming with the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year award.
Locally, Larry was active and served with the Elks Club, the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, Douglas Moose Lodge #602, and Kiwanis. He served many years on the Foundation Board of Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Senior Citizens Center board of directors, Saint James Catholic Parish and the Douglas Community Country Club.
In 1978, Larry campaigned and won a seat on the Douglas City Council, serving one year as interim Mayor. Larry was awarded the man of year in 1982 by the Douglas Chamber of Commerce.
Larry was appointed by former Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan for the Wyoming Insurance State Board. He was also appointed by current Governor Matt Mead to a spot on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. Both of these appointments he accepted and served proudly.
When it came to sports, Larry had a great love of all sports including basketball, baseball, football, golf, and trap shooting, just to name a few. He shared his love of sports with his children. In the 1960’s, Larry secured his license to referee basketball in Nebraska. Long after he gave up officiating games, he still maintained his position as an aggressive sideline ref, cheering the Douglas Bearcats and University of Wyoming Cowboys. He was a Wyoming Cowboy football and basketball season ticket holder from 1979 to this last year of his life.

With trap shooting, Larry spent many years growing the Douglas Trap Club, involved with 4-H and other local shoots. He spent his retirement years traveling and shooting trap with other fellow shooters and was inducted into the Wyoming Trap Shooters Hall of Fame in 2014.
Hunting was another passion, with Larry spending many years going on an annual elk hunt in the Spread Creek area above Togwotee Pass in northwest Wyoming. With the help of friends, Larry went on a hunt and bagged his last elk in January, 2017.
After many years wheeling and dealing cars, he retired December 31, 2006. The next ten years were spent traveling with Barb in his beloved motor home and shooting with other fellow shooters.
His time in Germany with the Army, started his love of travel. While he wasn’t able to make it back to Europe, he was able to fulfill a lifetime wish and went to New Zealand and Australia. Larry and Barb, spent many months in the motorhome traveling to Canada, Alaska, and all four corners of the United States.
When Larry was not traveling, he was playing cards at the Country Club or at home.
Larry was preceded in death is his father, Cyril, on September 30, 1998; mother, Mary, on December 26, 2003; and one sister, Beverly Loberg, on October 4, 2006.
Left to fondly remember him are his wife, Barb Gubbels, of Douglas; son, Martin and wife Leslie Gubbels, of Torrington, Wyoming; two step-granddaughters, Hannah Woster and Bailey Woster, both of Torrington; daughter, Mary Gubbels and her fiance’, Jim Stewart of Douglas; granddaughter Korinn Smith and great-granddaughter Jaya Smith of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and siblings, Eugene Gubbels of Lincoln, Nebraska, Rosalee Nordhues of Randolph, Nebraska, Laverne Gubbels of Omaha, Nebraska, Roger Gubbels of Kansas City, Missouri, and Patrick Gubbels of Norfolk, Nebraska.
A Vigil for the Decease will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 at Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel in Douglas.
Funeral liturgy will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Saint James Catholic Church with Father Bill Hill as the Celebrant.  Inurnment will be held at the Douglas Park Cemetery with military honors accorded by Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors.   A luncheon will follow at Unity Hall at the church.
Please join family and friends for a final toast to Larry at the Douglas Community Club from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Saint James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1500, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the University of Wyoming in care of the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.
Serving as urn bearers will Korinn Smith, Hannah Woster, and Bailey Woster.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jerod Gubbels, Adam Gubbels, Chris Gubbels, Scott Gubbels, Paul Loberg, and Marvin Nordhues.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
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Beth & mal wagstaffThanks
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Barb, Mary & Martin,
We are so sorry for your loss & send our deepest sympathy. What a fine person he was & thanks for sharing him with the community. We are happy to have called him a friend, Beth & mal

Gary Lambert
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Barb and family, my deepest condolences on your recent loss.

Leni Barnum
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
So sorry for your loss,Larry was an exceptional person,he touched many lives ,always smiling ready to talk anytime.You will be missed by our community.Rest In Peace,and God Bless your family.

   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
My deepest sympathies over the loss of Larry. No person can ever prepare themselves for the feelings of loss that can come when our loved ones leave us. Please know that these feelings are temporary and will soon be replaced with wonderful and happy memories. The comfort from the scriptures can help during this difficult time. John 5:28,29 "for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." Knowing that we can see our loved ones again in a future paradise free from the effects of ill health and suffering certainly warms our heart. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Dave

Julie Johnson
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Larry was a very nice man and always spoke to you when he was out and about and always had a friendly smile for everyone. He will be missed.

Ed Gerber
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Today & always, my loving memories of Larry bring you peace, comfort & strength. My prayers and thoughts. Growing up in the Randolph, Ne area, I fondly remember the Cyril & Mary Gubbles family. Many good memories

Steve and Jeanine Bennett
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Barb, Martin and Mary
Steve and I count ourselves as some of the lucky ones that had the joy of knowing Larry and call him "friend".
Time will pass and the pain will lessen, but memories will be forever present of someone who was so special to so many.

Dan and Pam Schmit
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Barb and family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. May the good Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace and comfort. We hold our fond memories of working with Larry and your family close to our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Dan and Pam Schmit

Greg and Carolyn Stinson
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Barb, Martin and Mary, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. Our family has so many fond memories of him at the dealership and beyond. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marsha Allen
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Barb, Martin, Mary & Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Larry. He will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

julie Loberg
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018

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Mary Kay (Fullenkamp) Kohles
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
My thoughts and heart are with you Barb and your children. I know you had a beautiful 50 some years together. Your memories with love and courage from your family will give you the strength you now need to see a new way of living without your "best" friend. I'm sending a big hug and thoughts for you as you now travel without Larry by your side. Although he will always be with you in spirit and in your heart. Much love and prayers for you and your family.

Carol (Becker) Conway-Gerhardt and Todd Gerhardt
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
Dear Barb and family,
Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of loss. Larry was an amazing man who showed everyone how to live faithfully, fully and filled with love and caring. I often heard his brother Luvern say that Larry never complained despite his many challenges.

I certainly treasure the friendship we have retained from our high school days together at St. Frances de Chantal. Barb, when I read Larry's obituary I realized even more how much Larry and you lived a life of activity and giving.

May you find solace in knowing that so many people care. Please accept deepest sympathy. I am grateful for our phone conversation after Larry's death. I wish I could be with you for the visitation and funeral. I am with you in spirit.

Carol and Todd

Russ Korth
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
Barb, Martin, and Mary, My sincere sympathy to all of you with this difficult loss of your husband, and father. Fond memories of my cousin Larry since I was very young. Love and prayers to all of you, will see you soon.
Russ Korth

Merle & Phyllis (Demerath) Weber
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
Our sympathies and prayers to your family during this very difficult time. Life and memories are so precious. May they comfort you in the days ahead.

Mike Bott
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
I felt privileged to know Larry. Out of town game travels...pre-game tailgating...sharing game highlights. Warm and loving memories are his legacy. Rest In Peace Larry - rise in glory.

Mike Bott

Larry Pommer
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
Barb, so sorry to hear of Larry's death. Our sincerest sympathy to you and the family. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

john wagner
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
Barb, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Larry was obviously a very special person. Our thoughts are with you and family.

John Wagner & Family

kathy & Dave OBrien
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
We were friends for 75 years, were class mates for 12 years, and team mates for 12 years. Larry was one of the good guys. Our thoughts and prays are with you Barb and your family.4

Christina Menter-Nolte and family
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss.:( Larry was a very kind hearted man and loved his family and taking care of the community not just on a professional level but personable and caring one.he will be missed and we are praying for you all!:"(

Jeff & Rhonda Wagner
   Posted Mon January 15, 2018
Barb & family,
Our sincere sympathy & prayers to you all at this difficult time.

Mary and Ron Schrandt
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Barb and family,
We were so saddened to learn of Larry's death. The outpouring of love from the residents of Douglas, speaks as an honored testament to the kind of man he was. We all arrived in the small town of Douglas at about the same time in the 70's, and remember our personal and social relationships with both of you with fondness. Newcomers Club was so much fun with you, Barb.
May God bring you peace during these most difficult times.

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