Daniel Gockel

Daniel John Gockel

Tuesday, April 30th, 1935 - Monday, October 14th, 2019
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Daniel J. Gockel, 84, of Longmont, CO, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2019. There will be a visitation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 16th starting at 5:00 pm (rosary at 6:00), and a funeral mass on Thursday, October 17th at 10:30 am at St. Francis Catholic Church, Longmont, CO. There will be a memorial mass Wednesday, November 27th at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, IL, with burial following in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque, IA.

Dan was born on April 30, 1935, in Dubuque, IA, to Celestine and Theresa (Adams) Gockel. He graduated from St. Columbkille High School at the age of sixteen and attended Loras College before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he served in the 101st Airborne.

Dan was united in marriage to Elaine Ann Rohret on January 20, 1962, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove, Iowa, and they raised four children on a farm near Iowa City, IA. He also worked 35 years for the U.S. Geological Survey as a Computer Specialist.

Dan enjoyed travelling and spending time with friends and family. He spent many hours in retirement volunteering for various organizations including Hospice, the Sera Club, Meals-on-Wheels and St. John the Baptist Food Bank.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Elaine Gockel, their children Lynn Hudachek, Daniel (Kelly) Gockel, Kathy Gockel, and Teri (Bruce) Motheral; seven grandchildren, brothers Dave (Joanne) Gockel, and Tom Gockel, as well as many sister and brothers-in-laws, and nieces and nephews.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund at CU Anschutz -
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rosary prayers will be said at 6:00 pm.
  • Service

    Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, October 17th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
    3791 Pike Road
    LONGMONT, CO 80503
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Marilyn McAlexander

Posted at 03:18pm
Elaine & family,

We were so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. We were also sorry we could not make the memorial service as I was in the hospital again with pericarditis. We have so enjoyed our long term friendship that has been close to 60 years. Whether we lived in the same city or were many states apart, we have been so blessed to have your family in our lives. Dan was a wonderful man and we will miss him greatly. Love, Errol & Marilyn McAlexander.

Will Eden

Posted at 12:47pm
Elaine and family,
My sympathies to all of you at this sad time of Dan's passing. I remember a time when Dan was summoned to Iowa City to retrieve a bunch of school boys in middle of the night when our car had failed, he always had a good sense of humor. Our families new each other well growing up near Iowa City and attending St. Joseph's Church in Hills.
Will Eden

Jean C. Prior

Posted at 10:22am
I am sorry to learn of Dan's passing. Though it was a long time ago, I have good memories of him and the other USGS staff that worked with us Iowa Geological Survey folk in the little building next to Calvin Hall on the W. Jefferson St. hill in Iowa City. Dan was always a cheerful and helpful presence. I remember him helping me convert information from geologic well logs into code form to be digitized -- my first introduction to the computer revolution that was coming. I'll always remember him as a kind colleague with a ready smile, and you as an equally happy, capable person. My condolences.
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Michele Mathews

Posted at 02:48pm
Elaine & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that you are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.
Michele Mathews

Eldon Snyder

Posted at 02:03pm
We're very sorry to learn of Dan's passing. He is remembered as a true gentleman, great friend and neighbor. We'll share great memories of his readiness to help, and especially his quick smile and sense of humor.

With deepest sympathies,
Mary and Eldon Snyder

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