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Hugh Leon Gober

September 15, 1951 ~ April 21, 2018 (age 66)

Hugh Leon Gober was born to Hugh Earnest and Margaret Gordon Gober on September 15, 1951 in Corpus Christy TX. After suffering for a year and five months on April 21st 2018 at 6:05 am his travails ended at Passages Hospice in New Orleans, LA. He passed away from complications due to surgery in order to clear the blockage of his left corroded artery on November 25th after suffering from a mild stroke on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. He was 66 years old and a resident of New Orleans, LA. He grew up in Monroe, LA and was a graduate of Neville High school. He earned his Bachelors in Physiology from Northeast Louisiana University after attending Louisiana Tech for Engineering. Soon after graduation he moved to Baton Rouge to work for Exxon Chemical Corporation. He worked there as an Operations Supervisor until his retirement. He was a volunteer Fireman and Paramedic at both the Chem. plant and Refinery. He was so smart and computer savvy; with an IQ of 180 he would write computer programs for the Chem plant and for personal use. He was also active in his church, Florida Blvd. Baptist when he lived in Baton Rouge, doing anything the church required from maintenance to supporting other church members. After his retirement he developed an autoimmune disease, Dermatomyositis. Which attacked his muscular system and made it hard for him to be in the sun light or do some physical activities without help. So, he moved to New Orleans to be close to his eldest daughter and her husband. He then joined St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church and enjoyed going to the occasional Wednesday night out and service every Sunday morning. He loved watching and cheering the Saints Football team. And was proud to say he had been an avid fan since the Saints inception in 1966. He also enjoyed LSU sports from watching every football and baseball game he could to attending the occasional game with his family. He truly loved football. He would play with his two daughters in the yard as often as weather permitted. He would also attend every high school football game that was cheered for by his daughters. He never missed one! He especially loved to tell the stories of playing the occasional friendly game with Senior quarterback, Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech when he was a freshman. He had a great since of humor and loved to tell jokes and tease anyone that could take it. His wife’s family loves to this day tell the story of how he teased her grandmother at his in-law’s camp when she asked for a small piece of watermelon and he sliced her a tiny sliver with one seed in it. And the look she gave him could skin a cat. Everyone but, her enjoyed the joke and he learned she couldn’t take one. He enjoyed spending time at the lake with his family where he loved to water ski, fish and help his father in-law work on any project he had going on from building the lake house to fixing any engine that may or may not have needed it. That was definitely a Gober inherited trait. At every Gober reunion someone’s hood of their vehicle was up and the Gober men were under it. Even when we would get together for Holidays. A trait he passed down to his eldest daughter who would love to work on any of their vehicles with him! He was very involved in his children’s lives sometimes more than they wanted but always there when needed. Like when his sister-in-law got married. She was married on a plantation in Mississippi and Mr. Harry had tons of barn cats! Now to really understand the importance of this you have to know he hated cats. So, much that he made a deal with his wife when they were first married that they wouldn’t get a cat and they wouldn’t get a dog, because she didn’t like the mess dogs made. But, his youngest daughter who was 2 years old loved cats, one in particular, a large 6 month old Mainecoon. She drug him around the whole plantation by his back feet like a wheel barrel. And his oldest daughter who was 3 years old was close behind. Tugging at the other end of the cat like an accordion. Mr. Harry thought it was cute and asked if they wanted to take him home. Of course! And with one look at their adorable sweet faces beaming with anticipation he caved in faster than you could say yes! And that’s how he got and cherished the beloved Harry who turned out to be 25lbs of hair that would scare the pizza delivery guys and he learned to love cats. The dog ban didn’t last either because shortly after Harry came the beloved Libby and then Peanut! He truly would do anything for his children. He is survived by his ex-wife Regina Burgess Gober whom he was married to on August 16th 1975 until June of 1997. His two daughters, Lauri Anne Schaefer (Will) and Amanda Simpson (Brian), his four grandchildren Abigail, Abby, Burgess and William, Liam, Timothy Schaefer, Emily, Emmy, and Lilian, Lily, Simpson. And by his younger brother Giles D. Gober his wife (Ellen Ann) and their two children, Paul and Margret, Megan. Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and continue until Service time. JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com

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