Paul R. Gabbert, 58
Paul Richard Gabbert, age 58 of Howard Lake, died on his birthday, Monday, June 13, 2005 at the Cokato Manor Nursing Home.He was born June 13, 1947 in Watertown, the son of Reinhold and Myrtle Wolff Gabbert. Paul was baptized July 13, 1947 at St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev.Theodore Melinat. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith March 26, 1961 by the Rev. G. C. Michael.Paul graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1965, and later attended the University of Minnesota for 3-1/2 years pursuing a degree in agronomy.He honorably served his country in the US Army.Paul was joined in holy marriage to Patricia A. Akins Nov. 30, 1973 in Watertown, S.D. by the Rev. A. R. Tinge. God blessed their marriage with four children.Paul engaged in dairy farming on his family’s homestead for his entire life with his father and, in recent years, with his son, Justin.He was a life-long member of St. James’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. He also belonged to the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145.Paul enjoyed softball and bowling.He is survived by his wife, Patty Gabbert; children: Shon (Jaci) Gabbert of Watertown, Justin (Angela) Gabbert, Lisa Gabbert, and Amy Gabbert, all of Howard Lake; grandchildren: Kaylee and Austin; Taylor, Shelby, and Brooke; mother-in-law Lois Schmidt of Cokato; other relatives, and many friends.Paul was preceded in death by grandsons Brandon and Dylan Gabbert in 1998; his parents; a sister-in-law, Barb Etteldorf; a brother-in-law, Jerry Etteldorf; and his step father-in-law, Tony Schmidt.Funeral services were Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva officiating. Nancy Butterfass was the organist, and Jason Deiter the vocalist. Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am, Without One Plea,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” and “Lift High the Cross.” Interment with military rites followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery.Friends called Wednesday, June 15 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A prayer service took place at 8 p.m.Casket bearers were Ron Doering, Wayne Doering, Tom Zander, Tom Jacques, Duane Melquist, and John Schmidt.The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.