Paul Goebel

September 10, 1968 ~
March 31, 2021

Paul Edward Goebel (“Wally”), age 52 of Hudsonville, a loving husband, father, grandpa (“bubba”), son, brother, uncle, and friend, is safely in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ. Paul was a doer! He sought out literally anyone he could find to serve. James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Paul exemplified this verse, and it brought him great joy to be helping others: mowing a neighbor’s lawn, video taping Unity athletic games, washing a widow’s car, building homes in Guatemala, or taking someone on a boat ride out on Lake Michigan. Paul had a servant’s heart and he lived it! He was employed at Western Michigan Fleet Parts for many years. He was a family man and wanted the best for Nancy and his family. Paul was very proud of his children and granddaughter. He cared greatly for them and was involved in whatever they chose to do. He loved Nancy deeply and appreciated her so much as his life partner. He found pure joy while snowmobiling on the UP trails or boating in 100 foot deep water out on Lake Michigan, thanking his Lord and Savior for the beauty in creation.

Paul was preceded in death by his brothers, James and David and his father-in-law, Ron Motman. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Kendra & David Chesterman, Kam & Abbigal Goebel, Katrina Goebel & fiancé, Austin Steenwyk, Klaire Goebel; granddaughter, Sophia Chesterman; parents, Ed & Carol Goebel, Bill & Judy Motman Covert; sisters, Mari & Deb Goebel, sister-in-law, Dena Goebel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sara & Troy Billin, Joel Motman, Beth Motman and fiancé, Dennis Morgan; many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. We thank God for Paul and know we will see him again in heaven. We love you, Paul!

A private graveside service was held at Georgetown Township Cemetery. A memorial visitation will be on Sunday, April 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, 3617 Hillcrest Rd., Hudsonville. A memorial service is planned for Monday, April 12 at 7 pm at Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, with Pastor Curt Walters officiating. A link to view the service via livestream will be added closer to the date of service. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Paradise Bound Ministries or to Unity Christian High School athletics.

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April 11, 2021 9:09pm
Nancy and family, Words cannot express our sadness at your loss. We want you to know that we are praying for you day and night. Paul and you were always fun to work with at church and always so willing to help and do the extra. God bless you and keep you and give you hope of seeing him again.

- Randy and Lisa Dick

April 11, 2021 4:19pm
Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. He sounds like he was an outstanding man. I am praying for you.

- Kim Zimmerman

April 11, 2021 7:09am
Thanks for being a good friend and co-worker. I'm grateful I was able to have you in my life. I really miss you Wally.

- Jonathan Sturgis

April 10, 2021 2:47pm
Kendra and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your daddy.You are in my prayers honey for peace of mind from our you!

- Lesley Boelens

April 09, 2021 9:40am
God bless the Goebel Family. I know I will never feel your pain. "Wally" was my closest friend at work and I sat next to him all day the two days a week I worked. I'll miss you "fella". RIP Wally.

- Thomas O Stack

April 05, 2021 9:26am
Mari and Family-My heart breaks for you. Know that you are loved and being lifted in prayer. May Jesus carry you through this.

- Kelly Mansfield

April 04, 2021 9:51am
We were so sorry to hear about Paul’s death. We met him at Hillcrest CRC. He always had a smile on his face & a caring spirit. He will be missed. Our prayers are that God will give you peace and comfort in the days & years to come.

- Mike & Cathy Gettle

April 03, 2021 10:20pm
Sincerest sympathy to Nancy, the family and all those so impacted by the loss of Paul. Even though it’s been years since our friendship in grade school, I recall with fondness our laughs, boyish activity’s and talks that can only occur between elementary school boys! Seeing and talking to him years later at Holland Christian and Unity games, we met with smiles that brought me back to the good old days. As Easter is upon us, it reminds me that the hope is real for those of us that are at the cross and that I and all of us will be reunited with our friend once again! Praying for peace, comfort and His strength during this time.

- Rick Schut

April 03, 2021 7:10pm
Will never forget our families growing up together. Sledding in the backyard “hill,” ice skating in the front yard, water skiing. You were loyal and had a great laugh. Our thoughts are with our Goebel friends. So long Wally.

- Doug Rozenboom

April 03, 2021 4:01pm
My heart and prayers are with each of you, who loved Paul. May all the happy memories sustain you as you grieve his loss. knowing one day in heaven you will embrace again. 💗 Penny & John Dressel

- Penny Dressel

April 03, 2021 11:52am
On the sidelines of sporting events, Paul was so often engagingly growing friendship among people. While we mourn, let us hold the family as best we can imagine and continue to lean into the hope of the resurrection. Easter will someday be fully realized. Much love to you, Goebel family.

- Randy Buist

April 03, 2021 11:50am
I will forever miss you and your infectious smile and laugh Paul. You were always one of my favorite people to see at our games back in the day, sunday morning chit chats just me and you at church before everyone else arrived, I will miss you and am thankful for those memories. To the family, my wife and I weep with and for you, and will graciously ask the Lord for peace and strength for you now and as you move forward. We are beyond sorry for this unimaginable loss and mean it when I say we are here for you if there is anything that we can do to help you now or in the future.

- Justin "Skip" Schipper

April 03, 2021 9:32am
May God give you special grace during this most of all difficult times.

- Bradley A Dykstra DDS

April 03, 2021 8:57am
Our prayers are with the Goebel family as you grieve Paul’s passing. May you feel Jesus’ arms firmly around you.

- Bern and Judy Winkle

April 02, 2021 8:15pm
We weep along with you.. Holding you, Nancy, and the rest of your family up in prayer most fervently. May the God of peace comfort you with His strength during this difficult time.

- Paul Steensma

April 02, 2021 3:54pm
My sympathies to the entire Goebel family. I’ve know Paul for nearly 40 years and he was always one of the friendliest people I ever met. Randy Katerberg

- Randy Katerberg

April 02, 2021 2:46pm
Sincerest sympathies as you grieve this unfathomable loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

- Paula Stitt

April 02, 2021 12:45pm
Dear Deb, Continued prayers for you, Mary and your whole family! With sympathies...

- Shelly Mick

April 02, 2021 12:09pm
So sorry, you and your family are in our prayers

- Sherwin and Greta Heyboer

April 02, 2021 11:30am
We're praying God will give you strength and peace at this time.

- Douglas and Claire Fauble

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