Cary M. “Bouncer” Gobber, 62, of Chapman, Kansas, passed away at his home under Hospice Care with his family by his side on May 10, 2019.

Cary was born May 1, 1957, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Orville and Erma Gobber. He attended school in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School. After graduation he completed vocational training. He then worked at Woolworth’s, for the city of Chapman and Chapman Valley Manor. He retired from Chapman Valley Manor after almost 22 years as maintenance supervisor.

On May 10, 1980, Cary married Jean Grosser. They lived in Manhattan before moving to Chapman in 1981 to raise their two sons, Adam and Andrew. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his sons. Chapman was not only a great place to raise his family but was also an opportunity for Cary to fulfill his childhood dreams of being a policeman and fireman.

He served on the Chapman Police Department as a reserve officer and was a volunteer fireman for the Chapman Fire Department for many years. His time with the fire department was especially meaningful to him because of the dedication he saw in his fellow firefighters.

Cary’s hobbies included hunting and old cars. He attended many swap meets, car shows and farm shows in the area. He loved his cars and the relationships he developed throughout the years with other car guys. He also enjoyed watching his favorite television shows about cars, old westerns, outdoors and the Food Network.

He was also a collector. He collected a variety of things and would often say, “You’ll never know when you might need it.” He had bottles and containers of all sizes for anything and everything.

Survivors include wife, Jean, of the home, sons Adam (Alyssa) Gobber, Oberlin, and Andrew Gobber, Chapman, grandchildren Ailee and Abel Gobber, Oberlin, parents Orville and Erma Gobber, Manhattan, brother Neal (Jan) Gobber, Hutchinson, sisters Beth (Bill) Olson, Lindsborg, Jana (Charles) Goin, Ogden, and Kaye (Chuck) Hendricks, Manhattan, and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by brother Kent Gobber.

Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, with Pastor Connie Wooldridge officiating. Both services will be at Chapman United Methodist Church, 426 Sheeran, Chapman, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County, Chapman United Methodist Church or Chapman Labor Day Car Show, in care of Londeen’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

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