In Memory of




Obituary for Harold Everett Goeble

Lt. Col. Harold Everett "Bud" Goeble, Jr., 82, passed away on February 8, 2023 in Austin, Texas. Bud was born on February 26, 1940, in Roaring Springs, PA, to Harold Goeble, Sr. of Mosiertown, PA and Catherine Bach Goeble of Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in Cranesville, PA, and graduated from Albion Area High School in 1958, and from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, in 1962, majoring in mathematics. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF.

Bud began his military career at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo TX as an intelligence officer. He met Sherry Robertson at San Angelo College in the fall and they were married on April 19, 1963 at Goodfellow AFB, TX. Sherry was the love of Bud's life. His military tours included Clark Air Base in the Philippines, the National Security Agency, Thailand during the Vietnam War, Elmendorf AFB in Alaska, the Foreign Technology Division at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio, HQ European Command in Stuttgart Germany and Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX. In 1967, the USAF sent him to Texas A&M University where he graduated with a Masters Degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science.

His military awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Air Force Overseas Long Tour.

Bud possessed a strong faith, compassionate spirit and generous heart. He showed this through his involvement in church activities and volunteering to help the elderly. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight in the San Angelo chapter. He worked to bring world-wide healer, Alan Ames, to visit many of the Catholic churches in the south Texas area. He and his wife dedicated many years to delivering Meals on Wheels and helping those in need.

Service, respect, and honor were codes he lived by and tried to teach to others. One of Bud's accomplishments occurred after the death of his son. He and Sherry developed legislation to provide protection for police officers who died in the line of duty. They campaigned to bring together all the surrounding communities to build an Alamo Area Law Enforcement Memorial. Luckily they were able to see the memorial come to life.

Bud enjoyed being active playing soccer, golf, racquetball and bowling. He and Sherry participated in several bridge groups over the years. Bud was also a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and his son, San Antonio Police Officer Douglas Scott Goeble who died in the line of duty in April 1991.

Bud is survived by his loving wife Sherry; daughters Cheryl (and husband Sean) Thomas of St. Louis, MO and Deborah (and husband Eric) Heflin of Austin, TX; grandchildren Taylor Rivers of Groveton, TX; Ben, Kevin and Claire Thomas; Corbin, Spencer, Royce and Kyra Heflin; and great granddaughters Maryssa and Jade Rivers.

Visitation will be 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Monday, February 13, 2023 at Harrell Funeral Home, 100 Heritage Dr., Austin. Rosary will follow at 7:00PM. Mass will be 1:00PM Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, 230 Post Oak Drive, Dripping Springs.