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Julius E. 'Gene' Gabel


Julius E. "Gene" Gabel, 76, Hays, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born June 24, 1937, in Ness City to Pete and Martina (Meis) Gabel.

He married Patricia Burdett on Oct. 7, 1961, in Ness City.

He was an automobile mechanic most of his life.

He was a member of Pheasants Forever and Sacred Heart Church, Ness City.

Survivors include his wife, Ness City; two sons, Joe Gabel and wife, Susan, La Crosse, and Todd Gabel and wife, Lisa, Hays; two daughters, Tammy Seib and husband, Eric, Ness City, and Tara Witthuhn and husband, Toby, Garden City; a brother, Pete Gabel; four sisters, Nita Brackney, Marge Leiker, Patty Weigel and Bonnie Rebel; seven grandchildren, Chad Reinert, Tyson Reinert, Caitlin Gabel, Jessica Gabel, Jared Gabel, Taylor Gabel and Tyler Witthuhn; and two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Jase Reinert.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kerby Thomas; and seven brothers, Leo, Hubert, Chuck, Stub, Rusty, Delbert, Cactus.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, Ness City; burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 4 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Cemetery, Ness City, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.