University of Texas
John Edward "Dutch" Goebel
November 9, 1927– January 30, 2005



Dutch Goebel


John Edward "Dutch" Goebel John Edward "Dutch" Goebel, 77, of Autin, Texas, died Sunday, January 30, 2005, in an Austin hospital. Born November 9, 1927, in Houston, Dutch was the son of Anna Melinda (Anderson) and Joseph Alfred Goebel. His father was a mechanic. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1945.

From 1944 to 1948, he served in the U.S. Navy at Chicago and Cuba, attaining the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. On May 22, 1948, he married Marjorie Louise Evans and lived in Houston and Corpus Christi before moving to Austin in 1966.

He was employed with the University of Texas Physics Department and the Fusion Research Center. At the center he played a very important role in the construction of the Texas Turbulent Torus device. His technical skills enable meny problems to be solved quickly and economically. The later worked for the City of Austin in the field of radio communications. Dutch loved to hunt, fish, and play golf and tennis in his younger years. To the end, he loved managing and working on his ranch, The Rocking Eight, in Lee County. Dutch and Marjorie's son Jerry Lee Goebel (1957-2015) said of his dad, "Dad kept us real busy on weekends, we went to school to rest." Majorie worked for the State of Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Goebel of Austin; four sons, Michael Goebel and wife, Janice of Austin; Eddie Goebel and wife, Sheree of Cedar Creek, Jerry Goebel of Lee County, Randy Goebel of Austin; two granddaughters, Sarah Goebel of Bastrop and Amanda Goebel of Austin; one sister, JoAnn G. Plasek and husband, Larry of Houston; and one brother, Joe A. Goebel of Houston. The family will receive friends and family at Condra Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Taylor City Cemetery.