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Robert E. Gockel, beloved father, age 91, of Mentor on the Lake, passed away Tuesday December 19, 2017 at home. He was born February 23, 1926 in Cleveland.

Robert graduated from Collinwood High School and attended Kent State University. He was an Industrial Engineer for the former White Motors in Cleveland for many years until his retirement. He was a US Navy Veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theatre aboard the U.S.S. Alderamin.

Robert was a lifetime member of the former Boulevard Presbyterian Church and currently attending the First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby. He was an avid golfer well into his 80's and enjoyed all the Cleveland sports teams, especially the Cleveland Indians. In recent years he was a mall walker at Great Lakes Mall, enjoying that time with all his friends at the mall.

Survivors include his children: Cheryl (Arty) Iacofano, Gayle (David) Eble, Robert K. (Tracey) Gockel, grandchildren: Mark (Angel) Iacofano, Greg (Amy) Iacofano, Kevin (Anna) Iacofano, Ashley (Mike) Georger, Lauren (Jim) Bates, Lindsey (Ben) Meder, Scott Eble, Brooke Gockel, great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Olivia, Amelia, Alaina, Nicholas, Ava, Emma, sister: Dorothy Romeo and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Robert in death is his wife of 62 years: Shirley J. (Price) Gockel, parents: Edwin and Mildred Gockel, Sister: Lois (Tom) Wilson and brother in law: Phil Romeo.

The funeral service will be 9:30 am Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 pm Friday, December 22, 2017 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights.

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