Harold W. Goble (1917 - 2011)

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Harold W. Goble, 94, passed away on Sept. 29, 2011. He was born to Charles C. and Celia Goble on the family homestead near Malta, Mont., on Sept. 22, 1917.

At the age of two, the family moved back to Wisconsin, where Harold grew up and attended the first two years of high school at Shell Lake, Wis. Later, the family moved to southern Minnesota, and Harold graduated from Winona Senior High School.

In 1934, Harold joined and served eight months in a Civil Conservation Corps camp on the north shore of Lake Superior on the Gunflint Trail. After his discharge, he spent several years working in his father's creamery.

In 1940, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Dairy School. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as operator of the North Dakota State College dairy plant.

In 1942, he joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving two-and-a-half years in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations during World War II for General Chennault's Air Force.

After returning to his position at North Dakota State dairy plant in 1946, he married Alice Nepp of Absaraka, N.D. They were parents of two children; Carla Erickson and Colonel Mark Goble.

In 1947, Harold accepted a position as plant superintendent of the Garden City Dairies. In 1948, they moved to Bozeman, where Harold was superintendent of the Jersey Dairy owned by the Gallatin Cooperative Creamery.

Harold was promoted to the General Manager of the Gallatin Cooperative Creamery in 1953. At this time, many changes were taking place in the dairy industry, such as the introduction of homogenized milk, paper cartons, larger containers, the demise of home delivery, manufacturing of cottage cheese and yogurt, and sale of dairy products statewide.

In 1957, the business had grown too large for the present plant, and a new plant was constructed on North Seventh Avenue. The Darigold brand name was adopted in 1956.

Harold was active in community service and served on many boards and civic causes, including president of the Montana Dairymen's Association, president of the Bozeman Kiwanis Club and chairman of the Board of Adjustment of the city of Bozeman. He served 24 years as vice chairman of the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation and many others.

In 1972, Harold retired from Darigold, and in 1974, he served as plant manager of the Darigold Milk plant in Manila, Philippine Islands. In 1975, Harold and Alice returned to the United States, and Harold was appointed Administrator of Hillcrest Retirement Home, from which he retired in 1982.

During retirement, Harold and Alice did 12 projects in dairy work for the International Executive Service Corps in countries including Thailand, Hungary, Pakistan, Venezuela and others - totaling 40 different countries. Alice always volunteered in a school or hospital.

Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Gallatin Masonic Lodge #6.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice in April 2004. Harold is survived by his children: Carla Erickson (Glenn) and Mark Goble (Kay); four grandchildren and their spouses; and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the many residents, staff and management of the St. John's Lutheran Ministries - to include Mission Ridge and Vista - for their gracious hospitality and support during Harold's eight years as a resident.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Graveside Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 1, 2011
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