|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1926|
|Death: ||May 11, 1986|
Son of Rev. Harvey David Gabel and Hannah (Brunner) Gabel.
Three Services Planned For Rev. Harvey C. Gabel
Services will be held Thursday and Friday for the Rev. Harvey C. Gabel, who helped build Millard's Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church into a congregation of 1,800.
Gabel, 60, died of cancer Sunday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He had been hospitalized for more than two months after undergoing bone-marrow transplant treatment.
Gabel served churches in Meridan, Illinois, Rockford, Illinois, Beatrice, Nebraska, and Gordon, Nebraska, before his appointment to Westwood Heights United Methodist Church in Millard in 1968.
Under Gabel, the Faith-Westwood congregation more than quadrupled, said Gabel's associate pastor, the Rev. Lawrence A. Moffet. Faith-Westwood was created by the April 1970 merger of Gabel's Westwood Heights church and the First United Methodist Church.
The two congregations initially totalling about 400 people, were united in a merger that was "not joyfully accepted" by denominational executives at that time, Moffet said. "Harvey handled it with sensitivity, and the congregation's growth took off.
"He had a marvelous ability to accept people where they were and bring out the best in them. He could make people feel the Gospel."
Gabel had battled cancer for more than three years. He appeared to be cancer-free for two years before the disease
was detected again around Christmas.
Despite the new diagnosis, Gabel led a group of Omaha Methodists to the Holy Land - Isreal, Jordan and Egypt - from January 21 to February 4. He resumed cancer treatment after returning.
Gabel was active in youth activities and community issues and was a frequent speaker in the Millard schools. The Millard Education Foundation inducted him into its Millard Hall of Fame last month. Gov. Kerrey spoke at the ceremony.
Gabel and his wife, Toni, also were noted for their clown ministry, which performed for dozens of groups through the region. A World-Herald story in May 1983 told about the clown ministry and Gabel's battle with cancer.
The Faith-Westwood pastor had recently announced his semiretirement. He was to move to Florida in June, where he planned a ministry of evangelism and visitation, Moffet said.
Gabel will be succeeded at Faith-Westwood by Dr. Don Marsh of the Geneva (Nebraska) United Methodist Church. Marsh previously served at Omaha's Hanscom Park United Methodist Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Papillion.
Gabel's survivors include his wife; daughters, Teri and Judi, both of Omaha; son, Paul A., of Evanston, Illinois; and brother, Wallace, of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Three services are planned at Faith-Westwood. A memorial service and service of death and resurrection will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday. Services of death and resurrection also are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday. Members of the clergy are encouraged to come robed.
Crosby-Kunold-Burket Colonial Chapel is handling arrangemwnts.
Omaha World Herald
Harvey C. Gabel
Memorial service for the Rev. Harvey C. Gabel, Omaha, Neb., who died May 11 of cancer, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Beth Eden United Methodist Church. His body was donated to science. Gabel was pastor of Faith Westwood Church, Millard, Neb., since 1959. He was the founding pastor of Beth Eden Church in Rockford in the early 1950's.
The Rockford Register Star
Tuesday, June 3, 1986
On A Personal Note: Rev. Harvey C. Gabel was one of the most decent men it has ever been our pleasure to know. He was truly a man of God... He united my husband and I in marriage on February 14, 1986, and I believe these may be some of the last photographs ever taken of him before he entered the hospital.
I want to take this opportunity to say "THANK YOU REV. GABEL', WE LOVE YOU!!!
John & Kathy
Harvey David Gabel (1894 - 1973)
Hannah Brunner Gabel (1895 - 1976)
Specifically: Body Donated to Science
Created by: Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste
Record added: Aug 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41395274