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In the line of duty: Chance J. Gober

CLEVELAND, August 28 — Chance Jason Gober, 40, a member of BLET Division 182 (North Little Rock, Ark.), was killed in the line of duty on August 17, 2014.

He was one of two crew members killed when two Union Pacific trains collided head on near the town of Hoxie, Ark. Brother Gober was born on November 12, 1973, in Sacramento, Calif. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

After serving his country in the United States Navy, Brother Gober hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad on March 30, 1998. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer on March 21, 2003, and joined the BLET on September 1, 2006.

Brother Gober loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his children. He also enjoyed playing and coaching baseball. He watched and coached his sons in Little League for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Glass Gober; sons, Zach Gober, 21, and his wife, Ashley, Jack Gober, 12, and Clay Gober, 10; mother and step-father, Carole and Jimmy Mullins; brother, Dustin Gober; sister, Jennifer Wells; grandmother, Jean Owen; and grandchild, Bentley Gober.

Brother Gober was preceded in death by his daughter, Estee Alexandra Gober; father, Johnny Gober; grandfather, Charles Owen; and great-grandparents, Jack and Josie Owen.

Funeral services were held on August 22, 2014, and Brother Gober was interred at Leek Cemetery in Star City, Ark.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce extended deepest condolences to the Gober family.

“The passing of this young man is a great loss to our Brotherhood and the close-knit membership of Division 182 in North Little Rock,” President Pierce said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Brother Gober’s family following this terrible tragedy. On behalf of the entire Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to every member of Brother Gober’s family.”

Memorials in memory of Brother Gober may be made to White Hall Little League, PO Box 20085, White Hall, Arkansas 71612.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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