Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Gubbels honored on his birthday by a parade of classic cars

RANDOLPH — Over two dozen vintage automobiles and pick-ups issued a special birthday message to a Randolph resident March 18.
Members of the Tri-County Cruisers Club wanted to wish Rich Gubbels a “happy birthday” March 18, so 27 cars drove past Rich and Rita Gubbels’ home in an effort to recognize Rich, who was one of the original members of the Tri-County Cruisers.
Family members were aware members of the car club would be driving past their parents’ home and had parked their dad’s 1955 Chevy in the driveway to show their support.
The car had belonged to Rich’s parents at one time, according to Gubbels’ daughter Gina Backhaus.
“My dad had the car restored. The car’s license plate has “Bess” on it,” Backhaus said.
All five of the Gubbels’ kids and several grandkids were with Rich as they stepped out to the front porch for the birthday surprise.
It was a special day for Rich, who has been dealing with severe health issues.
“It brought back a lot of memories for him. It was the best part of his day. He was all smiles and waved at them as they drove past,” Backhaus said. “It also meant a lot to the drivers who came past.”
Children of Rich and Rita and their spouses are John and Kathy Gubbels, Jane and Larry Janssen and Gina and Scott Backhaus, all of Randolph, along with Jill and Jeff Dominisse, Norfolk, and Jeff and Becky Kerkman, Neligh.