Sammy Russell Gober, 67, passed away November 23, 2020, in Naples, Florida. He was predeceased by his father Stan Gober, his mother Faye, and his wife Joann. Captain Russ is survived by his daughter Crystal Schrader with husband Buddy and grandson Robert Law (Naples), his older brother Jay Gober with wife Caren (North Carolina), his younger brother Steve Gober with wife Trish (Goodland) and former wife Shannon (Naples), nephews Michael, Dylan, Ryan, and Zachary Gober (Goodland/Naples), nephews Jared and Jacob and niece Bethany Gober (North Carolina). His daughter Nicole Gober, granddaughter Chelsea, grandsons Andrew and Jayceon, great-granddaughter Neziliah, and great-grandson Printese (Fort Myers).
Thankfully, Russ faded quietly into the night. Those who knew him will remember him as the gentle giant of Goodland… Always good for a laugh, a funny story full of “Russ-isms,” and that good-ole cracker southern charm.
All that southern sass came straight down from Bessemer, Alabama, where Russ was born and where his roots run deep and Crimson Red. A loyal Bama fan to the end, he will no doubt still be watching that Roll Tide Roll from above.
No one will forget the times they shared with “Captain Russ” at the bar, at the dock, or on his precious vessel named after daddy’s little girl—Crystal Faye. He was known for his awesome fishing trips, airboat rides, and just plain old boating days with friends and family on the waters of Marco Island. Whether it be by airboat, ATV, or swamp buggy, Captain Russ was the master guide of the river of grass. There were countless memorable off-road adventures into the Everglades hunting for frogs, rescuing folks, getting stuck himself a time or two—lest any of us forget—and shooting the breeze with more of his good-ole-boy stories out on the lease. He was the captain of what his friends, family, and clients recall as the adventures of their lifetimes, and on some very rare occasions… the outing from hell.
Folks visiting Stan’s will remember Russ with his dad hanging out and greeting friends—old and new—with his giant-paw handshake, a joke, his Santa-like smile, and that chuckle none of us will soon forget. Well-loved and fondly remembered, Captain Russ will be adding to the stories the rest of us tell in all our days to come. He was a wonderful and doting father, a loving grandfather, a kind-hearted brother, the world’s coolest uncle, a legendary ﬁshing Captain, and a great friend to many—an original, never to be forgotten. We are all just lucky to have been a part of his storied life.
A celebration of life is planned for some time in April 2021. Details will be provided near to the date at Stan’s Idle Hour. Please leave a donation at any Veteran’s charity of your choice in Russ’s name as we remember him and thank him for his service.
Friends and family, please take a moment to add something personal to Russ’s memorial website at everloved.com/life-of/sammy-russell-gober . Your condolences, memories, stories and photos are much appreciated and will be forever cherished.