Friends describe Gober as a father, avid duck hunter and a loyal, generous friend.
"Chance was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back that's just how he was," Andy Johnson said.
These three men knew Gober for more than 10 years. Andy Johnson and Chad Ursery said just having his presence made work fun.
"It'll be a loss because he was the kind of guy that he spoke to everyone," Johnson said.
Seeing Sunday's aftermath of a train crash that killed Gober and another man and critically injured two others was tough.
"First thing you say is, you know, why him, why's it gotta be somebody you know a friend or a family member," Johnson said.
"Makes you stomach turn because it could happen to anybody--just kind of a sickening feeling," Ursery said.
Gober and his partner were traveling south from Dexter, Missouri to Little Rock when they collided with train traveling north. They say an average crew drives 12 hours non stop during a shift. Both know the Little Rock-Dexter route, which they call one of the busiest train routes in the country-running seven days a week. Which, for them, means a dangerous route every time they get behind the wheel.
"You just don't ever know when you go to work at the railroad it's just part of your job and it's just a dangerous job," Johnson said.
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