Gerald R. Gibbs, age 89, of Jordan, MT passed away on March 21, 2015 at the Eastern Montana Veteran Home in Glendive, MT.
Gerald Richard Gibbs was born on July 23, 1925 in Miles City, MT, the son of Roy and Nora (Leibole) Gibbs. Gerald grew up on the family ranch near Jordan where he attended various country schools; he also attended school in Miles City for a short period of time. From an early age Gerald was an independent hard worker. The cold winter of 1935 he began a paper route so he could earn money for a bicycle. That winter he never missed a single route. During school Gerald excelled in sports. He participated in boxing, football and track. He recalled the first football game he ever saw was one he played in. Gerald graduated from Garfield County High School in 1943. Shortly after high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he did tours through the South Pacific, Philippines and in Japan after the dropping of the bomb. Gerald was honorably discharged from the Navy in June of 1946. He returned home to the family ranch where he helped his parents.
In 1951 he was wintering cattle in the Glendive area when he became sick and needed to go to the hospital. It was there he met a nurse named Delores Nickels and one short year later the two were married. To this union two children were born, Bob and Pat. Together Delores and he raised their family on the ranch. Gerald loved raising and working cattle, it was truly a way of life for him, he even dabbled in the exotic cattle market for a while. Gerald’s true passion was ranching. He was also pleased with the birth of his two great-granddaughters, Garnett and Morgan.
Gerald is survived by his two sons, Bob (Debbie) Gibbs and Pat (Bev) Gibbs of Jordan; three brothers, David (Birdice) Gibbs of Circle, MT, Lee(Margret) Gibbs of Fallon, MT and Gene (Donna Jean) Gibbs of Stockton, CA; one sister, Betty Haughian of Miles City; one sister-in-law, Helen Gibbs; six grandchildren, William (Bridgette) Gibbs, Collin (Kim) Gibbs, Jay (Emily) Gibbs, Tim (Abby) Gibbs, Nathan Gibbs and Nolan Gibbs and two great-granddaughters Garnett and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores, his parents, a brother John,sister-in-law R’Delle Gibbs and brother-in-law Jerome Haughian .
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan. Should friends desire memorials can be made to the Jordan VFW or Jordan Ambulance Service. Condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.