Jerry (Gib) Gibson Jr. passed peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, June 17th, 2018.He was the youngest of 5 children born to Gerald (Jerry) and Clara Belle Gibson. In his youth, Jerry #6 was Billings Colt All Star pitcher for Billings #1 ranked winning team (Scheel’s) in both 1971 and 1972. In 1972, after hitting a winning home run in a tournament against Spokane, he understandably received an award for “Most Versatile Player of the Year”.
Jerry graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1974. He married Linda Ostwald in April of 1976 and they forever stayed very good friends. Later that same year Jerry did a short stint in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
In 1977 Jerry and 4 of his friends saved a woman and 5 children from a burning house fire. After breaking down the front door of the home and rescuing the woman and 4 children the rescuers thought their job was done but then heard the cries of a baby. Even though he was barefoot, Jerry ran into the house engulfed in flames and pulled the baby from his burning crib then ran back outside. Just as Jerry dropped the baby in someone else’s arms, the home exploded. Jerry and the others received awards and were publicly honored by the Mayor of Billings for their bravery and heroic actions.
Jerry married Becky Wagstaff 1979 and the marriage lasted only a few short months. For years Jerry played in a pool league, winning many tournaments and beat even the best players out there. Jerry never missed a trip on the Yellowstone River Float River float with his long time friend Guy Risa, though in more recent years his health held him back.
In the early 80’s Jerry attended Spokane Community College to be a Certified Welder and graduated 2nd out of a class of 63. He was life partners (25 yrs) with Roxanne Tweeden who passed a few years ago.
Jerry was a very loving, kind and generous person who would step up and help anyone in need. At the same time though, he was very straight forward and not afraid to tell it like it was (and did just that).
He had a kind of dry humor and liked to tease people, especially the nurses.His passing leaves a big hole in our hearts and he will truly be missed.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father Gerald (Jerry) Gibson, his brother Randall Jay (Randy) Gibson and Grandmother Laverna Jones. He leaves behind his Mother: Clara Belle Gibson, Sisters: Peggy (John) Gibson, Terry Gibson, Rebecca (Becky) Ham, Vikki Grisham, Brother: Jerry Eugene (Yolanda) Gibson, numerous nieces and nephews who he was very proud of and his very special care giver and good friend Delphine.
A big thank you to Jerry’s Doctors: Dr. Megan Littlefield, Dr. Paul Byorth and RN B.J., Sharon at Home Care, Susie at Area II and all of you who worked with Jerry over the years.
Cremation has taken place, and he will be laid to rest with full military honors on July 21, 2018 at 11:00 am at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, MT. Family and friends will celebrate Jerry’s life at 1:00 pm the same day, at Ledgestone banquet room, 4863 King Avenue East.