Daniel B Gibbs, longtime resident of Kalispell, MT passed away on June 5, 2020 at the Montana Veteran’s Home at the age of 94.
Dan was born on March 10, 1926 in Port Arthur, WI to Byron Gibbs and Nellie (Sigsworth) Gibbs. Dan was the 2nd of 10 children.
Dan served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain during WWII. After the war, he moved to Montana and worked in the copper mines at Anaconda and Butte. He then moved to Milwaukee, WI as an apprentice mechanic. On July 5, 1950 he married Fern White in Ladysmith, WI. They moved to Milwaukee where their first son, John, was born. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, the family moved to Ladysmith where he worked for Ford Motor Co. Two more sons completed their family, Gerald and Mark. In 1956 they moved to Kalispell, MT where he worked for various auto repair agencies. His last job was with the city of Kalispell.
Dan’s loving wife of 43 years, Fern, passed away in June 1993. In September 1997 he married his longtime friend Geraldine Ross in Klamath Falls, OR at the home of her daughter. They enjoyed 22 years together. He enjoyed showing her Montana by taking Sunday drives in the country. Dan loved fishing, hunting and camping. He had a great sense of humor and loved to kid around with everyone.
Dan was preceded in death by his first wife Fern, his parents, six sisters and one brother. He is survived by his loving wife Geraldine, sons John (Rhonda), Gerald (Rusty), Mark (Amy), 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, one sister Thelma Parmer, Clarkston, WA, one brother Ted Gibbs, Edinburg, TX and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by three step children Philip Ross, Mark Ross and Glennis Wilson. Geraldine’s children were very happy that Dan chose to spend the rest of his life with their mother. They enjoyed the time they got to spend with Dan.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11am at the Conrad Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
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