Gilbert Joseph Giesbers
Gilbert Joseph Giesbers, 90, a resident of the Verboort community, died Sunday evening, October 08, 2023 at his home.
Gilbert Joseph Giesbers was born to Anthony (AJ) and Marie (Krieger) Giesbers on January 7, 1933, at the family home in Verboort, the second oldest of six children.
He attended grade school and high school at Visitation Catholic School, having been a graduate of the Verboort High School Class of 1952.
He was united in marriage to Nadine Lucy Godon in 1953 in Visitation Catholic Church. They had six children: Michael, Karl, Brent, Cheryl Jacobson, Leah Kindel and Cara Pultz. A few days after their marriage Gilbert was drafted into the Army. He served two years of active duty at Camp Roberts and Fort Lewis, Washington to name a few, until receiving his honorable discharge.
Following their marriage, they resided in the Verboort community. They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on February 03, 2023.
Gilbert was a devout Catholic and supported his church, Visitation Catholic Church in Verboort, OR. He enjoyed helping at the annual Verboort Sausage and Kraut dinner every year. Gilbert always had an interest in how things worked. At the age of about 12 he built a car from old/scrapped parts (1930 model A Ford). Yes, it did run, and he sold it for $400. He was proud of his work. At a young age he began puttering around his father’s automotive business. Returning from the service he worked for his father and eventually owned Giesbers Automotive.
Among his special interests, he was a loving husband, father and grandpa. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, automotive mechanics, and tinkering to figure out why something wasn’t working and how to fix it. Gilbert didn’t know a stranger and was known for his gift of gab. Hence, the nickname of Gabby Gib. If you had the time or even if you didn’t, he loved telling stories and yes, a joke or two also.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Marie Giesbers, and by his brothers Eldon and John and his sister Delores Kemper and his son Michael.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Giesbers, of Verboort, Oregon; his children and their spouses, Karl Giesbers of Verboort, Brent Giesbers of Forest Grove; Cheryl Jacobson (Rick) of Newberg, Leah Kindel (Dave) of Gaston and Cara Pultz (Jeff) of Banks. His sister, brother and spouse, and brother-in-law, Bernita Goodrich, Denis (Sharon) Giesbers, and Matthew Kemper.
Also surviving are his 14 grandchildren and spouses, Robert (Tonya) Giesbers, Darick (Liz) Giesbers, Sarah (Zachariah) Lupro, Hunter Giesbers, Trapper Giesbers, Shyann (Jeff) Stewart, Joshua Vanderzanden, Chandra Vanderzanden, Christopher Jacobson, Conrad Jacobson, Isaac (Kristina) Kindel, Kyanne (Robbie) Woessner, Nikita (Richelle) Pultz, Kyra Pultz; his 18 great grandchildren Brittany (Candace Lopiano) Giesbers, Andrew Bragdon, Sydney May, Mason Lupro, Keanna Hendrick, Jackson Stewart, Weston Vanderzanden, Luke Jacobson, Seth Jacobson, John Jacobson, Grace Jacobson, Carson Jacobson, Alivia Jacobson, George Woessner, Benjamin Woessner, Domonic Pultz, Alexandria Pultz, Charlotte Pultz and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggest donations in Gilbert’s name to Visitation Parish or Visitation Cemetery.