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Ken Gebert

January 6, 1936 ~ February 6, 2022 (age 86)

Obituary

Florence  -  On February 6, 2022, Ken Gebert quietly passed away in his Montana home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 86 years of age but forever young in spirit. Those closest to him, that will be turning sadness in the loss into the fondness of many treasured memories, are his wife, Barbara Gebert; his four children, Leissa, Bob, Kathy and Cindy; his brother, Warren Gebert; his grandson, Wyatt Williamson and granddaughter, Alexa Williamson and, of course, his 3 year old grandson, Hudson, who fondly called him “Pa.” If you asked a hundred people who Ken Gebert was, they’d all give you a different story. A husband whose love for his wife always shone in his eyes. A father who disciplined; playfully tormented, and above all else, cherished his children. A jokester who took great delight in not getting caught creating “new rules” during family games. A man with a with a keen sense of creativity as a problem solver and inventor of solutions; some of them practical and some were just plain entertaining. A business owner who worked tirelessly and took great pride in being a self made man. A dedicated fitness buff; long before it became mainstream. A man who could likely be in the Guinness Book of Records for most watched John Wayne movies and episodes of Gun Smoke. Ken was born in Chicago, Illinois to his parents, Lawrence and Dorothy. His stories of the early days in Chicago were entertaining - to say the least! They moved to northern Wisconsin when he was in the last years of high school and it is there where he met the love of his life, Barbara. It was a romance as can only be imagined in the mid 1950’s complete with poodle skirts and pool halls. They grew into a family of six and enjoyed years of adventure and travel. Ultimately Ken and Barbara’s dream of settling in the beautiful state of Montana became reality. It is Montana where they have made their home for the past 50 years. Ken will be fondly remembered most for the tireless love and devotion to his family. He did not wish for a public memorial or service to be held. In honor of Ken’s life and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, all donations to Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research www.michaeljfox.org/donate would be appreciated.

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