Robert Gibson

Robert Gibson, 79

Longtime Alaskan Robert "Gib" Gibson, 79, died peacefully the morning of March 1, 2004, at the Mary Conrad Center.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Gibson was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Montana and grew up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was in the Merchant Marine during World War II and first came to Alaska in 1946 aboard a vessel that wrecked in the Aleutians.

He returned to Alaska in 1954 as a Bureau of Indian Affairs teacher in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. He lived and worked there for five years. He then taught another three years in the village of Kwethluk before moving to Bethel. He was a communications engineer for the White Alice system during the 1964 earthquake and was instrumental in restoring power to Anchorage. He later taught for the Kuskokwim Community College and retired with the state of Alaska.

He met Jackie Feigon in 1977 in Anchorage. They married and lived in Bethel for four years before retiring to their homestead across the river from Aniak from 1981 to 1996. They then moved into Anchorage.

His family wrote: "An accomplished mechanic, electrician, photographer, musician and chef, Bob Gibson was a true renaissance man.

"As a lifelong teacher, Gib made an impact on many lives. Years later, people would come up to him and say, 'You were my teacher' or 'I went to college because of you.' "

Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Jackie; and his children, Rebecka Stalnaker, Roberta Gibson, John Gibson, James Gibson and Sean Gibson; stepchildren, Teri Braleman, Julie Feigon and Kim Feigon; sister, Nancy Coon; and 13 grandchildren.

His family added, "In lieu of flowers, it would have given Gib great pleasure for donations to be made to the Democratic Party of Alaska, P.O. Box 231230, Anchorage 99523-1230.