Obituary of Gerald Raymond Sibert
Gerald Sibert (75) or Jerry, as he was known by all his friends and family passed away on July 6, 2023. He was born to Ray and Leila Sibert on July 4, 1948, in Spokane, WA. Jerry graduated from St. Maries High School in 1965 and graduated from north Idaho College in 1967. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Jerry had worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for 13 years. Jerry's & Co., a business he founded creating beautiful, customized fireplace screens and doors all over the United States.
Jerry met his lifetime love, Debbie, while working as a controller at the FAA Auburn Traffic Control Center. He was smitten at the first sight of Debbie while she was taking a tour of the facility. It was a meeting that changed their lives forever. On February 7", 1976 they married and resided in Tacoma, Washington, raising their two sons. The last few years of their lives were spending every minute of precious time at his childhood home outside of Calder, ID enjoying the company of the Sibert family members and the many new friends they made. Jerry and Debbie did everything as a team and even though they each had separate interests, both supported one another in those endeavors for 47 wonderful years.
Jerry provided love, guidance and cherished his sons throughout their lives. He taught them to be good, honest and caring people and to value life and family. He was the family’s rock and glue that held everything together. Always the “go-to” guy when you needed something done or fixed. He was a quiet person, with a quick smile and wit to match.
Jerry achieved his private pilot license and loved flying where he relished sitting in the seat of his Cessna 182 for the last two decades. He was a man who appreciated all things mechanical or detailed in nature. He especially enjoyed astronomy – looking up at the planets and star gazing through the lens of the many types of telescopes he owned. His pride and joy, an 18-inch Dobsonian telescope he had built, which won multiple awards at events and was even featured in a magazine.
A gentle man, he was an animal lover at heart. Jerry never tired of watching the numerous deer, elk and other wildlife at the ranch. Always with a dog at his side, he enjoyed the loyalty of the many Boston Terriers he and Debbie had rescued through the years. Every one of their beloved pets absolutely adored him.
All who knew Jerry will miss his quiet demeanor, smile and that equally quirky sense of humor. Mostly we will miss his sharp intellect, strength and warmth that always emanated from him. He was the true “original” and there will never be another like him.
Jerry is survived by his wife Debbie; children Douglas (Michelle) Lowe and JRay (Shawnee) Sibert; 4 grandchildren Dustin, Cameron, Dylan and Alora; sister Barbara (Dwayne) Struss-Yavelak; and numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Leila Sibert. At Jerry’s request, there will be no services.