Obituary of Gerald Kebe
1939 – 2020
The Kebe family would like to announce with very sad hearts, the peaceful passing of Gerald Kebe on August 28, 2020. Gerald was surrounded by his loving family in the Invermere District Hospital palliative care unit, he was 81 years of age.
Gerry was born August 14th, 1939 in Nelson, B.C., and moved to the Windermere Valley when he was 11 years old. He attended school in Invermere while having many jobs as a youngster. After his schooling Gerry worked for the Invermere Hardware and the Invermere SuperValu grocery store and then built and operated two successful businesses in Radium Hot Springs: Radium Foods in 1972 – 2000 and Keeb’s Pub in 1986 – 2002.
Gerry was a devoted husband, father, grandpa and was a very accomplished fly fisherman. It seemed he could catch a fish in a mud puddle! He was also an exceptionally good curler, dancer, cook, garlic grower, knife sharpener, airplane pilot, downhill ski instructor, meat cutter, golfer, loved making popcorn and wine, playing cards (Bridge, solitaire).
Gerry was a member of the Radium waterworks board prior to Village Incorporation. He was an integral member of the Associated Grocers group of Western Canada board of directors and a member of the Masonic order for over 50 years. Gerry was also a very proud member of the 100 plus Red Cross blood donation club and the Invermere Fire Department.
Gerry will be sorely missed but never forgotten by all his loving family members, his fishing and camping buddies, neighbours, friends and the many people he has made a positive impact on in their lives by his huge selflessness and the unlimited heart he showed to other families other than his own.
Gerry’s time in our local hospital and palliative care unit was made so much easier by the amazing care, love and professionalism that was shown and conducted by our local nurses, doctors and paramedics that we are so fortunate to have here. He will rest peacefully in the Radium Hot Springs Columbarium.
Gerry shared his life with his loving wife Irene for almost sixty years, together they have two sons, Gerald Kent (Lydia) and Colin William (Linda) his grandson Brock Lucas and his brother Edward, (Jimmy, Jennifer) 3 half-sisters, sister-in-law Olga Lewis and brother-in-law Claude Gallinger and was predeceased by his granddaughter Samantha Dianne in 2004.
Due to the pandemic the family will not be holding a service at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that if able, please donate to the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society (Invermere Palliative care) at P.O. Box 571 Invermere B.C. V0A 1M0 or call 250-342-5552.