LeRoy (Lee) Henry Gibbs

Thursday, September 6, 2018
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LeRoy (Lee) Henry Gibbs, age 94, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, September 29, 2018 at Morningstar Assisted Living in Billings.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Interment will be in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Lee was born on May 13, 1924 in Miles City, the son of Roy & Nora Gibbs, the second eldest of six children. He was raised on the family ranch near Jordan, Mont. He attended primary school in Jordan and Miles City as well as the Gibbs Country School near the family ranch. He was graduated from Jordan High School in 1942. He ranched with his parents and brothers in Jordan for several years before purchasing a farm on the Buffalo Rapids Project near Glendive in the early fifties. Lee married R’Delle Jensen in 1954 and together they had five sons. In 1970 he and R’Delle purchased the Krug Ranch which was between Fallon and Glendive on the east side of the Yellowstone River. The ranch became Lee’s passion for the next fifty years.

Lee had a creative side to him and innovated many new ways to perform ranch and farm work. He was most proud of the feed bunks he invented and eventually patented. He was one of the first cattleman to use Limousin bulls in the country and always had sought after yearlings. Lee loved to irrigate and fix fence. Work was his livelihood and hobby and one would never find any grass growing under his feet. He instilled the appreciation of hard work in his boys and the value of being a man of his word.

Lee was hewn from the Old West and the cattleman and sheepman way of life. He was proud of his agriculture heritage and being a cowboy. He was a master storyteller and always had a yarn for every occasion. He even wrote an autobiography. Lee would strike up a conversation with any person who was close by and would end up with a new acquaintance or friend in short order. In his later years he very much enjoyed his coffee group in Green Valley, Ariz. and at the Subway in Glendive.

Like a lot of men from his generation he never wore his emotions on his sleeves and kept them inside. There were no hugs or “I love you” from Lee, but you knew that he cared for his family. He sorely missed R’Delle after she passed and one knew how he spoke of her that he loved her dearly.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jonathan Leigh Gibbs; his wife, R’Delle Delores Gibbs; sister, Betty Haughian; and brothers, John and Gerald Gibbs.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (Carrie) of Glendive, Tim (Laurie) and Rod (Lesley) of Fallon, and Reg (Julie) of Billings; and brothers, Gene Gibbs of Pleasanton, Calif. and David Gibbs of Circle. He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as Margarete Zabrocki whom he married in 2009.

Memorials are suggested to: http://www.myasthenia.org, Gateway Museum or Dawson County Fairgrounds.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.