James Marsine Gerbig

James Marsine Gerbig
March 4, 1924 – June 15, 2015

James “Jim” Gerbig, 91, of Bryan, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan. A private burial service will proceed his Memorial Service at 11am, Friday, June 19, 2015 at Central Baptist Church in College Station, 1991 FM 158 Road. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jim was born in the Kickapoo area near Waller, Texas, and grew up on the family farm. On July 30, 1945 he married the love of his life, Marion Turner. He was a proud Aggie graduate – Class of 1950 (whoop) – with double degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and was a member of the greatest generation. He served in the Army Air Corps with the 23rd Depot Repair Squadron during World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a true patriot who loved his country with all his heart and soul.

He was a Professional Engineer by trade but was an accomplished man in many fields. As an accomplished engineer, he accepted any challenge and never backed down, finding optimum solutions to problems he encountered. He ran his first marathon at age 60 and loved encouraging his and Mom’s friend, Heart Lassiter, to run. His most precious times were spent with God and nature. He loved fishing and quail hunting. Many joyful events revolved around those activities with his family and friends as well as fish fries at his beloved retreat north of Bryan. He loved his fruit trees and orchard. If you challenged him to a game of ‘42’, we hope you did not expect to win.

But more than anything, Jim was a true and faithful servant of God. He is being greatly celebrated in Heaven and his truest mission was making sure all knew of God’s love, grace, and redemption.

Of all the numerous professional organizations of which he was a member, perhaps his proudest affiliation was as an ‘honorary member ‘of the Bluebonnet Streetrodders Club. We wish he could have gotten his ’55 Chevy.

Jim’s working career included employment with Alcoa Aluminum, Rohm and Haas Chemical, and private engineering and construction companies. His “last” retirement was at the age of 83 as construction manager for Brushy Creek MUD on a water treatment plant in Round Rock, TX. He also loved his time serving as a Docent for George Bush Library.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Will L. Gerbig and Callie Hyatt Gerbig, his brother Willie Joe Gerbig and sister-in-law Martha Gerbig. His greatest loss was his son, Mike, when he passed in July, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Marion Turner Gerbig; his daughter Jan Gerbig Connealy and husband Don Connealy, daughter-in-law Valerie Gerbig; his twin sister Valerie Wilson; sister-in-law and special angel Greta Watts; his brother-in-law Charles Turner and wife Mary, and brother-in-law Edward Turner. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. His extended family included many friends throughout the world. He had a special place in his heart for all God’s four legged creatures.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hope Rescue Center in Hearne, Texas, Brazos Valley Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Condolences

  1. JAN,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a great man, and he is in a lot better place now and may he rest in peace

  2. I am sorry I never met your Dad, but he sounds like mine — a great generation of men who loved their country and their family. How wonderful to be married 70 years. I know you will miss him I still miss my Dad, but you will always have the memories in your heart. We are so blessed to have our parents for such a long time, not all are so fortunate.

  3. JAN,

    It’s hard to replace a DAD and he was a great man, and may he rest in peace and he is in a lot better place.

  4. Jan,
    How proud you must be of your dad, to have lived and loved such a full life. And how blessed you are to have had this wonderful man in your life for so many years.

    Your dad is now whole again and with his greatest love and mentor, Jesus Christ.

    May God give you strength and comfort in this time of sadness.

    Love,
    Linda & Rick Dixon

  5. Jan: You know this very well, but your father was my closets friend and I loved and respected. We have been friends and colleagues for more than 45 years. I am honored to be a pall bearer, but I had expected your Dad to be my pall bearer. The Lord has chosen a special Angel to join him in Heaven. I will cherish the times we spent together on this earth and look forward to seeing him again! My regards to you, your mother, and all your family in this time of grief. I consider your dad as my extended brother, which I was never blessed with. Your dad is at peace and now we need to adjust to not seeing him all the time, but he right here by our sides. I stand ready to help in any of you current or future needs.
    Love,
    Jerry 6/18/2015

  6. Marion and Jan,

    I was saddened to learn of Jim’s death on Monday. We were on the way home from Montana and Cynthia just happened to call while we had cell service.

    He was a good man and I feel proud that he was my uncle.

    Love,

    Patty and Bill

  7. Marion and Jan,

    I was saddened to learn of Jim’s death on Monday. We were on the way home from Montana and Cynthia just happened to call while we had cell service.

    He was a good man and I feel proud that he was my uncle.

    Love,

    Patty and Bill

  8. Marion and Jan,

    I was saddened to learn of Jim’s death on Monday. We were on the way home from Montana and Cynthia just happened to call while we had cell service.

    He was a good man and I feel proud that he was my uncle.

    Love,

    Patty and Bill

  9. Gerbig Family,

    My Rohm and Haas career included nearly 10 years at the Houston Plant, with the last six years as plant manager. It was my good fortune to work with fine people who were dedicated to the success of the company, who were professional in their work whatever their position, and who cared about their colleagues and friends at the plant. I think we were an outstanding operation as a result, and Jim Gerbig represented all the best parts of what we did. Improvement projects and effective maintenance were key both to running the plant efficiently and to a safe operation. Jim made numerous significant contributions, and I always appreciated his ability to put forward good ideas and be persuasive in getting them implemented. That was not an easy task in a plant with competing priorities and strong personalities. He was special in this regard.

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss.

  10. Sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man. Serviced his vehicle over the years. Always had a kind word and just a very nice person. We will miss him. He’s walking street of gold today.
    Prayers are with y’all.
    Love
    Tex and Kathy

  11. Dear Janet,
    I am so sorry to hard about the loss of your dad. You know when we were in high school your dad scared me almost as much as mine scared you. We both now know and can appreciate how much they loved and were concerned about us. I remember that your dad was in the military, but I never knew what all he accomplished at work and in the military. Your tribute was beautiful. I am so thankful you and Don have had the last several years to spend time close to your parents.
    Please give you mom my condolences also.
    Nona

  12. Dear Jan and Marion and Don. I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time.

    Ronnie

  13. Devastated to hear of an old friend passing on his way to a better place. Was proud to be associated with him thru the years at Alcoa.

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