Gordon H. Libby - March 26, 2011
Gordon H. Libby was born May 2, 1928, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Hugh and Lilly (Duncan) Libby.
Gordon grew up and attended school in Phoenix. After graduation, his first job was moving houses in the hot Arizona sun.
At the age of 19 years he joined the U.S. Army, fighting in the Korean War. Most of his time was spent battling on the front line. Very few men from his Company A, 27th Regiment survived. The Wolverines was the regiment’s mascot. He served his country from 1947 to 1951. Upon his return to Arizona he continued moving houses.
On Jan. 9, 1953, Gordon married JoAnn Richardson in Phoenix and to this union three children, Janice, Charlene and Mike, were born.
Gordon changed careers in 1953 joining the Maricopa County Police Department. He took on side jobs including guarding at the Stock Car Races and guarding Barry M. Goldwater, Republican Senator of Arizona. He stayed with his job for 18 years leaving Arizona in 1968, when the family moved to Colorado.
In Colorado Gordon worked for Martin Marietta Aero Space. He was hired on in the sheet metal department. He excelled in math and won an award for his outstanding success of the Brilliant Pebbles Missile. The Brilliant Pebbles can be found on-line at Lockheed/Martin Brilliant Pebbles. Martin Marietta had its hand in several projects: Titan missiles, Space Shuttle, Magellan, etc.
Gordon retired in 1992. Martin Marietta merged with Lockheed in March, 1995 and is known today as Lockheed/Martin.
After retirement, Gordon and JoAnn moved to Minnesota to enjoy their son and his families’ company.
They moved to Wauneta, Neb., in 1998 where they have resided until present.
Gordon passed away March 26, 2011, at his home in Wauneta. He was 82 years of age.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Janice Hoskins; brothers, Bobby, Hugh, Glenn and Dale Libby.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn of 58 years, of Wauneta; daughter, Charlene L. Schmidt of Wauneta; son, Michael Libby and wife Julie of Kimball, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Scott G. Smith, Joe O. Smith, Michael Libby, Mitchell Libby, McCade Libby, Amanda Libby, Brandi Hoskins and Shari Hoskins; 11 great grandchildren; brothers: Gary Libby and Luke Libby.
Private family graveside funeral services for Gordon were held Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 11:00 a.m. (MT), at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Pastor Lloyd Bley officiating. Gordon chose no public visitation.
A memorial has been established in Gordon’s memory.
On-line condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.