Kenai resident Gerald "Sib" Sibley was found dead Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, in the aircraft shop where he lived. He was 61.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. A wake will be held afterward at The Place on the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.
Mr. Sibley was born Nov. 21, 1940, in Lansing, Mich. In 1970, after spending 12 years in the U.S. Air Force, he came to Alaska to pursue a career as an aircraft mechanic. With him, he brought his wife, Joan, and three small children, Mark, Mike and Jim. After brief stays in Ketchikan and Anchorage, the Sibley family came to Kenai in 1975.
Since then, Mr. Sibley owned a series of aircraft repair shops on the Kenai Peninsula
and spent most of his free time on the Kuskatan River, hunting and exploring all of the creeks and valleys it had to offer.
"This is where he felt most at home," his family said. "Sib was a true Alaska man. As is true with most of the old-timers, there was a lot more to him than met the eye. To many
residents of the Kenai Peninsula, he was a friend that was always there when you needed him and a hunting buddy you could count on for a good story around the campfire.
"To us, he was our dad and we all loved him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Sib's request was to have his carcass hauled over to his cabin and feed it to the bears, but we had him cremated so we could scatter his ashes at one of his favorite spots on the Kuskatan River."
Mr. Sibley was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his brother, Pete Sibley of Kalamazoo, Mich.; ex-wife, Joan Hart of Sterling; sons and daughters-in-law Mark and Bonnie Sibley of Fairbanks, Mike and Julie Sibley of Kenai and James and Jacqueline of San Diego; and grandchildren Benjamin Michael Sibley of Kenai and Mark Sibley Jr. and Brian James Sibley, both of Fairbanks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Sibley family at 44608 Carver Drive, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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