October 30, 2003

(11/7/1935 - 10/15/2003)

Gerald “Gerry” Howard Biby, 67, of Gillette, WY, died October 15, 2003, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of complications from cancer.

He was born November 7, 1935, to Howard Albert and Opal “Allene” (Finley) Biby in Santa Maria, CA.

When Gerald was 10 years old he moved to Fort Madison, IA, where he graduated from high school in 1953. He continued his education at Burlington Junior College in Iowa and earned his certificate of teaching.

At the age of 19, he accepted a position teaching sixth grade in Donnellson, IA, a position he held for eight years. After teaching in Donnellson, he accepted a position teaching sixth grade at the Riverdale School in Bettendorf, IA. During this time he wore many occupational hats. He worked nights at Yonkers Department Store and as a security guard for Wackenhut Security, all while maintaining his teaching position.

He met Colleen Noble and they were married on May 28, 1960, in Fort Madison, IA. They both graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. In 1967, he earned his master’s degree in elementary education at Truman State University. He held a position as principal at Winfield Mount Union School district for four years.

In 1971, he moved to Gillette, WY, where he held positions as principal at Eastside and Meadowlark Schools and was proud of the accomplishment of moving himself and his staff from the old Eastside School to the new Meadowlark School. He was instrumental in re-establishing kindergarten in Campbell County and was the administrator of the program for nine years. During this time he was also instrumental in refurbishing the school buildings. In later years, he was an instructor at Sheridan College.

He chose a different career path in 1980, when he went to work for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, working in the jail system for five years. He eventually went on to work as an evidence technician. He retired in 2001 because of health reasons.

Mr. Biby enjoyed airplanes and trains. His hobbies included collecting books on the history of airplanes, trains and military history. He enjoyed reading about World War II, and the Civil War. He loved to grow roses in his yard. In his spare time, he played the banjo, ukulele, guitar and piano. He wrote humorous poetry. Photography became his pastime personally and professionally for the sheriff’s department. In his early years in Gillette, he enjoyed traveling with his children and hunting elk, deer and antelope.

Mr. Biby is survived by his wife of Gillette, WY; two daughters, Cathy Donald of Gillette, WY and Klancie Biby of Moorcroft, WY; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Joe and Joyce Harvey of Memphis, MO, and Boyd and Judy Bradley of Arbela, MO; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; aunts; uncles; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held October 17, 2003, at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, Gillette, WY, with the Rev. Bob Rudichar of the Cornerstone Church of God officiating. Burial was at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Heptner Radiation Oncology Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Donations may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may be sent via the Internet at www.stevensonandsons.com.

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