Saturday, June 25, 2022

Ralph Matthew Gibbons III

| April 13, 2022 7:00 AM

Ralph Matthew Gibbons III

Dec. 25, 1937 - April 1, 2022

Ralph Gibbons, 84, of Fremont, Nebraska passed away on April 1, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon on Christmas Day 1937, to Ralph Matthew and Kathleen Connolly Gibbons. He grew up in Cut Bank. He was a retired Air Force Major, and a retired teacher who taught fifth and sixth graders in the Fremont Public School System for more than 20 years. Ralph was active for decades in Civil Air Patrol, the USAF auxiliary, leading search and rescue teams, teaching leadership skills to teens, and helping to spread understanding of aviation and love of flying.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas Gibbons, David Gibbons; sisters, Sharon Wright, Deanna Harris; daughter-in-law, Nola Durning Gibbons; son-in-law, Corey Nelson; and granddaughter Deirdre Burner.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, JoAnn Reimers Gibbons; daughters, Darcy (Jonathan) Burner-Shapiro, Tamara Nelson; sons, Timothy Gibbons, Jason (Debra) Gibbons, Derek (Jennifer) Gibbons; sister, Elva Henderson; four grandsons, five granddaughters, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews he adored.

Ralph had a generous heart and loving spirit. Anyone who knows him will attest to his deep love for his family. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly always.

To leave an online condolence please visit

Memorials may be directed to the Fremont Public Schools Foundation or the St. Labre Indian School, Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT, 59003.

Online webcast can be found at, under Ralph’s obituary.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 10, 2022, at Dugan Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Service was Monday, April 11, 2022, at Dugan Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Omaha National Cemetery.

Recent Headlines