CARMEL - Richard L. Gebert, 60, passed on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, while on a solo mountain climbing expedition in the Canadian Rockies. He was born April 16, 1953, in Morris Plains, N.J., the son of William D. and Waltraud (Grau) Gebert.
Rich purposely chose to attend the University of Wyoming to be near the mountains. In college he majored in geology with minors in astronomy and philosophy. He was active on the fencing team and played goalie for his soccer team, the Wyoming Cowboys. During college, his favorite activities were playing the keyboard in bands, skiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and his geology club. Before his 27 year career with the Maine DOT, he worked in lumber mills on the top of mountains and made his living as a musician. His favorite and most loved job for the Maine Dept. of Transportation was his bridge work. He was especially proud of the Penobscot Narrows. While as a musician in his band, Crybaby, he met his wife, Mary (Meeks) Gebert in December 1982. They have three beautiful children whom he adored and of whom he was proud, Richard C. Gebert, 28, of Carmel, Sarah R. Gebert, 26, of Glenburn and Cody M. Gebert, 19, of Carmel. Rich was known for telling stories and being extremely proud of his children for their accomplishments. His first passion in life was his wife and children with his love of the mountains, animals, music, politics, his German shepherd, Gretl, and all things nature running a very close second. His hilarious personality, well rounded intelligence, and strong work ethic was unique and admirable to all. In addition to his children, he is survived by his mother, Waltraud Gebert of Pittsburgh; his brother, Robert and Jan Gebert of Bangor, Pa.; his sister, Jean Gebert and partner, Chris, of Pittsburgh; his sister-in-law, Linda and Keith Caler of Bangor; brother-in-law, Anthony Trip of Bangor; sister-in-law, Billie Jo and Jim Cole of Corinth; sister-in-law, Lois Meeks of Hermon; many nieces and nephews including greats; and his beloved dog and constant companion, Gretl. He was predeceased by his beloved father, William of Morris Plains, N.J.; mother-in-law, Rita Meeks of Bangor; and brother-in-law, Eddie Meeks of Hermon.
A service to honor his life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Bangor Elks Club
, 108 Odlin Road, Bangor. For those who wish to make memorial contributions may be made to the Hubble Foundation, care of Bridgette Hester, 150 Abby Road, Grant, AL 35747, or at www.hubblefoundation.org
, an organization helping to bring Richard home. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.