Ernest (Ernie) F. Gerber
1925 - 2013
Ernest (Ernie) F. Gerber died early Sunday morning, May 12th, at Life Care Center of Boise. He was 87 years old. Ernie received great care and made new friends at that facility for nearly two and a half years, after suffering a serious stroke in December of 2010.
Ernie was born August 14, 1925, in the Twin Falls Hospital to Swiss immigrants, Fred and Emma Gerber. He was very proud of his Swiss heritage. He had always wanted to see Switzerland. That wish was fulfilled in 1991, when he and his wife were able to visit the villages where his parents grew up.
Ernie was raised on a farm located between Buhl and Filer, with his father. He and his sister, Lillian, resided for six months in the Children's Home on Warm Springs Ave. in Boise, after their mother died when Ernie was four years old. That stay was never intended to be permanent and they did return to live with their father on the farm. His first eight years of school were at the Cedar Draw country school near his home. He attended high school in Buhl and faithfully rode his bicycle to and from school every day.
When the U.S. was in the midst of World War II raging in Europe and the South Pacific, Ernie enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduation. He was sent to the Naval Hospital in Corona, California, for his basic training. He was trained as a medic and served his tour of duty in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge he took advantage of the GI Bill and began college at Idaho State University in Pocatello. He studied his first two years of pharmacy there and then changed his major to English and transferred to the University of Idaho, where he graduated with his B.A. degree.
Ernie worked ten years for the Idaho State Department of Employment, where he met his future wife, Marian Barrett. They were married in 1959. He was then transferred to Bonners Ferry in N. Idaho where they lived for two years. He was next hired by the Social Security Administration, trained in Denver, worked in Ogden, Utah, and finally returning to the office in Boise where he stayed until his retirement in 1988.
Ernie was an avid reader and he enjoyed the outdoors. Many family vacations were spent camping in the mountains around Cascade and McCall. He especially looked forward to pheasant hunting every fall and he always had one or two bird dogs. For many years, he also spent time hunting deer and elk. He grew big gardens every summer and was proud when he could harvest the fruits of his labor.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of nearly 54 years, his daughter, Julie (Kirk) Robison of Boise; his son, Rob (Rhonda) Gerber; two grandchildren Mallory (Jason) Broom and Joey (Jasmine) Gerber who live in Dublin, California. Ernie has one surviving sister, Lillian Jacobsen, of Buhl, Idaho, and two brothers-in-law, Harold and Duane Barrett. There are numerous nieces and nephews, and their spouses and children on both sides of Ernie's family. He has three nephews on the Gerber side; Larry (Olivia) Rowe, Mike (Bonnie) Rowe, and Rick (Terry) Rowe, all of Twin Falls; two nieces, Janie (Isidro) Goicochea of Twin Falls, and Lois (Gary) Welburn of Medford, Oregon. There is also a first cousin, Trudy (Charles) Tresky, of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. There are extended family members in Switzerland.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy and her husband, Owen (Tip) Rowe who lived in Twin Falls; three other brothers-in-law; his father-in-law, a step father-in-law and mother-in-law. There are no services planned as requested by Ernie. There will be a private family dinner Saturday, the 18th, at the Boise home where he had lived for 41 years. Cloverdale Funeral Home and Cremation assisted with final care for Ernie.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Life Care Center of Boise for the compassionate care, respect, and love they gave Ernie. We also appreciate the care and concern shown to him and the family by First Choice Hospice.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 18, 2013