Gerald H. "Jerry" Libsack (1941 - 2018)

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Gerald H. "Jerry" Libsack, 77, of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Dardenne Prairie.
Masonic rites will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and visitation from 6-8 p.m., at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia. Burial with full military rites will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials: . Online condolences can be expressed at www.millerfh.net.
Mr. Libsack was born on April 9, 1941, in Greeley, Colo., the son of Ruben and Ella Nora (Reichert) Libsack. He married Phyllis Jean Redmond on March 25, 1978, in Plattsmouth, Neb.
Jerry graduated from College High School in Greeley, Colo. He received his bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in 1962 and his master's from Wichita State University in 1973. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. AirForce through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served numerous communications and electronic assignments both overseas and stateside, with the majority of the time with the Strategic Air Command, working in the International Ballistic Missile Programs. Jerry retired in 1987 as a lieutenant colonel while serve as Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Motorola Corp., BTAC Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. in a consulting role to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Air Force.
Jerry was a rancher and farmer in the Mulberry Grove area, was a volunteer at Bond County Senior Center delivering Meals on Wheels and was a counselor for the Senior Health Insurance Program of Illinois. He received the Governor's Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer in 2006 and received the Illinois Department of Insurance Award for 2011 Volunteer Counselor of the Year for Southern Illinois for work with the Medicare Program.
He was a member of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M., serving as Master in 2013-14; and was a member of the Old National Trail Shrine Club and Shriners International.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Connie Cameron and Sean of Smyrna, Ga., Debbie Garde of White Springs, Fla., and Charlene Watson and Gary of O'Fallon, Mo.; grandchildren, David, Heather, Devin, Elizabeth and Colleen; great-grandchildren, Harper and Haley; brother, Roger Libsack of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Marianna Rohn and Bob of Grover, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Published in The Leader-Union from June 26 to July 4, 2018
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