TABOR, GERALD, 83
Ocala - Gerald Tabor, 83, of Ocala passed away on June 5, 2014. Gerald was born August 9, 1930 to Kelsie and Margaret Tabor of Bedford, Indiana. As a young man, Gerald entered the Air Force and was active from 1951 to 1959. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1959, he made Ocala his home because of his interest in Ross Allen Reptile Institute at Silver Springs, where he went to work. He left the Reptile Institute to begin a new career in the restaurant industry. Later, he built the iconic Jungle Garden Inn, which he owned and operated until he retired in 1993. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling all over the world, photography and spending time with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Marilan, brother Robert and sister Jackie.
Gerald is survived by wife Annie; five children, Lisa, Terry, Kelly (Cheri) Tabor, Greg (Diane) Tabor and Towma (Jason) Rastad; seven grandchildren, Kelsie, Kristy, Ashley, Gregory, Kasey, Alec, Allissa; five great-grandchildren, Briana, Rayden, Brenden, Cassi, Brody, and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd., at 4 PM on Monday, June 9, 2014 with a service at 5 PM. An interment will follow at Waldena Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to:
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
910 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala, FL 34470
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 7 to June 8, 2014