Max (Bill) Gerber|
Mr. Gerber went to be with the Lord, at the age of 78, on April 9, 2013. He spent his early years in Salt Lake City, UT; teen years in Wenatchee, WA; and then attended the University of WA. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps. As a civilian, he worked in the insurance, investment, marketing, and travel industries. He also served as Executive Director of NCW Supervised Skills in Wenatchee. Under his leadership, the once small and unsuccessful agency grew into one of the largest and most successful facilities of its kind in the state, employing 20 full and part-time staff and and serving 120 clients in three separate programs which provided rehabilitation services and vocational training. During his years with the Citizen Ambassador program of People to People International, he traveled extensively and organized conferences which enabled experts
in various professions, from many different countries, to meet and exchange information and ideas. Three of his favorite destinations were China, Hong Kong, and Russia. He was active in Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Little League, school boards, church, CBMC, and the Olympic Swiss Club.
He wed Jane Moore while in college and they raised their two sons in Wenatchee, divorcing in 1977. He married Phyllis Kilmer in 1981. When they retired, they moved into a house which he had designed, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In retirement he collected miniature lighthouses and ship models, did crossword puzzles, read, and loving tended over 60 houseplants. He took great pleasure from watching small boats, ships, constantly changing water conditions, deer, and local birds. He particularly enjoyed keeping track of the bald eagles and a special seagull named "Louie". He enjoyed following his favorite sports teams, the Seahawks and the Mariners.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Phyllis; sons Brad and Jeff; step-children, Scott, Dawn and David; grandchildren Cody, Alyssa, Jraven, Mick, and Vivianna; step-grandchildren Cheyenne, Charlie, and Christina; step-great-grandchild Matthias; brother Robert; nephew Doug; and nieces Cris and Cindy.
Mr. Gerber requested that there be no formal funeral and that his ashes be scattered in the ocean. There will be a family celebration of life later this year.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 23, 2013