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Ebert M. Giberson Obituary
Ebert M Giberson

Ebert "Bert" Giberson passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, after nearly six weeks of hospice care, which completed his long and happy life of 97 years. Ebert Murphy Giberson was born 2 Jun 1915, in the Wynoochee Valley of Washington (son of Wendell Joseph Giberson and Josephine May Ebert). Ebert married Dorothy Van Giffen on 29 Dec 1949, in Tacoma. Bert is survived by his wife and all of their five children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Bert was industrious as a child, growing up on the family's 640 acre farm on the Wynoochee River. During his high school years he managed a neighbor dairy farm owned by his uncle, milking the cows before and after school. In 1933 he graduated from Montesano High School and was a Washington state delegate to the nation's capital for 4-H Clubs. He studied dairy science at Washington State College (now WSU) in Pullman and graduated in 1937 with a BS Degree. In 1938 he earned a MS Degree from Ohio State University. By 1940 he was working in his career job, in a dairy laboratory, performing quality control testing and associated duties. During World War II, he was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, protecting the Port of Tacoma, as well working for Medosweet Dairy in Tacoma, which provided dairy products to what is now Joint Military Base Lewis-McChord. While working at Medosweet (Tacoma) his lab assistant was to become his mother-in-law, as she introduced him to her daughters. He married Dorothy on December 29, 1949, at age 34 and started the family. Medosweet eventually was merged into Foremost Dairies and became a part of Foremost-McKesson Inc. in the 1960s and his job title became Regional Quality Control Director. Bert was involved with the Washington Milk Sanitarians (now Washington Association for Food Protection) and was inducted in 1994 to their "Hall of Fame". Bert retired and did some consulting afterwards. The family lived for 30 years on "the Circle G" ranch in Issaquah, then Lake Tapps, and finally in Renton.

A celebration of Bert's life will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 pm at the Chateau at Valley Center, 4450 Davis Ave. S., Renton. A viewing will be held at 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Flintoft's in Issaquah. 11:00 a.m. there will be a graveside service at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. Family and friends are invited to sign the on-line guest book at WWW.FLINTOFTS.COM.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 11, 2013
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