Dec. 9, 1938-Nov. 2, 2019
After a trip to Nebraska Hoot returned to his Butte home and passed away with his family at his side on November 2, 2019.
He was born to Madeline and Harry Gibson on December 9, 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and made it through one half of his freshman year at Butte Central High School before he quit and went to work as a shop boy at Wilson Motors. In 1972, he completed his GED only because it would encourage his children to finish school.
He was proud to serve his country as a Navy fireman on the USS Cabildo from 1957 to 1959. In later years, he was thankful for the excellent medical care he received through the VA in Montana and Nebraska.
Hoot married Patricia Irene Gibson on August 19, 1961 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Butte, Montana.
He was a union man and worked hard as an ironworker – Local 81. Looking for the big money jobs (not really finding them) took him and his family to many places including Montana, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri. He owned and operated his own G & R Construction Company for many years until a 35-foot fall from a tower ended his working days. Retiring at the age of 50 made “every day Saturday”.
His favorite activities included snowmobiling, motorbiking, playing cards but most importantly – WRESTLING!
His expertise at fundraising was well known and very successful much to the chagrin of his “go to public”.
As a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, he served as a trustee for many years. He was also active on the boards of the Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling Association and Our Lady of the Rockies. Being a Bagdad Shriner was important to him even though they just let him drive a little car in the parade once!
He is survived by his wife, Pat.
Children: Julie and Keith Carlson
Sister: Nancy Zigrang aka Mahonovich
Sister and Brother-in-law: Nancy and Dan Sullivan
Sister-in-law: Mary Jo Turner
Brother-in-law: Rich Alden
Grandchildren: Justin Carlson, Shavon Baltezar and Tom Gordon, Beau Baltezar and Megan Baker
Great-Grandchildren: Lilly, Colby and Pookie Gordon
Lots and lots of nieces and nephews.
Mother and Father: Madeline and Harry Gibson
Stepfather: John Garbarino
Mother and Father-in-law: Jim and Florence Street
Brother and Sister-in-law: Bill and Shirley Gibson
Sister and Brother-in-law: Winifred and Rody Holman
Sister and Brother-in-law: Mary Lou and Louie Mansanti
Brothers-in-law: Jack Hogan, Harold Zigrang and Charles Turner
Special beloved Granddaughter: Braydee Lockie Carlson
Suggested memorials: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lady of the Rockies, Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling Association, and Shriners Transportation of Butte.
Family will be receiving friends at 12 p.m. on November 9th at the Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. Celebration of Life will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following.
Interment of ashes with military honors will be at Sunset Cemetery, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Hoot. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Hoot and his family.