Gilbert (Gib) Garrow, 66, of Neosho, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at KU Medical Center, after waging a courageous battle against leukemia for four weeks.
Gib was born on Feb. 26, 1947, in New London, Wis., to George and Lila (Clinton) Garrow. Gib was one of eight children. At a young age, Gib’s family moved to South Dakota, where he graduated from high school in Lennox, S.D. He moved to Miami, Okla., in 1970 and worked as an electric lineman for the City of Miami.
In 1971, he met Sherrie McIntosh and they married on Sept. 2, 1972, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In 1973, Gib and Sherrie moved to Wilburton, Okla., where he worked as a lineman for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. While in Wilburton, Gib became a member of the Wilburton Jaycees, serving in several local offices before being elected as a regional vice president for Southeast Oklahoma. The next year, he served as executive vice president of the Oklahoma Jaycees and in 1978-79 was elected president of the Oklahoma Jaycees. In 1979-80 Gib was elected one of 10 national vice presidents of the U.S. Jaycees. Gib was unanimously elected national president of the U.S. Jaycees in June of 1980. He and Sherrie moved to Tulsa, Okla., where the Jaycee national headquarters and president’s home was located. That year he traveled to 48 states for Jaycee meetings and to several foreign countries.
Following his Jaycee career, Gib and family moved to Skiatook, Okla., where they operated a Shelter insurance agency. In December of 1985, Gib accepted the position of executive vice president of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. A few years later, he became the economic development director for the chamber and Newton County. Gib served on several local, regional and state committees representing Neosho and Newton County.
Gib enjoyed going crappie fishing and going to dirt track stock car races. He loved spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and watching the Green Bay Packers. He was a member of St. Canera Catholic Church.
Gib is survived by his wife, Sherrie; daughter, Sydney Angel and spouse T. J. Angel of Neosho; son Gabriel (Gabe) Garrow of Olathe, Kan; grandchildren Emma and Tate Angel of Neosho; brothers, Gerald (Jerry) Garrow of Joplin, and William (Bill) Garrow and Kathy of Sapulpa; sisters, Debbie House and Keith of Collinsville, Okla., and Dianne Garrow and life partner Krissy Konkol of Lakewood, Colo.; mother-in-law, Lois McIntosh and sister-in-law, Susie Belcher and Jim, all of Miami, Okla.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lila Garrow; sister, Katherine (Katy) Butler; and brothers, Leonard Garrow and Lowell (Shorty) Garrow; and father-in-law Randall McIntosh.
Gib was dedicated to his family and serving his community. He will be missed by many.
The body has been taken for cremation and memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho. Following the memorial service, the family will receive friends until 4 p.m. at the church.
Contributions in memory of Gib may be made to the St. Canera Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.