Aug. 24, 1951 – June 22, 2012
Johnny Craig Gibler, former Basin, Wyoming resident, age 60, passed away late Friday evening, June 22, 2012 at Shepherd of the Valley Health Care Center in Casper, Wyoming, and has gone to be with Jesus following a brief encounter with cancer.
Johnny was born a wee baby topping the scale at two and one-half pounds, August 24, 1951, the son of John S. and Marjorie Osborn Gibler in the old Basin General Hospital. His childhood summers were spent with his Crusch family in Montana enjoying area celebrations, rodeos and new friends.
Johnny was raised in Basin and attended Mrs. Saban’s pre-school prior to elementary school and Basin High School with his graduating class of 1970.
He loved his families and always carried Jesus in his heart. His favorite book to read was his Bible with a goal of reading it cover to cover. He liked sharing God’s word with others and lived according to “The Ten Commandments.” He was received as a member of the First Baptist Church in Basin, December 17, 1967.
Johnny had a keen interest in the antiques he had collected and would have been happy to live the older, slower and quiet way of life. He loved little children, music, pets and shopping for plants for the rose garden at Shepherd of the Valley or an empty location inside to delight the staff and residents.
A diamond willow cane made by his father was always at his side. Johnny enjoyed eating out, especially at Red Lobster. He was a pleasant, dress pants, white shirt and jacket type of guy, preferably with a fedora and his cane.
Johnny is survived by his parents, John and Dorothy Gibler of Basin, Wyoming, Marjorie Crusch and stepfather Larry Crusch of Joliet, Montana; a brother, Marvin (Kelly) Crusch, also of Joliet, Montana; four sisters, Johnna (Pat) Ely of Basin, Wyoming, Amy (Bill) Brown and Susanne Flores, all of Billings, Montana and Stephany Sundheim of Nashua, Montana; many loving nieces and nephews, and a host of special friends at Shepherd of the Valley in Casper.
He was preceded in death by his sister, LaRae Gibler Cummings; grandparents, Shelby and Macyl Gibler, Albert and Molly Osborn and John and Helen Michaels.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, June 29, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Basin, Wyoming with Pastor Kent Dempsey officiating.
A luncheon for family and friends will immediately follow the service at the First Baptist Church gymnasium.
Memorials in Johnny Craig’s name will be received at Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410 and proceeds will go to the First Baptist Church at Basin, Wyoming and to the Shepherd of the Valley Health Care Center at Casper, Wyoming.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.