Delbert Del Herve Gerbaz
Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Delbert Del Herve Gerbaz passed away at his home in Glenwood Springs on Sunday, July 10, 2005. Del was born March 30, 1919, to Auzel Herve Gerbaz and Clonia Ree Corbin in Denver. Auzels parents, Jeremy Joseph and Cecile Mary Gerbaz, were early settlers of the Roaring Fork Valley who emigrated from Valle dAosta, Italy, in the 1890s. Del attended schools in Indiana and graduated from Owensburg High School in 1936. He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. He continued his education as a mechanical engineering major with an emphasis in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at college, he earned his pilots license and did aerobatics. In 1941, Del began his career as an aeronautical engineer in flight instrumentation with Consolidated Vultee in San Diego. Later he worked in Los Angeles and Fort Worth, Texas. Dels career in aerospace spanned almost 30 years. He was on the design team for the Experimental B-36 and the B-36, Americas first intercontinental bomber. He was also involved with the early-day space program as an engineer for the Centaur and Atlas missiles. Following his aviation career, Del worked for Aspen Skiing Corp. on Lift 6 from 1971 to 1983.Del was interested in the history of the Colorado Midland Railroad. He was an avid photographer and contributed many photos for books on Colorado railroading. He also owned the Colorado Midland business car, the Cascade 100, which he partially restored. The Cascade is now displayed in a Las Vegas hotel.Del married Janie Lowe on Aug. 3, 1945, in Fort Worth, Texas. Janie and Del were married almost 60 years. The couple were planning their 60th wedding anniversary at the time of Dels passing. He enjoyed gardening, bee-keeping, recycling, skiing, biking, hiking and letter writing. He regularly swam at the Glenwood Springs hot pool and enjoyed the camaraderie of other swimmers. He was actively involved in church activities, serving as a deacon, trustee, usher, and Sunday school teacher. Until recently, he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenwood Springs. He also was a bell ringer during many Christmas seasons for the Salvation Army.He is survived by his spouse, Janie, of Glenwood Springs; son Larry (Molly) Gerbaz, of Carbondale; daughters Janice Gerbaz (Barry) Gilbert, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Maria Cecile Callier, of Denver; and grandchildren Heidi Gerbaz, Jeremy Gerbaz, Leslie Gerbaz, Christine Gilbert, Carissa Gilbert, Jordan Callier and Jessie Vormann.Visitation will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Farnum-Holt Mortuary, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, at Mountain View Church at 2195 County Road 154 in Glenwood Springs. Pastor Dave Pearson will officiate. Graveside services and internment will follow at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen.
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