Transition ~ Gilbert A. "Gib" Klarr ~ May 16, 1929 -- April 4, 2008
Gilbert A. "Gib" Klarr died on Friday, April 4 at his home on Beaver Lake near Eureka Springs following a long illness. His wife of 52 years, Carol (Lybarger) and his son Randal were with him at his passing.
Klarr was born in Lincoln, Ill. on May 16, 1929, the only child of Fred and Nona (Conley) Klarr, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter Christina (Dale) Klarr-Anderson, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; son Randal (Theresa); grandson Peter and granddaughter Lydia Klarr of Hugo, Minn.; Raymond Lybarger (Barbara) of Eureka Springs; Nellie (Jerry) Lybarger (Skordalal) of Anoka, Minn.; George (Maryann) Lybarger of Lebanon, Ore.; Ronald Freeman (Barbara) of Omaha, Neb.; Karen Johnson (Jim) of Lincoln, Ill.; Imogene Wilson of Keller, Texas; William Conley (Marilyn), Lincoln, Ill.; Clara Gentille, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and nieces and nephews.
Klarr was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He completed a Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1955. He then began a long career as a highly respected life insurance underwriter (CLU, FLMI) for State Farm and Northwestern National life insurance companies.
Klarr was a life-long student, continually pursuing and mastering various interests, from rebuilding carburetors to sailing on the Great Lakes, to serving with the Grassy Knob Fire Department as a volunteer, and as a state-licensed well operator for his Sylvan Shores neighborhood.
Klarr married Carol Lybarger in 1955, "kid sister" of his Army-buddy and lifelong friend Raymond Lybarger, a current resident of Eureka Springs. Gilbert and Carol lived in White Bear Lake, Minn. for 35 years, where they raised daughter Christina Marie (Klarr-Anderson) and son Randal.
The Klarrs attended Parkview UCC in White Bear Lake for 30 years, where Gib served as a deacon and trustee. Prior to his death, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Eureka Springs, where he served as an elder.
Klarr will certainly be remembered by all who knew him as a kind, gentle and intelligent man, who always had a smile and a kind word to share. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends, even as we rejoice that his long battle with illness and disability is over.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.