Juneau resident Steven F. Gebert died March 24, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, from cancer. He was 56.
Born June 14, 1951, in Los Angeles, he was raised in Great Falls, Mont., and attended Park University.
He joined the U.S. Navy for two years. During that time, he met his wife, Deborah, in Massachusetts. They married on April 8, 1972, in New Bedford, Mass.
When he was discharged from the Navy in 1973, he and his wife moved to Great Falls for a short time.
He re-enlisted in the Army in August 1975 and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. He became acquainted with Juneau as an Army recruiter in 1988.
After four years in Juneau, he returned to regular active duty in the Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
While there, he was sent to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, serving in Desert Storm. He served there from 1990 to 1991.
After his retirement from the Army in April 1993, he returned to Juneau because he knew Juneau was his home, his family said.
He then worked for the state of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Later, he moved to the Department of Fish and Game, working as an analyst programmer until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
According to his family, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed being in the outdoors. He caught many fish and was extremely happy just driving his boat and being on the water, they said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd E. Gebert.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Gebert, of Juneau; mother, Marie E. Gebert; and brothers, Larry, John and Glenn Gebert.
A funeral Mass will be at noon on Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive. Interment will be at noon on Saturday, March 29, at the Shrine of St. Therese.
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