Hastings resident Gilbert "Gib" H. Moorhead, 82, passed away Sunday, February 7,
2021, at his home in Hastings.
The remains were cremated. Typical for Gib, he requested that there be no visitation or
service. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston
Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Gib was born January 25, 1939, to Raymond Moorhead and Dorothy (Moore)
Moorhead/Cave in Henry, NE. He grew up attending Hastings Public Schools and
graduated from Hastings High School in 1957. Soon thereafter he expressed his
enthusiasm for anything high-performance and used his talents to build up his own T-
bucket race car to join his friends in the Hastings contingent of statewide drag racers,
winning numerous trophies at nearby tracks. He also began his well-known career in
plumbing and heating during this time at Stewart Plumbing and Heating Co.
He entered the United States Navy in 1961 and excelled at every duty station he served.
He chose aviation and ranked first in his training class for Aviation Structural Mechanics
at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, TN before becoming a
commended Grumman F-9J Plane Captain at NAS Kingsville, TX, and a Lockheed EC-
121 Aircraft Inspector at NAS Midway Island. After a short tour of Asia-Pacific on the
USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) and a final stop at NAS Whidbey Island, WA, he decided
to end his service in 1965.
Gib came back to Hastings for a short visit, but memories of his hometown were too
good to ignore and he resumed plumbing and heating work instead of pursuing aviation
opportunities back in the Pacific Northwest. This decision led to meeting the love of his
life, Jeanette H. Barenberg, and they were married on December 2, 1967. While enjoying
time spent with his family and close friends hunting, fishing, and watching football or
motorsports, he continued building his plumbing and heating career and eventually
entered a partnership to found and operate Apex Plumbing and Heating, Inc. But with the
business, time for his wife and son had slipped away, and Gib chose to regain that time
by starting a position at Mary-Lanning Hospital in 1981.
During Gib's tenure at Mary-Lanning, he provided his extensive plumbing and heating
expertise along with his ability to make or repair most anything. He also loved sharing his
skills at home with his son whenever they worked on their vehicles, projects, and on
major improvements to the original family home, including digging and building their
basement by hand. Gib retired after 30 years at Mary-Lanning in 2011 with many career
and personal accomplishments. An avid reader and excellent crossword puzzle enthusiast,
Gib was largely self-taught and was knowledgeable of a great number of subjects.
Gib and Jeanette were married for 43 years before her passing in 2011, just months after
his retirement. Gib's unending devotion to Jeanette, both during her long battled health
issues and after her passing, and the special love and pride he had for his son and
grandson, are deeply cherished and will never be forgotten.
Gib was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette; brother, David Moorhead;
sister-in-law, Peggy (Brand) Moorhead; and brothers-in-law, Robert Ramsey, Larry
Potts, and Robert Hoffman.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jennifer (Genett) Moorhead of
Kansas City, MO; grandson, William Moorhead of Kansas City, MO; brother, Ethan
Moorhead of Hastings, NE; sisters, Carolyn (Moorhead) Ramsey and Holly (Moorhead)
Potts of Hastings, NE, Dixie (Cave) Jones of Grand Island, NE, Rita (Cave) Michka of
Hastings, NE, Rae Ann (Moorhead) Lurk of Hastings, NE; sister-in-law, JoAnn
(Barenberg) Hoffman of Seward, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.