Dad Gib passed away at 6:45pm Dec.18th 2010. He went on his own with no pain.
Mom Jean will be coming home tomorrow from the hospital. Ed and his son Tim will be taking dad to Virgina. That is where he wants to be.
I will be posting the military service memorial after all arrangements have been made. We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, pictures, and prayers.
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Gib Repass Updates
- 12/22/2010 - Bio, Services and GuestBook for Gib
Gilbert Raymond Repass Jr., 76 of Bremerton, WA Jan. 17, 1934 to Dec. 18, 2010 Veteran Gilbert Raymond Repass Jr., born in Bland, VA on Jan. 17, 1934, passed away Dec. 18, 2010 in Bremerton, WA. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Repass of Bremerton, son Ed (Teresia) Repass of Milton, WA, sister Betty Kelly of Virginia, grandson Tim Repass, and great-grandchild Bentley Repass. He was preceded in death by his son, Leland Repass in 1992. Gilbert retired as a Chief from the U.S. Navy, having served his country with honor. He worked for NASCAR for the last 20+ years, most recently as a director of the Northwest Tour. He was also a member of the Eagles.
- 12/21/2010 - ASA REMEMBERS GIB REPASS
The American Speed Association would like to pass along their condolences to the Gib Repass family. Gib passed away on December 18, 2010 after a long illness.
- 12/20/2010 - Viewing/Visitation/Funeral Service at Bland, Virginia Dec 27
Bland Virginia: There will be viewing/visitation for Gilbert Raymond Repass on Monday Dec. 27th from 5pm-7pm
- 12/20/2010 - Viewing/Visitation at Tacoma, Washington - December 23
There will be a viewing/visiting for Gilbert Raymond Repass on Thursday Dec. 23rd from 4pm-8pm at TUELL-McKEE FUNERAL HOME: 2215 Sixth Avenue Tacoma.
Prayers and Support For Gib Repass
- Dolores & Larry C. Pommier
Dee and Larry Pommier of Bremerton and Yuma, AZ send our condolences to the Repass family. Gib was the definition of a Southern Gentleman. We recall his days of racing his own car and the year Bob Fox raced Gib's car. His concern for fans and racers alike are his legacy.
- Troy Hope
Gib will forever have a impact on all of us. A great friend and teacher, I was very lucky to get to grow up around Gib and Jean. Thanks for everything Gib, A real true person that treated people how he would want to be treated. Troy and Julie
- david butterton
Gib and Jean ment so much to me,jean at the ticket gate, and gib at the tech line, one little story is, when radio's became mandatory I could'nt afford them, and he told me not to worry about it, just get out there and race. GiGib and Jean were there for me when I lost my daughter in 92, same year as there son, what wonderful people. I can't make it to the funeral, but I got to see gib just before he passed, as he was 2 doors down from my brother in the hospital. Hopefully they'll meet in heaven and talk about some racing. Will truly miss him..
- Bob Lyon
I am very sorry to hear that Gib Repass has passed away. We always enjoyed him when he was working with NASCAR in the Southwest Series over many years, and the few time we ventured to the Northwest Tour. He was always fair and honest and treated all of us with respect. Gib really made the racing enjoyable, and was well respected by all of us at Lyon Racing. Gib, we will miss you.
- Teresia Repass
The Repass Family would like to THANK YOU ALL. The viewing with dad seemed to help mom dearly. Thank you all once again for your support and caring hearts. We are all truely blessed with the love and caring thoughts you have all given momma Jean, Ed, and I. GOD BLESS
Mom Jean would like friends to visit. It is not easy for her to get out. Call anytime 253=255=7886. Rest in Peace Daddy. And please don't be to hard on the GOOD OLD BOYS UP THERE!! Love Always Teresia R.
- roy gidlund
Man what a huge loss in the the racing world. There is no way I could have done the things I have done in Nascar without the help of Mr. Gib. From a young kid selling him parts at McCoy Racing Products when he was racing to being the Crew Chief of Ernie Cope in the NW Tour he was full of wisdom that I will cherish forever. Thankfully Bland VA. is not that far away so that myself Ernie and Bob Fox can attend the services. R.I.P Gib Love ya man!
- GREG WALDEN
Gib was the right person at the right time to direct the teams in the Northwest Tour. He was the father figure that the tour competitors needed. He will be missed!
The pictures bring back alot of memorys.Gib was the greatest race director and offical I ever had the plesure to race under!He understood the plight of the racer without much funding,because he had been one!The racing community has lost a great man,he was alway fair,but stern with his judgements.Jean try to be stong,you know he'd want you to be,and yes I always remember to put the Deckals on the racecar!GOD BLESS and R.I.P. Gib we Loved ya!!!
- Chuck Carruthers
I first met Gibb at a race at Riverside Ca., he was a new NASCAR official from the Northwest, I was a young crew chief from southern California. I don't remember how we did in that race, I don't remember who I was even working for at that race, but I remember Gibb Repass. He treated me with a respect that was pretty hard to come by from officials of that day. Gibb never changed. As Gibb moved up in the NASCAR ranks he never lost that appreciation and respect for the racer. Gibb always had time to talk to any of us, even on those days when he knew we were going to disagree. I am proud to think of Gibb as my friend, and he will always have my respect. God Speed
- robert nava
Gib was a great man. When we would visit the northwest tour he always made us southwesterns feel at home. A very fair and understanding man, he was a great series director and great for the sport. Godspeed Gib
- Becky McBride
We have lost another Teacher. Only wish we could have recorded the conversations, the phone calls, the advice that was given by Gib. Cajon Speedway was a place Gib would come and talk at our Banquet along with others, I felt like it was royalty coming to my town. Picking him up at the Airport and hearing him say he couldnt wait to get home to Jean. His Sweetheart. How he never met a stranger and made us racers feel important. Not based on income or talent, but a common thread. As a NASCAR official I will do my best to remember what this teacher taught me, everyone is important and to appreciate my family. Thank you Repass Family for sharing your Dad with us. Jean come home soon, we all love you and want to send big hugs.
Becky McBride & Family
K & N Pro Series West
- Ron & Wendy Zajicek
Our sincere condolences to the family. Gib Repass was a giant of a man and will be missed greatly by many.
- Garrett Evans
I was proud to race on the North West Tour under the direction of Gib Repass. He was a man of great integrity as well as a great friend. My life was better because I knew him. My thoughts are with him and his family. Here's to my old buddy that went to the same charm school as I did. I will never forget you.
- Joe Nava
My prayers and condolences go out to the Repass family and friends during this difficult time. Gib was a true gentleman.
- Lee Elder
This is hard news for all of us in the racing business and it is especially hard on a personal level. When I worked for NASCAR, Gib had a giant personality. Gib had a level of experience that made him an invaluable resource, but more than that, he was always willing to share the benefits of that experience with anyone who asked. His genuine love for the sport and his common sense were just tremendous.
I recall a funny story that Gib told me. There were a LOT of funny stories, but this one works best here: He applied for a job as a purchaser for a company he worked for and he was asked what training or education he had that would help them hire him for the position. Gib said, "None, but I know how to buy stuff." He got the job.
We've lost a good man and a great friend. Amy and I send our sincere best wishes to the family.
- Darren Scriver
Not sure what to say, Gib was a GREAT man.... This is a tough loss for a lot of us. Gib always treated us with respect and did everything in his power to take care of his teams.
You will be missed Gib.
All my prayers to the Repass family.
- Jeff Hillock
We will miss you Gib. I sure enjoyed workimg with you and all your help. Godspeed
- Rob Smith
Gib, what can you say, what great person, always had time to talk to you, and always made it a point to. He was truly just a very kind person. The racing community has just lost a great friend, and icon of the west cost....GOD SPEED GIB!!
To the Repass Family:
Much of what I have been blessed to do in racing comes from Gib & Jean. To read this morning that Gib has passed brings sadness but also joy that he is in a happy place, more then likely telling some racer what he needs to do.
Gib always told me that our NASCAR shows were a circus and every circus needs an elephant so we always kept a stuffed animal elephant in the officials trailer. On Nov. 1, my first day as the manager of Montana Raceway Park, I made sure to go out and buy a elephant; it was the only way I knew that the place would have his blessing.
Please let Jean know we're thinking of her and all of you during this time,
Doug, Susie, Jaelen, Kendra and Lilyan Pace
- Jackson Family
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Repass family....
- Mike Minegar
I loved Gib Repass. He epitomized what a race series leader needed to be. He was compassionate yet steadfast in his beliefs. He would spend as much time on the phone with me as I needed. He helped me with creating the RMCS. I want to emulate him in everyway. He will be sorely missed by many. God Speed Gib..
- Gale B Sandberg
This message is from my Facebook page: Jim wrote: "My Sugar Daddy has gone to Heaven! I will miss that southern drawl and his special way he ran the Tour & Winston West drivers' meetings. He and Jean got me access to the many races at Pacific Northwest race tracks. Thanks good buddy and rest in peace. Diane and I love you guys very much. Jim & Diane Hausske "The Racing Teachers" Retired From Yakima, WA"
- Marjie Schwartz
To Jean and the whole Repass family, I am sorry for your loss, racing is sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly. RIP Gibbers.
- Bob & Kathy Butcher - MROA NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Pastors
NASCAR lost a great man & I have lost a close friend in Gib Repass. If you just look at Gib as a Series Director, he might be replaced in position, but NEVER in character! I'm grateful to God for my memory because Gib & I have tons of them!!! If you knew Gib then take a moment and remember his big grin and smile, cause he just beat us all to the Checkered Flag. See ya on the other side Gib, and let the stories begin again my friend. And thanks for being responsible for the blessing of what racing role Kathy & I carry today. Jean, Eddie & Theresis, our love, hugs, & prayers are with you. Call me 24-7 if there is any way we can serve you & help out.
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