John Bertram Gideon

John Bertram Gideon

John B. Gideon, 70, of Chinook, Montana stepped across the threshold of Heaven and was met by the embrace of Jesus on Saturday, April 18th.

John was born on January 20th, 1950 to Clarence and Reverend Henrietta (VanDercar) Gideon in Zion, Illinois.  His school years were spent in Wheatfield, Indiana.  As a boy, John was stricken with rheumatic fever leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  Several years later, and fully recovered, he proudly enlisted with the US Army serving a tour in Vietnam with “the greatest men to have ever lived” in B 3/1 11th 1968-69 on LZ Liz as a combat infantryman.  Upon returning home he received a Purple Heart alongside his Brother in Arms Arthur “TT Bear”, Frederick.

John was a jack of all trades throughout his life working as a grave digger, hospital orderly, grain elevator operator, and cook.  His favorite employment years were spent at Milk River, Inc in Glasgow.  The clients became like family and he visited them even after retiring.  

He was also a proud Glasgow community member for many years.  He helped initiate the Neighborhood Watch program for Northern Heights, helped run the Youth Center on Saturday nights, was a popular landscaper, and also an EMT.

In his “free” time John enjoyed attending church.  He was a published poet, and relished in many family activities including camping, fishing, bird watching, puzzles, collecting sports cards, and reading his well-loved Bible.  

John, above all, was a deeply devoted family man.  He loved sharing his love of Jesus, music (The Beatles were his favorite band), and nature.  He instilled in us a strong work-ethic, the power of a hug, the art of perfectly-timed humor, perseverance, and compassion for his fellow man. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Elsie, brother Larry, and granddaughter Elizabeth.  

John is survived by his wife Peggy, children Evaana and Shalee (Michael) of TX, Maggie (Jason), David, Mikhala (Stuart), Bailey, Eli (Chasity), and Jonnie (Bryce) all of Montana.  His sister Esther (Ted) of OR, his cousin Bert of Idaho, 34 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, friends and Brothers in Arms.

Our Daddy is finally free from his pain.  He sleeps.

John’s viewing will be held at the Wilderness Funeral Home in Chinook on Thursday, April 23rd from 5-7pm.  His graveside services and interment will be in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana on Friday, April 24th at 2pm.  The Service will be streamed live on on our Facebook page

10 Reviews on John Bertram Gideon

  1. He will be missed by everyone who took the time to get to know him. What a great man. We are praying for all his loved ones who are grieving.

  2. I served with John in Vietnam. Sleep in peace brother. HORRIBLE HAAR

  3. I only knew John on Facebook but I really liked him as a man. It really has touched me losing him as a friend. My heart thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. John, my brother, already in glory for the last four days at this writing, has tasted and seen some of the riches of heaven. While I, the last surviving immediate family member, must wait. Surely, there must be work I haven’t finished for the Lord. I will be there not much longer. Look for me for I will be there too.

  5. I miss you little brother. I’m glad you no longer suffer and if given the power I would not bring you back to this world of misery. You have seen the walls of Jasper, the gates of pearl and your feet have walked on pure gold. You are well again and perhaps talked to Jesus by now and the four days you have been gone are fleeting moments to you. So much living to do and an eternity to do it in. Enjoy the peace and joys of heaven. Someday when my name enters into your mind, look for me for I will be there too. I love you Goober, I always did. Snookie

    1. Mom, I love that! I forgot Uncle John was Goober! I love you mom. Love, Pete

  6. That is a beautiful obituary.
    I still cannot believe my favorite Uncle, John B. Gideon is not with us because it feels like he is still with us. I love you all and I am sorry for the loss losing Uncle John has caused everyone and in different ways. We love you John B. Gideon.
    Beloved Uncle, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Husband and Best Friend.
    Gone but not ever Forgotten.

  7. John will be dearly missed as he was a pretty neat guy who had a strong love for the Lord. His poetry is so heartfelt and meaningful, it shows you what kind of man he was. I will be lifting all of his family up in prayer as they go through this hard time. Until we meet again.

  8. I will miss his sense of humor, our talks, …

  9. God bless you and your family ! Love kat From Texas !!! Elsie was married to my uncle Bobbie Martin ! ❤️

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