Gilbert Lee Krigbaum

Gilbert Lee Krigbaum, 83, a Westport resident for over 70 years, died at Providence St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia, on Monday, February 4, 2013. He was born in Portland, Oregon, April 9, 1929, the son of Conrad and Opal (Forgey) Krigbaum. He was the oldest of seven siblings.

The family moved to Westport in the 1940’s and Gilbert attended Ocosta schools. He joined the Navy in 1947 but returned home to help support the family. He spent his life buying and building boats, fishing for crab and tuna on the coast, seining in southeast Alaska and tendering out of Cordova, Alaska. He was one of the founding stockholders of Washington Crab Producers. After many years in the fishery he retired in 2006.

He married Betty Lee Vinson in O’Leary Creek, Wash. on October 1, 1948, and she survives in Hoquiam.

Gilbert was a member of the Twin Harbors Baptist Church, now The Church of the Living Hope, in Westport. He had been a life-long supporter of the Republican Party, loved to ride horses and buy new vehicles, but his greatest joy was being out on the ocean.

Besides his wife of 64 years, Betty; Gilbert is survived by two daughters, Wendy L. and husband, Tom Bodwell of Ocosta and Barbara L. and husband, Tony Belesiotis of Olympia; a brother, Mike and wife, Susie Krigbaum of Grayland; and four sisters: Patsy and husband, Jim Dyer of Salem, Ore., Sandy and husband, Ron Richie of Ocean Shores, Norma and husband, Doug Huston of Oncee, Fla. and Sally Winkler of Elma; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Gilbert’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Church of the Living Hope in Westport. Pastor Ken Davis will officiate. A reception will follow at the church.

The family suggests memorials may be made to The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201-0001 or at

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Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.