Survivors include his wife, Pat Hubbard Holbert and step-daughter, Dawn Hubbard, of Wood River, Ill.; one setp-son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Deana Holbert, of Wentzville, Mo.; one step-son and family, Rob, Laura, Mitchell and Nolan Royse, of Wood River, Ill.; one sister and family, Joyce and Bill Anderson, of Senath, Mo., and Derek Anderson, of Columbus, Miss.
He attended the Bethalto Methodist Church and was a member of the Moose Lodge. Jerry was an avid golfer and a Mizzou fan. He graduated in 1964 from Deering High School in Deering, Mo.
He began his career in the river industry in 1970 as a surveyor for Cairo Marine Service after serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He joined National Maintenance & Repair (then National Marine Service) in 1977 as senior estimator in the hull repair group, was promoted to vice-president of hull repairs in 1977, and was named to his most recent position in 2001.
Holbert was a member of the St. Louis Propeller Club and East Side Industrial Rivermen's Association. He was a past member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
Barry Gipson, president of National Maintenance & Repair, a subsidiary of McGinnis Inc., said he was one of the most respected and likable managers in the shipyard repair business. "He was a great friend and dedicated employee," he said.