Eugene D. "Gibby" Gibson, 74, Bellevue, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Stein Hospice Center, Sandusky, following a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1933, in Bellevue, the son of the late Roy E. and Myrtle (Dick) Gibson. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Intelligence Department. He retired from Ford Motor Company, Sandusky, where he was an inspector for 39 years.
Gibby was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1238 where he was a two-time past commander, canteen manager, advocate and member of the Robert C. Palmer Last Man's Club. He was a lifetime member and past president of Eagles Aerie 490, Fraternal Order of Fleas. He organized and was president of Eagles 490 Dartball League for over 25 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 122 in Prattville, Ala., and Otto Newton Last Man's Club of VFW Post 6067 in Green Springs.
Gibby was heavily involved in the community and over the years started many fundraising and social events. He was instrumental in keeping VFW Post 1238 open during a difficult time. He was one of Bellevue's most popular and requested master of ceremonies. He organized the annual Union Street Reunion and founded Gibby's Bent Putter Fall Classic.
He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, golfing, fishing, reading (especially history), crossword puzzles, traveling and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary (Saunders) Gibson, whom he married Nov. 22, 1958, in Bellevue; sons, Keith Gibson of Bellevue and Kelly (Donna) Gibson, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio; daughters, Deb (John) Linkenhoker, Bellevue, and Kathee (Steve) Bruno, Tiffin; proud Papa of Nicholas and Molly Linkenhoker, Corey, Krista, Courtney, Lucas, and Jenna Gibson, and Lydia and Dominic Bruno; sister, Joan (Charles) Jones, Norwalk; and two special nieces, Barbara Hall and Shirley Martin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Roy E. Gibson Jr.; and sisters, Marian Shoemaker and Joyce Eckelberry.
Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Bellevue City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to VFW Post 1238 Relief Fund, 6104 U.S. 20, Bellevue, OH 44811 or Stein Hospice, 1400 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Condolences may be shared at foosfuneral.com.