Bob Gibson of Gallatin passed away Sunday August 5, 2012 at the Cameron Regional Medical Center. Celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday August 10th at the United Methodist Church in Altamont. family Visitation will be Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. at at the Funeral Home. Private Family Inurnment will be held at at later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vincent Churchill Education Fund or the Seventh Day Adventist Thrift Store and Food Pantry.
Bob was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, on November 13th, 1948, the son of William Russell and Virginia Kathleen (Searcy) Gibson. He was a 1967 graduate of Gallatin High School, and later attended the first graduating class at the Chillicothe Area Vocational Technical School where he graduated with a degree in Farm and Industrial Equipment Repair. He was united in marriage to Willa Jean Wilson on August 10th, 1974, in Altamont, Missouri.
Growing up on a farm, he loved the land and the equipment used in farming. He brought this passion into the classroom when he taught at Jameson High School, Gallatin High School and at Western Missouri Correctional Center. He went on to work maintenance in a variety of locations, including PSF, the City of Hamilton, ATK Lake City, ProPet, and LifeLine Foods. Recently, he returned to his roots, heading up the maintentance department of Shatto Dairy, a job he greatly enjoyed.
He served the area for several years as a volunteer fire fighter and first responder. He was strongly committed to his community and lending a helping hand whenever and wherever needed. He was an avid collecter of just about everything, but Pontiacs were by far his favorite thing to collect. He dreamed of taking his beloved 1977 Bandit on the annual national bandit run. Bob was a selfless man who dedicated himself to his family, doing whatever it took to make sure everyone had what they wanted and needed. He had a special bond with his grandson, and was the best Papaw in the world.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Gibson, of the home; his 3 children, Annie Gibson, Daryn Gibson, and Mariah Gibson, all of Gallatin; grandson Vincent Churchill of Gallatin; mother Kathleen Gibson of Trenton; sister Connie Gibson of Gallatin; kindred spirit Myron Mackey of Altamont; and his best doggie buddies Burt and Sally; and a long list of extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. Gibson, and his four-legged companion of 17 years, Libby.