HAZLETON — Robert L. “Bob” Gibson, 73, of Hazleton, died Saturday, Dec. 30, at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.
He was born Dec. 7, 1944, in West Union, son of Robert Theodore and Margret Jane Cline Gibson. He married Dianne Marie Rohrick on July 18, 1966, in Lancaster, Mo.
Bob graduated from Hazleton High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Navy for more than six years during the Vietnam War. Bob lived in Hazleton and worked at John Deere Co. in Waterloo from February 1967 until he retired in December 1998. In his retirement, he drove a truck for Tom Miller Motors and operated Gibson’s Hometown Cafe in Hazleton.
Bob was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hazleton.
Survived by: his wife; three children, Robert Christopher (Kym) Gibson of Dunkerton, and Melissa Nicole Potts and Joseph Coty Gibson, both of Hazleton; his former son-in-law, Ian Potts of Oelwein; seven grandchildren, Robby Gibson, Baylee Ann Gibson, Mac (Sarah) Potts, Mackenna Potts, Thomas Potts, Isabella Potts and Layne Gibson; two sisters, Becky White of Oelwein and Mary (Robert) Taylor of Hazleton; two brothers, William Gibson of Hazleton and Howard (Margaret) Gibson of North Buena Vista; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Rohrick of Oelwein; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Richard “Rick” Gibson; a nephew, Chad Gibson; two great-nephews, Riley MacInnis and baby Eric; and his in-laws, Ray Rohrick, Robert and Donna Rohrick, Ronnie and Connie Rohrick and Neal and Patricia Hedrick.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Hazleton. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein, with a 7 p.m. military service by the Oelwein American Legion Ross Reid Post 9, and also for an hour before the service Thursday at the church.
Memorial fund: has been established.
Condolences may be left at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.
Bob enjoyed being a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, welding, making metal art, whittling and local and NASCAR auto racing. His pride and joy was his 1950 Ford two-door hardtop automobile that he restored with his son, Joe. He received his Veteran Honor Quilt on Dec. 8, 2017.