Celebration of life

Friday May 17, 2019

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sycamore Country Club

200 Heritage Dr, Terre Haute, IN, USA

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Robert "Gibby" Gibbons passed away on April 5 at Westminster Village Health Care, he was 90 years old. Gibby was born on June 14, 1928, to John Burton Gibbons and Lucille Gibbons.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Nikiel and husband Peter Nikiel, grandson, Patrick Nikiel, sister-in-law, JoAnn Gibbons Martin, brother-in-law, Dr. Jerrold Baker, niece, Ellen Burdick, niece, Leslie Burdick, nephew, Matt Baker, nephew, Kevin Gibbons, niece, Karen Titzer and niece, Kay Ponsot.
Gibby was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Paul Gibbons, nephew, Kraig Gibbons, wife, Juanita Louise Gibbons, sister-in-law Jeraldine Baker and 2nd wife Patricia A. Kelley Gibbons.
Gibby graduated from Garfield High School, Indiana University and the NASDAQ NYSE Training. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Gibby began his career working in the family business, BestWay Trucking Company. He spent 5 years as a stock broker at Hilliard Lyons and the bulk of his career as a Trust Officer at Terre Haute First. Gibby loved the outdoors, Cuban cigars, fishing, and hunting and was a member of Ducks Unlimited, but the passion of his life was watercolor painting. Gibby donated a collection of paintings to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
A "Celebration of Life"- gathering is scheduled for May 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sycamore Country Club. To honor Gibby, visit his art exhibit at Rose-Hulman or make a donation to the Terre Haute Humane Society, 1811 South Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute, Ind. The family would like to thank the staff at Westminster, Hands that Serve and Southern Day Hospice for their kindness and care for Gibby.
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Published on April 13, 2019
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Sharon Flint Thomson (daughter of Lester and Gerry Flint)
Apr 17, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember Bob as a soft spoken older cousin. I remember hearing about the hunting trips with my dad, Uncle Ray and of course Uncle Burton.
There was a story about a painting Bob had just finished and left to dry, that was "appreciated" by their boxer.
He took me fishing at the lake when I was little, and I stepped on a fishhook. he was so patient getting it out. I've remembered it all these years.
I know he was the best father ever, Laura, and you will be in my prayers as you cope with your loss.
Dotti Moore Laas
Apr 15, 2019
I am sorry to read about the passing of Gibby, what a life well lived. I send my condolences to all who loved him.
Derri Llewellyn
Apr 14, 2019
I worked alongside Bob in the Trust Dept at TH First for over 10 years. I learned a lot from him and valued his friendship. He was a humble, brilliant man with a twinkle in his eye and a incredibly talented artist. I treasure the water color landscape painting that he did for me. He was just a great guy and it was a privilege to know him and work with him
Susie Gibbons Koelling
Apr 14, 2019
Dear Laura, I have very fond memories of you father. As well as your mother, grandparents and all of your family. We would go to Terre Haute to visit your grandparents and all of you with my parents, Tom and Kathleen Gibbons. I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a very kind and loving man. My prayers are with you and your family!