Duane Lee Gibson, age 87, of rural Vandalia, passed away unexpectedly at 3:38 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the family farm northwest of Vandalia.
Visitation was held on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 3-6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Service was held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Spencer Creek Baptist Church northwest of Vandalia. Officiating as the Rev. Bob Hoehn and Mr. Travis Gibson. Music was provided by Donnie Gibson – organist; Sharon Hoehn – pianist; and Deanna Divins – soloist.
Interment was in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons Andy Gibson, Jon Gibson, Jeremy Gibson, Lucas Gibson, Travis Gibson, Kyle Gibson, and Dustin Gibson. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Lindsay Knoll, Alicia Villanueva, Katie Matzen, Kelly Gibson, Hayli Gibson, Mandy Reading, and Alyssa Gibson.
Duane Gibson born on February 21, 1926 in rural Vandalia, the son of Frank Clare and Inez Lucille (Williams) Gibson.
He married Natalie Dare Moyers on July 24, 1949 in rural Monroe City, Mo. He was a lifelong rural Vandalia resident and was a 1943 Vandalia High School graduate. After graduating, Duane joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Phillipines during World War II. Upon returning home, he continued to farm near his boyhood home and has for over 60 years. Duane was a longtime member of the Spencer Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a member of the Gideon’s, a member of the NFO, member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173, the Liberty Community Association and he had received the Master Farmer Award. Duane was very proud of his five sons, enjoyed quail hunting with them and teaching the grandkids how to fish. He was always willing to help folks in need.
Survivors include his wife Natalie, of rural Vandalia; five sons, Dennis L. and wife Carla Gibson, of New Braunfels, Texas; Jerry D. and wife Patti Gibson, of Kalama, Wash.; James F. and wife Dani Gibson, of Edwards, Ill.; David V. Gibson, of rural Vandalia; Donald C. and wife Gina Gibson, of rural Vandalia; 14 grandchildren, Andy Gibson and Lindsay Knoll, both of Texas; Jon Gibson, of California; Jeremy Gibson, of Oregon; Alicia Villanueva, of Pennsylvania; Katie Matzen, of Colorado; Kelly Gibson, of Connecticut; Hayli Gibson, of Illinois; Lucas Gibson and Travis Gibson, of Missouri; Kyle Gibson, of Illinois; Dustin Gibson, Mandy Reading, and Alyssa Gibson, all of Missouri; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are encouraged to Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Food Bank or the Gideon’s Society.