Jack Ernest Gibbons Sr. (1938 - 2014)

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Jack Ernest Gibbons Sr. passed away from cancer Aug. 18, 2014, in Klamath Falls, Ore., at age 75. He was at home during the time of his death surrounded by family and loved ones. A service will be Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in The Big Gym in Chiloquin, Ore. Jack was born Aug. 19, 1938, at the Klamath Indian Agency Hospital and became known to most as "Bumps," He was the baby of nine children. Bumps grew up in Chiloquin and attended Chiloquin High School. Around the age of 18, he became involved in boxing and started boxing competitively in the Klamath Falls Amateur Boxing. He fought and competed for the Golden Gloves. Even after he stopped boxing in his later years, watching boxing matches was one of his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed hunting and telling stories about the "old ways." Bumps spent time pulling green chain at the mill in Chiloquin. He found his career as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service. He traveled all over the country to countless fires and trained and mentored numerous co-workers, who later became lifelong friends. Bumps had numerous promotions, trainings, certificates of merit and commendations while with the Forest Service. He became a father to his first son, Richard Nelson. In the late 1950s, he had two sons, Jack and Rick. In the 1960s, he met Tony Quenelle and was blessed with Tiny, Marcus, Beep, Pebs and Baby Rena. Bumps found joy in many things, but his true calling was being a father. He spent evenings playing catch with his children and putting the boxing gloves on his boys. In the early 1980s, he met Georgette Snider. Together, they had two daughters, Beads and Wings. He also became Dad to Sy. Bumps was a dedicated father; if he was not working, you could find him at his kids' sports events, birthdays or spending time just because. He led by example and believed family came first, followed by honesty and hard work. Bumps enjoyed playing horseshoes, watching game shows, playing hopscotch with his daughters and reading the newspaper. He was a pro at the Rubik's Cube and could play the guitar with the best of 'em. He could always be found with a cold Mountain Dew and a pepperoni stick in his hand. Bumps had a great deal of wisdom about the traditional Native ways and beliefs and lived his life by them up until the day he passed. He once said "The most important thing my children can do for me is to listen to these little one's talk when they have something to say." All the grandkids ran to Grampa Bumps with open arms and big smiles. Our Dad was a family man and he passed away a rich man in the love he left behind. Survivors include his sons, Jack, Rick, Marcus, and Guy Gibbons, Sy Strider, and Richard Nelson and daughters, Labeads and Lawings Yahwhee, Barbara and Shealynn Gibbons and Pebbles Jackson. He also is survived by his sisters, Patricia Dumont and Corky Gibbons, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many other relatives. Bumps was preceded in death by his mother, Grace Rena Hill; siblings, Joyce Miller, Arlen Miller, Elwood Miller, Bruce Miller, Phillis Miller and Barbara Gibbons; and his daughter, Rena Gibbons. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors, now at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, 541-883-3458, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 883-3458
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Published in Herald And News on Aug. 21, 2014
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