Clarence E. "Hoot" Gibson, 94, passed away March 29, 2014 near his home in Honor. Hoot was born Feb. 22, 1920 in Akron, Ohio. His family later moved to Midland, where Hoot graduated from Midland High School in 1939.
While at high school, he met his sweetheart Alice Gibb who later became his wife of 70 years. Hoot attended Albion College before enlisting in the Army
Air Corps in July 1942.
Hoot and Alice were married in Sept. 1943 as he was on his way to England. Hoot served in WWII
in the 448th Bomb Squad as part of "Air Offensive-Europe & Normandy." He received a number of citations and was subsequently discharged at the war's end in Sept. 1945.
He later completed his degree at the University of Michigan
graduating in 1947 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
Soon after, Hoot joined the "fledgling" Dow Corning Corp. in the sales department. He subsequently worked through Dow Corning Sales in New York, Greensboro, N.C., Midland, and Chicago.
In 1983, he retired as the "Regional Sales Manager" for the Mid West, whose offices were based in Chicago, after 37 years of service.
In their retirement years, Hoot loved to sail. He sailed numerous trips with Alice on Lake Michigan. His love for sailing earned him Commander of Waukegan Illinois Power Squadron. He also was an avid golfer and bridge player. They traveled to many world destinations and spent time at their summer home on Platte Lake, near Honor.
Hoot is survived by his wife, Alice G.; sons, Michael (Ann) of New Ulm, Minn. and Craig (Darnelly); daughters, Gail M. (Alan) Christensen of Midland and KerrieLee (Wayne) Schendel of Honor. He is also survived by ten grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
No service is planned. Cremation has already taken place. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider their favorite charity. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.