Charles J. Gibson of Hobbie passed away on Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at Lehigh Valley-Hazleton Hospital following a brief struggle with lung cancer.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 19, 1948, he was the only son of the late Wade J. and Irene M. (Szczepankowski) Gibson of Mountain Top. He graduated from Crestwood High School and West Side Vo-tech in 1968. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1972.
Known as Charlie, Gibby, and even Joe to a select few, he retired in December 2012 from Sapa Extrusions, formerly known as Mideast Aluminum Industries. Charles was an avid collector of Delaware and Hudson Railway memorabilia and model trains. He restored El Camino trucks and tinkered with small block Chevy engines. He had been a member of the Hobbie Racing Team #67 at Evergreen and Selinsgrove Speedways. He enjoyed helping local farmers during their busy season and had a knack for repairing farm equipment. He had looked forward to resuming his passion for fishing this summer.
Charles is survived by his wife of forty years, Mary Jo Riley Gibson, his son, James W. Gibson of Mountain Top, his daughter, Jennifer L. Gibson, at home, and his dear companions, Tigger, the aged cat, and Kyle, the contrary Cocker Spaniel.
Keeping with Charles' wishes, his funeral and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in St. James' Lutheran Cemetery in Hobbie. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.
The family thanks the staff of Lehigh Valley-Hazleton Hospital and Dr. Hameed Butt for the exceptional and compassionate care that Charles received from them.
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 13, 2014