Robert Joseph Gibbons of Fredericksburg, a dentist, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. He was 84 years old. Graveside service: Dr. Gibbons' remains will be laid to rest during a family service in the Westbrook plot of the Prairie Point Cemetery near Kerens. Memorials: The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Hill Country Memorial Hospice of Fredericksburg or a
in remembrance of this honorable and good man. Bob Gibbons was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Irene and Clifford Gibbons. He had a younger sister, Judith Gibbons Sloan Marlow, who preceded him in death. After graduating from Malden (Mo.) High School in 1946, Robert served in the United States Army in the occupation forces in Germany. After his service, he attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and then transferred to Baylor University in Waco to receive his undergraduate degree. While at Baylor, he met his future wife, Jean Westbrook of Itasca. They were married Dec. 28, 1952, in Kerens. In 1956, Dr. Gibbons graduated from St. Louis University Dental School in St. Louis, Mo. After starting his dental practice in Missouri, he moved to Arlington to practice dentistry for 37 years, and he was active in local, state and national dental organizations. In Arlington, he participated in numerous civic organizations, including the Civitan Club and the Rotary Club
. Dr. Gibbons was an avid tennis player and enjoyed riding horses. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Arlington. After retiring, he moved to Fredericksburg where he had happily lived on a ranch since 1994. While in Fredericksburg, he greatly enjoyed his membership in the Rotary Club and the Tennis Association and continued to play tennis into his 80s. Survivors: His wife of 60 years, Jean Gibbons; his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, Grant, Beth and Austin Gibbons of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Kent, Wanda, Mary and Eric Gibbons of San Antonio; in-laws, Marianna and Seymour Byman; nieces, Miranda Spaulding and Amelia Wilson; and nephews, Nat Wilson and Owen Sloan.