Thomas Wayne Gibe, 82, formerly of Cable, Wis., and West Chicago, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Naperville.|
Tom graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1948 with two state swimming records – the 1947 100-meter freestyle and the 1948 50-meter freestyle.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He operated the family mink ranch in Phillips, Wis., for several years until moving to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois. He managed the J.D. Schaffer Cartage Company for over 40 years.
He served as a volunteer with the Kane County Sheriff's Auxiliary and ranked as an expert sharpshooter with the Illinois Pistol Association. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Tom reveled in being able to fix anything. He loved nature. His sense of humor and adventure will always be remembered.
Tom is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Bauman (Peter), Annette Forslund (Bob) and Jennifer Long (Stephen); and six grandchildren, Alex (Carrie), Allison, Rob, Meg, Tanner and Taylin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and his infant son, Timothy Kirk.
A 3 p.m. prayer vigil with visitation between 4 and 6 p.m. will be held at The Healy Chapel, 332 West Downer Place in Aurora, on Monday, Jan. 7.
For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2013