Charles Gibson

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Charles "Chuck" Lavern Gibson, born Dec. 11, 1922, in Kirksville, Mo., to Charles H. and Francis Meyers Gibson, passed away on April 18, 2014, at 12:45 am. Chuck lived in Missouri until he was 10 years old, when he moved with his mother to Rock Island, Ill. He enlisted United States Navy on Jan. 15, 1940 at the age of 25. He was assigned with the Navy Seabees, where he served in WWII at Aleutian Islands and Adak, Alaska. The Seabees were sent to move a mountain for aircrafts to land. The 86 Naval Battalion was then sent to Okinawa, Japan, to build airstrips for the invasion of Japan. He remembers the skies black from so many U.S. aircraft, a sight he would never forget. After WWII, he left the Navy and enlisted in the United States Army, where he was stationed with his family in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1948, first at Sandia Base, then White Sands Missile Range, Japan, and Fort Riley, Kan., from which he retired in May 31, 1967. The family returned to Albuquerque, where he owned and operated several gas stations. One of his fondest memories was when he and Charlotte, in 1985, were able to travel the United States to see all 48 states on their motorcycle. Since he saw Hawaii and Alaska during the war, he didn't want to travel by ship or plane to go back to those states. Charles "Chuck" L. Gibson was known for his witty humor, loyalty and his honesty. He is survived by his wife, Olivia A. Gibson, his sons, Steven Patrick Gibson of Albuquerque, James Craig Gibson of Ruidoso, N.M., sister Betty Gibson of Kansas City, Mo., two nieces and one nephew, his step-sons, Jose Enriquez and wife Cecilia of Santa Teresa, N.M., Michael Enriquez of Las Cruces, N.M., and daughter, Rocio Enriquez of Las Cruces, N.M., four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, "Athena," whose visits he enjoyed until the day he departed us. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte L. Gibson, and his parents, Charles and Francis Gibson, son Charles Gibson and sister, Anna Bringle. Services will take place at La Paz Grahams Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The viewing will begin at at 2 p.m., services will begin at 4 p.m., with a military honors to follow.
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La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador  Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-526-6891
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 23, 2014
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