Bruce L. Gibson, 67, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Springfield, passed away at St. John's Hospice Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
He was born Nov. 6, 1945, in Tallula, to Rufus and Thelma Pittman Gibson. They preceded him in death, as did his infant sister, Janice Marie. He married Nathalie "Nat" Dietsch in December 1998.
Bruce served his country in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War and was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a semi-truck driver for several trucking companies, including Hayes Trucking in Carlinville. He enjoyed the Civil War re-enactments and Native American powwows. He wanted to retire near the Grand Canyon, because of its beauty.
He is survived by his wife, Nat; children: Russell (Dawn) Gibson Helm of Carlinville, Audra (Brian) Eyer of Booneville, Mo., Jeff Gibson of Fayetteville, Ark., Tabi Gibson (fiancé, Joseph Pierce) of Springfield, Haley Gibson (fiancé, Allen Jones) of Roodhouse and Colby Gibson of Riverton; stepchildren, Bryan (Stephanie) Hill of Fort Benning, Ga., Nathan (Lisa) McEvers, Jacksonville, Aaron (Christy) McEvers, Fort Benning, Ga., Justin (Amanda) McEvers of Jacksonville and Jordon (Candace) McEvers of Phenix City, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat grandchild; siblings, Karen McWard of Springfield, Diane Farmer of Jacksonville, Joyce (David) Ferguson of Auburn, Brent Gibson Taylorville and Bonnie Jameson of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
His family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. Funeral ceremony will be held Noon Friday at Staab Polk Memorial Home in Chatham with Pastor Larry Griffiths. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to St. John's Hospice, 800 West Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62729, or Wounded Warriors Project, 230 West Monroe St, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606. For condolences, go to www.staabpolk.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Jan. 20, 2013