Walter Judson Gibbs Sr.
Walter Judson Gibbs, Sr.

Louisville - Walter Judson Gibbs, Sr., virtually surrounded by his loving family, peacefully passed away Tuesday, October 6th at Audubon Hospital. Mr. Gibbs will forever be remembered as an adventurer, leader, builder, philanthropist, printer, and lover of all things sweet. "Jud" was a loving, nurturing husband and patriarch. From a longtime Louisville family, Mr. Gibbs was a stock car driver in his youth, a pilot, mountaineer, and avid outdoorsman. He was the infamous leader of Boy Scout Troop 315 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church for 16 years. Simultaneously he supported his wife's longstanding involvement with Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council and Girl Scout Troop 315. He often spoke of the many Scouts they had helped along the way and enjoyed hearing of their many successes. A philanthropist, community leader, and patriot, Mr. Gibbs was a deacon at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, Trustee of the Kentucky Colonels, an organizer for the United Way campaign for many years, and a first responder of the CB branch of REACT. In addition, he worked with the Kentucky Republican Presidential Campaigns of 1968-1972. Beginning his printing training at Gibbs-Inman Printing, Mr. Gibbs went on to create his own print shop and later worked for the Courier-Journal and Standard Gravure, while finishing his printing career at Beechmont Press. Mr. Gibbs was preceded in death by his father, Kentucky Colonel Adjutant General Walter I. Gibbs, his mother, poet Dorothy Barr Gibbs, brothers Paxton and Scott, his wife, Barbara Lee Dodge Gibbs, his grandson, Robert Joseph Renner IV and his son-in-law, Paul Tarullo. Mr. Gibbs is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 25 years, Patricia Liske Hofmann Gibbs and his 9 children: Walter Judson Gibbs, Jr., Leslee Gibbs Bottorff (Michael), Cherri Gibbs Beckhart (Doug), David Forrest Gibbs, Steve Hofmann (Kim), Peggy Hofmann O'Bryan (Kevin), Sally Hofmann O'Bryan (Chris), Paula Hofmann Tarullo and Sherry Hofmann Hunt (Michael), sisters; Sharon Gibbs McGuire, Moss Green, Reedy Gibbs Acalinas. "Grandy" left an adventurous, strong, creative, and loving legacy of 20 grandchildren and 14.5 great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 12 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road. Mass may be viewed on or A private burial will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery. The family wishes that expressions of sympathy be made to St. Agnes, Tuition Assistance Program or Mass of the Air.

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Published by Courier-Journal from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2020.
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Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home - Louisville
3331 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40205
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St. Agnes Catholic Church
1920 Newburg Road
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Prayers and condolences to the Gibbs family.
Don Ellwanger
October 11, 2020