Leonard W. "Hoot" Gibson, 86, of North Platte, passed away on May 4, 2021, in Omaha. He was born on Aug. 29, 1934, to Lester and Blanche (Radel) Gibson in Wallace, where he grew up. He entered the United States Army on Jan. 30, 1957, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 12, 1960. Leonard was united in marriage to Marlene Schnitzer on April 16, 1957, in Grant. The couple lived in North Platte and to this union three children were born. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for over 40 years as a clerk. Leonard was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Eagles Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Mark and Ruth Schnitzer; grandmother-in-law, Ona McCray; sister and brother-in-law, Leonabelle and Neal Erickson; infant brother, Lester Clayton; brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Ina Gibson; infant grandson, Michael; and infant granddaughter, Victoria. Leonard is survived by his wife, Marlene; sons and their wives, Douglas and Diane Gibson and Brent and Angila Gibson; daughter and her husband, Staci and Ronald Moritz; grandchildren, Emilee Gibson, Marcus Gibson, Elizabeth "Liz" Moritz, Allison (Jeff) White, Erinn (Christian) Moritz, Treu (Cory) Gibson and Brooke (Ryan) McQuillin; step-grandchildren, Andrew (Amanda) Nelsen, Chad Nelsen and Joanna (Josh) Schearer; soon-to-be-great-grandson, baby White; 10 great-step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marceil (Dave) Hillyer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the St. Patrick's Activities Association. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com
. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 10, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Delp officiating. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell, with full military honors provided by the United States Army and the North Platte Veterans Honor Guard. The family requests casual attire and bright colors. The service will be livestreamed via the Carpenter Memorial Chapel Facebook page. Visitation and book signing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is entrusted with arrangements.
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Published by North Platte Telegraph from May 6 to May 7, 2021.