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home : obituaries : obituaries January 16, 2019

11/6/2018 12:31:00 PM
Gifford Thomas Gibson 1936 - 2018

Gifford Thomas Gibson, age 82, passed away on October 27, in Loveland, Colorado, surrounded by his loving family.

Giff was the son of Alenor Jr. and Hazel Gifford Gibson.

Giff was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1936, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1958. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He became the general manager of the Gibson Motor Company Inc. of Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Neenah, Menasha, and Appleton, eventually retiring as the president of the company. Mr. Gibson served for many years on the Board of Directors of the First Wisconsin National Bank.

He was a past Commodore of the Oshkosh Yacht Club, a member of the South Side Ice Yacht Club, the Oshkosh Country Club, Bend Country Club, and Sisters Kiwanis Club.

Giff had a life-long passion for sailing; in building boats as a hobby and sailing on Lake Winnebago as much as possible. Winter was spent ice-boating, going out on exciting rides across the ice. Giff also enjoyed music and learned to play the piano by ear. He wrote a published novel. And he loved tennis - a lifetime of tennis.

Giff was a lifelong devout Catholic, and his faith formed who he was and how he lived. He was a positive, upbeat person who never spoke an unkind word. He will always be remembered by anyone who knew him as a gentleman with a kind heart.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellen McDermott Gibson. Three children, Kimberly (Mark Romerein) Lindberg of Timnath, CO, William (Chris Manuel) Gibson of New Castle, CO, Katie (Scott Bischke) Gibson of Bozeman, MT. Three grandchildren, Corrina (Brandon)Benjamin, Laura (Dillon) Dugan, Katie Lindberg, and many dear nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brother: Jane Bergstrom, Marjorie Haase. Allan Gibson.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on November 17 at Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church, Fort Collins, CO followed by interment in Grand View Cemetery, Fort Collins Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorials could be made to the following: Oshkosh Area Community Foundation for the benefit of the Oshkosh Yacht Club, 230 Ohio St. Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902; Pathways Hospice of Fort Collins at; or Alzheimer's Association of Fort Collins CO, 415 Peterson St., Fort Collins, CO 80524.

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