George R. Gibbins Jr., 81, of Marshall, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Mar-Saline Manor Care Center in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at First Christian Church in Marshall. Dave Corder and William W. Harlow will officiate. Soloist Betty Phillips will sing "Amazing Grace" and "The Lord's Prayer." Organist will be Marie Boedeker. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Pallbearers will be Wally George, Ed Zahn, Ken Bryant, Jay Yoder, Terry Clark and Jim Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be John Wilson, Leo Brzuchalski, John Rostine, Jack Dryer, John Huston, John Murray Jackson, Bill Phillips and Jr. Brown. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall with military rites at graveside. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Marshall.
Born May 14, 1922, in rural Savannah, he was the son of the late George R. Gibbins Sr. and Lottie Hower Gibbins. On July 4, 1943, in Savannah, he married Marilyn Harrington, who preceded him in death Sept. 19, 1996. He had lived in Marshall since 1946. He was a member of First Christian Church in Marshall, where he served as a deacon and on various committees and was a member of the New Century Sunday school class. He was owner and operator of George's Heating and Cooling since 1965, previously working for Jackson Appliance and Gadberry Implement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 191 in Marshall, where he served as commander for three years. He also served as district commander of the Seventh District for three years. He was a Savannah High School graduate and had served on the Missouri State Cornhusking Championships board. He helped establish and maintain communication through ham radio links with government weather stations and emergency agencies during times of stress.
Survivors include one son, Norman R. Gibbons of the home; one daughter, Linda F. Dryer and husband Jim of rural Marshall; two grandsons, Kevin and Jeff Dryer; and two great-grandchildren, Cassie and Blane Dryer.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister in infancy.
Additional information provided per family recompense.