|Roy H. Gibson, Jr., age 86 of Knoxville, died at 5:45 A.M. on Thursday, December 29, 2011 in the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, Illinois.
He was born on November 30, 1925 in rural Knoxville, Illinois, the son of Roy H. and F. Mae Gibson, Sr. He married Lois M. Berg on November 21, 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2011.
He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Larry) Carlson of Dahinda, Illinois and a son, Howard (Phyllis) Gibson of Knoxville, Illinois. Four grandchildren: Ann Marie (Stan) Widlacki of Naperville, Illinois; Paula (Mark) Ferguson of Bushnell, Illinois; Denise (Kevin) O'Tool of LeClaire, Iowa; and Matt (Angie) Gibson of Knoxville, Illinois; twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Two brothers: Melvin (Evelyn) Gibson and Gene (Dee) Gibson both of Knoxville, Illinois and a brother-in-law, Virgil Berg of Galesburg, Illinois.
Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-n-law, Art (Phyllis) Gibson and a grandson, Gregory Gibson.
He was raised in rural Knoxville and attended Williamsfield and Knoxville Schools.
Roy was in the United States Army during WWII from December 1944 to October 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater and in the occupying forces in Japan. He acquired the rank of sergeant as a heavy equipment operator. Following his honorable discharge her returned to his farming operating in rural Knoxville, Illinois.
He was a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau, Harry Philblad American Legion Post #749 of Knoxville, Illinois, Neighborhood Pinochle club and Maxey Chapel United Methodist Church.
Graveside Funeral Services will be at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Russ Collister officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Fellowship will follow the graveside services at Maxey Chapel. Memorials may be made to Maxey Chapel United Methodist Church.