Obituaries

Robert Marshall Gibbons

January 7, 1933 - March 11, 2019

Robert Marshall Gibbons

Obituary

Robert Marshall Gibbons, 86, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 in Caledonia, Illinois. Born on January 7, 1933 to Harry Gibbons and Beatrice (Haffner) Pixler in Lemmon South Dakota. Robert married his wife of 62 years, Anna (Lipelt) Gibbons, on September 1, 1956 in Huron, South Dakota. Robert proudly served his country in the United States Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Robert received the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. After serving our country, Robert was discharged as a Master Sergeant and then received his master’s degree in education in 1964 and went on to teach in South Dakota and Minnesota. He then moved to Belvidere and was a guidance counselor for Belvidere High School from 1968 to 1992.

Robert was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois. He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, VFW, and the American Legion. He loved spending time with his family and attending church. He enjoyed his cabin and water sports. He was water skiing up until he was 70.

Robert will truly be missed by his loving wife; his children, Dr. Gregory (Shannon) Gibbons, Jeffrey (Ellen) Gibbons, and Peggy (Bradley) Sassaman; his brother, Bill (Shirley) Gibbons; his 9 grandchildren, Marshall, Madison, Mallory, Robert, Stephanie, Carole Gibbons, Spencer (Brittany), Michael and Maxwell Sassaman; his great-grandchild, Leonidas Sassaman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Harold and Fred Gibbons.

A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere Road, Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will take place at Highland Garden of Memories. Pastor Keith Richards will be officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to be determined at a later date. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church

815-544-8058

A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere Road, Belvidere, Illinois, 61008.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church

815-544-8058

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Highland Garden of Memories

Burial will take place at Highland Garden of Memories.

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Ann and family. Sorry sorrow to hear about your loss. Bob shared the love he had for you and your family with his students at BHS. That love I was honored to see every day in his work. Peace be with you from the Christophersen family Chuck, Jan, Matt and Joe.

Chuck and Jan Christophersen 2019-03-14T20:39:42

Dear Ann and family,
Thank you for the message. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family. Bet Ron and Bob are having a “good” visit – your friendship was always so special to all three of us. Take care of yourself and got me an email when things quiet down. God’s best and comfort to each of you and I am so happy you have such a great family for support.

Lois Johnson 2019-03-14T16:04:29

Dear Ann Greg Jeff and Peggy,
I am so sorry for your loss! Bob was the best! He had such patience with us neighbor kids! From teaching us how to water ski to keeping us warm and safe on the toboggan! Memories that will last a lifetime! Plus the many camping trips and the life at the cabin! We had great times! I love you all and i hope you all feel comfort in this!😢
Love and prayers Kate and family

Kate Holloway/Verken 2019-03-13T18:29:22

May God’s peace & love surround you at this sad time. Bob was truly a special man. We always enjoyed the times we spent after church together. Our love & prayers.

Judy & Bob Brenner 2019-03-13T16:57:04

Dear Ann and family. It was a pleasure to get to know both you and Bob. May God bless you during this very difficult time. I’m sure Bob will be missed. God Bless😘

Charles and Shirley Piesler 2019-03-13T16:05:08

Dearest Ann-(and family)-Bob was such a kind dear man—a pleasure to know. May Jesus comfort you and wrap His arms of love surrounding you as you treasure the memories! In Jesus love , Jeannie and Lloyd Loberger

Jean and lloyd Loberger 2019-03-13T12:35:57

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

Hilary and Alfred Glaser 2019-03-13T01:16:07

Peggy and family, so sorry for your loss! Prayers and hugs for all!

Mary Kay Walraven 2019-03-12T15:36:56

Ann and family. So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob at BHS in the attendance office. He always had that great smile and so helpful to his students. I saw the picture of you both at my uncles Birthday
party when he was at East Bank. Ron Schwebke . God’s Blessings to you all.

Bev Petersen 2019-03-12T14:07:53

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