July 24, 1925 — Oct. 9, 2012
Olen Dean “Skip” Gibbs, 87, long time resident of Duncan, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Duncan.
Skip was born July 24, 1925 in Duncan, to John and Maude (Hudson) Gibbs.
He joined the United States Navy in 1943. He served during World War II as a SeaBee in the South Pacific on the Island of Okinawa. He was a proud and decorated veteran.
He was honorably discharged in 1946 and moved back to Duncan, where he was proud to call home.
Skip worked, managed and owned many restaurants until he started his own produce business in 1961, Tri-City Produce. He sold the produce business in 1979 and retired after 18 years.
During his restaurant years, he fell in love with one of his waitresses, Lora Lavelle Clark.
The two were married April 3, 1947 in Henrietta, Texas. They were blessed with five children. She preceded him in death April 1, 1993. Skip and Lavelle purchased land in Loco, where they spent much time farming and raising of cattle. They enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, playing dominos and especially spending time with their family.
In his later years, he was fortunate enough to have a second love, Bernice Wade, whom he was reacquainted with through church. They were married in December of 2000. And through this union he was blessed to have been accepted and loved by her family.
Skip gave his life to the Lord on Oct. 5, 1975 at the James Robinson Crusade. He knew immediately the power of God’s love and forgiveness, which he realized the urgency to share it with others.
He was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and the VFW, which he was a lifelong chaplain and former commander.
Skip is survived by his wife, Bernice; son, Rick Gibbs and wife, Cathy, of Winterpark, Fla; daughters, Glenda Matty and husband, Mike, of Duncan, Debbie Travis and husband, Tim, of Marlow; Sheryl Chapman and husband, Larry, of Duncan, and Carla Hall and husband, Greg, of Duncan; grandchildren, Melissa Ferbrache and husband, Jason, of Guthrie, Ron Shipman and wife, JJ, of Duncan, Marci Faulk and husband, Jay, of Graham, Texas, Greg Travis and wife, Dawn, of Duncan, Sarah Malpica and husband, Jonathan, of Winterpark, Fla., Laura Jones and husband, Jason, of Deltona, Fla., Casey Hall and wife, Melody, of Mustang, Clint Chapman and wife, Kara, of Duncan and Kara Hall of Bartlesville; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Byford and husband, Eddie of Duncan; brothers, Carl Gibbs of Duncan and Richard Caudill and wife, Ada, of Duncan and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; grandson, Jacob Gibbs; two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Parkview Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve Gillespie officiating, interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens Visitation will be Thursday and Friday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Carter Smart Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Carter Smart Funeral Home, Duncan.
Military honors will be provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard.
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