In memory of

Rolan "Gib" Gibbons

September 21, 1925 - February 29, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
Rolan "Gib" Gibbons

Rolan "Gib" Gibbons

Born: September 21, 1925
Died: February 29, 2020
Age: 94
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   Gib was born on September 21, 1925, to Maurice and Anna Gibbons in Newell, IA.  He attended Country School Coon #4 for four years and eight years at Newell, graduating in 1942.  After graduation he helped his Dad on the farm.  Because his father had too many acres and to much livestock and Gib’s help was needed on the farm, he was not called to military service.

   After the war was over he met Betty Corderman.  They were married in 1947 in the Little Brown Church and were blessed with three children, Doug, Steve and Jane.  Gib farmed with his Dad until the farm was sold.  He took a job at the Newell Cooperative Elevator and worked there for 10 years until his retirement in 1988.

   Gib and Betty enjoyed gathering with friends, dancing and fishing.  He enjoyed playing cards, telling jokes, coffee with friends, woodworking, golfing and mostly spending time with his family.  Betty passed away in August of 1987.

   In October of 1988, Gib married Gwen Freeman and moved to Sac City.  He gained five more children: Rick, Ron, Pat, Sherrie and Joann.

   During Gib’s lifetime he was involved in Masonic Lodge, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, Lions Club, Liars Club, Sac City Fishing Club, card clubs.  While he lived in Sac City he worked for Jack Sanders, and Paul and Tim Huser on their farms.  Gib had a great love for farming and very much enjoyed the years helping on the farms.  He took jobs mowing the golf course and the Sac City Airport for a few years.  Even working, he always took time to enjoy fishing at the fishing pond he belonged to in Sac City.  Many “Gibbons” Father’s Days were spent there, fishing, playing games, visiting and enjoying those delicious Iowa Pork Chops he would fix for his family.  Gib and Gwen enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Arizona for 23 years.

On February 29, 2020, Gib entered his heavenly home.  He will be missed by the many who knew and loved him.

   Gib is survived by his three children: Doug (Evy) Gibbons, Sioux Falls, SD, Steve (Marian) Gibbons, North Liberty, IA, and Jane Hartwell (special friend Rod Severson) Storm Lake, IA; along with other children: Rick (Sandy) Olson, Ron Olson, Sheree Heard, and Pat (Diane) Freeman; grandchildren: Travis (Ellen) Gibbons, Tyler (Melanie) Gibbons, Jamay (Kyle) Patten, Chet (Cassie) Hartwell, Jennifer (Nick) Novak, Stephanie (Nick) Schnicker, Rock Olson, Manda (Matt) Parry, Matt (Hannah) Olson, Jami (Kevin) Crosby, Ryan (Katie) Heard, Jacob Heard, Jason Heard, Katie (Karrie) Freeman, and Tim (Janice) Paul; great-grandchildren: Edie Gibbons, Lauren & Liam Patten, Braxton and Bryant Hartwell, Riley, Reece and Ryder Parry, Ezra and Imogen Olson, Kaitlyn Crosby, Christopher and Sophie Paul; his brother Richard “Dick” Gibbons; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

   Gib is preceded in death by his wife Betty Gibbons, sister Joyce Miller, son-in-law Stan Hartwell, wife Gwen (Freeman) Gibbons, Joann Freeman and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been set up in Gib’s name.

 



 

Tribute Video
SERVICES
11:00 a.m., Friday
March 6, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Sac City, Iowa
OFFICIATING
Reverend Missy Brown
VISITATION
4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday
March 5, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

7:00 p.m., Masonic Service
INTERMENT
Newell Cemetery
Newell, Iowa

Condolences

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1:58 PM
“Steve and Marian, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad! You, your family and all who loved your Dad are in my prayers. Remember the good times!”
- Becky Stadlman
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:36 AM
“I will always treasure Wednesday breakfast and jokes with their group of friends at Hutchs. My prayers and condolences are with everyone who adored & loved Gib. God bless and be with you. ”
- Jodi Widajewski
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:29 PM
“What a beautiful tribute to the life of Gib! Gib was such a kind and caring man. May you feel God surrounding you all during this time of grief! Love and Prayers Michele”
- Michele Schnicker
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:29 PM
“So long Gib you were a great brother-in-law. Rest in peace.”
- Dale carnine
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:16 PM
“I am so sorry to hear Gib passed. I have your entire family in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Linda Miller
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“We were saddened to hear of Gib’s passing and wish to extend our condolences to his family. What wonderful memories we have of Gib and Gwen...about as close neighbors as one can get...sharing a wall when we both lived in the “condos.” He always had a smile and fun banter! We will miss his annual Christmas phone call. A good guy! We feel honored to have had him as a friend.”
- Scott and Linda Russell
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“We were saddened to hear of Gib’s passing and wish to extend our condolences to his family. What wonderful memories we have of Gib and Gwen...about as close neighbors as one can get...sharing a wall when we both lived in the “condos.” He always had a smile and fun banter! We will miss his annual Christmas phone call. A good guy! We feel honored to have had him as a friend.”
- Scott and Linda Russell
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“We were neighbors to Gib and Gwen in Sac City. Golfed with them in Labor Day tournament many years ago. Was always good to visit with Gib and missed him when he moved. Our sympathy to all his family. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Donald L Hatch
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:59 AM
“Been thinking of you all week. I hate that we cannot be there with you. I loved Uncle Gib so much. Such a special man!! Love you all!!”
- Janelle Cornell
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:35 AM
“Ours prayers for Doug, Evy and family.”
- Doug and Evy Schneider
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 1:49 PM
“The Norton Family sends our deepest sympathies to the entire Gibbons Family. Gib was a big part of our lives during the Hawkeye Football season(s). We are truly blessed to have known him. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories. His legacy lives on through his beautiful family. God's blessings. ”
- Greg & Karen Norton
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:21 AM
“Cindy and I were deeply saddened by the news of Gibs passing. We pray that God will grant you the strength. It was such a blessing to have been able to know Gib. Our most sincere condolences. ”
- Cindy and Brad Fillbach
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:22 PM
“Thinking of you and your family through this time of grieving and celebration of Gib's life. We will hold you up in prayer and love.”
- Gene and Thelma Vermeer
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:22 PM
“Jane, Steve and Doug, so sorry to hear of Gib’s passing. SO many good memories of Gib, your mother Betty and your family from many years ago and throughout the years since. Gib and dad were such good friends. We are traveling and cannot make it to the funeral but you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jim Nelsen
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