In memory of

Reverend Donald Gibson

December 14, 1929 - May 26, 2024
From: Wall Lake, IA
Reverend Donald  Gibson

Reverend Donald Gibson

Born: December 14, 1929
Died: May 26, 2024
Age: 94
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   Donald Gibson, age 94, of Wall Lake, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, May 26th, 2024. He was born on December 14th, 1929 in Saint Louis County, Missouri, son of Arthur and Mollie (MacKenzie) Gibson.
  He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he met Barbara Ronecker at InterVarsity, a Christian fellowship group. After a short courtship they were married on July 17, 1953 at Kingsland Presbyterian church in St. Louis. They were blessed with six children: David, Sue, Diane, Nancy, Karen and Barbie.
   In 1953 he attended the Dubuque Theological seminary in Iowa where he received his Bachelors of Divinity degree in 1956. Upon his ordainment he was installed as pastor in Sharpsburg, Iowa. He went on to serve as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa for eleven years and in 1968 was called to be pastor at Emmanuel and Trinity Presbyterian Churches in Wall Lake and Carnarvon, Iowa. Upon retirement in 1996, Emmanuel and Trinity churches bestowed him with the honor of Pastor Emeritus. After he retired, he continued to serve as pulpit and stated supply for many churches in the area. Donald continued to spread the gospel in the Presbyterian churches of Arcadia, Carroll, Ida Grove, Sac City, Wheatland, Auburn, and the United Church of Christ in Lake View.
  Volunteer and service work were a lifelong passion and commitment for Donald. He served as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster and was involved with youth group mission trips and many church camps. He served with many service organizations including West Iowa Community Mental Health, the Sixty-Plus Nutrition Agency, Sac County Hospice and the Presbytery of Prospect Hill.
  Hobbies and interests he enjoyed were model trains of all types, stamp and coin collecting, and cheering on the Saint Louis Cardinals baseball team.
  After the passing of his wife Barbara in 1997, he met Beth Schnirring. They were married in July of 2003. Beth passed away in 2020.
  He is survived by his children: David (Debbie) Gibson of St. Charles, MO; Sue (Marvin) Arnold of Wall Lake, IA; Diane (Charles) Herd of Garden Grove, CA; Nancy (Jonathan) Funk, Wall Lake, IA; Karen (Mike) Bruggeman of Chandler, AZ; Barbie (Jeff) Sunderland of Eden, UT; grandchildren: Daniel and Timothy Gibson, Emily (Nate) Swensen, Eric (Sara) Arnold, Stacey (Robert) Schueneman, Laura Herd, Steven (Breanna) Herd, Leah (Jacob) Mercer, Philip Herd, Nicole (Anthony) Gonzales, Aaron (Sydney) Bruggeman, Lindsey (Domonick) Bryant, Matthew Bruggeman, Logan and Paige Sunderland; great-grandchildren: Andrew and Kaleb Swensen, Clayton and Levi Arnold, Sierra (Jacob) Schramm, Caitlin (Marshall) Bower, Trevor, Abby and Elise Schueneman, Everett and Blakely Herd, Jasper Mercer, Hayden, Maverick and Sedona Gonzales; great-great grandchildren: Olive and Desmond Schramm, Willow and Jett Bower; and extended family members. Also, Beth’s son Steve (Sue) Nicklaus and son-in-law Bruce Larimer.
   Donald was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ronecker Gibson, Beth Schnirring Gibson; his parents; his brother Allan Gibson; and infant daughter Ann. Also, Beth’s daughter Cathy Larimer.
10:30 a.m., Monday
June 3, 2024
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Wall Lake, Iowa

*Service will be LIVE on Facebook
Reverend Randy Russom
4:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday
June 2, 2024
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 2:47 PM
“We extend our sympathies to the entire Don Gibson Family! Your father was a true pillar of the Wall Lake Community. We have so many fond memories of Don, Barb and all their children throughout our school years together. As you grieve, may you feel the powerful love of God give you the comfort only He can Give! From ALL of us! Amy, Curtis, Kathy, Russ & Joanie Reiter”
- Amy (Reiter) & Chris Morley
Friday, June 7, 2024 at 12:11 PM
“Blessings on you 🙏 all at this time. I have many fond memories of Don during my time in the presbytery.”
- Barbara Patton Rolph
Monday, June 3, 2024 at 10:11 AM
“Prayers and love to the entire Gibson family. Sincerely, Dan and Chris ”
- Dan and Chris
Monday, June 3, 2024 at 8:58 AM
“Sympathy to the families of Pastor Gibson as having worked with him the many years at Emmanuel Church at Carnarvon. He was a patient and wise man. Learned alot working with him . Also enjoyed our friday night coffee as he dropped off the bulletin material for Sun. Sometimes Barb would call as she seemed to know where to find him on Friday Enjoyed every minute . PrAYERS and God's blessing to all the family”
- Shirley Ohden
Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 9:32 AM
“Our prayers to Pastor's family. I met this fine man several times when I provided music for several funerals at which he gave the message of Hope and salvation. . We were good friends of Beth and heard such positive words about him through her. God's Peace to you all as Pastor Don is called Home.”
- Randy and Marilyn Schmitt
Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 9:31 AM
“Don was the true meaning of what is is to be a Christian. He was the kindest man and showed myself and many other our way to the Lird. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. With deepest sympathy, Linda Brown.”
- Linda Brown
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 9:08 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to Pastor Gibson's family.”
- Steve and Mindy Radloff
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 12:02 AM
“I only met him a handful of times but his legacy has touched my life through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May all the comforts of Christ be yours in fullest measure. ”
- Donna Patterson
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 5:09 PM
“So sorry for your loss”
- Susan Schnirring
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 5:09 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all the family.”
- Mike & K'Lee Naberhaus
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 4:10 PM
“Our deepest condolences to all of you. Don was the just the best and he was very cherished by all of us "kids"! Many good memories. Thank you Don for giving us the the teachings we needed to live the good lives we have led. Blessings to all. Sincerely, Dennis and Sue Peters”
- Dennis and Susan Peters
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 3:54 PM
“He was my uncle and I remember all the good times I had with my cousins when we would all get together for family reunions. I was just a kid back then,but still remember how kind and gentle he was. He was a man of God and he was called home. I'm so sorry he has gone and miss all the good times.”
- Cathy hensley
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 3:54 PM
“Sympathy to Don's family. He was definitely a model pastor for me and a gentle spirit in all he did. It was my pleasure to know and work with him.”
- Rev. Betty Weidert
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 2:38 PM
“My sincere sympathy ro Donald's family. He was very kind and wonderful person. I remember he always would pick up plaster of Paris for me to use in my art class. I believe he got it in Fort Dodge. We always had nice visits. Bless you all at this time.”
- Donna Tjaden
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 2:15 PM
“ Knowing Pastor Don since he and his family arrived in our area, it wasn't long until the Fredrichs and the Gibson families were spending time throughout the year, snowball fights, having picnics, and the annual New Year's Eve Party! What to do with eleven kids!!?! He and his wife even took us high school kids from church to St. Louis for a week during the summer to experience "culture" in the city, attend a St. Louis Cardinal game (his favorite team), tour the various sites and paint inside a church which allowed us lodging. He did this at least twice!! A man of patience, he would pick hymns for worship up to three months in advance allowing me, age 14, a rookie, lots of time to practice. As time went on, his big surprise was "pick and sing" which I re-named "stump the organist" allowing the congregation to request during a service. Pastor Don was a faithful man and leader, knowing Jesus died and rose again for our salvation having forgiven all our short-comings. He lived in God's continuing grace every day. We are thankful he was one of God's ambassadors. He will be missed, but we have so many memories. As the Apostle Paul shared in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing". ”
- Sue and Ken Barney
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 1:01 PM
“So sorry to hear of the recent passing of Rev Gibson. My condolences on your loss and hope that the memories of his life will help you through this difficult time”
- Jeff Bloom
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 1:00 PM
“Don was a joy to know. Both as a man, and as fellow laborer in the church.”
- Rev. Ken Fells
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 11:42 AM
“Pastor was a special creation by God. HIs kindness and enduring nature to serve others as a minister was unmatched. He was genuine in thought, word and deed. We will miss this great man.”
- Catherine E. Cook
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 10:16 AM
“To the Gibson family: Gaylene and I want to extend our deepest sympathy in Don's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Pastor Gibso was one of a kind--always putting his church family and service to the Lord before anything or anyone else. He had the faith in me when no other pastor did and I'm so thankful to him for that. I always said "if there was anyone other than Jesus that could walk on water it was Pastor Gibson." He was one of a kind and will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Carl & Gaylene Lee”
- Carl Lee
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 10:16 AM
“Pastor Don Gibson was a True Gentlemen and a Believer in the Lord which he showed all the time and Was the best Man and Kind Person that I ever know. May God Hold His family in his Hands. ”
- Rebecca Peters
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 9:18 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Gibson family. Your dad is someone a lot of people will miss. A very respected man and a pillar of the community. I personally will miss his smile and his genuine presence. He married us and confirmed our children. Blessings to all. Rob and Marsha Bornhorst”
- Rob and Marsha Bornhorst
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 9:18 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Reverand Gibson was one of the finest men that I had the honor of knowing. He will be missed. ”
- Scott R Cook
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