J.D. Gibson, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 13, in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Lila Picton and the Rev. Corey Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Broken Bow United Methodist Church.
James David Gibson (better known as JD) was born Nov. 11, 1921, to Asa Raphael and Grace Alphretta Barnhart Gibson in the Senate Valley area near Broken Bow. JD was the seventh child born to this family.
JD spent most of his life in the Broken Bow area except for the short time he lived in Omaha during WWII, and three years in Grand Island working for Roberts Dairy. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939.
JD married Shirley Marie Hogue June 1, 1940. To this union one daughter, Deanna Wynnette was born. JD, Shirley and Deanna were a real three-some. They lived and farmed with grandpa and grandma Gibson east of Berwyn for several years.
After living in Grand Island, JD and Shirley moved back to Broken Bow. He was in construction with his brother-in-law, Milburn Taylor, until he was hired as the maintenance superintendent for the new industry in Broken Bow, Becton-Dickinson. They both retired from BD in 1987.
JD loved to hunt, fish, and tinker. There wasn't anything he couldn't build or repair. He always said it was built "Hog-tight and Bull-stout." His sense of humor was above and beyond, always having a story or "quip."
JD was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; and their daughter; sisters, Blanche Ferguson, Lera Taylor, Elizabeth Drake, Ethel Lewis, and Katherine Oxford; and one brother, Eldred "Bud" Gibson. He leaves to mourn, a sister-in-law, Hazelle Pearson, plus many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 14, 2011