On Thursday, October 13, 2022, Ronnie Gibson of Calhoun, Louisiana departed this earth leaving behind a legacy of love for his family and friends.
Ronnie was born in Montgomery, AL on Oct 12, 1947,the second of three children, to Buster Gibson and Frances Wambles Gibson.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Dana Rowe Gibson, children – Ron Gibson (Betty) of Nashville, TN; Pamela Gibson of Montgomery, AL; Jessica Gibson Ables (Adrian) of West Monroe, LA; Hannah Gibson of Calhoun, La; grandchildren – Luke Ables, Hudson Ables, Kristina Gibson, Kiersten Gibson, Deven Medley, Ashton Dalton, Andrew Dalton, and Anthony Dalton; Great-Granddaughter Arabella Gibson, sister Pat Shephard (Arnold)and in-laws Jean Osteen, Verlon Rowe, Vickie Fox and Nancy Gibson.
Ronnie was predeceased by his parents and brother, Buster Gibson, and his best friend, Steven Fox. Ronnie also leaves behind his 4-legged partner in crime – Lucy Bird, who was his daily companion throughout his lengthy battle with Scleroderma.
Ronnie was a born planner, builder, protector, an avid hunter, and fisherman. As a young child, he earned money by delivering groceries in a red wagon to his neighbors and made sure he was there when scuffles at school involved his siblings. He was drafted into the US Army in 1967, serving one tour in Vietnam at the age of 19. Surviving boot camp and with rifle in hand, he was flown to Vietnam and told to jump and run when the helicopter hovered above ground. As a planner, he made it his mission to carry the biggest gun with the most ammunition, to protect himself and his brothers in arm. During his service, Ronnie received numerous commendations including the Bronze Star (V). Following his discharge, Ronnie worked as an Auto Body Technician until his retirement in 2014.
He possessed immense warmth, self-awareness, and a sense of humor that was shared with everyone he knew. A man with an unwavering integrity and quiet strength that was evident in everything he did. He was the epitome of what a man should be.
Ultimately his greatest passion in life was his family. He will be remembered always as a devoted husband, loving father, wonderful brother, and as his grandkids would say, an awesome PawPaw. He left his family with a lifetime of genuine love, fond memories to cherish, and life lessons that he instilled daily. He will be deeply and forever missed.
Ronnie was never one to stand in the limelight and draw attention to himself. With that in mind, the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
A special thank you to Scott Williams (SFMC Nurse Supervisor and unofficial adopted family member), Wayne Rutledge (FNP),) and the staff at Community Care Clinic, Patti Jones (RN) and the amazing nursing staff at St Francis Hospital and the Specialty Hospital of Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Food Bank of NE Louisiana Backpack for Kids program, The Ouachita Parish Senior Center Meals on Wheels programor the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter.
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