Chester “Donald” Gibbs
April 2, 1933 –– Aug. 23, 2017
Chester “Donald” Gibbs was born to Maude and Rex Gibbs in Joseph on April 2, 1933. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1951 as salutatorian. In 1955 he married Shannon MacManiman and moved to Wallowa where they raised their family. They recently celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Don worked with his dad as a teenager in the gravel business helping pour the curbs along Joseph’s Main Street. After school, he was in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years, winning many awards for marksmanship. He also worked at J. Herbert Bate Lumber for 10 years until a strike brought the closing of the mill.
Don was a very honest, humble and hard-working man that strove to support his family by working many jobs. He had a TV repair shop where he fixed and sold a variety of items and ended up buying the local cable system. He also worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. later becoming the Postmaster. After 32 years, he retired and moved out of Wallowa County ending up in Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Maude Gibbs, sister Macel, and brother Ron. He leaves behind four children, Rick Gibbs (Margie), Kari Frolander (Mike), Greg Gibbs and Jill Hiatt (Danny). He adored all of his grandchildren –– Christopher, Nicolas, Ashley, Kasey and Kylie. He also leaves a handful of great-grandchildren.
He is survived by two loving sisters, Sylvia Gould and Colleen Wells, and their families, which he was able to create his last memories with just days before he passed. His family appreciates all of the good wishes. Contributions may be made in his honor to The Company of Rockhouse, 2252 W Lingleville Rd., Stephenville TX 76401 where his son, Greg, is being well cared for.