Wright Robert “Bob” Gibson Jr. was born Dec. 18, 1924 in Pioneer, Texas, to Wright R. Gibson Sr. and Sybil Jewel Taylor Gibson.
Mr. Gibson graduated from Pioneer High School in May of 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for military service and served with the 7th Infantry, 3rd Division during WWII. He served with the Army forces that fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium. He was also part of the armed forces that freed the Remagen Bridge and later served with the Army of Occupation in Germany. He received several military decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal as well as a Purple Heart.
Upon his return home, he attended the University of Texas at Austin. He finished his studies in 1950. He was a Letterman for the Texas Longhorn Golf team.
After university, Mr. Gibson became interested in the oil business and was an active independent oil producer in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. He founded his company the Powder River Oil Company in 1961, garnering the name from the Powder River Oil Basin of Wyoming and Montana. A second interest of Mr. Gibson was ranching. He organized the Gibson Land and Cattle Company in the early 70s. He was active in cattle raising and quarter horse breeding on ranches near Comanche, Cross Plains, Brownwood and Brady, Texas.
Mr. Gibson’s passion, in life, was golf. He played as a young boy with his brothers. He played in college. And, he continued to play into the years of his life. He played in many Amateur and Pro-Am tournaments in California, Colorado and Texas. He was honored to be invited to play various courses in Scotland, his favorite being St. Andrews near Edinborough.
Mr. Gibson is survived by his son, Byron Robert Gibson, with his wife Annell of Brownwood, Texas; his daughter, Sarah Gibson Antenora, with her husband Michael of Austin, Texas; his son, Collin Taylor Gibson of Plano, Texas; his grandchildren, Mary Ellen Gibson, Robert Louis Gibson, Bobby Darrell Gibson, Angelina Laura Gibson of Brownwood, Texas; Sophia Elizabeth Antenora, Olivia Louisa Antenora, and Elena Marie Antenora of Austin, Texas; his brothers, William C. Gibson of San Antonio, Ross Sterling Gibson of Andrews Texas, and Eugene H. Gibson of Brownwood, Texas; and his sister, Winnie Gibson O’Donnell of Waxahachie, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harris; his sister, Carmen Gibson Woodard; and his brother, Franklin Delano “Buck” Gibson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the May Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express their deepest and most heartfelt thanks to Maria Salas and her family of Dallas, Texas. Maria has been the long-time personal assistant and caregiver to Mr. Gibson for over 16 years. She has been instrumental in making his last years comfortable and peaceful.
Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.