Lawrence Edward Gibson, known to all of us as "Bud," left this life in the Newman Memorial Hospital at Shattuck, Okla., on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 at the age of 86 years, four months and three days.
He was born Aug. 28, 1920 in Harper County east of Laverne, Okla., to Joseph Edward and Alice Gertrude (Temple) Gibson.
The family lived on a farm nine miles east of Laverne. He attended grade school at Woodburn View Country School and later attended High School at May, Okla., graduating with the Class of 1938. Bud graduated as valedictorian of his class and also served as president.
Bud drove the school bus for the May school system during his senior years and one year after his graduation. In August of 1942, Bud was inducted into the service and served in the United States Air Force for three and one half years. He trained as a gunner on a B-17 plane while stationed in Tampa, Fla.
On Dec. 30, 1944 while Bud was home on leave from the Air Force he was united in marriage to Elona Belle Campbell at Buffalo, Okla. The couple made their home in Florida until he was discharged from the service. Bud received honors and medals.
In December of 1948, Bud's father was seriously injured and Bud took over complete operation of the family farm. He loved the farming of the land and always enjoyed going out to check his cattle operation.
Bud was a proud father. He stayed involved with his children in FFA, football and other activities. He enjoyed going to the junior rodeos with his children. Bud had a good time roping with his sons and always enjoyed going to roping or rodeos. Dancing was always fun for him. Bud and Elona traveled to many dances and after the loss of Elona, Bud continued to go to the senior citizens dances.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He served as chairman of the building committee that planned and built the new church sanctuary and educational building in Laverne. He served as church superintendent, Sunday School teacher and various other functions of the church. He also served on the Laverne Farmers Cooperative board as secretary for 22 years. He also served on the Harper County ASCS committee for nine years.
He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Alice, wife Elona on June 8, 2001, sisters Laura Bowyer in 2005 and Lois O'Hair in 1994.
Bud leaves as his survivors daughter Janet Malson and husband Leon of Crawford, Okla., sons Joe Gibson and wife Marilyn of Woodward, Okla., and Lance Gibson and Cindy of Laverne, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services are Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laverne, Okla., with Rev. Nancy Adler and Rev. Junior Zollinger officiating.
Interment is at the Laverne Memorial Cemetery with military honors by the Laverne/Buffalo American Legion.
Memorial can be made to the United Methodist Church in care of the Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home, Box 909, Laverne OK 73848.
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