Gerald D. Gibbens, 80, of Staunton died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at 5:05 a.m. at Royal Oaks Health Care Center in Terre Haute.
He had been a patient there less than a week.
Born Sept. 7, 1924, in Saline City, he was the son of Henry Harold Gibbens and Dollie Doris Brown Gibbens. He is survived by his wife, Betty Tabor Gibbens. They were married Aug. 9, 1947, in Center Point.
He was a World War II veteran and received the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and was in the Normandy Invasion.
He worked 33 years at the Quaker Maid plant and later retired from Doxsee Foods after 10 years of service. He later enjoyed working as the neighborhood mechanic and welder.
He was a life-long member of VFW 1127 and the Krietenstein American Legion Post in Terre Haute.
Survivors include his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sandra Gibbens of Knightsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Robert Ellis, of Staunton and Linda and Melvin Pieske of Brazil; two brothers, Jacob Gibbens of Brazil and Henry Gibbens of Crawfordsville; two sisters, Ruth Lueckel of Terre Haute and Wanda Eaton of Brazil; eight grandchildren, Jasen Gibbens and wife, Stacey, Justen Gibbens and wife, Beth, Jared Gibbens and wife, Jamie, all of Brazil, Terri Harlan and husband, John, of Carbon, Aaron Slater and wife, Mandy, of Harmony, Matricia Rader and husband, Michael, of Brazil, Matthew Pieske and wife, Stacie, of Seelyville and Steve Ellis of Brazil; 17 great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Katie, Alexis, Nicholas, Samantha, Zachary, Rachel, Parker, Aaron Paul, Christian, Christopher, Brandon, Mikayla, Mattison, Hannah, Hank and Hayden.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, 4-8 p.m., and Friday prior to services.