William J. "Bill" Gibbons



Longtime Alaskan William J. "Bill" Gibbons, 73, died Jan. 25, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

A visitation and service will begin at 6 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Deacon Felix Maguire will officiate.

Bill was born April 19, 1934, in Louisville, Ky. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he attended Officer Candidate School and Navigation School. Bill spent more than 28 years as a navigator in the Air Force. He was a Vietnam veteran and earned the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five devices, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf, and a Meritorious Service Medal.

In 1959, he married his wife, Elizabeth, and together they had five children, Mike, Deanna, Randy, Jody and Tony.

Bill and his family moved to Alaska in 1974. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force and later retired from Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

Bill loved to spend time on his boat with family fishing for silver salmon in Resurrection Bay. He also enjoyed photography and bird watching. He volunteered regularly for Fur Rondy.

Bill was a loving husband and father. He cared about people and was a great friend to all who knew him. Bill will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter and son-in-law, Deanna Gibbons and Rob Price; his sons, Randy, Jody and Tony; and his three grandchildren, Katharine, Joseph and Michele Price.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Michael Gibbons; and his mother, Amelia Gibbons.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 1/30/2008.




Photo courtesy of Gene Ramsay