Obituary for Howard Gibson, 80

August 09,1937 To November 29,2016,

Visitation
10 to 11 AM, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, MO

Funeral Services
11 AM, Thursday, December 8, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette

Interment
Glendale Memorial Gardens in Centralia, MO

Memorials
In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus or a charity of your choice.

Howard Ray Gibson August 9, 1937 – November 29, 2016 Howard Ray Gibson was born August 9, 1937 to Fred and Genelle (Sanders) Gibson of Centralia, Mo. on the family farm located south of Centralia. He was one of eight surviving children born at a time when the country was just beginning to emerge from the Great Depression and enter into WW II. Coming into the world at this time instilled values in Howard that he would carry with him for the rest of his life; that of being able to live on what you had, managing your finances well and standing by your family in times of need. Like many people of his generation, Howard had to go to work at a young age to be able to support himself and family. At the age of 16 following in the footsteps of his oldest brother Lawrence, Howard apprenticed in the Operational Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local 427 of St. Louis, Mo. For the next 50 plus years, this would be Howard’s occupation, that of being a Union Cement Mason. Over the years, he would also be a member of the Cement Mason’s local 411 of Columbia, Mo. and later local 518 of Kansas City, Mo. when local 411 was absorbed by Local 518. Howard enjoyed construction work and especially many of the people he worked with over the years. Howard always took great pride in his work whether it was on a commercial jobsite working as an employee for a large contracting firm or doing a job for a local homeowner by himself, Howard only involved himself in quality work done correctly. In addition to his occupation as a Cement Mason, Howard also liked to farm. Howard moved his family to Fayette, Mo. in 1965 after purchasing a small farm here. He always enjoyed raising a few dozen head of cows and putting up hay for them. For many years Howard enjoyed his small farming operation and took great pride in it. He always put much hard work into keeping the farm running until his health forced him to do otherwise. Even though in his later years in declining health, Howard would still do what he could on his farm and would even come and give people a hand on a small local construction job if needed. Howard always enjoyed working with local people in the area, but his favorite to work with, other than his brother Roy, was none other than Rooster Wilkerson. Howard and Rooster gave many of us who knew them and their work, happy memories from over the years, that much like their work, have stood and will stand the test of time. Howard was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fayette, Mo. This was one of his accomplishments that Howard was very proud of, which was that of helping to build the building in 1991 in which Shepherd of the Hills is housed. Along with many of the founding members, Howard was instrumental in the planning, design, and building of Shepherd of the Hills in Fayette, Mo. Howard was always proud to have worked on and been a part of its building process and the church family that began the inception of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. In his later years in retirement, Howard could be seen riding in his pickup truck with his faithful dog Toby at his side. He would be found at Casey’s or McDonald’s getting coffee and catching up on local events and news from local sources. He would never miss a day getting out to see everyone until his health declined rapidly forcing him to move to a residential care facility. Howard would spend the next 2 ½ years at Riverdell Care Facility in Boonville, Mo. where the staff took great care of him and where they made him a part of their family. Howard Gibson will always be remembered by those who knew him as one who was tough, demanded quality, and yet fair in his dealings with people. All in all, Howard was a good person. He had a firm belief in the Lord God and in Jesus Christ as his Savior, whom Howard went to join on November 29, 2016. He was of the generation that had the will to do anything and would tell you like it was, whether you liked it or not. Howard Ray Gibson died November 29, 2016 in Boonville, Mo. at Riverdell Care Center after a battle with a lengthy illness. He survived by his wife, four children, three grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, and one brother. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus or to that of the donor’s choice in lieu of flowers. A visitation will be held on December 8, 2016 at 10am at Friemonth – Freese Funeral service in Fayette, Mo. with a memorial service to follow immediately at 11 am officiated by the Rev. Harold Young. Interment will be in Centralia at Glendale Memorial Gardens following the memorial service.