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Robert Campbell Gibson

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Yorktown, Va. - Robert Campbell Gibson of Yorktown, VA passed away after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease on January 12, 2024.

Rob was born in Denver, Colorado to Rita and Robert Gibson in 1948. Due to his father’s military career, Rob lived many places while growing up, ending up in Fairborn, Ohio. He met and married Ruby Darlene Shelton of Dayton in 1971, continuing the family military tradition by joining the Air Force in 1972. Rob entered the military at a time when computers-communicat­ions took on a larger, more complicate­d world role. For the next 26 years, Rob stepped up to the many challenges this ever-changing role presented.

During his military career, Rob was dedicated to his job, and always took pride in being in the Air Force. He received the Air Force Achievemen­t medal, Air Force commendati­on medal, Air Force training ribbon, AF overseas Short Tour ribbon, AF overseas Long Tour Ribbon, national defense service medal, AF longevity service award, AF outstandin­g unit award, AF Good Conduct medal, and others.

In 1998, he retired from the AF, and shortly thereafter he went to work for SAIC, continuing to work in communicat­ions and intelligen­ce exploratio­n. Rob retired from SAIC in 2009. It was in retirement he discovered a love of repairing and restoring old clocks and spent many enjoyable hours working at his workbench. Most of all, he cherished the time spent in the fall in Duck, NC; he called it a sanctuary.

Rob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruby Darlene, sister in law Christy Shelton (Steve), daughters Shelley (Dave) Rauch, and Elizabeth (James) Iaguilli, siblings Stephanie (Bob) Castle, Lora Lynn (James) De Simone and Gary (Debi) plus many loved nieces and nephews. Rob was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Colonel (Ret.) Robert Gibson and Rita Gibson.

Rob will be greatly missed by family and friends, however he believed death was not a final goodbye but a see you later. Per Rob’s request, there will be no funeral. There will be a celebratio­n of life gathering held at a later date, to be announced. Family requests any memorial donations go to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

“God saw he was getting tired, a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around him and whispered, ‘come with Me.”

Arrangemen­ts by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.

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