Henry (Hank) Gibson passed away of Feb. 27, 2012. Hank was born on Aug. 27, 1935 to Henry F. and Vivian M. Gibson. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Peak and Judy Perry. He is survived by his wife, Karen and five children. Zee Stienburg (Rick), John Gibson (Ann), Barry Snowder (Kelly), Tereasa Snowder and Kari Sveva. He was also the very much loved grandpa to 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Amanda Trublood (Eric, Jaden and Jackson), John Gibson (Caley), Andrew Snowder (Kristie and Brenden), Mike Gibson (Jessie), Megan, Kasey and Dawn Snowder, Kallie Bozarth (Matt), Josh Gibson, Justina and Ryan Sveva, Emily and Juliana Steinburg.
He lived in Napa all of his life and attended Mt. George and Napa High Schools, where he made many friends and has kept in touch with them throughout the years. He also never missed a class of ’55 reunion. Immediately after graduating from high school he went to work for Basalt Rock Company and was then drafted into the army in 1958, where he was stationed in Korea and then Michigan.
Upon his return from the Army, he worked for Syar Industries until he went to work for the Napa County Sheriff’s Department in 1968. He retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 1988. He worked as a bailiff in Superior Court with Judge Phillip Champlin for the last 10 years of his time with the county. Hank had many interests. He was a hunter and a fisherman. Hank loved going to Oregon to visit with his relatives and visit the homestead that his grandmother had claimed. He has many precious memories of his time there.
Hank loved building and crating things with wood. He loved playing golf with his brother-in-law, Bill. He was also a member of the Napa Rifle and Pistol Club. He played bluegrass music for many years and was on the board of directors of the California Bluegrass Association for many years. His bluegrass music was one of his great passions.
Hank was very much a people person and was always the life of the party. He had a curious mind and never met anyone he could not talk to. He was the heart and soul of the family, and loved us all deeply. He had a zest for life and loved to tell a good joke and had many stories to tell. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
A celebration of life will be held on March 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. at 1040 Orchard Ave., Napa. In lieu of flowers we request that donations be made to Napa High Class of ‘55 Scholarship Fund, c/o Treasurer Dawn Loberg Docher, 14004 Parkland Dr. Rockville, MD, 20853-2134. Please make checks payable to Class of 55 Scholarship Fund.
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