Tom “Butch” Fred Gibbons, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
The oldest son of Edwin “Mike”and Bethel (Culliton) Gibbons, Tom was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 1, 1947. He attended Brampton Township School for his primary years and graduated from Rapid River High School in 1965. Tom followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the US Marines Corps. Tom served two tours in Vietnam.
After returning home, Tom was united in marriage to Connie Anderson in 1971 and started a family. He made his career at the Escanaba paper mill up until his retirement in 2005. Upon retirement, he dedicated his life to his two big passions; fishing and grandchildren. In any weather, Tom could be found on a lake catching fish. He was a devoted grandfather and is adored by his grandchildren.
Tom’s carefree attitude made him friend to everyone who met him. He wasn’t one to hold a grudge, and was easygoing and fun-loving. In earlier days, he participated in many league activities including playing horseshoes, bowling, baseball, darts, dartball, and trivia. He was also a Boy Scout and was the youngest member of Troop 466 in Gladstone to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. He and his wife also enjoyed yearly motorcycling road trips exploring the country. Tom enjoyed the simpler things in life, and understood what was important. He could be happy sitting around a campfire with good friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Connie. His sons, Jason (Elizabeth) Gibbons and Tom (Amanda) Gibbons; grandchildren Michael, December, Erik, Shawn, Morgan, Thomas, Ava, Ryan, Zachary and Jared; brothers Robert, Pat, and Michael Gibbons; sister Sandra Gibbons, best friends, Lenny, Bill, and Tim Anderson, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Gibbons and his Mother, Bethel Gibbons.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 10 from 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented at 4:45 PM by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71, Marine Corps League and the US Marine Corps Honor Guard. Funeral services will follow at 5:00 PM with Pastor Stephen Gauger officiating. A luncheon will be served at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. Tom will be laid to rest in the Rapid River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans organization. www.dav.org.