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Gordon L. Gibson

February 1, 1935 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 85)

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Gordon L. Gibson, age 85 of Grand Haven, passed away on December 20, 2020. He was born on February 1, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to the late Glenn and Ila (Updegraff) Gibson.

Gordon attended Muskegon High School. He served our country in the US Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960, before attending Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Engineering. He married Kathleen Russell in 1954, and raised five children; moving from Muskegon to Scottville, to Grand Haven.

Gordon was the President of Neway Corporation and Lear Siegler, and fulfilled his dream of owning a small-town hardware store in northern Michigan. He was a family man and avid outdoorsman, who read books, solved problems, created systems, and taught himself everything from Japanese, to how-to-build his own home. Everything he needed to know could be found in a book, or more recently, on a computer. Gordon was a patient teacher and honorable leader, but more than anything, he was a life-long learner and seeker of knowledge.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife of nearly 66 years, Kathleen Gibson; his children, Scott (Susan) Gibson, Clark Gibson, Tamera Coveart, and Julie (Steve) Stenberg. He is also “Puppa” to 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Gordon is greeted in heaven by his son, Gordon Gibson, Jr.; and brother, Donald Gibson.

Private family services will be held at Klaassen Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Bytwerk officiating. Full Military Rites to be performed by the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Interment will be at Port Sheldon Township Cemetery.

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Private Family Service

Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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Cemetery Interment

Port Sheldon Township Cemetery
16232 Stanton St.
West Olive, MI 49460


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