Obituary of Loomis Herman Gibson
Loomis Herman Gibson, 93, of Forest, Va., passed away peacefully, on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at his home.
Loomis was born on May 20, 1925, in Switchback, WV. He is the son of the late Robert Herman and Eugenia Carter Gibson. Loomis was preceded in death by his sister Vera Sloan Gibson and his brother John Robert Gibson.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth Wells Gibson, son Robert Gibson of Marietta, Ga, daughter Susan (and husband JR) White of Springfield, Va, daughter Jane Eyre of Odenton, Md, and daughter Pamela Gibson of Charlotte, NC. Other survivors include grandchildren Jennifer White; Ashley (and Scott) Glaza, Michelle Gibson (and fiancee Nick Atkinson) and Andrew Gibson; Amanda and Rebecca Eyre, as well as three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Loomis' sister Bernice Wilkenson of Dover, DE, as well as several in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loomis grew up in Oakwood, Va. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, as an aerial gunner, on the B-24, Liberator. He served in missions over Rhineland, Rome-Arno, Northern and Southern France and air combat in the Balkans. After an honorable discharge, Loomis returned home to Oakwood. He soon met Ruth Wells and they were married in September 1951. They became parents with the birth of their first child, Robert, in 1954. A couple of moves and two more children found them relocating to Richmond, Va., where their last child, Pam, was born. Loomis worked for several companies, eventually deciding to work for AMF. When AMF closed their doors in 1977, Loomis and family relocated to Forest, where Loomis worked for Limitorque (now Flow Serve), until his retirement in 1992. Loomis and Ruth are members of Forest Community Church (formerly The Kirk). Loomis enjoyed his retirement years, traveling to visit many different family members, joining his wife in genealogy research, and spending time with his adult children. Loomis was a kind, gentle man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Two services will be held. The first one is Wednesday, January 30, 2019, with visitation 1 hour before the 2:00 service, to be held at Diuguid Funeral Home - Waterlick Chapel. Burial will be held on Friday, February 1, at 2:00 PM in Greenhills Memory Garden Masoleum Chapel, Cedar Bluff, Va.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to . Centra Hospice, 2091 Langhorne Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24501, Forest Community Church,1517 Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest, VA 24551 or The Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Treatment Center,.1701 Thomson Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory, Waterlick Chbapel, 237-2722, is serving the family. On-line condolences may be sent to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com. . . . . .