Robert “Bob” Gibson
September 13, 1952 - April 14, 2024

Robert Alan Gibson, lovingly known as “Bob” or “Hoot” depending on the company he was amongst, was born on September 13, 1952, in Chicago, IL to the late William Gibson and Patricia (Anderson) Gibson. He peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family. Bob lived a remarkable life dedicated to service, faith, and family that came to an end at the age of 71.

After high school, Bob went on to serve our country with honor and distinction as a member of the United States Army. He was a Green Beret and a member of the 5th Special Forces. While enlisted, he furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Cambridge and then on to obtain his Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice Development from Cambridge University.

Bob’s career spanned various roles with Law Enforcement and the Military, to include serving as a US Marshal in Overton, NE, Forensic Tech in Fayetteville, NC, and as a Contractor for different military branches. His dedication and expertise were evident throughout his professional endeavors. Bob was a hard worker, admired by many, respected by all, and trusted by those who knew him.

A man of unwavering faith, Bob’s relationship with God was the cornerstone of his being. He mentored and led many individuals to Christ, spreading the word of God wherever he went. Bob’s commitment to his faith was unshakeable. His time in the military required him to travel the world over and he held church services no matter the location or circumstances. He always made time for prayer and reflection.

In addition to his deep faith, Bob was an avid collector of guns and knives, enjoying the craftsmanship and history behind each piece. He loved to go “plinking” at the range and tinkering on cars in his spare time. However, his greatest joy came from being a family man. Bob cherished spending time with his loved ones, hosting cookouts and gatherings that brought everyone together. No matter what was being served at the cookout, Bob always requested “brats with sauerkraut, on a bun with mustard.”

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 47 years, Connie (Arnold) Gibson; adoring children, Sarah Giddens of Hubert, Cheryl Cannon (Charles) of Richlands and Jeffrey “Jay” Gibson (Courtney) of Overton, NE; along with his grandchildren, Elijah Cote, Zac Cote, Hailey Giddens, Emma Andears, Nathan Pogar, Taylor Dudley, Christopher Cannon, Colton Cannon, Alex Gibson, Gavin Meyers, Grady Meyers and Wrenn Gibson; and several great-grandchildren who all miss him immensely.  Bob’s memory will be forever treasured by his sister, Roberta Baynes of Farmington, MI; and brothers, Larry Gibson of Warren, MI and Donald Gibson of Fort Worth, TX.

In addition to his parents who will meet him at Heaven’s Gate are his sisters that predeceased him, Bernice Conley and Lynn Goebel.

Our Bob, Hoot, Dad, Papa, Brother and Friend will be remembered most for his tender heart, his kind, compassionate spirit, and his role as a strong leader of others. His gentle demeanor, “tough yet tender” teaching approach, and love for his family will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him. Bob’s impact on those around him was immeasurable.

A Celebration of Life to honor Bob’s life will take place on June 22, 2024, with the location to be determined. In his passing, Bob leaves behind a legacy of faith, family, and leadership that will continue to inspire all who knew him. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing he made a lasting difference in the lives of many.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


  • Jason “Shadey” Mayer Posted April 17, 2024 1:45 pm

    Hoot, we will never forget you. Ever. You were the sanity in the insane. You were the guardian of goodness. You were our brother. And we are better because of it. God’s speed old friend. We will miss you. I, will miss you.

  • Mike Conley Posted April 17, 2024 2:14 pm

    Hooah Uncle Bobby!! You were my hero as a kid and I’ll never forget you putting hot sauce on your breakfast cereal. You were a badass for sure!! Say hi to my Mom (Bernice) and keep watch over us. You were definitely an influence in my life. Fly high from an Air Force guy!!

  • jen Posted April 17, 2024 9:57 pm

    bob you have always been a great neighbor to us. youve always had a good vibe and was always nice to us. i remember seeing you come home from your security work in thr early mornings and you would wave at me. it just wont be the same not seeing you around at all. we wont ever forget you and our prayers are with your loved ones. you were thr best neighbor we ever had. rip buddy🌹

  • Bronson Ignacio Posted April 24, 2024 8:16 pm

    Hoot was a great guy. He was my mentor, a loving dad, a formidable warrior, and I had the privilege of calling him my friend. I miss him lots. Please keep me informed of where his celebration of life will take place. I would like to attend

  • Denise Brown Posted April 26, 2024 8:41 am

    Bob, you’ve been more family than friend over the decades. There are so many wonderful memories of the Christian family man you were. You are where you were headed all along and we will see you when is our time. God bless Connie, Sarah, Jay, Cheryl and all of your family and friends.

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