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Robert Gibson, 62, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eulogy will be recited on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Church On The Move. Funeral service will be at Church On The Move on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 1 p.m., followed by burial at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery. A tribute of Robert’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On January 18, 1955, Robert was born to Elsie Rodriguez in Roswell, NM. Robert proudly served his country in the Vietnam War with the US Army. After his service, Robert worked as a contractor for years and eventually opened Gibson Paint & Repair. When he closed his business, Robert obtained his associate’s degree in Human Service and Certification in Drug & Alcohol Abuse. Helping others was his passion, which led him to be a paint instructor for the HBI program at Roswell Job Corps. His students were his pride and joy. Even if they weren’t in his trade students flocked to “G’s trade.” After leaving Job Corps, Robert pursued his passion for reaching Roswell’s youth by becoming an officer at the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center eventually becoming a Corporal. Robert married the love of his life, Esther Macias, on June 30, 1984. Taking family vacations, participating in church outreaches, fishing and camping trips and attending every sporting event with the grandkids was their life. Robert gave his heart to the Lord in 1999, and was a devout member of Church on the Move, serving as a deacon for several years, and participating in numerous mission trips to Mexico, Mardi Gras and Camp Sierra Blanca. He possessed a spirited sense of humor and liked making everyone laugh. Robert was also a loyal Raiders fan. But above all, he was the heart and soul of his family and his daughter’s hero. Robert will be missed by all that knew him.
Surviving to cherish Robert’s memory are his loving wife, Esther Gibson; daughter, Elisianna Madrid and husband, Eric Madrid; grandchildren: Robert Madrid, Alissa Madrid, Jason Madrid; siblings: Linda Gomez and husband Able Gomez, Diane Flores and husband, Florencio Flores, Johnny Gibson and wife, Pauline, Gary Gibson, Richard Gibson; ; brothers-in-law: Larry Nieto, Tino Nieto, Fito Macias; and sisters-in-law: Faye Orona, Sylvia Diaz and Willie, Yolanda Ornelas and Smiley, special nephew, Anthony Flores; Roland Lucero (whom he thought of as his own); numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Robert in death are his loving mother, Elsie Rodriguez; siblings: Mary Lou Byrd, Michael Gibson, Albert Gibson, Raymond Avila; nephews: Joseph Lopez, Willo Diaz; father-in-law, Ralph Macias; mother-in-law, Guadalupe Nieto; and sister-in-law, Joanne Nieto.
Those chosen as Honorary Pallbearers are: Job Corps students, Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center, Bruce Harris, Shelly Cobos, Dena Garcia and Crystal Flores, Sergeant Zapata, Janice Navarette, Roland Lucero, Corpral Sifuentes, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Pallbearers are: Eric Madrid, Anthony Flores, Ralph Cobos, Smiley Ornelas, Sonny Gibson and Frankie Garcia.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Robert by his family.