Donel Dean Gibson

October 4, 1932 - November 18, 2019

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Friday, November 22, 2019
Starting at 2:00 PM
Little Rebecca Church of Old Regular Baptist
4982 Henry Road
Plymouth , Ohio

Friday, November 22, 2019
6:00 PM
Little Rebecca Church of Old Regular Baptist
4982 Henry Road
Plymouth , Ohio

Service 2:
Saturday, November 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Little Rebecca Church of Old Regular Baptist
4982 Henry Road
Plymouth , Ohio

Donel Dean Gibson, age 87, resident of Elyria, Ohio, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at the Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born on October 4, 1932 in Hueysville, Kentucky to the late Thomas and Annie (Martin) Gibson and had been a New Haven resident before moving to Elyria. He was a member of the Pleasant View Church of Old Regular Baptist in Litchfield, Ohio and had been an ordained minister for 44 years. He retired from Plymouth Locomotive and was an US Army Veteran who served during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Slone Gibson; one daughter, Brenda & Junior Ruggles of Ironton; five sons, Gerald & Val Gibson of Willard, Claude & Sonja Gibson of Willard, Joseph & Sandy Gibson of Willard, Mark & Lenora Gibson of Willard and Donel & Diana Gibson II of Norwalk; stepchildren, Belinda Elliott of Elyria and Doug Slone of New Port Richey, FL; 18 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three sisters, Wanda Hale of Alabama, Janet & William Barnett of Fort Worth, Texas and Elnora & Russell Patton of Perrysburg, OH; one brother, Thomas J. & Laurie Gibson of Mobile, AL; sister-in-law, Shelby Gibson and brother-in-law Doug Summers.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Gwendale (Vanderpool) Gibson in 2001; his parents, Thomas and Annie (Martin) Gibson; three sisters, Dorsey Summers, Betty Rowe and Anna Montgomery; one brother, Merland Gibson and three brothers-in-law, James Hale, Claude Rowe and Ben Montgomery.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 22, 2019 starting at 2:00 PM with a service at 6:00 PM at the Little Rebecca Church of Old Regular Baptist, 4982 Henry Road, Plymouth, Ohio 44865. The funeral service will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Little Rebecca Church of Old Regular Baptist in Plymouth. The burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Ames Family Hospice House, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, Ohio 44145. Online condolences may be made to the family at


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Charlie & Linda Duke - Nov 23, 2019
Praying that God will comfort this wonderful family during this difficult time. Brother Don was truly an inspiration . We love you all.
Vernon Music - Nov 22, 2019
so sorry for your loss i have known brother Don over well over 30 years and he always hug my neck and showed his Love wherever i met him and someday i will see him again and this time to never more part live together for ever with the Lord and Jesus and all who have had there sole's save sleep on brother till we meet again and to sister Marge and the rest of the family i love you all
Kimberly Slone - Nov 21, 2019
My deepest condolences to all of Don’s friends and family, of whom there were many. I will never forget our hypothetical roadkill discussion. Don drew me an amazing sketch of how one might skin a squirrel. Waste not, want not. Don was such a character! He will be missed.
Sam & Martha Burrer - Nov 21, 2019
We're never ready to say good bye forever, even though we know it's part of life's cycle. ~With heartfelt sympathies for you loss.
Bob and Linda Huey - Nov 20, 2019
Mark, Lenora, Haleigh and Chandler So sorry to hear your Dad passed. He is flying with the angels now. Know that our love and prayers are with all of you
Chris Robinson - Nov 20, 2019
Sister Margie, I am so sorry for your loss. Jodi Myself and the kids want to say we love you! I know you are in the hands of our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus!! I will pray for your comfort through this time of mourning. Love Chris Jodi Robinson and Family
Clay and Libby Parks - Nov 20, 2019
Kenadie and Collin and The Gibson Family we will be lifting your family up in prayer during this time. May God hold each of you ever so near.
Debbie Gibson Kanney - Nov 20, 2019
So sorry for your loss cousins. You had a wonderful father with a great heart for goodness. He always treated my Mom with love after my Dad passed. God bless you all during this tough time. May His loving arms surround you and give comfort.
Chris Karl - Nov 20, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss, prayers to all
Karen and Gary Wilson - Nov 20, 2019
Dear Brenda and family, we offer prayers of comfort and strength at the death of your father. Cherish the many years with him.
Buddy Workman - Nov 20, 2019
Bro Joe, Mark an Donnie and family I’m so sorry for your loss I have great memories of Bro Don . He was waiting for this for a long time wanting to be in his heavenly home. My God supply you with peace because he surly is sitting on the right hand of our savior.
Dianna an Danny Hamilton - Nov 20, 2019
Our hearts go out to this precious family.We love you and are keeping you in our Prayers.
John Elliott - Nov 20, 2019
So sorry to hear this sad news. Sister Marge I love you, and always will. Hope God heals your broken hearts. Belinda, and Sister Brenda Ruggles...........Love both of you too. May God send the comforter to this family at their time of need. God Bless........We Elliott Family will always cherish you and the Love we have for you. Doug(John) Elliott
Belinda koah - Nov 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your dad. God Bless your family and give you comfort and peace
Shelley Stevens Roberts - Nov 19, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss!! I will miss you Uncle Don!! I love you!!