Herbert L. Gibson departed from this earth to be with his Savior on March 30, 2021. Although he was a long time resident of The Villages, having resided there for over thirty years, he came from Illinois and was a 1947 graduate of Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School. He spent most of his life in that community where he met and married Loretta J. Raines on November 14, 1948 and remained so until her death on July 14, 2016. Together they raised three sons, James (Tami) of Orlando, FL, Steven of Beaverton, OR, and Mark (Marilyn) of Decatur, IL who also survive him along with nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild. His wife, Loretta, and his parents, Lysle and Cora Gibson, preceded him in death. He recently enjoyed a committed relationship with Ellie Carrigan and they shared their lives with each other until his death.
Herbert worked at the trucking firm of Rudolf Express, Inc. for much of his life and was active for many years in his church community. When he retired and moved to the Villages in 1990 he became very involved in the community including serving as VHA President for a period of time. He was a devout Christian member of the Community United Methodist Church in Fruit Land Park, FL where Memorial services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Herbert was cremated and his internment will be in the Memorial Garden at the Community United Methodist Church as was his wife, Loretta.