Howard E. Gibbs

March 24, 1929 - October 22, 2012

03/24/1929 - 10/22/2012

Howard E. Gibbs
Age 83

Howard E. Gibbs 83 of East Liverpool, OH died Monday morning, October 22, 2012 at Nentwick Convalescent Center following a brief illness. He was born in East Liverpool, OH on March 24, 1929 and was a son of the late Howard R. & Margaret B. Rice Gibbs.
Mr. Gibbs had worked for Vernon Dell Dairy in sales and in 1988 he retired from Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. where he had worked as an agent and sales manager for 34 years. After his retirement he began his part time job with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes working as an associate from 1989 to 2011. He was a 1947 graduate of East Liverpool High School, a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Gibbs belonged to the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and the American Legion Post 70.
Mr. Gibbs was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife: Shirley M. Roach Gibbs, whom he married June 15, 1957; two sons: Gary E. Gibbs and his wife, Cindy of Johnson City, Tennessee and Scott A. Gibbs and his wife Mickey of Wellsville, Ohio; two daughters: Cindy M. Woodyard and her husband, Ronald of Galloway, Ohio and Elizabeth A. Bonnick and her husband, Wilbert of Kissimmee, Florida; six grandchildren: Taylor M. Woodyard and Morgan M. Woodyard both of Ohio, Shanna M. Gibbs of Tennessee, Bobbi Jo DeSpain and her husband, Mike of Florida, Trish M. Neal and her husband, Rich of Tennessee and Zachary A. Gibbs of Ohio; six great-grandsons: Dominic, Zachary and Trent DeSpain of Florida and Ethan, Caleb, and Aiden Neal of Tennessee; three sister-in-laws: Eileen Purinton, Hazel Flara and Vera Thorne and her husband, Don; brother-in-law: Bob Roach and his wife, Mercy and a sister-in-law: Ava Roach as well as many nieces, nephews and great friends.
Besides his parents, a brother, William K. Gibbs and a sister, Eleanor Jean Gulutz preceded him in death.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes with his minister Rev. Dale Sutton of the church and Mr. Gibbs’ neighbor, Pastor Norman Eckert officiating.
Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery where the Tri State Burial Group will accord military honors.
The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home in Calcutta on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 PM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Senior Independence, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, E201, Canfield, OH 44406, First United Methodist Church, 205 W. 5th St., East Liverpool, OH 43920 or the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association, 216 E. 4th St., East Liverpool, OH 43920. The family wishes to extend a special Thank You to all the employees of the Nentwick Convalescent Center for their compassion and loving care of Howard and his family.

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Jennifer and Jim Bickley and family
7 years ago

Cindy, Shirley, and family,

So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. What a wonderful man, whose spirit will live on in his children, grandchildren, and friends and family who have such fond memories of him and their time together. May these touching stories comfort you in your sorrow and help him remain close to you all. Sending our love and sympathies your way. God bless.

Pam Reisch
7 years ago

Dear Cindi and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Dad.

Pam and Eric Reisch & Family

Gerald Malcolm
7 years ago



Jocelyn Lacey
7 years ago

Dear Gary, Cindy, and family,

Steven and I are so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Please know we are keeping you close in thought and prayer during this difficult time. May it bring you peace and comfort knowing that he is in a better place and will be waiting for you to be reunited, never again to be separated. With love, Steven and Jocelyn Lacey

Douglas E. Dahl
7 years ago

Dear Gibbs Family,

I was greatly sorrowed upon hearing of Mr. G’s passing. I have many memories of him driving Scott and our friends around in that blue Toyota jeep before we could drive, and scolding us to go to sleep when I stayed over as a kid.

He and Shirley did a real fine job of raising their children and I’m sure he is very proud of them as they are of him. He was an upstanding citizen of ELO and his contributions to our little town will sorely be missed.

I know I have not been in touch with your family over the years, but I have deep love and respect for you all. Having gone through a loss this past year myself, I just wanted to convey my condolences, and pray that you will find the strength to go on with life without him. The pain and sorrow doesn’t ever really go away, and will become dulled as life progresses as you heal, but the memory of him and his love will continue and grow.

I hope to visit with you when I am back in town in a few weeks.

I am sorry I am unable to attend the services, but please know that my thoughts and love are with you.

God Bless,

Douglas E. Dahl

Bob Beals & Family
7 years ago

Dear Shirley, Gary, Scott, Cindy and Liz:

Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. After talking to Gary, it seems certain that Howard is in a better place. I will always hold dear many memories of Howard. He was a hoot, a host, and a heck of a guy. The world is a sadder place without him, but heaven is a better place for his presence.

Our prayers are with you.

The Beals

Allen Burleson
7 years ago

Gary and Cindy,

Please know that you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.The reunion in Heaven will be a joyous one with our earthly fathers and our Heavenly Father. God Bless!Allen & Gayle Burleson

Jim and Mary Small
7 years ago

Gary, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cindy, and the family as you encounter this difficult life transition. Always know that your dad continues to guide you through life and that your Father in heaven is with you.

Chris Winland
7 years ago

I am sorry about your loss. Howard was a great guy, a great friend to our family, we all loved him.

Chris Winland

Taylor Woodyard
7 years ago

In loving memory of the best grandpa ever we wish you were here to give hugs but know that in our heart your squeezing us to death wishing we were there with you we love and miss you. love Taylor.

Mrs. Evelyn Howard Lettieri
7 years ago

May God comfort all the family and loved ones of Mr. Howard Gibbs. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Bernice D. Smith
7 years ago

May God grant you the peace, love, and comfort that you need during these difficult times. My deepest sympathy to Cindy and family.

Don May
7 years ago

Mom, Gary, Scott, Cindy,

So sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I was close enough that I could make it there but please know that I’m thinking of you all.


Don, Christy, Erika & Nate

Bill price
7 years ago

mr. Gibbs was one of the most gracious and sincere gentlemen I ever knew. He reminded me of my father.he was so proud of all of his family as he well should be.he will always be there watching over you thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Chris McCormack
7 years ago

Mr.Gibbs was the best. He was always so warm and good to me. I will miss him, dearly.

Margie Mullin
7 years ago

My Dearest Friend Libby, Shirley and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your Dad and Husband rest in peace. Please find comfort in knowing others are here for you.


Margie, John & Family

Karen Wheatley
7 years ago

My hearfelt sympathy to the Gibbs family. As a Co-Worker of Scotts his pain is ours because we are his “other” family and we care and love him. I am sure God and Mr. Gibbs are looking down on you all. You are all in our prayers, God be with you. Friend….Karen Wheatley

Ron Lilly
7 years ago

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family.

Dan Kerr
7 years ago


I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You had told me you two were close, as I was with my Dad. So I will share a favorite Mark Twain quote that I think appropriate “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

It is so great that as we grow older we can use all the wonderful things our fathers have taught us. I am thinking of you old Burgdawg buddy.

Amy Brightwell
7 years ago

Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Linda Miller
7 years ago

Scott, prayers going up for you and your family at this difficult time. I am so sorry.

7 years ago

Shirl, My condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know Howard had been sick, saw it in the Review on line. Keep the faith.

Richard K Reber
7 years ago

Shirley so sorry to read about Howard. Our prayers go out to you and the family.

Abbie and Bob Milner and family
7 years ago

Shirley, Gary, Scott and Cindy and kids-in-law and grandkids, I didn’t know that Howard had been in Nentwick’s and am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I have many fond memories of seeing you, Shirley with Howard all about town. It was always a pleasure to see you both! I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Including me…May the love of your friends and family and the love of God surround you and comfort you.

don rawlings
7 years ago

sorry for your loss. my codolences

Cathy Cain Raber
7 years ago

To The Gibbs family,

I remember when we all went to Orchard Grove church & lived near-by in Beechwood area. We were all kids & the gentlemen Mr. Gibbs Howard was! He was everyone’s dad, in my heart! Gary you were a year ahead. Please accept my condolences, & prayers are comin over the miles to his spirit will stay with all, you know that! Prayfully in the coming days, Cathy

Ron & Barbara Shinton
7 years ago

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Howard was a fine man and a good neighbor. And he will be missed by all that knew him.