Raymond Edward Gipson
Raymond Edward Gipson
  • October 10, 1923 - February 2, 2017
  • Coppell, Texas

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Raymond Edward Gipson, age 93, died peacefully on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in Coppell, Texas. He is now at home with his Savior, Jesus Christ. He is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Marion North Gipson, parents, Willie and Mattie Gipson, and his brothers, Bill, Daniel, and Glen Gipson.

Born October 10, 1923 in Leesville, Louisiana, he graduated from Leesville High School and McNeese State University; then enlisted in 1942 in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an aviation cadet. During WWII he served as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force, 401st Bomb Group, where he flew 15 missions before being shot down over France in March 1944. He was a POW until liberation in April 1945 by Gen. George Patton’s 14th Armored Division. He was awarded the POW medal, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and various campaign ribbons for his service.

Following the war he returned to Louisiana to attend LSU and graduated in 1947 with a degree in Forestry. He married Marion North Gipson in 1951, moved to Orange, Texas, and started his family in 1953. He worked in the lumber and paper industry his entire career managing forest land in Texas and Louisiana. In 1967 he served as President of the Texas Forestry Association.

His life was dedicated to service to others through his church, Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts, and as a city councilman for the city of DeRidder, Louisiana. Always active in his community, he spoke numerous times to school groups, Boy Scouts, and civic clubs of his war time experiences and the sacrifices veterans have made for others.

He is survived by sons, Lynn Gipson and his wife, Jean, of Coppell, Texas and Don Gipson of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Lindsay Gipson Safran, her husband, Jason, and Craig Allen Gipson, his wife, Jessie; and great-grandchildren, Grant and Blake Safran, and Luke Gipson; a nephew and several nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 406 Shirley St., DeRidder, Louisiana 70634.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30pm in the chapel at Christus St. Joseph Village, 1201 E. Sandy Lake Rd; Coppell, TX 75019. Services are under the direction of Rolling Oaks Funeral Home.