Robert A. Gibson
Robert A. Gibson
  • February 6, 1940 - August 7, 2014
  • Prineville, Oregon

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Robert Allen Gibson, was born at home, in Cherokee, Oklahoma on February 6, 1940, to Glen and Aley Gibson. He joined a sister, Roberta Ellen. After the family moved to Wichita, Kansas a brother, Jimmie Glen, joined the family. The family later moved to Oregon, settling in Dundee and later in Newberg. Bob graduated from Newberg High School and attended Multnomah Trade School. Bob married Sally Pinkerton in 1960 in Newberg. They had two children, David and Rebecca.

Bob was a machinist by trade and later went to work for NW Natural Gas in Portland as a welder before transferring to Salem. Bob began a career in the Alaskan oilfields in 1975 where he eventually became manager of the Prudhoe Bay welding operations for VECO Construction and later served as General Manager of Udelhoven Oilfield Services before beginning his own welding and fabrication businesses in Salem and Dallas, Oregon. He and Sally moved from Dallas to Powell Butte in 2002 where he took up hay farming as his retirement endeavor, before moving to Prineville in 2006.

Bob was active in drag racing for numerous years. He was a master craftsman and his cars and other projects were often works of art, winning awards at many car shows including the coveted "Competition Sweepstakes" at the 1968 Portland Roadster Show. From 2007 through January 2014 Bob built a custom 1941 Packard Roadster and realized a lifelong dream of exhibiting it at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California where he won several awards including "Overall Outstanding Custom Rod."

For many years Bob lovingly cared for several Belgian draft horses in addition to the family's trail horses. Bob and Sally hosted several Thanksgiving celebrations for friends and family at their Dallas farm which ended with Bob taking the group into the local hills on the horse drawn wagon he built to gather Christmas Trees. Bob enjoyed numerous trail riding, camping, and other trips with his family and friends, often taking his grandchildren on special outings, and enjoyed watching their activities.

Bob was a member of the Powell Butte Christian Church where he served as a deacon and active volunteer. He also attended Shiloh Ranch Cowboy Church.

Bob is survived by his wife Sally Gibson; son David Gibson and his wife Nancy of Bend; daughter Becky Thomas and her husband Jed of Monmouth, Oregon; sister Roberta Miller of Portland; and four grandchildren: Melanie and Katherine Gibson and J.D. and Elizabeth Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Interment will be Friday, August 15, 2014 at Juniper Haven Cemetery at 10:00 AM in Prineville, Oregon. There will be a Memorial Service at Powell Butte Christian Church Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12 noon.

Friends and family may call at the Prineville Funeral Home "Heritage Chapel" for visitation Thursday, August 14 from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

The family has placed their trust in Prineville Funeral Home "Heritage Chapel" for the final arrangements 541-447-6459. Please visit our website: to share condolences, send flowers and sign the guest register book online. Memorial donations may be made to Project love at Powell Butte Christian Church and or St. C