Longtime Sterling resident Ron Gibbens, better known as the "Bald Eagle," 65, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at his home in Sterling.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Gibbens was born Aug. 15, 1939, in Eugene, Ore., where he spent his childhood. He graduated from high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He raised a family of three children. In 1969, he moved his family to Anchorage and later moved to the Kenai Keys area.
"He was an adventurous and outgoing person. He loved the great outdoors and was an avid sportsman who spent many hours fishing and hunting and enjoying the outdoor life. He volunteered his time and energy to the community and helped facilitate the new Sterling Senior Center housing. He had a great sense of humor and wit and was a spirited guy who loved life. A heartfelt thank you is sent to his close friends Kevin and Sharon Brown, Jim and Patti Jolin, Mike and Peaches Kobylk, Tommy and Helen Ware and many others from the Sterling Senior Center. He loved his friends dearly," according to a statement from his family.
He is survived by his sister, Charlene Gibbens of Kennewick, Wash.; son, Robbin Gibbens of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Debbie Gibbens of Bend, Ore.; daughter and son in-law, Kathy Gibbens and Paul Darrigan of Beaverton, Ore.; grandson, Ryan Gibbens of Bend, Ore.; and granddaughters, Christina Gibbens and Brooke Darrigan, both of Beaverton, Ore., and Landria Gibbens of Albany, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Gibbens' memory to the Relay of Life Cancer Fund c/o Sterling Senior Center, P.O. Box 154, Sterling, AK 99672.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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