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Ova A. Gibbs

Ova A. Gibbs, 94, of Rulison died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at the E. Dene Moore Memorial Home in Rifle.

Mr. Gibbs was born April 6, 1908, in Blue Ridge Township, Illinois, to Tilden and Myrtle (Lykins) Gibbs. On Nov. 1, 1926, he was united in marriage to Alice Gertrude Wilson, who preceded him in death in October 1986. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Okie and Walter.

After their marriage, the couple moved throughout the United States, where Ova worked threshing crews, and as a ranch hand, a farmer and in the fruit orchards. In 1942, Mr. Gibbs began a career as a blacksmith and metal worker in the Naval shipyards. He was transferred to San Francisco, where the couple lived until his retirement in 1967. While working in the shipyards he and Alice enjoyed square dancing and Ova was a member of the bowling team.

In 1968, Ova and Alice moved to Rulison, where he was known to be a gentle, soft-spoken and good neighbor. He enjoyed joking and teasing with his friends, rock hunting, hunting, fishing and working with various types of machinery. He had a keen mind for inventing and perfecting machines, having converted an old Corvair into a dune buggy that he and Alice rode throughout the desert.

Survivors include two nieces and their husbands, Doris and Millard Thomas and Linda and Archie Ashworth, both of Farmers City, Ill., and good friends Eugene and Evelyn Scott of Rulison.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meeker Mortuary.


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