Paul Gipson |

Paul Gipson

Paul Theador Gipson of Rifle died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002. He was 75.

Mr. Gipson was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Santee, Calif., to Willis Riley and May Elizabeth (Leach) Gipson. He grew up in San Diego.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and was honorably discharged.

He worked for Mid-Continent Coke and Coal Co. in Redstone, serving in his later years with the company as a hoistman.

Mr. Gipson married Lydia Allene Dwire on May 26, 1968, in Fruita, and they blended their two families. For many years they lived on East Elk Creek near New Castle. They moved to Rifle in 1999.

He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and his faith was evident in his love and care for others. He was a member of Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle.

He was preceded in death by five brothers.

Mr. Gipson is survived by his wife, Lydia Gipson of Rifle; sons and daughters-in-law Ken and Judy Gipson of San Diego, Shawn and Lori Gipson of Rock Springs, Wyo., Phil Gipson of San Diego, and Dan and Barb Rodreick of Montana; daughters and sons-in-law Patty and Allen Smith of Rock Springs, Wyo., Kathy and Ken Crabtree of Grand Junction, and Judy Rodreick of Denver; brothers and sisters-in-law Jim and Lucy Gipson of Tucson, Ariz., Floyd and Marge Gipson of Lodi, Calif., Jay Gipson of Orlando, Fla., and Ernie Gipson of Oregon; sisters and brother-in-law Opal and Bob Boss of Emmett, Calif., and Paula Allan of Escondido, Calif.; and 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 24, at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Rifle, with the Revs. Ron Rogers and Eddie Piker officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

Rifle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Baptist Church courtyard fund.

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