Delbert Wayne Gibbs was born to Glen and Susan (Carpenter) Gibbs on March
17, 1949 in Lockwood, MO. He passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019 in
Springfield, MO after a brief illness.
Wayne attended the El Dorado Springs schools and graduated in 1967. He was
baptized at an early age in Lockwood, MO, although not a regularly attending
member, he had a strong faith.
After high school, Wayne worked various jobs and was a member of the National
Guard for almost twenty years. He went to work at 3M and retired from there in
2017 after thirty years of service.
Wayne’s passion was sports, playing baseball and football in high school. He
continued that passion after school along with playing fast pitch softball. He was
known for his skills as a softball player and played on several leagues. Wayne
enjoyed a game whether softball, football, or any contact sports. Cards was
another passion he enjoyed and going to the casino on a regular basis. He was
always lucky in cards, in gambling, flipping coins, and anything else he could make
a wager on. Wayne also loved hosting the annual Gibbs Family Friends Day playing
softball, eating and visiting with friend and family. The annual event usually had
over 120 in attendance and was always looked forward to.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robbie, Keith, and
Kelly; and one sister, Janice.
Wayne is survived by his best friend and wife, Debbie (Buck) Gibbs; one
son, Robert Wayne and (Sherri) Gibbs; two daughters, Debbie and (Justin) Pike,
and Tammy Gibbs; five grandchildren, Arielle and Gage Pike, Gavin, Tristen, and
Keean Reed; one great granddaughter, Addi Wessley; four sisters, Joyce and
(Lowell) Hughes, Katie Gibbs, Karen and (Robert) Spencer; Kristi and (Greg)
Leonard; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and relatives.