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Robert "Hoot" Gibson

Robert "Hoot" Gibson

Robert C. "Hoot" Gibson, age 87, of Austin, died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Presbyterian Homes Johanna Shores in Arden Hills.

Hoot was born July 21, 1926 in Randolph, NE to Samuel and Ruth (Bartels) Gibson. He attended Randolph High School, Randolph Nebraska. In 1944, he joined the US Navy and served in the South Pacific during WW II. In 1950 he graduated from the University of Nebraska. On March 16, 1952 he married Jane Williams in St. Paul, MN. They moved 5 times throughout his time with Hormel, living in Mitchell, SD where he was Plant Manager for 22 year until 1979 when they moved back to Austin where he served as Corporate Manager of Hog Procurement until he retired in 1988. Hoot worked for Hormel for 38 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jane, of 62 years, three children: Barb, Shoreview, MN; Sam (Jamie), Boise, ID; and Robb, Boise, ID; 8 grandchildren, and brother Bill, Monte Vista, CO.

His number one priority in life was his family. He was a role model to his children and devoted to his wife to the end.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Reverend Susan Rector Li officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service.

At Hoot's request, no neckties are to be worn at the service.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.