Mt. Vernon Register-News


October 21, 2013

Ivan Gibbs


Ivan Inman Gibbs, 94, of Mt. Vernon, died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care in Mt. Vernon.

He was born June 21, 1919, in Hamilton County, a son of Giles Lewis Gibbs and Alma (Wright) Gibbs. He married Lucille Webb on Dec. 26, 1946, in McLeansboro, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2003.

He is survived by two sons, Brett Gibbs and wife Nancy of Mt. Vernon and Greg Gibbs and wife Marji of Kell; one daughter, Diane Teague and husband George of Edmond, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Nathan Stortroen and wife Jean of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Cummings and wife Joyce of Toronto, Canada, Matt Teague and wife Shaunna of Columbus, Ga., Ian Gibbs and wife Jaime of Springfield, Sara Mehta and husband Prashant of Chicago, Curt Gibbs and wife Monica of Nashville, Tenn., Carrie Gibbs and husband Cortez Hodges of Mt. Vernon, and Scott Gibbs and wife Allie of Murray, Ky.; sister, Katherine McRoy and husband Don of McLeansboro; two brothers, Glenn Gibbs of Homer, La., and Dean Gibbs and wife Rosemary of Portage, Wis.; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Paul Cummings and six brothers, Clyde, John Herman, Walter, Kenneth, Byford and Merril Gibbs.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Victor Long officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The chaplain of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct a flag presentation at the cemetery.

Ivan was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, stationed at U.S. Naval Air Station in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Patuxent River, Maryland until being honorably discharged as Radioman Second Class. He began his teaching career in one room schools and later retired from teaching after 35 years. He was superintendent for Rome School District when the school was built in the 1950’s. He was Assistant Regional Superintendent in Jefferson County for 16 years. He planted a small tree farm on his property while planning his retirement and sold Christmas Trees for 15 years. He was a charter member of First Community Church in Mt. Vernon and in more recent years, he attended First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Angels on Assignment and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.

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