Ralph Glenn Gibson, 83, of Cape Coral, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013. He was born March 9, 1930, in Arlington, Texas to Minnie Evelyn (nee Bulloch) and Thomas Gibson. His love for bowling began at an early age working as a "pin setter" in Purcell, Okla. He became a bowling professional at age 17 and is a member of the Oklahoma Pro Bowlers Hall of Fame and the National Pro Bowler Association. He was also an avid golfer and hit two holes-in-one. He served in the Army as an infantryman in Korea from 1950 to 1952. He then attended Oklahoma City University where he studied business and was immediately hired upon graduation by Union Carbide/Ever-Ready Battery, where he worked for 33 years.
He is survived by his life partner of 22 years, Loretta Walker of Cape Coral; daughter, Kelly (Mitch) Wegmann of St. Louis, Mo.; step-daughter, Kim (John) Mounce of League City, Texas; two sisters, Shirley Emerson of Merritt Island, Fla., and Karen Allen of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Jean (Gary) Abernathy of Pine Island, and Eldean Gibson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren; Alek, Reilly, Mackenzie, Cole and Abbey Wegmann, and Natalie Mounce; great-grandson, Reece Wegmann; three nephews, Ralph (Susan) Gibson, Thomas (Debbie) Gibson and Mike (Michelle) Emerson; nieces, Linda Vickers, Myrl Bassinger, Cindy Walker; great-nephews and nieces, Terry, Chris, Jason, Jimmy, Michael, Thomas, Ryan, Amy, Amanda, Ian and Ashley; and other loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Richard Gibson.
Ralph Glenn Gibson
Visitation was held today, June 28, fat Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, with services following. A visitation in Oklahoma City was held Monday, July 1, at Vondel Smith Funeral Home, 4000 S.W. 119th St, Oklahoma City, Okla., with a 3 p.m. graveside service with military honors to be held at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, Okla.
Online condolences can be made at www.coralridgefuneralhome.com