Eugene "Gene" Gibbs, 86, passed away on Monday June 18, 2007 at The Waters in Princeton.


He was born on April 14, 1921 to Ella (Hendricks) and Leonidas Gibbs. 

He enlisted in the Army on August 21, 1942 and took his basic training at Camp Grant, IL. From there he was transferred to Dawson Creek in the Northwestern part of Canada where the Alaskan Highway was being built. While there he was the company barber, ran the PX in the afternoon and also served as a substitute ambulance driver. 

From Dawson Creek he was transferred to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as was the rest of his outfit. While in Edmonton he again served as the company barber and worked in the PX.

While in the Army he was presented the American Theater Service Medal, three overseas bars, Good Conduct medal and was promoted to Corporal. He was discharged November 30, 1945 and resumed his lifelong trade as a barber. 

Gene started barbering in 1939 and retired in January of 2003. In 1966 he was given a Community Award for being the Friendliest and Most Courteous Barber in town, voted on by the people of Princeton. He was a member of the Hillside United Methodist Church and a member of the VFW Post #1147 of Princeton 

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lawrence in February, 2007. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary (Pitman) Gibbs of Princeton; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra (Sandy) & Loren Hoboy of Anacortes, Washington and Sara and Jerry Bell of Dale, IN; grandchildren, Shelley (Charles) Kishpaugh of Frederick, Colorado, Berndt (Selin) Hoboy of Lindenhurst, IL, Garrett (Sarah) Hoboy of Sedra Wooley, Washington, Leslie Anne Bell & Jacqueline Bell both of Dale, IN; great grandchildren, Zachary, Kai and Isabel Kishpaugh, and Keagan & Kaili Hoboy and Emma Hoboy; sister, Mary Helen Gerkin; 2 sisters-in-law, Carolee (Gordon) Gray of Shelter Island, NY. and Marjorie Gibbs of Princeton; 1 brother-in-law, Jack Reinhart of Princeton; 1 nephew, Michael Gray of Shelter Island, NY; nieces, Lynn Powell and Alice Reinhart both of Evansville, Linda Yeryar, Teresa Weisheit and Pam Reinhart all of Princeton. 

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday July 1, 2007 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Craig Duke officiating. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Princeton.


Friends may visit from 4 until 8 PM on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at the funeral home. VFW Post #1147 will conduct military graveside services.