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Keith I. Gibson

Mr. Keith I. Gibson, age 70, of Cedar Springs, passed away following a brave and courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at his home He was born down the road at his family farm, about 100 yards from where he lived his life. His school, Hoag School, (a one-room school) was very close to his home. Keith graduated in 1959 from Cedar Springs High School. When not in school, he was helping on his parents’ farm. After high school, he worked at Burgsma Furniture, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After the service he met Sue who was working at Imperial Furniture. Keith and his buddy would whistle when Sue walked by. They had a loving courtship and were married on June 25, 1966. Keith continued working at Burgsma Furniture even though it was purchased by Hayworth. He had to be rehired with a loss of seniority. In 2002 Keith retired. When at home, Keith enjoyed working with unfinished wood and made many things including tables and Lazy Susans. He was a NASCAR fan and followed Tony Stewart. Together with Sue, they went to craft shows and flea markets where they sold their products. Keith could be described as a person who possessed the “old-fashion work ethics.” He worked his regular job and then put in a lot of hours with his wood working. His parents, Ivan and Mary Gibson, preceded him in death. Keith is survived by his loving wife, Sue; his children, Paul and Susan Gibson of Cedar Springs, Mark A. and Deb Gibson of Wyoming, and Brian L. Gibson of Comstock Park and his fiancée Tamara Wertsch; his grandchildren, Ryan, Jacob, Peter, and Ally; his brother-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Donald and Mable Small, Ivan “Cliff” Small, Jr., Jack W. and Barb Small, and Mary and John Slott; nieces and nephews.  The service for Mr. Gibson was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with his friend, Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Relatives and friends met with the family one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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