Died: Sunday Jul-26-2020
Funeral: Monday Aug-03-2020
Morrison Funeral Home
188 S. Hwy 24
Rupert, Idaho 83350
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Gilbert Ernest Richardson, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on July 26, 2020, in his home in Burley, ID, having lived life to the fullest. Gib is survived by his loving wife, Janet Maurine Richardson and his daughters, LuAnn (Dan) Bean, Chris (Marty) Gray, Gina (Chad) Van Tassell, 16 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.
Gib was born at home on January 5, 1933 in Smithfield, Utah to Richard Harper and Marian Vaughan Richardson. He was raised playing baseball and working on the family farm with his five siblings, Ila, Vaughan, Stan, Con, and Willa.
Gib married and was sealed to his childhood sweetheart and only love, Janet Maurine Chambers, August 11, 1953 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho Falls, Idaho temple. He was drafted into the Army and left August 19, 1953, leaving behind his new bride. He served at Fort Ord and Fort Benning before being stationed with the 1st Division (Big Red One) and 32nd Field Artillery in Aschaffenburg, Germany. After being honorably discharged in June 1955, the two love birds began raising their family together in Smithfield, Utah. After 12 years of hard work with Cache Meadow Farm (and plenty of lemon custard ice cream for his daughters), he started a career with Del Monte and transferred to the new plant in Burley, Idaho in 1968. His family enjoyed their adventure in Idaho so much that they decided to make it their home.
Gib was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his most memorable experiences were dancing with his sweetheart as youth at Gold & Green Balls and road shows, serving as ward clerk, and team teaching children with his wife in primary. Serving others brought joy to Gib’s life, and he was constantly on the lookout for those that could use his helping hand. He was known for his hard work and keeping the mood light and happy.
Gib was a family man if there ever was one. He was known for offering many “classes” to his grandchildren and rides on his old red tractor. He made everyone feel like they were his favorite and created long lasting bonds as he cheered them on in all their endeavors. Gib was recorded saying if he could leave one piece of advice to his great grandchildren, it would be to “Be Happy!” and said his secret to being happy is your attitude.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, his great grand-daughter Emma, and his many loyal, four-legged friends.
A private family tribute of Gib’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020. Those wishing to view this service may access it at the following link: https://youtu.be/7KA3TfuCah4
Military Rites and Interment will be Monday, August 3rd at 3:00 p.m.
at the Smithfield Cemetery in Smithfield, Utah. Due to Covid 19, we ask that anyone attending services practice social distancing and wear masks.
We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to all those doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, emergency technicians and housekeeping staff, as well as the many hospitals, rehabilitation, physical therapy and home healthcare facilities who graciously provided Gib with medical care, assistance, and kindness. Also for all the visits, phone calls and tokens of love extended from family and friends; you will forever hold a place in our hearts.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home, 188 South Hwy 24 in Rupert.
Condolences for Gib Richardson
From: Russ Taylor
Sorry to hear about this loss. We lost a great man and friend. He could always put a smile on your face. Our lord and Savior will welcome him back in his presence. May you all have the blessings of knowing that you will be together again as a family.
From: Rod and Jayne Runyon
Gib was an awesome man always carried a smile and a kind word. Miss him driving Around on his tractor but now he can do it anytime . With sympathy and prayers.
From: Leon and Dori Clegg
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Gib and Janet have been lifelong friends and we have loved every minute of it. Gib was such a sweet and kind spirit and Janet was always right there by his side. Couldn’t ask for a better example than he and Janet. We are blessed in our family for having known you. May heavenly father's spirit comfort you and rest assured that he is in charge and that you will be reunited. Please know how much we love you!
From all of us in the Clegg family.
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