Paul Giberson, 67
Paul Edward Giberson, Sr., 67, of Mountain Home, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at a care center in Everett, Wash., after a long battle with COPD.
At his request, no services will be held. A private celebration of his life will be held in Mountain Home in July.
Paul was born Dec. 19, 1939, in Tunkhannock, Pa., the son of Henry L., and Agnes L. (Sands) Giberson.
In February 1957 he enlisted in the US Air Force. After boot camp, Paul was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah where he met the love of his life, Vaunda Rae Tippets of Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were married on Nov. 23, 1957. Together, they devoted many years of their lives to the military. During those years they were stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah; Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio; Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho (1962-1968); Griffith Air Force Base in New York and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Paul also did one-year tours in both Iceland and Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.
In 1976 Paul accepted a second assignment to Mountain Home Air Force Base where he retired from the Air Force in 1979.
This was the base of his choice, his family said, because he loved to hunt, fish and spend time camping with his family.
In 1980 Paul and his wife started a small-engine repair shop in Mountain Home. They operated that shop until 1996 when Paul became too ill to work.
"Paul was a man of true integrity," his family said. "He sacrificed in so many ways for his family. His truest sacrifice was to his wife. No matter how sick he was, he always thought of her and put her welfare before his own. He was an inspiration to his family.
"He was our rock," they said, adding that they would miss his devotion to his family, his smile, and his sense of humor.
Paul is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Vaunda; four children, Peggy and her husband, Jim Gates, of Fort Worth, Texas, Paul Edward, Jr., and his wife, Phuong, of Boise,Vickie and her husband, Randy Crabtree, of Everett, Wash., and Kevin and his wife, Sherrey, of Elk Grove, Calif.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill; and two sisters, Mae and Evelyn.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers and one sister.