George ‘Jim’ Gibbs

George ‘Jim’ Gibbs

RICHLAND, Wash. – George “Jim” Gibbs, 82, died in Richland, Wash., after a short illness. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Galena.

Mr. Gibbs was born Sept. 4, 1929, to George and Lottie Gibbs, on top of Dixie Mountain on the way to Prairie City Hospital.

He spent his life in Oregon before joining the U.S. Navy with his brother Leland. In February 1953, he received a commendation for long hours of hard work and outstanding accomplishments during the U.S.S. Halsey Powell’s success at the Korean bombline from December 1952-January 1953.

After four years in the Korean War, he came home to work on the ranch in Galena with his brother, Clayton, before getting “rodeo fever.” With a team of horses and a wagon, and hauled people in the parade at the Portland Centennial and at the Pendleton Round-Up. He also put a wagon train together and went from Portland to Wray, Colo., where they disbanded.

He went to Raton, N.M., where he logged with his brother, Delmont. When the logging ended, he came home and put together a rodeo stock. He put on rodeos in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, and was known to have the wildest rodeo stock, receiving several awards for his bucking horses.

Twenty years ago he decided to retire, and moved to Benton City, Wash., where he lived until his death.

Survivors include a son, Monty, of Olympia, Wash.; a daughter, Marnie, of Benton City; four grandchildren; a sister, Naomi Bond of Winnemucca, Wash.; a brother, Delmont of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews; good friend whom he raised, Randy Ralston, neighbor, Sharon Sheppard, and partner in the cattle business, Tiny MacHugh, all of Benton.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Orville, Clayton and Leland; sisters, Mildred McGirr and Billie Carter; and small daughter, Jennifer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Ranch and Rodeo Museum in John Day, in care of Pat Still of Fox, or to any charity of one’s choice.

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