Richard Gibons

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 1:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:08 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Richard "Dick" Leeroy Gibons, 87, of Princeton passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Colonial Rehab and Nursing Center in Princeton.

He was born on July 29, 1926, in Princeton, to George Leeroy and Minnie (Shallean) Gibons. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1944 and attended college at Bradley University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Dick was a retired postal worker and was with the postal service for 30 years. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion, and was a long-time member of the Bureau Valley Country Club. He was also a life master bridge player of duplicate bridge. Dick traveled widely as a bridge master and golfer with his long-time companion, Margaret Sutcliffe of Princeton, who preceded him in death in March of this year. Dick was renowned as a letter receiver in five sports while at Princeton High School, excelling in football, basketball, track, tennis and golf.

He is survived by his brother, George F. (Esther) Gibons of Peoria; two nephews, David F. Gibons of Peoria and Richard "Ric" F. (Bobbie) Gibons of Peoria; and a great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elaine.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Barbara Ollila officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gateway Services or the Princeton High School Foundation.

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