Charles Edward "Charlie" Gibbs, 90, Moorcraft, Wyoming, took his last flight from this earth on January 15, 2020. The world lost a great pilot and excellent airplane mechanic.
Charlie was the first born of Irwin and Marguerite (Starr) Gibbs. He lived in several places as his parents moved from one place to another always following work. When he was a young teen the weather on the coast of Washington proved to be unbearable, so he was put on the train to go live in Wyoming with his Grandma Starr.
His parents moved to Spokane County and built a farm and ranch above Clayton. The Wyoming weather agreed with Charlie and he returned to live in Clayton, where he was active in FFA and played football.
Charlie went to work for Deer Park Brick and later pulled green chain for Deer Park Pine. He meet a woman named V. Marie Newcomb (Edman) who had two young boys; Robert and Albert. She was working for Earl Mix at the store and theater in Deer Park, Washington. They married and Charlie raised the boys as his own. Albert took the name Gibbs. Robert kept Newcomb.
As a couple, they moved to Bonners Ferry to build dike roads, and while finishing up that job a daughter was conceived. Carrie Sue was born in Deer Park just after the family returned from working in Idaho.
Later son Michale Gordon was born. Charlie’s marriage to Marie ended in 1967.
He remained in the Wenatchee, Washinton, area, working at his hobby for Magee Aviation at the Pangborn Airport in East Wenatchee at least three to four hours each day after working in the Quincy job.
He fell in love and married Roberta Willoughby (Flick) on October 8, 1969. The wedding was held at her parents' home in Gunnison, Colorado. They made a home in Quincy, Washinigton, as she was employed for Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District. Charlie worked for the Kenite company both at the plant in town and out at the pit hauling the diatomaceous ore from the foothills of the Frenchman Hills into the plant in a Mac Truck with a belly dump.
His love of flying was a constant in life.
He worked hard to get his A&P and other needed certifications. He and Roberta moved to Colorado where he worked in aviation, then for a short time they lived in Vernal, Utah. Moving to Kamiah, Idaho, in 1982, he opened Kamiah Air Service. In 2000 he moved his service to Grangeville, where there was more room to accommodate his accumulation of aircraft equipment and tools.
Charlie made many friends over the decades, some because of air planes, others because of the fun of playing cards or other meeting activities in the area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Roberta, his son and step sons, sister Peggy Gibbs and brother William Gibbs.
He is survived by his brother Glenn Gibbs, sister Marge O’Connor, daughter Carrie Sue Suldovsky (William), Bonners Ferry, grandchildren Stephiane Gibbs and Josh Gibbs, great grandchildren Madline Faith, Oliva and Oliver Gibbs, Spencer Gibbs, Mathew Suldovsky (Rachel) and William Suldovsky (Brianne) and many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.