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Walter Gibbs

Walter Judson Gibbs, Sr.

Wednesday, June 6th, 1934 - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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Walter Judson Gibbs, Sr., virtually surrounded by his loving family, peacefully passed away Tuesday, October 6th at Audubon Hospital. Mr. Gibbs will forever be remembered as an adventurer, leader, builder, philanthropist, printer, and lover of all things sweet. “Jud” was a loving, nurturing husband and patriarch. From a longtime Louisville family, Mr. Gibbs was a stock car driver in his youth, a pilot, mountaineer, and avid outdoorsman. He was the infamous leader of Boy Scout Troop 315 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church for 16 years. Simultaneously he supported his wife’s longstanding involvement with Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council and Girl Scout Troop 315. He often spoke of the many Scouts they had helped along the way and enjoyed hearing of their many successes. A philanthropist, community leader, and patriot, Mr. Gibbs was a deacon at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, Trustee of the Kentucky Colonels, an organizer for the United Way campaign for many years, and a first responder of the CB branch of REACT. In addition, he worked with the Kentucky Republican Presidential Campaigns of 1968-1972. Beginning his printing training at Gibbs-Inman Printing, Mr. Gibbs went on to create his own print shop and later worked for the Courier-Journal and Standard Gravure, while finishing his printing career at Beechmont Press. Mr. Gibbs was preceded in death by his father, Kentucky Colonel Adjutant General Walter I. Gibbs, his mother, poet Dorothy Barr Gibbs, brothers Paxton and Scott, his wife, Barbara Lee Dodge Gibbs, his grandson, Robert Joseph Renner IV and his son-in-law, Paul Tarullo. Mr. Gibbs is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 25 years, Patricia Liske Hofmann Gibbs and his 9 children: Walter Judson Gibbs, Jr., Leslee Gibbs Bottorff (Michael), Cherri Gibbs Beckhart (Doug), David Forrest Gibbs, Steve Hofmann (Kim), Peggy Hofmann O’Bryan (Kevin), Sally Hofmann O’Bryan (Chris), Paula Hofmann Tarullo and Sherry Hofmann Hunt (Michael), sisters; Sharon Gibbs McGuire, Moss Green, Reedy Gibbs Acalinas. “Grandy” left an adventurous, strong, creative, and loving legacy of 20 grandchildren and 14.5 great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 12 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road. Mass may be viewed on http://stagneslouisville.org/liturgystream or https://youtu.be/8NHFnnDzsYw. A private burial will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery. The family wishes that expressions of sympathy be made to St. Agnes, Tuition Assistance Program or Mass of the Air.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    Address
    1920 Newburg Road
    LOUISVILLE, KY
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  • Interment

    Location
    Cave Hill Cemetery
    Address
    701 Baxter Avenue
    LOUISVILLE, KY
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Rest in peace Jud! I you brought so much joy and happiness to so many. You will live on through all those you reached! Love, Donna, Daun & Georgia.
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We thank God for the gift of Jud into our family, who welcomed and loved us all so unconditionally. Our deepest sympathy.
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