John Stephen Gibbs

23 febrero , 19386 septiembre , 2020

Lt. Col. (Ret.) John Stephen Gibbs slipped peacefully into God’s arms at the age of 82 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on February 23, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa to John and Dorothy Gibbs. He is preceded in death by his parents; son: John Lee Gibbs and sister Sharon Gibbs. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years: Pat Gibbs; children: Tim Gibbs (Natalie), Andrea Gibbs; grandchildren: Lauren Gibbs, Claire Gibbs, Maxx Gibbs; siblings: Phillip Gibbs (Rosa), Terry Gibbs (Audrey).

John is a graduate of West Point in 1960 and earned an MBA later at Syracuse Univ. Proudly serving his country for 21 years in the Army, with 2 tours in Vietnam, John continued to demonstrate a love for his country in retirement by becoming a tour guide and as owner of The Texas Land & Tour Company. Many remember touring Texas, a journey to S. Dakota, a trip to Switzerland, a cruise to the Panama Canal, and his longest adventure to Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

John was a light-hearted, kind man, who with an Irish twinkle, loved to tease and share jokes. A devoted servant to God and the Blessed Mother, John was a member of St. Pius X Church for 40 years happily donating service to the Arboreans and the Legion of Mary. John loved and respected soldiers. He demonstrated this by working with the Wounded Warriors at BAMC, serving at Saturday Morning Breakfasts and helping at Thursday Night Bingo. He did a fine job organizing lunches at the Menger Hotel for his West Point buddies and their wives.

This man valued country music with a fondness for the song “I Want to be in TX for the Round-up in the Spring.” John will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a really good man with many friends.

A Visitation & Rosary will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 6-8 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12 Noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church with a private burial service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to SMA. Both of John’s granddaughters have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and this can help to find a cure.

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  • Visitation

    martes, 22 septiembre , 2020

  • Rosary Service

    martes, 22 septiembre , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    miércoles, 23 septiembre , 2020


John Stephen Gibbs


Janet Thompson

20 septiembre , 2020

To John's family,
This is from all of John's friends at the Tobin Trails. Our greatest joy each day was seeing John and Jack on our walks at Tobin Trails. John was always so kind and caring to each of us, and we in turn cared very much for him. We would occasionally meet for breakfast and always enjoyed John's stories. He will always be missed and remembered with love.
With our deepest condolences,
Manuel, Steve, Russell, Jack, Patrick, Eddie, Esther, Janet & Millie

Deacon William Cunningham

19 septiembre , 2020

John was and continues to be a good man, focused on care for others. I remember him for his leadership in the Founder Lions Club many years ago and pray for his eternal comfort by Our Lord and His Mother.

Dallas Montemayor

13 septiembre , 2020

John was a wonderful and kind person. I appreciated his work in the Legion of Mary at St. Pius. His passion and love for his faith and country always shined through in all his works. He loved his family and his beloved Spouse Pat greatly. I so admired him and will greatly miss him. May God’s perpetual light shine upon him.

Kitty Meyers

12 septiembre , 2020

It was always great to see John at our monthly MOAA Alamo Chapter lunches. John’s legacy with the Chapter is long. Condolences to the family. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Al Garza-Arizpe

10 septiembre , 2020

I was honored to volunteer with The Old Man as I often called Him, great man, good Friend to all who knew him, hart of gold, my friend you are a hard act to fallow God keep you by his side for good advise. Love and forever missed, the other Old Man.😢

Arlene Chalkley

10 septiembre , 2020

John was one of the sweetest persons I have met. Always a smile for everyone one he knew. He will be greatly missed.

Andrew Baker

10 septiembre , 2020

John was a great man. He helped me as a Wounded Warrior at the end of my career in the Army. Later he and his crew of 101st Abn Division veterans invited me to volunteer with them on Thursday nights at the Warrior Family Support Center. It was an honor for me to volunteer with them every week. I always looked forward to seeing John on those nights, and sometimes Saturday mornings. John experienced so much in his life. He “lived” his life to the fullest which enabled him to have such interesting stories! Listening to him was like listening to a real life history book. He always threw humor into his stories as well. He was such a pleasure to be around. John had a huge impact on my life and he will be missed by many. After I retired, I too started living a larger than life lifestyle and John would always joke with me saying, I needed to write a book. I would respond with, After you write yours. We would both laugh and he would usually go right into telling a story of his own. I will always have fond memories of John Gibbs. I am honored to have known him and to have volunteered alongside him. May he rest in peace.

Andrew Baker

James Cunningham

9 septiembre , 2020

I knew John over the years as we both worked with the Alamo Chapter of MOAA. John was a fine man and I enjoyed his company a lot. I was surprised to hear of his passing as I didn't know that he was ill.

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Major James Cunningham USA (Ret)