Pixley Funeral Home

3530 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, MI


Richard W. Gibbs

October 21, 1926August 29, 2019

Richard William Gibbs, age 92, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, passed away Thursday August 29, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (James) Gibbs; loving father of Brenda (Bob) Lichtle, Michael (Nancy) Gibbs, Paul (Dena) Gibbs, Sarah (John) Leonard; grandfather of Allison (Ezgar) Villarreal, Andrew Lichtle, Jeremiah (Jessica) Gibbs, Jonathon (Telesha) Gibbs, Michelle (Adam) Spencer, Paul Gibbs, and Madison and Logan Leonard; and fourteen great-grandchildren. Rich was born the son of Hershel and Buella (Gay) Gibbs in Marion, Michigan on October 21, 1926. He attended school in Auburn Heights. Rich married Margaret Joyce James on June 5, 1951. He worked as a newspaper delivery man, and yellow cab driver, then at General Dynamics, and finally retired from the Oakland County Road Commission. Rich loved to fish, camp, hunt, and in later years he loved to scratch off bingo cards. Rich’s family will receive all for a visitation on Saturday September 7th from 10am until the time of funeral service at noon at Pixley Funeral Home, located at 3530 Auburn Rd. in Auburn Hills. Interment will follow at Christian Memorial Cemetery.


  • Margaret (James) Gibbs, Wife (deceased)
  • Brenda (Bob) Lichtle, Daughter
  • Michael (Nancy) Gibbs, Son
  • Paul (Dena) Gibbs, Son
  • Sarah (John) Leonard, Daughter
  • Allison (Ezgar) Villarreal, Grandchild
  • Andrew Lichtle, Grandchild
  • Jeremiah (Jessica) Gibbs, Grandchild
  • Jonathon (Telesha) Gibbs, Grandchild
  • Michelle (Adam) Spencer, Grandchild
  • Paul Gibbs, Grandchild
  • Madison Leonard, Grandchild
  • Logan Leonard, Grandchild
  • 14 Great-Grandchildren, Unspecified
  • Hershel and Buella (Gay) Gibbs, Parents (deceased)


  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019


Richard W. Gibbs

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Lonnie Gibbs

September 4, 2019

Of the four Gibbs brothers, I had less personal one on one relationship with Uncle Rich then I did with the others. Only because of where we all lived. The things I do remember was his great laugh, good sense of humor and I guess above all else, was his handshake. It was complete. By that I mean it seemed to tell the story of my impression of him. When he took your hand, it was gentle but complete. He held your whole hand, but it was soft and welcoming. That was the way I viewed him as a man. When he laughed, he made you want to laugh with him. When he spoke, he always seemed to be sincere. His expressions generally seemed to express love. It was always obvious to me that he was a child of God. What all of us should aspire to be.