Murphy Funeral Homes


Robert F. Gibson

September 28, 1940December 26, 2017

Robert F. Gibson “Falcon” Col, USMC (Ret.) passed away in Annandale, VA on December 26, 2017. Born in Dayton, OH on September 28, 1940 to Col Gardiner Scudder and Anne Walsh Gibson, USAF.

He graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC in 1958 and the United States Air Force Academy in 1962 (with the original RTB class). Commissioned that year in the United States Marine Corps, he spent thirty proud years serving as an officer of Marines. He deployed twice to Vietnam (’65, ’68-69 to include operations during the Tet Offensive), commanded at the Squadron and Group level, wrote doctrine that became the foundation for the Marine Air Command and Control System, and participated in operations in Honduras, Beirut, Norway, the Philippines, Kuwait, and Desert Storm.

Personal awards include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Three years after his retirement, the Marine Corps Aviation Association notified him that the Marine Officer Aviation Command and Control of the Year Award was re-named after him. A native of Northern Virginia for the last 30 years of his life, he hated how all of you were incapable of driving competently.

Survived by his wife of 36 years Barbara, sons Robert (including daughter-in-law Brandy, and grandson James) and Stephan, and step-children: Holly, Candy, and Greg.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, 6-8 p.m. at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046. Full Military Honors ceremony and interment are scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 8:45 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer with burial following at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018


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June 5, 2018

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Joan Windland

June 3, 2018

Bobbie and family,

My husband, Hugh Windland (Litton) spent many hours with Col. Gibson. They shared many drinks and stories over many years. What a fascinating individual! He lived and breathed as a Proud Marine! My condolences to you. Keep his memory and stories alive. God bless!

Joan Windland

Frank Titus

June 2, 2018

RIP, Bob

Col Pete DeVine

May 29, 2018

To Mrs. Gibson, Rob, Brandy, and James, and the entire Gibson family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Col Gibson. He was truly a great man and a giant in the Marine Air Command and Control System community. I will always remember when Col Gibson would visit Rob while he was serving with me at MASS-1 and how the Colonel would always be so generous with his time in talking with me. His imprint on the Marine Corps and the MACCS will be felt for years to come. Semper Fidelis, Col Gibson...

David Smith

February 26, 2018

Bobbie, Rob, and Steve
Falcon was and continues to be a force within so many lives. It was an absolute honor to have known him, to have served with him and to have had him as a true friend. We shared good times and bad times - he saw me through some dark days and brightened the rest. Our time together over the years are times I count as the best of times! To have been welcomed into the Gibson family and to have lived at the Marine House of the Gibsons where all Marines were welcomed with joy, happiness, and a "Hook" if you wanted was a true pleasure. Cherry Point, Norway, Virginia Beach, Okinawa, Philippines, Korea, 29 Palms and all the places in-between will always be in the forefront of my memory. Jennifer and I met under your command and you allowed us the time to develop the relationship that has lasted over 32 years - I will be forever grateful. Falcon was a friend, father, mentor, teacher, and most of all the one we as Marines would follow anywhere - a true LEADER! God bless you and I know you are with the angels and heaven is a better place for your presence. Semper Fi, we will meet again - Gunslinger


February 23, 2018

RIP Falcon. It was a pleasure to have served with you. Your record validates that you were truly one of the best of "The Few". An unwavering, dedicated, "Leader of Marines", the streets of Heaven are much safer, now that you have assumed the watch. Fair winds and following seas in your new assignment. My deepest condolences to Bob's family. May the Almighty keep you in the palm of his hands, providing strength and comfort during this difficult time, and may fond memories offer additional solace. God Bless.

Nelson Stewart

February 3, 2018

Colonel Gibson was one of those classic old school personalities with tremendous charisma and an ability to skip ahead to the important part in any discussion. To this day I enjoy sharing with other former Marines, I remember this time when Col Gibson... Truly one of our old school best. And he'll always be remembered in the 7200 community as long as there's one of us is still around to raise a toast, To absent companions...

Ted Bean

February 2, 2018

Bob was truly a leader of MACCS Marines. The MCAA C4 award is named for him. The couple of times I served with Bob he was extremely friendly and collaborative in working through acquisition type issues. God bless him as he departs this world.

February 2, 2018

Everywhere I served during my twenty years active duty (1955-75) MACCS people spoke of Bob Gibson in glowing terms. Regrettably for me our paths never crossed. Doubtless he was one of our great ones. Denis Horn, Monterey, CA

February 2, 2018

Condolences to the Gibson family. It was always and absolute pleasure to work with Col Gibson!