May 18, 1949 – March 14, 2021
Owen Roland Gibbs, 71, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 14, 2021, following a day of hunting and playing cards with some of his dearest friends. He was born on May 18, 1949, to Byron “Barney” Gibbs and Eleanor Owens Gibbs in Shreveport, LA. A graduate of C. E. Byrd High School and Trinity University, Owen was a life-long learner and voracious reader.
In his professional life, Owen was an accomplished landman in oil and gas and site-acquisition specialist in the telecom industry for over 35 years. Through his work, he met the love of his life Letitia “Tish” Harigel. They married in 1977 and raised their beloved daughters, Erin and Amy. Together the family lived in Lafayette, LA; Houston, TX; the California Bay Area; Wichita, KS; and settled in Euless, TX which became his home for over 20 years.
One of Owen’s greatest passions was the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1962. During his summers in college, he worked as a guide at the Boy Scouts’ Charles L. Sommers canoe base in Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In 2009 he returned as a summer volunteer to repair canoes for over a decade and was actively involved with the Sommers Alumni Association, serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Through his time at Sommers, he developed life-long friendships and became a mentor to new generations of leaders.
Owen will be remembered for his sharp wit and quick words, culinary skills, love of the outdoors, and most importantly his abundant generosity and service to others.
Owen was proceeded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his sister Beth Gibbs Russell, sister-in-law Marilyn Davis, daughter Erin Gibbs Rydberg and husband Eric, daughter Amy Gibbs, and grandson Sam Rydberg, beloved dog Bonehead, and numerous cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Owen's honor to either the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Scholarship Fund at https://www.holry.org/supportus , Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County at https://mealsonwheels.org/donate/, or the local Meals on Wheels program in your community.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
April 8, 2021
Owen and I were high school friends who hadn't seen one another in years. We recently reconnected and talked about meeting to catch up. I am sad we were unable to do that.
I just learned today about his passing and want to express my condolences to his family. He spoke of you all so fondly, especially his daughters and grandson. I know you will miss him dearly.
A good man has left this world.
March 23, 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Owen.
The first time I met Owen was in the 1970's in Shreveport, Louisiana. He appeared at our door sporting long hair and was barefoot. I believe he was driving a jeep. He had just graduated. He struck me as being an intellectual, adventurous young man. He certainly had a free spirit.
Through the years our paths crossed again and our families became close friends in Lafayette, Louisiana and then again in Wichita, Kansas. His wife, Tish, and I became very good friends. I have many special memories of the times our families shared. He was quite witty and such a caring person.
My last visit with him was this past October when stopped by for a visit. We talked a lot about our families and where life had taken us. He talked about how important and dear his family was to him. He was such a deep person who cherished those he loved.
My sincere condolences to his family. My love goes out especially to Erin, Amy and Sam.
March 19, 2021
I first met Owen in the 1970's in Lafayette,La. when we were in the oil and gas business. We became great friends as he subsequently asked me to become Amy's godfather in November, 1985. Through the following years as we transitioned from oil and gas into the telecom industry we remained close friends and even worked together on projects. Owen was always able to dazzle me with his knowledge of various historical facts. Sharp witted, funny and always a great conversationalist he kept everyone around him amazed. My sincere condolences to his family members, especially his daughter's Erin and Amy.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.
March 18, 2021
When I worked at Northern Tier Owen was the canoe guy. I would take my troops to him and he would explain the rules and etiquette of northern tier canoe use. He never failed to make the scouts and me laugh. Once as we stepped away with our canoes on our shoulders I could hear a loud *PLINK* on the side of my canoe over and over again. Owen had been throwing small pebbles to freak me out, and I turned around and looked at him looking up at the sky innocently. We laughed about it when I returned from my trip.
I will miss you, Owen. We all will.