Devon Gibbons, 70, of Rochester, passed away at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Stillwater Hospice of Fort Wayne.
On March 8, 1953, Harold Devon was born in Rochester to Harold “Gibby” and Marjorie Waltz Gibbons. Growing up he shared his childhood with his brother Don. Devon graduated with the Class of 1971 from Rochester High School. He continued his education at Louisville Electronics Institute earning an associates degree.
Devon and Christopher M. Newell were married on October 21, 2001, near the Quad Cities close to the Mississippi River. They have shared 22 years of life’s adventures.
With a strong work ethic, Devon worked as a heavy equipment operator for E.J. Wagner and McMahon - O’Connor Construction Companies building roads. Later he worked for Pike Lumber in their IT department.
Planes, trains and automobiles were all very much a part of Devon’s life. As a railroad enthusiast, he and Chris loved to travel to museums and study history. As an engineer Devon once drove a train. A licensed pilot, Devon nervously accomplished his first solo flight after slightly straying off course.
Devon enjoyed flower gardening, keeping the beds manicured and the sunroom full of beautiful, vibrant houseplants. While in the kitchen, he made the most amazing homemade pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms and onion. It was the all time favorite, shared with family and friends.
As a volunteer, Devon was the “Chief Audio Engineer” at Rochester High School Auditorium. He loved teaching kids the technical aspects of stage and theater. He also ran technical aspects of the Maxinkuckee Players and was chief engineer for implementing the audio the Times Theater.
Left to cherish Devon's memory are his husband Chris, son, Austin Gibbons and wife Ashley of Rochester; twin granddaughters, Lillian & Madelyn; brother, Don Gibbons and husband Howard of Boston, MA; two sisters-in-law, Shelly Newell and companion Joyce Harmon of Rochester, Loraine Thompson and husband Brad of Rochester; nephew Cahner Thompson and wife Adrienne and great nephew Parker Thompson.
Preceding Devon in death are his parents.
A celebration of the life of Devon Gibbons will be from 4-7 PM on Monday, November 20, 2023, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.
Private family interment at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to RHS Tri- Epsilon for Auditorium Technical Needs, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester, IN 46975 or the Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975.
Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .