Food Culinary 15

Allyn W. Gibson

July 5, 1928 ~ February 12, 2022 (age 93)


Allyn W. Gibson, 93, of Oberlin passed away peacefully during baker’s hours on February 12th, 2022.

Allyn was born on July 5th, 1928 to Burt and Leota (Goodrich) Gibson. He graduated from Oberlin High School and attended the Ohio State University. Allyn married the love of his life, Melba (Mason) Gibson in 1948 and the two were happily married for 51 years.

Allyn devoted his life to continuing the legacy of the Gibson family business. Gibson’s Bakery, a now fifth-generation family business, was established in 1885 by Allyn’s grandfather. Allyn took great pride in working alongside his father, brother Harold, son David for over 40 years, and grandson Allyn who will carry on the family tradition. In recent years you could also find his son Rick at the bakery lending a hand. Allyn could often be found behind the counter passing out homemade candies and donuts to his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Allyn, known as Grandpa Gibson to many, loved nothing more than spending time with family. He enjoyed singing and dancing, and loved to be on the dance floor with his beloved wife and granddaughters. An avid storyteller, Allyn greatly enjoyed sitting outside Gibson’s Bakery visiting and sharing stories with friends and customers. He was a proud member of the Oberlin community, and was a 70-year member of the Masons of Ohio.

Allyn was preceded in death by his parents, wife Melba, brother and sister-in-law Harold and Marty Gibson, sister and brother-in-law Helen and Jack Tykal, and son David Gibson.

Allyn leaves behind sons Rick (Nancy), and Don (Kathy); daughter-in-law Lorna; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Katie), Stephanie (Luke), Leah (Mike), Krista, Allyn (Erin), Steven, Katie (Greg), Don (Emily), and Annie (Buck); 16 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on February 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. at The First Church in Oberlin, 106 N. Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074.

Memorial services will be held on February 18th at 11:00 a.m. also at The First Church in Oberlin. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to donate to a charity of your choice.

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February 17, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The First Church in Oberlin
106 N. Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

Memorial Service
February 18, 2022

11:00 AM
The First Church in Oberlin
106 N. Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

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