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David R. Gibson

September 26, 1954 ~ November 16, 2019 (age 65)


David Gibson, Beloved Baker, Husband, Father and Grandfather, dies at 65. David R. Gibson, passed away in his home surrounded by his adoring family on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna (Perkins) Gibson; children, Krista, Allyn and Steven Gibson; beloved grandson, Cashlyn Gibson; father, Allyn W. Gibson; brothers, Donald and Richard Gibson and many cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Melba Gibson.
David was masterful at the art and science of baking. He was an artisan of cakes, candies, chocolates, pastries, breads, doughnuts and a variety of other handmade goods at his 134 year old family bakery, Gibson’s Bakery of Oberlin. David found his passion in the family business when he returned home after graduating college at Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in chemistry when he was asked to assist his father, Allyn W. Gibson, in the summer of 1978. He found his baking craft by way of his love for chemistry and art and developed his steady and creative hand while decorating multi-tiered wedding and birthday cakes with airbrushing picture techniques and stylistic details such as working fountains and the delicate art of sugar glace and frosted flowers.
He was an accomplished graduate of Lakeridge Academy with a Headmasters Award and loved playing an aggressive game of basketball on the high school team. He found great joy in his friendships and spent much of his free time entertaining his family and friends over his grill and an evening bonfire. David was a world traveler, loved nature and boating, golfing with close friends, working with his cherished father, visiting with his brothers and cousins, reading poetry and philosophy and shooting hoops with his grandson. As soon as Ohio weather was fair enough, he could be found sneaking away with family and friends for a quick trip to his beloved Kelley’s Island camping spot. David loved to fish and explore the great outdoors with his wife, Lorna and dog, Baxter. He was a hardworking businessman and dedicated member of the Oberlin community. He served numerous years as Chairman of Oberlin Planning Commission and member of Lorain County Planning Commission. He deeply cherished his town and relationships and treated customers like family.
The family will receive friends Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. at The First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ, 106 N. Main St., Oberlin. The memorial service will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. also at The First Church in Oberlin, officiated by Pastor Cousin Brad Mason and The Reverend David Hill.
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November 21, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
First Church of Oberlin
106 N. Main St.
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Memorial Service
November 22, 2019

11:00 AM
First Church of Oberlin
106 N. Main St.
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

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