Former Juneau resident J.R. "Russ" Gibson, 86, died Sept. 19, 2003, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Burley, Idaho. He served in the South Pacific and Alaska as an Army engineer during World War II. He returned from the military to the Seattle area, working in heavy construction equipment sales, and moved to Alaska in 1963.
He held various sales and commercial positions in Juneau, eventually serving as executive director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. He was principal owner of Warren's Shoes before retiring and moving to Coeur d'Alene in 1990.
He was a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters International, the Lions Club and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Elizabeth Gibson, on March 9, 2002.
He is survived his brother Harold Gibson of Twin Falls, Idaho; sisters Vera Nelson of Burley, and Betty Redlin of Oxnard, Calif.; daughter LeAnn Clukey of Post Falls, Idaho; sons Edwin R. Gibson of Salmon, Idaho, Richard C. Gibson and Thoms L. Gibson of Coeur d'Alene, Howard F. Gibson of Juneau, Bryan P. Gibson of Danville, Calif., Timothy F. Gibson of Gustavus, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His funeral was held Sept. 24 in Coeur d'Alene. He and his wife were interred side by side at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene.