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Chaplin Congregational Church


Charles Lyman Gibbs

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Charles Lyman Gibbs, 101, of Willimantic, CT, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2024. Born on November 2, 1922, in Easton, PA, Lyman was a beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Lyman, known for his love and caring nature, had a passion for singing and was an active member of the Chaplin Congregational Church in Chaplin, CT. He also was active at Colorado River Cowboy Church of Smithville, TX and at Knowlton Presbyterian Church in Columbia, NJ.  He also ministered in Nursing Homes, sharing his beautiful voice and musical abilities to bring joy to others. Lyman was a dedicated Christian man who cared deeply about the well-being of those around him.

In his earlier years, Lyman served in the Army under Patten's 94th Infantry for three years. His military service was a testament to his bravery and commitment to his country.  He was the recipient of the purple heart.  Lyman loved his country so much that he would fix American flags if he saw something wrong with them.

Professionally, Lyman worked as a Postal Clerk in Blairstown, NJ. Additionally, he had a talent for roofing and pursued it as a trade.  He specialized in slate roofs. After retirement, he worked with an organization named RVIC's (Roving Volunteers In Christs Service).  Lyman and his first wife Allean served for 12 years all around the United States.
Lyman had a variety of hobbies that brought him joy. He enjoyed singing, playing the piano, and listening to music. Every day at 3pm, you could find him engaging in a friendly game of billiards. He also had a passion for collecting antiques and loved exploring garage sales in search of hidden treasures.

Lyman is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Gibbs, and his children: Charles Lawrence Gibbs (Wife - Kathy), Kathleen Gibbs, William Lyman Gibbs (Wife - Ruby), Susan Lange, and Judith Abraham (Husband - Abe). Also, stepchildren, Albert Searles (Wife - Jan), Ken Searles (Wife Holly), Kim Bolduk (Husband - Roger), Cynthia Seiwert and AJ Searlovera.  He was also blessed with many grandchildren and great Grandchildren.  Lyman was preceded in death by his first wife Allean of 53 years.

A memorial service will be held on February 17th, 2024, at the Chaplin Congregational Church located at 43 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT 06235 at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to RVIC (Roving Volunteers In Christ's Service) at 1700 SE 4th Street, Smithville, TX 78957.

Charles Lyman Gibbs will be remembered as a kind-hearted individual who touched the lives of many through his music, caring nature, and dedication to his community. He leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion that will continue to inspire others.

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