The Billings Outpost

William R. Gibson

William Roy Gibson, 97, of Billings, who had been a vice president of finance for the Anaconda Co., died April 7, 2013, from congestive heart failure.

He was born Feb. 19, 1916, in Edmond, Wis., to Roy William and Martha Francis Hunt Gibson, the fourth of five siblings. After growing up on the family farm, he moved with his family to Gary, Ind., and Hobart, Ind., where he graduated from Hobart High School. Shortly thereafter he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and saw three months of service at Bovill, Idaho, and six months at Topango Canyon, Calif., where he served as secretary in the Forest Service office.

He stayed several months with an uncle in Missoula, then worked as a miner in Phillipsburg and helped build the Fort Peck Dam.

He graduated from the Chicago College of Commerce in June 1938 with a degree in accounting. He then returned to Montana and married Arlette Irene Williams on Sept. 23, 1939.

He served as district comptroller and vice president of finance for the Anaconda Co. before the family returned to Butte after serving two years for the Company in Tucson, Ariz. In the early ’40s, he and his family moved to Columbus, where he was chief bookkeeper for the Anaconda Co. at the chrome mines at the Benbow and Mouat operations. The family returned to Butte after the mines ceased operations.

He retired after more than 37 years of service. They moved to Billings in January 1979 when their son Mike suffered a brain aneurism that left him disabled until his death in December 1994. In Billings, Mr. Gibson became a real estate broker specializing in the sale of ranches and mobile home parks.

In 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson won the American Red Cross and St. Vincent Hospital Family Heroes Award and were honored with a Heroes Award Breakfast. He had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include children, William Roy Gibson Jr. of Billings, Cami Chandler, Kaycee Hodges, Steven Douglas Gibson of Billings and Christopher; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were at Dahl Funeral Chapel on April 17, followed by a reception. Interment will be in the Philipsburg Cemetery at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, with a reception following at the Granite County Cultural Center in Phillipsburg.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice or the American Heart Association.

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