Laurence Dean Gibson, was born January 22, 1932, at Herington, Kansas, to Dean Oren and Thekla L. (Diekmann) Gibson. He departed this life July 10, 2019, at the Flint Hills Care Center of Emporia, Kansas.
Larry graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1951. He attended business colleges at Hutchinson and Great Bend. He served in the U. S. Air Force twenty years and 25 days. He served during Korean and Vietnam Wars. He became a police officer and was employed at different times at cities of Herington, Woodbine, and Great Bend.
Preceding him in death, was an infant son, Laurence Dean Gibson, Jr., on September 8, 1976, and his parents.
Larry married Barbra Jean LaBrant on August 23, 1986, at the First Christian Church of Herington. She survives of the home in Emporia. He is also survived by a son, Ray Gibson (Ernestine) of Sugar Creek, MO; a daughter, Melinda Calaman (John) of Emporia; one sister, Shirley Timm (Delbert) of Wichita; step-daughter, Kathy Biera (Eddie) of Hutchinson; step-son, Danny Skinner (Stephanie) of Emporia; two grandchildren, Makayla and Michael Gibson; 2 step-grandchildren, Ryan and Amber Moss; and seventeen great grandchildren.
His bequest following his death, was to the Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology of the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.