Leon Gibson

Leon Gibson, 78, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away surrounded by his family at 6:40 P.M., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois with Father David Halt officiating.  A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the funeral home and from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held at 5:30 P.M., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leon Gibson Memorial Fund, c/o Flanagan State Bank, LeRoy, Illinois.

Mr. Gibson was born June 2, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois to Mack and Aileen Jensen Gibson.  He married Judith Brandt on October 25, 1986 in Bloomington, Illinois.  She survives in LeRoy, Illinois.

Also surviving are his children, Brenda (Jim) Casino; Mark (Kathy) Gibson of Bloomington, Illinois; Scott (Amy) Gibson of Oswego, Illinois; their mother, Rita Petty Gibson of Normal, Illinois; five grandchildren, Emilee, John and Briana Gibson and Mitchell and Olivia Casino;  three step-children, Keith Blankenship, Janine (Bill) Halm and Eric (Mary) Blankenship; eight step-grandchildren, Alyssa (Aaron) Curtis; Shannon (Rick) Measaw; Jordan (Mikah) Halm; Kristen Blankenship; Lavana Blankenship; Joel Blankenship; Paige Blankenship; and Brett Blankenship; four step-great-grandchildren, Abbie Measaw, Kolton Measaw, Raelynn Curtis, and Brinley Curtis; one sister, Kay Klockenga of Lincoln, Illinois.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one son, M.L. Gibson.

Raised on a farm near Shirley, he attended Ben Funk and Heyworth High School, Leon spent nearly 40 years in the feed business, built one of the first hog confinement operations in McLean County, and then owned and operated Gibson’s Old Bank Inn in LeRoy and Gibson’s Concessions at Dawson Lake with his wife, Judy.  He was a longtime member and past vice president of the LeRoy Country Club and trustee for the Empire Township Fire Protection District.

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