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Richard A. "Rick" Gibbs

Richard A. "Rick" Gibbs, 50, of Elyria, died Friday, January 11, 2013 at University Hospitals of Cleveland, after a brief illness. He was born March 5, 1962, in Elyria and was a 1980 graduate of Elyria High School and Lorain County JVS.

He began and operated Painter Boyz Company in Elyria and painted residential and commercial buildings throughout greater Lorain County for many years until he was unable due to illness. As a young man, Rick served as Master Counselor of the David J. Nye Chapter, Order of DeMolay, an affiliation of the Masons.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and was always joking to generate laughter with family and friends.

Rick is survived by a daughter, Jennifer M. Gibbs; parents, Kent A. and Elizabeth "Liz" Gibbs; sister, Kathy Gibbs; brother, Kent A., Jr., all of Elyria; two nephews; one great nephew and one great niece, and longtime best friend, Maryann Verlotti of Elyria; also surviving are several aunts, uncles, and cousins in Virginia and California.

A memorial service will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Community United Methodist Church, 680 North Abbe Rd., Elyria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035 to help with funeral expenses.

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