Mr. Darrell Ray Gibler, age 55, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Friday, October 16, 2020 at the University of Missouri Hospital with family by his side.
Darrell was born on January 7, 1965 in Jefferson City, the son of Alfred Dean and Barbara Rebecca (Coleman) Gibler. He was married on September 9, 1989, in Jefferson City to Nancy Anne Colvin.
A lifelong resident of Jefferson City, Darrell was a 1983 graduate of Jefferson City High School.
Darrell began working during high school at the Jefferson Street McDonald’s as a cook and swing manager. In August 1983 he began his thirty-year career as a printing press operator at Colonial Printing. During his printing career Darrell was also employed at two other print shops, General Printing (10 years) and Modern Litho Paint (2 years), ultimately retiring from Colonial Printing in July 2013. He truly excelled at the craft of printing. He developed his color and press operating skills by learning how to operate all press sizes from a single-color printing press to the 6-color Heidelberg Speed Master. Additionally, he worked in customer service with customers in the central Missouri area, as well as with larger clients such as BJC Healthcare in St. Louis.
Darrell then joined Dick’s Sporting Goods full-time as the Freight Flow Lead for the Jefferson City store in July 2013. During his career Darrell achieved the highest-level certified Park Tool Bicycle Technician certification. Darrell made many friends and truly enjoyed his time in management and customer service. Darrell retired from Dick’s Sporting Goods in February 2018.
A man of strong Christian faith, Darrell was a lifelong member of the First Assembly of God in Jefferson City. He participated in Royal Rangers and the youth ministry programs at First Assembly. Darrell was a member of Boy Scout Troop 5 Central United Church of Christ. He also attended church with his family at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City.
Darrell met the love of his life, Nancy, while in the Jefferson City High School Marching Jay Band in 1981. Their time together began as high school sweethearts and lasted for over 31 years of marriage. Darrell played trumpet, served as Equipment Manager, and he received his letter while he participated in Jay Band. Darrell later served as Uniform Chairman, Vice President, and President of the Jefferson City High School Jay Band Boosters during his daughter’s Marching Jay Band years spanning 2007-2011. Darrell was often the first person to arrive at the school during marching season to prepare and load equipment and supplies for the band students. He did this so the students could concentrate on performing at their very best. Darrell received an Honorary Jay Band Letter in recognition for his service to the band program. He was well-loved and respected by the students and staff. Darrell also served as a proud band booster for the Missouri State Pride Band in 2011, and the Missouri Lions Band in 2009-2011.
Through the years Darrell participated in and served for several local organizations, including the Jefferson City Sportsmen’s Club and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association – “Capital City Wings” Chapter G, where he served as Assistant Chapter Director and Chapter Director.
Darrell loved to travel with his wife and daughter, especially to the Springfield and Branson area. Darrell enjoyed many activities and hobbies, including zip lining, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, target shooting, motorcycling, and photography. Darrell absolutely loved to customize everything he bought or built and he took great pride in his workmanship. He happily shared his talents with others.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 31 years, Nancy Gibler; one daughter, Alexandra Gibler and his future son-in-law, Anthony Hutson, of Jefferson City, Mo.; parents, Alfred Gibler and Becky Gibler of Jefferson City, Mo.; one nephew, Samuel Colvin, one niece, Savanna Colvin, both of Springfield, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Marie Colvin of Jefferson City, Mo., several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Darrell was preceded in death by: his grandparents; and his brother, Donald Gibler, who he greatly missed.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary on Thursday, October 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation while following social distancing guidelines.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Freeman Chapel on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with the Reverend Bob Nilges officiating. Entombment will be held at the Mausoleum of Riverview Cemetery.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 11:45 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 for friends that are not able to attend by going to his memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mayo Clinic, Jay Band Booster Student Uniform Fund, or GBS/CIDP Foundation International.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.