Dave Gipson has taken his final flight.
Longtime resident of Kerrville, Texas, and decorated U.S. Army aviator David Clark Gipson, CW4 (ret.), received his angel’s wings on April 20, 2021.
David was born in Hamilton, Texas, in 1931, to Laura and Elmer Gipson. He graduated from high school in Corsicana, Texas, and received a degree from Abilene Christian College. He served the United States Army in Korea, saw two tours of duty in Vietnam, and was stationed in Germany as well as several locations in the U.S. A passionate pilot, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and many other commendations before retiring after 31 years. Anyone who knew Dave would know that he was a military man, though the love of his family was most important to him. Refusing to identify as a step-parent, he raised four children as his own and found time to be an avid reader, music aficionado, Cowboys fan, storyteller and card player. He was a dedicated ham radio operator and active member of the Radio Club in Kerrville, VFW and The Quiet Birdmen.
David is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose; daughters Daniela (Ed) and Carmen (Joe); sons, Adam (Debra) and Steven; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; and five nephews. He was a father to two sons-in-law, Ed and Joe, and beloved uncle of Gail Steward of Kerrville and Christine Herman of Richmond, Virginia. Dave’s final days were shared with other military veterans at The Home of the Brave in Kerrville, where he received excellent care from the nurses and staff but was isolated and denied the comfort of family and friends due to COVID.
David’s wings were prepared for heaven, but the hearts of his family and friends were not. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. May 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville with Pastor Mike Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran or a charity of your choice.
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