In Loving Memory…

Rodney A. Gibson

Rodney Allen Gibson, 57, of Sedalia, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C.

He was born May 28, 1961, in Sedalia, son of Marvin Edwin and Sandra June (Baker) Gibson.

Rodney was a graduate of Smithton High School and attended Central Missouri State University. He worked most of his life in construction. He enjoyed traveling and visiting Civil War battlefields. His favorite hobby was racing; a passion he shared with his son Chase and many friends. He loved his children very much. Rodney was an easy going, down to earth guy who was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving are three children, Zachary Gibson, of Oxnard, CA, Natasha Howard, of Kansas City, and Bailey Gibson, of Sedalia; his parents, Marvin and Sande Gibson, of Warsaw; and four siblings, Karla Billings, of Topeka, KS, Chris Gibson, of Hastings, MN, Dean Gibson, of York Town, IN, and Micki Lane, of Ozark, MO.

He was preceded in death by his son, Chase Gibson.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at Heckart Funeral Home. There will be an informal time for sharing of memories after the family has greeted all friends. Please wear your favorite racing, Mizzou, Royals or Chiefs attire.

Memorials may be given to Heckart Funeral Home. Anything collected above funeral expenses will be donated to a charity close to Rodney’s heart.



  1. Kimberly Shults Smith

    I can’t believe I am reading this.He is with his son now.Prayers to the family.

  2. So sad to hear this, and shocked. May you rest in peace and meet your son at the gates of heaven. God bless Rodney’s family during their time of grief.

  3. Denise ( Gilmore ) Cooper

    Condolences to the family…. He was an awesome guy! Rip Rodney

  4. Kelly Merk Moore

    My prayers are with your family. I am so sorry and saddened by your loss. Rodney and I shared a birthday and unfortunately over the last many years our only contact has been birthday messages to each other on FB. Great guy!! Many great memories from High school.

  5. I’m so shocked…omg …my heart goes out to the family…God bless you all…

  6. J.R. and Marvalee Farris

    Rodney will be missed by everyone who knew him. He had a charming, endearing way that made you feel good just to be around him. Our hearts go out to his family.

  7. Fay (Henderson) Pannell

    Sending prayers for all of you. I am so sorry and sad to hear about Rodney. My heart is breaking for all of you. May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength and comfort at this difficult time.

  8. Jamie Schumaker

    Sending prayers to the family.

  9. Vicki McCown Mewes

    Rodney was a friend, l am so sorry to his family. Prayers.

  10. My prayers and deepest sympathies now and in the days to come. I like many was in such disbelief upon hearing the news of his passing. He was a good man and always had time for a friend…. He will be missed dearly

  11. Tim & Charlotte Schelp

    Sending comforting thoughts to the family. Rodney was such a fun-loving person. He will be greatly missed by all his racing family and friends. May God wrap his loving arms around his family. RIP Rodney.

  12. Michelle Wansing

    So many loving thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Gibby will be truly missed by all that had the pleasure of his company. Chuck & Michelle Wansing and Chez When Family

  13. Rocky Weber #5w

    Rest In Peace Rodney! We will miss you and Thanks for all the Laughs! As I write this wondering what you and Chase are up too!!!

  14. Rob and Lisa (Randall) Young

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rodney was a great guy and will be missed by many.

  15. Shawna Ramey Shields

    We were so very shocked to hear this news. Praying for comfort for all the family.

  16. RIP my racing friend. I’ll see you at the checkered flag. My thoughts are with the entire Gibson family during this difficult time.

  17. Sending love, heartfelt sympathies, prayers, and positive vibes to the entire family. I am so very sorry. My heart aches for you all.

  18. My thoughts and prayer go out to the family of Rodney. He was a good person and was a joy to be around. Though until recently it had been years since I had seen him, I always held him in high regard. He was always a joy to be around at the tracks. God speed, Rodney. Thank you for being a friend.

  19. Chris Ramey & Family

    So hard to believe this has happened. The racing community has lost a good one. He will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace Rodney. You and Chase are together forever.

  20. Marcia Reisenauer

    My heart goes out to the family!

  21. Thoughts and prayers for all the family

  22. Anthony Salmons

    Gonna miss ya Gibby! I know you and Chase are having blast now! Love ya bud. God speed….

  23. Sherry Pope Woodman

    I am so sorry for your loss! My heart hurts for each of you! Prayers for your family and Rodney’s

  24. Mel and Debbie Willard.

    Our hearts hurt for each of you.

  25. Connie England Dove

    Prayers of peace and comfort to his family. Rodney was truly one of a kind, a big heart and a wonderful person. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

  26. Rodney will be missed by all that knew him. He lit up the room. He was honest, hardworking and proud of his family. What a kind soul. May God give his family the grace and strength they need to get through this horrible time.

  27. Sincerest condolences to the Gibson family. We are saddened by Rodney’s passing. Prayers for the family in these very tough times.

  28. Kelly and Amy Campbell

    Rodney, We will miss you very much!

  29. Arkansas Run for the Fallen

    Praying for peace and comfort for the Gibson family.

  30. Terry (Furnell ) Howe

    Sorry never seems enough when you lose a loved one. You never forget them. I pray you will be blessed with peace and, comfort in this sad time. Rodney always brightened a room with his smile. Save the good and happy memories they get you through the rough days ahead.

  31. Rest in Peace Rodney i was a honor getting to know this past year. Thank you for all you have done Sir.

  32. Ruth Perriguey and Pangburn Family

    We were saddened to hear about Rodney’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May he Rest In Peace.

  33. Phil and Debby Ward

    So sorry for your loss.
    Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers

  34. Rodney was a kind and giving soul- sending sympathy to the family.

  35. Rest In Peace my friend we have so many memories from school and life can’t believe you left us but see ya in a blink olde buddy

  36. Paula Dwerlkotte

    Sending love and prayers.

    I’ll always love you, my incredible friend. I’ll miss you terribly.

  37. Jim & Ranae Smith

    Thoughts, prayers & love to all the family at this very difficult time. We will see our loved ones again.

  38. My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

  39. Amanda (Brown) Donelson

    My sympathy and prayers to the family. I’ll
    remember Rodney how he always made me and others smile with his witty sense of humor, truly was a good guy.

  40. Eileen Curtis (Staus)

    So sorry that the class of 1979 had lost another one..

    My sympathy and prayers for the family.


  41. Greg & Kelly Chaplin

    So sorry for your loss, prayers to family & friends.

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