Ronald Jack Gibson
Jack and Nelle were active members of the Disciples of Christ church and both Democrats. Jack used his earnings from pool boy/lifeguard work to cover his college costs as well as sending some back home to help financially-strapped family.
He became increasingly disgruntled at paying high taxes and his attitude toward government worsened with speaking trips for General Electric that exposed him to company middle managers.
Early Life and Education
Jack was an immensely proud American and enjoyed spending time with his loved ones – his wife Eunice, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many friends will miss him dearly.
Jack and his siblings moved around often as his father worked for the Works Progress Administration, often being forced to live with relatives due to financial strain.
Jack and his family moved to Dixon where he attended school. A popular student, he participated in sports and plays as well as joining Mosaic Church and working outdoors, canoeing, and performing in a clogging group – among many other hobbies he enjoyed doing! A generous man who gave back generously, Jack will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Jack was a dedicated professional with many talents. Always willing to lend a helping hand, his devotion was clear in the form of love for his family and many friends he befriended throughout his lifetime.
Early in his career, he flew North American F-89s and McDonnell F-101s at Hamilton AFB in California before joining top secret CIA project Oxcart as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – even experiencing his first emergency bailout when their plane caught fire over Florida’s Everglades.
He enjoyed woodworking and traveling during his free time, bird-watching and photography as his hobbies. He leaves behind his wife Eunice, one daughter, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ronald Jack Gibson passed away peacefully at home in Coweta, Oklahoma on Friday August 6, 2021 at age 83. Jack worked as a machinist at Ramsey Winch as well as owning and operating Highway 51 Landing Bait & Tackle store. Additionally he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
His Air Force career spanned 22 years. At Sacramento, California; at Colorado Springs Academy; and Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque (KAFBA). There he engaged in nuclear research; taught chemistry there; directed high-energy laser programs.
His later years were dedicated to helping independent newspapers become truly independent from governments and political parties around the world, often at great personal risk. He counselled journalists in Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and Burma (also known as Myanmar). Additionally, he was an enthusiastic volunteer with numerous cultural, philanthropic and community organizations.
Ronald Jack, better known by his TikTok handle “Grandpa Lou Pickles”, amassed 14 million followers who he considered his “grandkids.” Through TikTok he amassed millions in earnings as well as his own merchandise line before passing away at age 79 in March 2021.
He was renowned for his national security expertise and commentaries on Fox News and other media platforms. Additionally, he served as Chairman of AM General and the Institute for the Study of War.
Patrick Dovigi, a self-made billionaire who became famous through Leon’s furniture chain in Canada, also invests heavily in waste management and real estate investments as well as philanthropy; supporting numerous causes including children’s charities across Canada with his estimated net worth estimated at over $1 billion.