W. JOSEPH “JOE” GIBBS

April 23, 1931 – Jan.18, 2019

Dad was a state representative in the early 1970s. He loved Springfield very much. The city was always on his mind when he traveled as he was always searching other cities for ideas to make his better. One day we were in Denver waiting for a red stoplight to change to green so we could turn right. The driver behind us was honking impatiently. Dad was curious why, so he asked and learned about Colorado’s state law that allowed a driver to make a right turn when a stoplight was red. When he returned home to Springfield he sponsored a bill permitting motorists to make right turns at red stoplights.  He was a wonderful man who always tried to make things better for others. Submitted by his children, Kelly Gibbs, Tim Gibbs and Ruth (Gibbs) Rankin

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