Robert “Bob” David Gribben, 79, of Fairmont, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.
He was born in Wheeling on Nov. 25, 1939, the son of the late Thomas Arthur Gribben and Marie Claire (Kammer) Gribben.
Bob graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University and earned a master of social work from West Virginia University. Following his graduation from WVU, he worked in child welfare before working as a unit manager at the Federal Correctional Institution, the Kennedy Center in Morgantown, retiring with 27 years of service. Bob retired from the Fairmont Community Development Partnership. He truly loved living and working in Fairmont.
He was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Bob was a member of several civic organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Marion County Senior Citizens, Fairmont Rotary, Fairmont Lions Club, Elks Lodge in Fairmont, Marion County Men’s Democrat Club and Hope Inc.
Bob loved his family, most of all his granddaughters and his companion dog, Jasmine.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Karen (Carpenter) Gribben; his sons, Joseph “Joe” Gribben and his wife, Dana and George Gribben and his fiancé, Vicki DeAntonis; his very special granddaughters, Kathleen “Kate” Gribben and Anna Gribben, all of Fairmont. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Terry Carpenter and his wife, Donna, of Fairmont; his sister-in-law, Rosella Gribben, of Wheeling; and several extended family members and many good friends and associates.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas J. Gribben; and a nephew, Christopher Gribben.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Inc., P.O. Box 626, Fairmont, WV 26555.
Friends and family will be received at Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday. A Vigil Service will be held at the funeral home at 6 p.m. conducted by Sr. Stella Cronauer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 329 Maryland Ave., Fairmont, at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, with Fr. Jojan Joseph CST as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.