ANNANDALE, Va. — The obituary for a decorated Marine colonel who retired to northern Virginia says he’s survived by his wife, children and the notorious Beltway traffic he abhorred.

News outlets reported that the obituary of Col. Robert F. Gibson, prepared by his family before his burial Thursday, described a distinguished military service that spanned from Vietnam to Iraq.

Then it adds a zinger, saying “he hated how all of you were incapable of driving competently.”

His widow, Barbara Gibson, told WRC-TV that the family wanted to capture an aspect of his daily life.

She said his feelings about “horrendous” Beltway traffic are shared by “a lot of folks.”


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