David Lee Hibner
David L. Hibner, age 74, passed away at Cox South Hospital on August 16, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. David was born in Lawrence, Kansas on April 7, 1940, the son of Clifton and Christine Hibner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Charles C. Snidow, and his brother-in-law, Stephen A. Snidow. He is survived by dear wife of fifty years, Nancy E. Hibner, beloved mother-in-law, Mary E. Snidow, his daughter Lori Jones and husband Mark, his son David Hibner and wife Trenna, his daughter Sara Brookhouse and husband Brian, and his son Stephen Hibner and wife Linda. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren, Paul James, Zachary Reash and wife Zuri, Megan Reash, Charles Hibner, Emily Hibner, Brett Jones, Ethan Jones, Caleb Hibner, Noah Hibner, Matthew Hibner, three step grandchildren, and great grandchild, Annabelle Reash. Also survived are his three brothers, Ronnie Hibner and wife Ruby, Buck Hibner and wife Linda, and Gary Hibner and wife Starr, his Aunty Betty Marlin and Uncle Farrell Hibner. He also leaves behind his Wednesday Golf Buddies, Jim Murray, Winfield Moore, Art Peini, Dell Moore, Terry Towers, and Joe Ferguson.
At seventeen David left home and joined the United States Army. While in the Army he earned his GED. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor. Once home from the Army, David began work for the Frisco Railroad. He worked for the railroad for thirty years and retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. David was not one to sit still so after retirement he worked for the Iowa Interstate for two years and Hyvee in Springfield, Missouri as a bagger.
David was not one for attention and quietly helped those in need. He was a firm believer in paying it forward and many were on the receiving end of his kindness. David put shoes on children whose parents could not afford them, fed and clothed the homeless, and was constantly finding ways to help those who needed a little extra help. David also had a heart for the Deaf Community and helped with the Deaf Awareness Group of SW Missouri.
You could find David on any given day at the golf course with his wife or golf buddies, at church volunteering his time, or at home on the sun porch painting. He loved traveling and visiting his children and grandchildren. He was constant with his love and attention to his family and often reminded his children that Jesus and family were the two things that mattered most.
David was an Elder at Parkview Christian Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge Belle Point #20 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He will be sorely missed by many.
Special thanks to the nurses and aides on the Oncology floor of Cox South Hospital.
A memorial will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Parkview Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and the service will start at 2:00 pm. In the near future, David will be laid to rest at the Dallas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Greenlawn Funeral Home South - Springfield
441 West Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 18, 2014