BARRE - Richard Hale Kibby entered eternal rest on Sept. 19, 2013.
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He was born in Boston on Jan. 25, 1925, the son of Ernest Lorenzo Kibby and Marjorie Piper Kibby. He grew up in various locations in Vermont, including Ludlow, Rochester and East Brookfield. In adult years, he lived mostly in Vermont but also resided at various times in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California. Since 1989, he has resided at Onward Street in Barre.
Mr. Kibby worked in various occupations during his lifetime, including factory production at Pratt and Whitney, quality control at Sprague Electric, tools and insurance sales throughout Vermont, farming in East Brookfield, custodial service at Randolph High School, and rural mail delivery. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service shortly after moving to Barre in 1989.
In his younger years, "Dick" especially enjoyed baseball, bowling, horseshoes, hunting, going to stock car races, and collecting stamps and coins. In later years, he took pleasure in bingo, tending his gardens and raspberries, watching his Red Sox on television, playing games such as cards and Parcheesi, and telling his "stories."
Mr. Kibby served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.
He was active in the Masons, the National Grange and the Shriners, often achieving the highest rank in each organization. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the East Brookfield Congregational Church, among others.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Christina; by both of his parents; by his daughter Gloria Caton; by his sister, Lucia Frisk; by his son-in-law Hector Meikle; by his half-brother, Lawrence Piper; and by his great-granddaughter Amanda Sweet.
He leaves surviving his three daughters Joann Meikle, of Fort McCoy, Fla., Eileen Corriveau and her husband, Raymond, of Williamstown, Sheila Lunt and her husband, Claude, of Barre; one son, Robert Jarvis, and his wife, Linda, of Loudonville, N.Y.; son-in-law John Caton, of Barre; brother-in-law Eric Frisk and niece Nancy Frisk, of Baltimore, Md.; niece Marjorie Frisk and husband David Long and great-nephew Karl-Erik Frisk, all of Spring Grove, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, Luciann Rouleau and her husband, James, Paul Dickinson and his wife, Michelle, Richard Dickinson and his wife, Darlene, Kim Dickinson and his wife, Elizabeth, Heather Boulanger and her husband, John, Melanie Staake, Arthur Corriveau, Raymond Corriveau Jr. and his wife, Pam, Shayne Sweet and his wife, Deborah, Randall Sweet and his wife, Cathy, Tricia Haldane and her husband, Greg, Loren Lunt and his wife, Tina, Laura Jarvis, and Christopher Jarvis and his wife, Adelle. He also leaves 29 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., in Barre. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the East Brookfield Community Church on Route 14 in East Brookfield. A pre-procession gathering will be held at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Burial will follow at the East Brookfield Cemetery.
Published in Times Argus on Sept. 21, 2013
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