John C. Hibbs, 77, of Des Moines, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
John was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but grew up on Des Moines' south side. John was the son of Floyd C. and Helen Hibbs.
Those left to cherrish his memory include sister, Mary Ellen McCullough; son, Kelly Hibbs; daughter, Kristi Hibbs Giuffreda; and three adoring grandchildren, Stephanie Hibbs, Kaila Giuffreda and Anthony Giuffreda. John was blessed to have many other loving family members and friends.
John attended Lincoln High School before entering in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served five years. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he served for 15 years in the Air National Guard as an active member. Upon retiring from the military, he opened Hibbees Lounge in Clive, and was co-owner of Pars and Cigars in West Des Moines.
John enjoyed snow skiing with the Snow Journers Ski Club. He was also an avid golfer and fishermen. John lived at 1107 Carrie Ave., with his devoted son, Kelly and Cathy Wright. He found pleasure in spending time with family and friends, sharing his many stories. He spent many Saturday nights watching the sprint car races in Knoxville, and looked forward to annual fishing trips to Cass Lake with Kelly and their friends.
John will be remembered for his dynamic personality, his cheerful spirit, his sense of humor, and his love for people. He will be greatly missed by many.
A memorial service will be held to honor John, Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at Hamilton's Southtown, 5400 S.W. 9th, Des Moines.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 5, 2013