Joseph Austin Lybrand, 91, passed away peacefully at home March 3, 2014, with his wife at his side. He was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Sheridan, Ark., to George Hampton Lybrand and Virgie (Lockhart) Lybrand. The family moved in 1936 to Dorris, Calif., where he attended Butte Valley High School. Joe served in the Army
during World War II
for three years, stationed in Rhineland Central Europe and Northern France, where he earned several medals. He was honorably discharged in March 1946. When he returned home, he worked with his father as a gypo logger and was called "Gypo Joe." He then went to work for Weyerhaueser Co. until illness forced him to retire. Joe successfully conquered his battle with alcohol when he received the Lord as his Savior Feb, 2, 1964, in First Baptist Church in Dorris. He married Ethel Louise Houston (Bunny) on Oct. 31, 1964. At the church, he taught Sunday school, led the singing and preached when needed. His desire to spread the good news of the Gospel led him to preach at the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission on Monday evenings for 13 years, accompanied on piano by his wife Louise. Until his late 80s, he preached in churches in Tulelake, Merrill, Klamath Falls and Lakeview anytime he was needed; and made many friends there whom he dearly loved. Joe was an avid gardener and loved sharing his vegetables with relatives and neighbors. He never met a stranger, and his whole life was about giving. He was particularly fond of Dr. George Kubac and the great care he received from him. Joe is survived by Louise Lybrand, his wife of 49 years; sister, Lena Dunnegan of Corning, Calif.; step-daughters and spouses, Beverly (Bob) Campbell of Dorris and Sharon (Pat) Lerma of Klamath Falls; step-grandchildren, Sheri (James) Nolen of Pitkin, La., and Pat (Tana) Lerma of Klamath Falls; eight step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren and another one on the way. He also is survived by his nieces, nephews, and their spouses Danny (Shirley) Dunnegan of Corning, Mike Dunnegan of Riverside, Calif., Darrell (Jackie) Dunnegan of Orlando, Fla., Wes (Karen) Lybrand of Walnut Creek, Calif., Frances Day of Dorris, Wayne Lybrand of Wyoming, Jackie (Phil) Hitchcock of Dunsmiur, Calif., Ted Allert of Elk Grove, Calif., and Annette Allert of Solano Beach, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virgie Lybrand; and his brother, George Lybrand. At the request of the family, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, Dorris, Calif., or Klamath Falls Gospel Mission Building Fund, Klamath Falls, 823 Walnut Ave., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in First Baptist Church, 133 N. Main St., Dorris, Calif., with a reception to follow. Burial will be at Picard Cemetery. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors, 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, 541-883-3458, is in charge of the arrangements.