John Sidney Stibal, 75, of Idaho Falls, our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center from a heart attack.
John was born Nov. 6, 1937, on the family farm in Roberts to John Spencer Stibal and Polly Gibson Stibal. While attending Roberts High School, John excelled in sports, playing football, basketball, wrestling and baseball. He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America, being honored as Future Farmer of the Year. John graduated high school in May 1955.
After high school, John attended Idaho State University, where he was on the boxing team. He was a lifelong avid booster for ISU sports and rarely missed a football or basketball game.
In 1956, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard, serving as a specialist third class, Tank Company, 2nd Battalion, 116th Armored Cavalry; he was proud to serve his country. John was honorably discharged in 1959.
John lived and worked in Bountiful, Utah, for the Sperry Company. John was blessed with two daughters, Tami and Shauna, from his first marriage.
After returning to Idaho, he worked the majority of his career at Mountain Bell Telephone Company, starting as a lineman and working his way up to engineer. John was a lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers. He was also a volunteer for Junior Achievement, where he worked with high school students, teaching them the importance of hard work.
John found his true love in Susan (Roker) Hodge and married her July 14, 1973, also becoming a father to Storm Hodge. John and Sue also had a son together, John William Stibal.
John retired in 1990 from the telephone company and enjoyed consulting work for Power Engineering, traveling all over the western United States.
John always had an immaculate yard and loved helping Sue in the garden. He was very tenderhearted towards animals and always loved having pets, especially cats. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling with Sue, friends and family. They visited many countries including China, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Israel and Egypt.
John is survived by his lovely wife of 40 years, Sue; daughters, Tami (Duane) Nelson of Orem, Utah, and Shauna Lee of Spanish Fork, Utah; sons, Storm (Stephanie) Hodge of Renton, Wash., and John W. Stibal of Idaho Falls; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with two on the way; and sisters, Colleen (Bill) Neel of Fairfax, Va., and Sherry (Mike) Dunbar of Salmon, Idaho.
John was greatly loved and adored by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com