ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Paul F. Hibner, 80, was born June 24, 1932, in Dayton, the son of Mary Ellen Flynn and Oscar Anthony Hibner. He passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Alamogordo.
He grew up in Sidney, graduating from Holy Angels School there in 1952. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force
during the Korean War
and served his country in several locations stateside as well as in Germany and Tripoli, Libya. During that time he developed a love for the F-86D that remained very much his favorite plane the rest of his life and he didn't hesitate to tell you that either.
After his military service he met the love of his life and soul mate, Darline Day, who became his wife June 15, 1957, in Dayton. Over the 55 wonderful years of their marriage, the couple lived in Champaign,Ill., Rome, N.Y., Tipp City, Newark, and Kettering, - moving to Alamogordo, N.M. in 1979.
While employed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he worked as an aircraft electrician even working on experimental aircraft. He also worked on developing the prototype for the C-130 Gunship during the Vietnam War
. While there and for 10 years, he worked as an electronic technician at Wright-Patterson's Aero Propulsion Lab under the famed Dr. Hans Von Ohain, the inventor of the jet engine for Germany.
Then from 1979 until his retirement in 1988, he was an electronics technician at White Sands Missile Range.
Paul was a very loving and gentle soul who cherished his family and they him. Everyone so loved Paul's great sense of humor. And it was all with a straight face. He would have said it was better to be a dry wit than a half wit or dim wit. If someone would ask him how he was, he often said "I don't know - no one told me yet." He loved to travel and many great memories were made "on the road" sometimes traveling with the Los Paisanos Good Sam RV Club. In his later years, he enjoyed watching TV, especially the Discovery Channel and old "Gunsmoke" episodes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill and Bob of Ohio, as well as brother Tom of Alamogordo, N.M., and his sister Mary Beth Hosack of Fairborn.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Darline; two daughters, Carol Krauss (Ken), of Pinedale, Ariz.; Joan Hibner, (Ed Parker) of Alamogordo; three sons, Mark Hibner (Vicki), of Las Cruces; Chris Hibner (P.J. Van Ningen) and Greg Hibner (Manuela Heberle), of Alamogordo. Grandchildren include Michael Hibner, of Alamogordo, and Leslie Hibner and Scott Hibner, of Las Cruces.
Surviving step-grandchildren include Stephanie Marelich (Matt), of Reno, Nev., Erik Heberle (Jennifer), of White Mountain Lakes, Ariz.. and Kay Hottenstine (Joe), of Bonduel, Wis., and great-granddaughter, Kassidy Marelich, of Reno, Nev.
Also surviving are his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mart Hibner, of Alamogordo, Janice Armold and Betty Day, of Wilmington, Roger Day (Sandra), of Springboro, and Tom Day (Nancy), of Cedarville.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews to include Marilyn Hoehne, of Marietta, Ga., Rosie Greaney, of Dayton, Maria Gaerke (Greg), of Berea, Ky., Ann Clune (Alan), of St. Henry, Lori Morris, of Fairborn, Bill Jr. (Sandra), of Vandalia, Walt Hibner (Joani), of Bellbrook, Mike Hibner (Fran), of Boulder, Colo., Scott Hibner (Ann), of Alamogordo, Jim Grothaus (Irene), of Albuquerque; Bob Hibner (Sharon) and Joe Hibner (Brianna), of Coldwater, John Hibner (Laurie), of Mason, Steve Prather, of Fairborn, Karen Walker (Ed), of Clarksville, Brenda Sullivan (Mike), of Sabina, Donald Armold, of Lebanon, Bryan Armold (Vicki), of Lebanon, Steve Day, of Wilmington, Doug Day (Sherry), of Harveysburg, Susan Machinsky and Carl Daymon Spiller (Amber), of Florida, and others. Also surviving is a host of grandnieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
A bit of us went with him to heaven, but a whole bunch of him will always remain here on earth with us in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 or Alamogordo Hospice, P.O. drawer 29, 1859 Indian Wells, Alamogordo, N.M. 88311-0029.
The Hibner family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m., today, Oct. 12, 2012, at Alamogordo Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Jude's Mission at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
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