John M. Dibble
September 1, 1928 - September 10, 2021
John M. Dibble, 93, of Santa Rosa left his family and friends to join his savior, Jesus Christ, in Heaven after a lengthy battle with renal failure. He died at home, in Santa Rosa, surrounded by his wife and family, September 10, 2021.
John was a kind, gentle, and loving person. He was a member of the Santa Rosa Optimist Club for many years, and was also a member of the Santa Rosa Elks, Moose Lodge, and Druids. He established Dibble's Auto Body at 120 College Ave. in 1971 and was the sole proprietor until selling the business in 1992. He enjoyed golf, reading, traveling, playing poker, and pinochle.
John was born in Caro, Michigan, to Sherman and Evelyn Dibble, and grew up in Ypsilanti. He moved west to Southern California in 1953, after serving in the U.S. Army. He came north to Santa Rosa in 1969 and raised his family here.
John was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen, in 1980, his parents, one brother and two sisters. He leaves one surviving brother, Merton Dibble, of Morganton, Georgia.
John leaves behind a family who loved him and will miss him very much. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, two daughters, Janet McMahon (Michael), Del Mar, Terri Gassner (Paul), Napa, and one son, Eric (Michele), Lakeport; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves four stepchildren who loved him, eight step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild.
A private inurnment and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation arranged by Smart Cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Redwood Empire Food Bank, or By the Bay Health Hospice Care.
Published by Press Democrat from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2021.