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June 7, 1935 - October 3, 2017
Jackie “Jack” Eugene Van Bibber, 82, of Holt, MO, passed away on October 3, 2017.
Memorial service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, October 19, 2017, with Military Honors to follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO.
Jack was born in Sweet Springs, Missouri, on June 7, 1935. In 1954 he graduated from La Monte High School. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 and as a Presidential Guard for Dwight Eisenhower. After the Army Jack worked various jobs including Hudson Gas Station, Montgomery Wards, City Block, and Tiger Paving before retiring from Purcell Construction in 2002. Jack was a member of Teamsters Union 541. In 1981 he assisted in the rescue efforts following the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse. He has spent the last 28 years living in Holt, MO, after marrying his wife, Mary Van Bibber, on June 24, 1989.
In his younger years Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing. Other favorites were western movies, Hee Haw, and old country and western music. Some of his favorite singers were Hank Williams, Sr., Patsy Cline, and Jim Reeves. Despite his sometimes gruff, tough guy impression, Jack was a big teddy bear with a heart of gold. Loved ones will always remember his “Sugar”, “Shoog”,” Honey”, “Hon” and “Kid” terms of endearment. He was always quick to volunteer his carpentry skills to help out a loved one or friend. One of Jack’s remembered sayings was, “Always tell the truth ‘cause a lie is harder to remember “.
Jack’s favorite memory was from around the age of 14. During harvest time on the family farm he got to be the water boy riding around on horseback bringing water to the workers. He was able to ride a certain horse that always wanted to run. So everywhere he went was at a full gallop. He was most likely dreaming about being a cowboy in one of his favorite westerns while doing it. That is also why he probably liked westerns so much, in that it reminded him of those years.
He was preceded in death by his father Roy P. Van Bibber, mother Audrey Stevens Gregory, sister Mary Louise Hall and brother Roy C. Van Bibber.
Jack is survived by his wife Mary Van Bibber, children Mike Van Bibber of Independence, MO; Mark Van Bibber of Independence, MO; Mary (Ken) Blom of Independence, MO; Monte Van Bibber of Independence, MO; Charles (Nichole) Beery of Clarksville, TN and Mary (Louie) Harrelson of Warrensburg, MO. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers and gifts to please consider contributing to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Arr: Hidden Valley Funeral Homes, 925 E 92 Hwy, Kearney, MO 64060 (816) 903-8888