Neil J. Hibbert, age 90, died Friday, December 4, 20145 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. He was born November 7, 1925 in Blackwell, OK the son of Floyd Raymond and Esther (Carmichael) Hibbert.
He graduated from Braman High School, Braman, OK, in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army, during WWII, from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1950 with a degree in Agriculture. He was an FFA teacher at Carrier, OK for 5 years. He had been a resident of Liberal since 1959.
He was employed as the manager of Aetna Mobile Homes, in Liberal, for 26 years and later was co-owner of Hibbert Mobile Home Transport with his wife Jody.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge #1947 Liberal, Ks, Vice President of Southwest Kansas Elks, Past Worthy Patron Eastern Star #104, Past Master Trustee for 23 years, Past Rainbow Dad, Past High Priest Liberal Chapter #65, Presently Grand Master of the 3rd Vail, District Deputy of Grand Royal Arch Masons of Kansas, Grand Representative of Florida near Kansas, Order of High Priest Hood, Past Illustrious Master of Liberal Council #5 of the Council Order of Silver Trowel, Grand Steward of the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of Kansas, Past Commander Liberal Commandery of Knights Templar #55, Warden-Past Commander’s Association, K.Y.C.H York Rite, 33° Scottish right, Midian Shrine for 60 years, Great Plains Council #300 Allied Masonic Degrees, Sword of Bunker Hill, Past President of Southwest Shrine, Scottish Rite Past Master, Red Cross of Constantine & Sovereign, Member of Fargo Masonic Lodge #300 for 60 years, Master of Fargo Lodge in 1977, Treasurer for 35 years and Secretary for 20 years. He was District Deputy Grand Master from March 16, 2005 to March 15, 2006. He was Assistant Grand Tyler from March 16, 2003 to March 15, 2004.
On Feb. 17, 1979 he received his 25 Year Service Award, on March 17, 2001 he received the Outstanding Mason Award, on March 16, 2002 he received the Master Builder Award Bronze, on Feb. 17, 2004 he received his 50 Year Service Award and On Feb. 16, 2014, he received his 60 Year Service Award.
On December 15, 1951, he married Jody B. Walker at Guthrie, OK. She survives. He met Jody as he had served in the U. S. Army with her father.
2 Sons John A. Hibbert Tulsa, OK
Joe R. Hibbert and wife Shelly Cimarron, KS
1 Daughter Gay L. Andrade Salina, KS
9 Grandchildren Alex, Zach, Nick, Katy and Chris Hibbert, Candice Behrns, Neil Andrade, Marcus Andrade and Lucy Murzyn and 21 Great-Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Sister Mildred Hibbert and Step-mother Thelma Hibbert
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday December 11, 2015, at the Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Keith Anglemyer presiding. Military Honors presented by the American Legion Post #80. Burial will be in the Liberal Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1 to 5 pm Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Brenneman Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Masonic Fargo Lodge #300 in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com