Orlo W. Hibbs, 92, Columbia City, went to his eternal home at 5:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Miller’s at Oak Pointe where he had been a resident since November 2015.
He was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Hillsdale County, Mich., a son of Herbert Oren and Nellie Alice (Stafford) Hibbs. In 1931, his family moved to Pioneer, Ohio. He graduated from Pioneer High School in Williams County in 1942 and moved with his family to Harrison County.
On March 11, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Dec. 8, 1945.
On May 29, 1948, he married Effie Ruth Daily. They made their home in Harrison County until 1963 when they moved to Whitley County. Mrs. Hibbs died April 13, 1969. On July 3, 1971, he married Deloris Cline Dilts. Mrs. Hibbs died Sept. 22, 1980. On June 19, 1985, he married June Marie Marker Klingaman. Mrs. Hibbs died March 26, 1993. On Feb. 19, 1994, he married B. Josephine Gilbert Hively. Orlo and Jo moved to Oak Pointe in July 2013.
In addition to farming, Orlo worked at G.E. in Louisville, Ky. and Delco Remy in Anderson. He retired from Rea Magnet Wire in 1986 with nearly 29 years of service. Pastor Hibbs also served the United Methodist Church for several years, serving Troy, Etna and West Point Trinity churches.
Surviving relatives include two children: Frank O. Hibbs, Corydon; and Carol L. Macy, Columbia City; six stepchildren: Eugene Klingaman; and Cheryl Stalter, both of Larwill; Phil E. Hively; and Margaret A. Wise, both of Columbia City; Robert J. Hively, Aurora, Ill.; and Melanie Sollenberger, North Potomac, Md.; five grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several great-stepgrandchildren; and two brothers: Devillo J. Hibbs, Churubusco; and Mile G. Hibbs, Minden, La. He was preceded in death by a stepson: Earl Wayne Daily; and three brothers: Leo R. Hibbs; Verlo A. Hibbs; and Rollo D. Hibbs.
The local funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. The Corydon funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home, Corydon, with visitation from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Corydon.
Preferred memorials are to West Point Trinity United Methodist Church.