Durwood “Woody” Galen Hibbard, Sr., 88, of N. Fayette St., Fayette, Ohio, died at his home July 23, 2011.
He was born in Medina Township, Mich., on March 14, 1923, to the late Ray William and Freda (Smith) Hibbard. He married Vera Hill on Dec. 30, 1944, in Bridgeton, N.C., and she survives.
Woody grew up in the Fayette area, and was a 1941 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. He served with the United States Coast Guard during World War II from 1941 to 1945. He was known by nearly everyone in the community, with his 33 years of employment at Wilson’s Hardware coupled with his 17 years as sexton of Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
He was a member of the American Legion–John Dale Post #143, a 23-year veteran of the Gorham Fayette Fire Department, and a life-long member of the Fayette Methodist Church.
His passions included horses, sport shooting, baseball, hand-loading, woodworking and welding. He is also remembered for his service as an amateur auctioneer and the annual community Santa Claus. Woody was a hard-working man who loved helping others of any need.
Besides his wife, Woody is survived by his three sons, William Frank (and Alice) Hibbard of Noblesville, Ind., and Durwood Galen (and Jane) Hibbard, Jr., of Stryker, Ohio, and Kenneth R. (and Pam) Hibbard of Fayette; seven grandchildren, Malinda (and Jay) Thomas, Natalie (and Scott) Robins, Laurel (and Scott) Vowels, Durwood Galen (and Amy) Hibbard III, Jena Hibbard, Kandice (and Jared) Lemley, and Kendra (and Matt) Coy; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eldo “Pete” and Max Hibbard, and his sister, Lavon Brackman.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Don Krieger officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette American Legion or the Fayette United Methodist Church.