Carl Leonard Tibbens, Sr.
HARVEY, MI – Carl Leonard Tibbens, Sr., age 82, of Harvey, entered eternal life Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Born June 28, 1935, in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, a son of William and Dorothy (Sweeney) Tibbens, Carl spent his youth in Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Bald Eagle High School, Class of 1953. On August 30, 1954, Carl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, beginning a career of service to his country that would last over 23 years. During his military career, Carl, his wife, and children, relocated to several duty assignments throughout the years. In addition to living in many areas of the United States, some assignments included Japan for four years, Iceland, Taipei, Taiwan, and finally K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base from where Carl retired on May 31, 1978, with the rank of Master Sergeant. Following his honorable discharge,
Carl enrolled at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Skill Center, interested in the carpentry trade. He was employed with Spear and Sons Lumber Company for 15 years and was later employed in maintenance at the Cedar Motor Inn. Carl was an avid golfer and loved spending the winters in Florida with his wife. Life for the couple became fuller and richer throughout the years as grandchildren and great-grandchildren came into their family circle.
Carl is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly Jane (Harter) Tibbens of Harvey; his daughter-in-law, Tina Tibbens of Appleton, WI; grandchildren, Mitchell LaFave, Andrew LaFave, Sabrina (Mike) Roethe, Katrina (Pete) Dachelet, and Clayton Kloehn; great-grandchildren, Connar Kloehn, Maddy, and Olivia Dachelet; two sisters, Dorothy Gahner and Sally St. Clair; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kathy LaFave; and his son, Carl Tibbens, Jr; and three brothers.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the caregivers at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans 1 East for the wonderful care given to Carl during his time as a resident.
Family and friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 4:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm. Rev. Bruce Pierce will officiate. Veterans honors will be accorded by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com