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In Loving Memory
A. Owen Hibbs of Parker, Colorado, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the age of 98. He was born in July of 1920 at a farm house in western Kentucky to Walter and Lora Hibbs.
Owen grew up on the farm and then moved to Chicago as a young man where he met his beloved wife, Dottie, worked as an apprentice to an electrical engineer and a mechanical engineer, and attended the University of Chicago. After Pearl Harbor, he and Dottie got married and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. The Army trained him as a pilot and selected him to serve as a B-25 flight instructor at Douglas, Arizona, and at Mather Field in Sacramento, California, where he graduated 117 pilots. He was later deployed to the Pacific. He counted it a privilege to be a part of the 345th bomber group, flying air support during the signing of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. The group later flew over the Japanese imperial palace as a reminder that the time for war had come to an end.
After returning from deployment, he and his family moved to the Denver area where he worked at the Federal Center and attended DU. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management. He went to work for United Airlines and enjoyed almost 30 years as a commercial airline pilot. He also served at Lowry Air Force base for many years as assistant manager of flight operations.
Owen had many interests. He participated in golf tournaments with Dottie. He volunteered on the National Ski Patrol, and for 4-H and Little Britches. He was a family man. He was kind, generous, and an incredibly patient teacher. He taught his kids to fish, camp, ride a horse and a bicycle, dance, drive a car, snow ski, swim, and waterski. He was a multi-talented man who repaired everything himself and was sought out as a consultant on multiple projects by friends and family. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He and Dottie enjoyed 77 happy and fulfilling years of marriage. He was a natural leader for his family and navigated himself and his wife through all the trials and tribulations of growing old.
He was a member of the greatest generation. He taught us important values by his example, to be frugal, hard-working, humble, not boastful, to do your duty, to be faithful to God, family, community and country, to be honest, kind, bold, and courageous, and to never give up.
Owen was preceded in death by his beloved wife Dottie, his daughter Barbara Joyce Hibbs, his parents Walter and Lora Hibbs, his brother Ernest Ray Hibbs, and his sister Virginia Ilene Hardman.
Owen leaves a lifetime of cherished memories to his children, Rita Ferguson, Crystal Pierre, and Holly Muyskens (Paul), six grandchildren, Rhonda Simmons, Jody Losaw, Troy Bryan (Lori), Kelly Bryan, Nikki Birdsall (Greg), Kathryn Muyskens (Ray Hsiao), three great-grandchildren, Devon Losaw, Angelica Bryan, Mikayla Bryan, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
He will be missed by all.
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held for both Owen and Dottie in the chapel at Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. and a memorial service will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. on the same day.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to go to the United Service Organization (USO), USO Department WS, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860, or call 1-800-876-7469, or go to uso.org. Or donate to the Quilt of Valor Foundation, PO Box 191, Winterset, IA 50273 (please designate the Smokey Hill Chapter in Aurora, CO), see www.QOVF.org/donate. Or you can make a contribution in Owen’s name to the charity of your choice.