The Edmond Sun
Gerald R. Hibbs, 77, of Edmond, Okla., died peacefully at his home on July 31, 2013, surrounded by those who loved him. He was born October 9, 1935 , born in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Midwest City High School.
Gerald received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from OU. He served in the army for two years in Louisiana and returned to Oklahoma City to teach social studies at Jackson Middle School and Capitol Hill Middle School. He received an M.Ed in counseling from UCO and spent the rest of his school career as a counselor at CHMS and Jefferson Middle School He retired in 1990 and continued to donate his time to Oklahoma City Public Schools.
A writer of fiction and poetry, Gerald loved Civil War history and created four novels and many articles and essays based on that tumultuous period of American history. Much to his joy, one of those books, The Dahlgren Papers, was published in 2010. Gerald participated in several writers’ organizations and critique group and won many awards for his novels, short stories, and works of non-fiction. He served on the board for Center for the Book and edited and contributed to Braced Against The Wind, a book of poetry and essays compiled by The Prairie Wind Writers, to honor victims and survivors of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. The book’s proceeds are dedicated to scholarships at UCO for the children of victims of the bombing.
He was a patriot and an OU football fan, and was proud of his financial support of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He loved music of all types. He had a beautiful tenor voice, and was invited to sing in churches and at many weddings and funerals. In 1980 he and his dear friends Sharon and Beverly became Thy Group, a gospel trio that performed at churches and nursing homes. As a husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, friend, counselor and teacher, Gerald was a comforter who showered his family and friends with unconditional love.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Lucille Hibbs.
Left to cherish Gerald’s memory are his wife of 31 years, Linda, whom he adored; daughters Diane Hibbs, Sally Keathley, Holly Hood, and Lee Ann Alexander for whom he was a loving and supportive father; also left to remember him are David, Chris, and Greg and his grandchildren, Stephanie, Alex, Jason, Amy, Haley and Garrett, great granddaughter, Raley; his brother–in-law and sister-in-law and their children, Guy, Jana and Julie and their families.
Please join the family in remembering Gerald at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 N. W. 63rd St., Oklahoma City, Okla. If you wish to honor him with a memorial gift, the family requests that you bring a children’s book to donate to Andrew Johnson Elementary School. Selected books from his large collection have been donated to U.S. Grant High School.