Bill Hibner: 1947-2016
Bill Hibner after his two year battle with cancer, passed away November 19, 2016 at Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Bill was born February 16, 1947 in Lemmon, SD to Duane & June (Hylland) Hibner to join an older brother & sister, Dewey and Lumeda. He lived on a ranch near Prairie City until age 7, until his family moved to the Hibner ranch 15 miles southwest of Bison, where he lived until he graduated high school.
Bill attended grade school at Ada School where he rode his horse 3 ½ miles to school. Bill graduated from Bison High School in 1966. After graduation, he attended National College of Business in Rapid City graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
In February of 1967, Bill met the love of his life at the Hitchin Post Café in Rapid City, SD. On October 5, 1968 Bill & Ida were married at the Canyon Lake Methodist Church in Rapid City, SD. Two children were born to this union, Harry & Wanda.
In April 1971, Bill, Ida, and Harry moved to the Hibner ranch on Antelope Creek. In October of 1971 they moved to Faith. November 1, 1971 Bill began Hibner Bookkeeping, starting a 45 year business preparing income tax returns. For the past 25+ years he and Ida worked together expanding the business to include bookkeeping and preparing forms for their clients.
Bill served as treasurer of Faith Stock Show for 20 years and was also president for a couple years. He enjoyed working many hours at the fairgrounds working the arena during the fair as well as at other times. When the grandstand was built he and son Harry helped with the painting. He was commended many times about how well the arena was worked. He also helped with many other activities associated with the fair. In the early 70’s, Bill was the Justice of the Peace Meade County. Bill was mayor of Faith in the late 80’s.
Bill’s had many long term loyal clients that he considered his good friends. Bill enjoyed every summer escaping the office to work in the hayfield to listen to the John Deere tractor. Bill has always had a love for horses and in early adult life began his love for driving horses and collecting buggies. He enjoyed leading a busy and active life. Bill enjoyed traveling to rodeos to cheer on his granddaughters and taking adventure trips with his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Bill is survived by his wife Ida of Faith, SD of 48 years; his son Harry Hibner (Kyra) of Cartersville, GA; his daughter Wanda (Dwayne) Van Vleet of Wibaux, MT; three grandsons, Lewis (Odalys) Hibner of Rapid City, SD; Paul Hibner of Yuma, AZ; Brantley Hibner of Cartersville, GA; two granddaughters Jacqueline & Bobby Van Vleet of Wibaux, MT; honorary granddaughter Roni Carmichael of Meadow, S. He is also survived by his brother Dewey Hibner of Newell, SD; sisters Lumeda (Ray) Huber of Custer, SD and Geraldine (John) Peck of Bison, SD. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces, as well as several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for William “Bill” Hibner, age 69, of Faith, SD, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the old Faith School Gym in Faith, SD. Pastor Calvin Chapman will officiate with burial to follow in the Chance Cemetery, south of Meadow, SD. A luncheon will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, prior to the funeral, in the Faith School Cafeteria. All are welcome and invited to join for lunch and fellowship.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Faith Area Memorial Chapel in Faith, SD.