Robert Irwin Hibbs, Sr.

Robert Irwin Hibbs, Sr., 87, of Amarillo, TX has gone to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bob passed from this life to the next on the morning of October 11, 2019, after an acute illness. He was born September 17, 1932, in Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Beverly Bain Hibbs, parents Karl W. and Auda Hibbs, brothers Karl Lewis Hibbs and Jerry L Hibbs, brother-in-law Roy Foster Conner, and nephew Todd Hibbs.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Bell Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

He had fought Parkinson’s disease for over 15 years. The disease had taken away much of his mobility but never any of his spirit. Bob was always positive, never complained, and had gentleness about him. He was kind to everyone. He made friends easily, and he kept them well. Bob was faithful to his Lord Jesus Christ. He served as a deacon, and often chairman of the deacons, at Bell Ave Baptist Church in Amarillo for many years. He was also a Gideon, for many years distributing Bibles with Gideons international. Bob had a great sense of humor, and an easy smile. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his brother-in-law Mike and family.

He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1951 and from Oklahoma State University in 1956 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was very proud of his Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Dad served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1958. Bob went home and met the love of his life, his dear Beverly. They shared over 57 years together. They attended Bell Avenue Baptist Church regularly. Bob sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, visited regularly, and actively participated in local church governance. Bob and Beverly enjoyed playing Bridge and other games, many years of square dancing, and working the daily crossword puzzles together. They greatly enjoyed monthly dinners with the Gang.

Bob worked in sales of chemicals and industrial instrumentation and retired twice. Above all, he was a great father to his children.

Bob is survived by his three children and four grandchildren: Tracey Wynne’ Hibbs of Little Elm, Texas; Robert Irwin Hibbs, Jr., his wife Gail and their 3 boys, Luke, Adam, and John, of Antelope, California; and Douglas Bain Hibbs and his wife Krista, and their daughter Helen, of Rockwall, Texas.

He is survived by his sister, Karleen Conner, his sister-in-law Nancy Bain Barnett and husband Mike of McKinney, brother-in-law Richard Bain and his wife Su-c of Troup, and sister-in-law Linda Hibbs of Amarillo. He is also survived by nephews Mike Hibbs (Frances), Scott Hibbs, David Conner (Lisa), Brian Barnett (Kelly), Todd Bain (Grace), nieces Leslie Conner, Angie Durden (Glenn), and Michelle Bain; and multiple great nieces and nephews.

We want to thank his many caregivers over the last many years, with special appreciation to Cathy Koontz. We also wish to thank Brookdale MediPark West Assisted Living in Amarillo and Rock Ridge Assisted Living in Rockwall.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30 P.M., Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

9 Replies to “Robert Irwin Hibbs, Sr.”

  1. I proudly welcomed Bob and Darrell Bains to Oklahoma State University and the SAE Fraternity where I went before them. Bob was exemplary in every way. We three Amarillo buddies spent four years in college together. Bob made us all better with his friendliness and conscientious study attitudes.

  2. Bob and I have been friends for some 72 years! We played football against each other in Junior High and together on the High school team . We went to Oklahma A&M (OSU) together, pledged SAE together, lived in the same house,hitchhiked back and forth between Stillwater and Amarillo, he was my best man at ourwedding. We both went into the service, I ended up in Oregon and Bob in Amarillo. He and Bev came to visit us once in Oregon and we met at 2 fraternity reunions in Okla. but we always kept in touch.Last few years by phone! Phi Alpha, brother!

  3. Bob was an amazing man. A Godly Sunday school teacher. And a wonderful friend. He will be missed. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

    Robert & Melissa Burns

  4. Tracy, Robbie and Doug,
    Your dad was such a good man. Always ready with a big smile and a willing hand. I know he was proud of y’all and we can rejoice that he is in Glory hearing “Well done!”

    Prayers for you all during this time.

    -Travis Durham

  5. Dear Tracy, Robbie and Doug,
    Your family played an important part in my early adult years. Served with Bob on many committees at church and learned much from him. Love you all and my prayers are with you all.
    Ben “Woody” Durham

  6. Thanks for post. Dad really enjoyed fishing with the Best Hosts in Canada, eh. We all were blessed with the fun times.

  7. Dear sweet hibb family, so sorry Stan and I won’t be able to attend the service. Please know your dad’s visits to the lake will be memories we were lucky to have shared. He is resting free of his disease.
    Our love and prayers are with you all..
    Stan and Jackie Carpenter

  8. Doug, Krista and Helen – I am so sorry for your loss! He left a legacy of goodness, kindness, love and service to the Lord in each of you! Because he did, he will live on through you! Hugs and prayers sweet friends! Love, Kat

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