Earl L Kibler, 88, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 2:45 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal, Mo.
Earl was born March 14, 1934, in Tolona, Mo., to Elmer R. and Allie Kackley Kibler. He was married to Verona C. Ruggles on Dec. 24, 1952, in Tolona.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Verona Kibler, Palmyra; children, Neva Kibler, Della Clark (Carl), and Michelle Whitting; brother, Raymond Kibler (Bettie); seven grandchildren, Aaron, Terry, Jeremy, Patrick, Angela, Kara and Autumn; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer Kibler; three sisters, Wanda, Etta Lou and Freida; two sons, Allen Kibler and Lennie Anderson; and one grandson, Roland Clark.
Earl served his country by joining the United States Navy from 1953-1957.
Professionally Earl was truly a jack of all trades. During his career, he worked as a factory worker and custodian, but his true passion was in farming and his work as a skilled GM auto mechanic.
He loved to go fishing whenever the opportunity arose, sitting by the bank just waiting for that next bite. Earl enjoyed deer hunting, bowling and playing horseshoes with friends, but his passion was his family.
He was a strong Christian man who dearly loved his wife and family, always looking for opportunities to spend time with his children and grandchildren and teaching them little life lessons along the way.
Earl was a member of Pea Ridge Community Church.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, Palmyra, Mo. Pastor Bruce Bowman will officiate. A burial will follow at Quincy Memorial Gardens in Quincy, Ill.
Pallbearers will be Ethan Begley, Gary Kibler, Danny Christy, Gene Ash, Aaron Clark and Terry Clark.
Friends and family are invited to Earl’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, Dec. 23, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.
Memorials may be made to Monroe City Nutrition Center.
Online condolences may be shared, and video tribute viewed at www.LewisBrothersFuneralChapel.com.