Melvin Hibbs, 76

Melvin Allen Hibbs was born Feb. 25, 1941 to Guythal and Alice (Bartels) Hibbs near Primrose, NE. Melvin was the 4th child born of a family of 7 children. The family moved from Nebraska to Tripp County, SD and lived on several farms until 1947 when the family moved into Winner. He attended the Winner Public School and graduated from the Winner High School in 1959.

Melvin liked being around animals so shortly after graduation he went to work on a ranch for Donald Dobberstien of Academy, SD. When Dobberstien moved to a ranch near Victor, Mont., Melvin went with him.

Several years later he returned to Winner and was employed for the late Earl Burtz on the farm. From there we was employed by the City of Winner for several years before starting work for the Winner School System. He drove school bus and worked doing janitorial work. He like being around the children and had their respect. Melvin retired in November 2017 due to ill health. Melvin was a member of the First Christian Church.

He is survived by his sisters, Ethel Evans of Winner, Patricia Heumiller of Winner, and Mary Wranek of Summerset, SD; brothers, Wayne Hibbs Sr. of Petaluma, Calif., Donald (Marlyeen) Hibbs of Superior, NE and Cleo (Mary) Hibbs of Yankton, SD. Melvin is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents and 3 brothers-in-law; Dale Evans, Joseph Heumiller, James Wranek and a sister-in-law Eugenia Hibbs. He will be greatly missed.

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