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|Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:13 pm Post subject: Leo E. Kibble Fairmount Cemetery Smethport
|Leo E. Kibble, 76, of 273 E. Valley Road, died September 9, 2007 at his home after an apparent heart attack.
Born March 5, 1931, in Smethport, Pa., he was the son of Ernest L. and Mattie Gay Kibble. On January 28, 1956 in Jamaica, N.Y. he married Anna J. Haag, who survives.
Mr. Kibble made a career out of military service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. In 1951, during the Korean War, he served with the Third Infantry Division. He returned in 1952 with the Company B, 461st Battalion as platoon sergeant, where he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge and a Silver Service Star. Duriing the Vietnam War he served with the 478th Supply Squadron.
He was a life member and charter member of the Korean War Veterans Association, where he held the rank of major and served as national executive officer and later national programs officer. He was the first recipient of the Honor Medal, the association's highest award.
Mr. Kibble was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and life member of the Canadian Korean Veterans Association and Meteorologist Air Weather Association. He was also a charter and life member of the Underage Military Service Association, where he also served as Pennsylvania state commander.
He was a life member and past commander of Chapter 56, Disabled American Veterans. In addition, Mr. Kibble was a life member of Post 59, AMVETS, and the Society of the Third Infantry Division, Department of the Army.
Mr. Kibble and his wife were life mamber of the Scotland School for Veterans' Children in Scotland, where they were honored platform guests at graduation ceremonies for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, David J. (Susan) Kibble of Smethport; three daughters, Celeste A. (Ruby) Jaimes of Adrian, Minn., Colette Y. (Brian) Henry of Smethport and Cecelia (Thomas) Fuoco of Angelica, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest L. (Lucy) Kibble of El Paso, Texas and Richard G. (Shirley) Kibble of Fort Shaw, Mont. and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kibble was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Helen B. Cleveland and Dorothea L. Carpenter.