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Lawrence "Tom" Hibbs

Obituary for Lawrence "Tom" Hibbs

July 20, 1936 - June 4, 2018
Afton, Iowa | Age 81


Lawrence Thomas "Tom" Hibbs was born July 20, 1936, and passed away on June 4, 2018 at the age of 81. Tom was the only child of Florence Mozelle Ashby and Ralph Lawrence Hibbs.

Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Powers Funeral Home 612 N. Dodge in Afton. Tom Hagen will officiate. Burial will be in the Old White Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Online condolences may be left at

Tom spent his early childhood years in Columbus Junction, Iowa where his father was the superintendent of schools. In 1944 the family moved to Leon, Iowa. Tom graduated from Leon High School in 1955 after an outstanding career in sports, especially football and basketball.

Tom attended Iowa State University and later transferred to the University of Iowa, graduating in 1960, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He pursued his engineering career in Creston and Sidney, Iowa. His next venture was in the restaurant business. Tom operated a bar and grill in Afton, Iowa for 25 years. Upon retirement, Tom moved to a lakeside home near Pollock, South Dakota where he enjoyed many years of fishing and gardening.

Tom was joined in marriage with Betty Marie Carlson on August 17, 1958. They were later divorced. They were blessed with one daughter and one son. They were further blessed with one grandson and one great grandson.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

Tom leaves these family members to cherish his memory. A daughter, Amy Marie Gabel of Waco, Texas, a son, Ralph Lawrence Hibbs II and son-in-law, Hector Crawford of San Francisco, California, and a grandson, Corey James Gabel and great-grandson Oliver James Gabel of Oskaloosa, Iowa.


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