Vernon L. Kibbey, 75, of Connersville, died Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2013, at his residence.
Vernon was born in Samaria, Kentucky, January 21, 1938 to Herbert and Sally Alice Smith Kibbey. In 1956, he graduated from Connersville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1959. Vernon completed two tours of duty and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant while working as a computer engineer at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. In 2001, he retired from Visteon where he had been employed for 34 years in the computer engineering department. Vernon liked spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a collector of knives and he and his wife enjoyed collecting dishes and Department 56 Christmas Village pieces. Vernon was a member of the Valley Christian Church in Brookville.
Vernon is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor "Ann" Masters, whom he married November 27, 1959 in Connersville; three children and their spouses: Sheila Kibbey of Houston, Texas; Daren W. Kibbey and Kimberly of Liberty; Ryan D. Kibbey and Monica of Connersville; his grandchildren: Crystal Pugh and her husband, Aaron of Norfolk, Virginia; Caleb Kibbey of Houston, Texas; Sara Kibbey and Adam Kibbey, both of Liberty; Wyatt Kibbey and Allison Kibbey, both of Connersville; three great-grandchildren with another expected soon; his siblings: Rosalie "Rose" Lykins of the Columbia community; Palmer Kibbey of Indianapolis; Elaine Toler and Carlos of Falmouth; Kathleen Lunsford and James; Bernadine Ewing and Paul, all of Columbia; several nieces and nephews.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Phil Hester of the Valley Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Columbia Cemetery with military honors by the Fayette County Veterans Council. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 12 noon Saturday until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Christian Church,
or to the Fayette County Diabetes Support Group. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com