Kenneth Bruce Hibinger, 69, of Port Washington died unexpectedly in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital on Saturday morning of September 25, 2021.
Bruce was born on August 2, 1952, in Martins Ferry to the late Clayton “Buss” Hibinger and Mary Jo (Wallace) Hibinger who lives in New Philadelphia. A lifelong resident of the area, Bruce grew up just outside of Gnadenhutten, graduated from Indian Valley South in 1970, and started working right after high school for Stocker Sand and Gravel in Gnadenhutten. He retired from there after forty-three years. He was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Port Washington where he also served on the church board. Bruce was also a council member and mayor for Port Washington for several years and worked at the Port-Salem Historical Society along with his wife. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, singing with the Jordan Riverboys Quartet for nearly eighteen years, and lending a helping hand to all who needed it. Bruce loved to watch his grandkids in all the activities they were involved in.
Surviving, along with his mother Mary Jo, are his wife of forty-nine years Joyce (Edwards), whom he married on May 6, 1972, four children: Kenneth (Jennifer) Hibinger of Port Washington, Melissa (Gary) Stahl of Rock Spring GA, Stephanie (Tommy) Johnson of New Philadelphia, and Tiffany (Michael) Lawrence of McKinney TX; ten grandchildren: Gabriel and Memphis Parrish, Faith and Kendall Hibinger, Haley (Fiancé Ethan Madaris), Ty, and Traye Stahl, Samantha Johnson, and Scarlett and Whitney Lawrence; two brothers: Steve (Phyllis) Hibinger, and Jeff (Judy) Hibinger; Sisters-in-law Violet (Francis) Krantz, and Pearl (John) Hanner, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bruce was only preceded in death by his father.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Koch Funeral Home of Gnadenhutten, 244 N. Walnut St. Gnadenhutten, OH 44629. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Buckley officiating. Burial will follow at Fry’s Valley Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 114 N High St., Port Washington, OH 43837.
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