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In Memory of
James Allen Kibler
July 5, 1931 - April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 28th from 3-4:30 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Sunday, April 28th at 4:30 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

James ( Jim ) Kibler, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019 in Columbus Ohio. Born on July 5, 1931 in Mansfield, Ohio and he was the son of the late Harvey and Rosella Kibler. Jim was also preceded in death by loving wife of 64 years, Lee, brothers, Robert E. ( Bob ) KIA, USN, Korean War, Julie Kibler, and Albert. Jim proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean war 1951-1955. He married Lieselotte Baer ( Lee) in 1955. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1960 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and The Ohio State University with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965 and became Professional Engineer. He retired from AT&T Bell Laboratories after 29 years in 1989. Jim was a talented and professional musician playing both piano and primarily trombone. He toured in big bands while still in high school and continued to play in orchestras, civic bands, Big Bands and German bands until very recently. A highlight of his Music career was his band touring Great Britain and Ireland playing throughout those country's while bringing their wives along. Jim also was very athletic playing basketball and running track in High School, he continued playing softball and basketball well into his 40's creating fun an memorable times for neighborhood teams and families. Jim also was an adored and respected coach for Westerville JBBL baseball, basketball and football for not only his sons, but hundreds of Westerville youth. He had an unending kindness and calm about him and a huge soft spot for children and sports. Jim is survived by sons, Rob and Jamie ( Bavette) Kibler; granddaughters, Kelsi, Cori, Casey, Jade and Brynn Kibler who will miss him terribly, and his companion, Judy Willour. He will be sadly missed by many Westerville friends and friends from Kensington Place. A memorial greeting will be held Sunday April 28th from 3-4:30 p.m. followed by a brief service at Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, in Westerville, Ohio .In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the YMCA in Jim's name at


Jerilyn Williams Barlowe

Apr 23, 2019

Mr. Kibler was our neighbor for over 50 yrs. He is very beloved by the Hillcrest neighborhood. He was a very nice neighbor helping us with his interests, his gardening advice and helping with home repairs.. Patti Williams and Jerilyn Barlowe


Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

Apr 28, 2019

God Bless/RIP.A heartfelt Thank YOU, Jim for your service in The United States Navy and serving in The "NEVER FORGOTTEN" Korean War."Fair winds and following seas".. And Semper Fi... Sailor rest your oars".


Amy Byers Pressler

Apr 28, 2019

We met the Kiblers as neighbors on Hillcrest Drive and have great memories of their friendliness and picnics and playing together with their kids in that great neighborhood. We also enjoyed listening to Jim play in the band through the years. My condolences to Robbie and Jamie and family.


Sally Byers

May 1, 2019

Robbie and family. What fond memories we have of all of the Hillcrest Families that spent lots of time with kids, picnicking, visiting, coffees. It was truly a special time. So sorry for your loss. Prayers. Sally


Kathy Dils Hixon

May 3, 2019

We lived next door to the Kiblers in the late 70's and early 80's. I was going to Germany with my high school class and Jim helped me by suggesting what kind of electrical plug to take with me...I didn't know at the time that he was an electrical engineer! My condolences to the Kibler family.