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David A. Hibben

David A. Hibben, 100 years of age, and a resident of Lorain, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Elmcroft of Lorain Senior Living Community. David was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to parents David M. and Hannah A. Hibben.

After graduating from Glassport High School in 1933, he started working at First Sterling Steel Company, McKeesport, Pennsylvania. His service with National Tube Division began at National Works in 1937, where he worked various jobs in the Hot Mills in McKeesport. In August of 1942, he was transferred to Gary Works to be a Turn Foreman in the Hot Mills. He came to Lorain Works in January 1948 as a Relief Foreman in the Seamless Mills, then moving into #4 Seamless Hot End. He also furthered his education with night courses in Metallurgy and assorted subjects. He worked in the hot end and was promoted to Gen-Foreman of #4 Seamless in 1965, holding this position until his retirement in 1972 with 35 years of service.

After retiring, David and his wife Fran spent much of their time over the next many years traveling in one of their three motor homes, with many trips out west to California, to Florida and Ohio Amish country. David's love of wood working was evident to his family and friends. Many clocks, shelves, mirrors, end tables and other pieces of furniture which he gave as gifts, showed his craftsmanship and his enjoyment for making things in his basement workshop. His passion for sports was born from playing four years of high school football. He loved to watch Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns and Indians. Fishing and playing his Hammond organ were other favorite past times. David was a past member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain.

He is survived by his sons, Kent (Rosalie) of Oberlin, Dale of Oberlin and daughter-in-law, Peggy Hibben of Amherst; grandchildren, Julie (Jeremy) Marshall of Des Moines, Iowa, Michael (Stacy) Hibben of Roanoke, Virginia, Jennifer Williams of Oberlin, Chad Hibben of North Ridgeville; and five great grandchildren, Quinn and Connor of Des Moines, Iowa, Miles of Roanoke, Virginia, Galvin and Cole of Oberlin.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Frances Hibben (nee Bashoor) in May 2001; brother, Alex of Alamogordo, New Mexico in 2007; and oldest son, David W. Hibben of Elyria in 1965.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Avenue, Amherst. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10 A.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Patrick Odle, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Elyria, will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 7445 Deer Trail Lane, Lorain, OH 44053.

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