Willard F. Kibler Sr (Bill) passed away on October 31, 2023 in Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania. Bill was born on December 8th, 1929 in Shenandoah Virginia and
later moved to Baltimore Maryland. Bill grew up in South Baltimore and
graduated from Southern High School. After marrying Betty Lee
Elliott, they moved to Glen Burnie Maryland where they raised three boys.
Bill never lost his Baltimore accent and had a habit of
mispronouncing words, which we would laugh at. Bill worked for A.K.
Robins as a designer and builder of food processing equipment. Most of the
canned goods that are on grocery store shelves have been processed through
machinery that he designed. His company developed the first crab picking
machine that worked by the process of centrifugal force.
Bill and his wife spent many summers at their beach property in Fenwick,
Island Delaware and hosting family gatherings. Many family traditions were
created by Bill and Betty, including "Christmas Tree Day", where the
entire family would go and cut down a Christmas tree together, followed by
Betty's homemade soup.
After retirement Bill and his wife Betty moved to Littlestown
Pennsylvania. He enjoyed trips to Lancaster Pa and Skyline Drive, Virginia.
Bill's life was a life of giving, to his beloved wife of 72 years, Betty,
and to his family. Bill was preceded in death by his son Stephen E. Kibler and
beloved wife Betty L. Kibler.
He is survived by sons Jay R. Kibler (Randy) and wife Myra, Willard F Kibler Jr (Bill/Kibby) and wife Linda. 10 grandchildren: Christine, Gina, Jess, Courtney, Shanna, Alexis, Ryan, Joshua, Carrie and Candice. 15 great grandchildren: Andrew, Jacob, Zackary, Cayleigh, Cassidy, Sadie, Leah, Levi, Mikayla, Olivia, Kane, Jaxon, Blake, Liam and Mason. 3 great great-grandchildren: Colton, Caden