Obituary Details

Ansel Claren Tibbits

(03/20/1900 - 05/13/1968)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 05/23/1968

Funeral for A. C.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for A. C. (Slim) Tibbits, 68, at the Peet Mortuary in Lusk. Mr. Tibbits of Lusk died May 13 at the Bess Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Portland, Ore. He and Mrs. Tibbits were visiting relatives at Portland.

The Reverend Fred Bolinger of the First Baptist Church of Lusk officiated at the funeral. Mrs. A. F. DeCastro and Mrs. Dean Glandt sang "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset," accompanied by Mrs. Gerald Bardo, organist.

Casket bearers were Ted Pennington, Gene Harris, Gary McFarlane, Dwight Pomeroy, Al Titchener and Herb Moody.

Ansel Claren Tibbits was born March 20, 1900, to William E. and Melessia A. Tibbits at Livermore, Colo. His childhood was spent on the family ranch at Livermore which his parents had established as pioneers in that area. As a young man he worked on the road in Owl Canyon and then moved to Burns, Wyo., where he was associated with a brother-in-law in a garage. He also worked as a mechanic in Cheyenne, Montana and Casper.

Mr. Tibbits and Effie Lewis were married 1921. They were the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Audrey Johnston of Riverton.

Mr. Tibbits came to Lusk in 1929 he first was employed by T. A. Godfrey at the Lusk Motors and then operated garages with Neil Holmes in Lusk and Van Tassell.

July 19, 1930 he and Clara Hanson of Van Tassell were married. They were the parents of a daughter Mrs. Eugene (Evelyn) Perry of Lusk.

In 1930 he opened his own garage next to the Foster Lumber Co. This building burned so he moved to the garage across from his home which he and his brother Chet operated until ill health forced him to leave. For 17 years he operated a Skelly Station at the DeCastro Court and also did radio repair work. In 1953 illness again forced a temporary retirement. In 1955 he opened the Tibbits Oil Co. on South Main which he operated until his retirement on July 1, 1967.

Mr. Tibbits enjoyed visiting relatives and friends and at the time of his death had been visiting his sister, Frances, and other relatives. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lusk.

Survivors are his wife Clara; two daughters, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Johnston; five grandchildren Michael, Gary, Gene and Sharon Perry of Lusk and Eric Johnston of Thermopolis; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Stevenson of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Edith McIlwee of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers Sidney of Livermore, Colo., and Chester of Bushnell, Neb., and many nieces and nephews.

His parents and four sisters, Azubah, Elsie, Lillie and Elmeda died previously.

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