Leo L. Hibsch, 83, of rural Hamberg, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his farm northeast of Hamberg. His funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m., at Concordia Lutheran Church, rural Fessenden, with burial at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
Leo Hibsch, son of August and Sophia (Roland) Hibsch, was born April 4, 1929, on his parents' farm northeast of Hamberg, where he grew up and attended country school. As a young man he worked with his father on the family farm and in 1951 he entered the Army. He served his country during the Korean War and was stationed in Panama and later Korea.
Following his honorable discharge, Leo returned to the family farm, where he had farmed and raised cattle since. In addition to farming, Leo taught school for several years. He earned his teaching degree at Minot State Teachers College and taught elementary education at Minot, Fessenden, Mayville and Minot Air Force Base.
He was once married to Peggy Reynolds.
Leo was a member and past council member of Concordia Lutheran Church and a member of the Heimdal-Hamberg American Legion Post.
He loved to farm and ranch and never missed a chance to attend an auction. He looked forward to the annual deer hunting season which he would spend with family.
Leo is survived by: his special friend, Verdean Hofer, of Fessenden; four sisters, Alma Strebe, of Waupaca, Wis., Maytha Buckman, of Fort Atkinson, Wis., Martha Schuster, of Nashota, Wis., and Beverly (Duane) Larson, of Fessenden; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Hibsch and Emma Anderson; and two brothers, Reinhold and Rudolph.