Lenin E. Dibble, 78, of Stanley, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, at the Sybil Center in Stanley, beginning at 3 p.m., with a memorial service and time of sharing to begin at 4 p.m.
Len was born July 19, 1934, to Les and Marie Dibble, on a farm in Austin Township, Mountrail County. He was the youngest of four boys. He attended Dymond School through the third grade and then the family moved to Stanley, where he graduated from Stanley High School in 1952. He had many great stories to tell of his childhood and documented it all for his children and grandchildren.
Len took on various jobs through high school and after. Some of them included driving gravel truck, custom combining with Bob Wienbar, constructing transmission lines, seismographic/surveying and servicing cars at the Chevy Garage in Stanley.
In the spring of 1954, Len started dating Barbara Johnson and in the fall of that same year, was inducted into the Army. He trained as a military police officer and was stationed in France until his discharge in October 1956.
Len and Barb were married on Jan. 12, 1957, in Milwaukee, Wis. They lived there for one year before moving back to Stanley. Len drove truck for Halliburton for a short time but in the spring of 1958, he was hired on to work for Northern Improvement Company. In 1965, the family moved to the farmstead east of Belden and Len found his love of farming and raising cattle. In 2002 they retired and moved to Stanley.
During his lifetime, Len loved dancing with Barb, flying high in the sky with his Piper Tri-Pacer, putting on threshing shows for the neighbors and towns folk, traveling, attending Cowboy Poets events in Medora, volunteering to drive the VA Van/Ambulance, helping with the restoration of the Sybil Center, was involved in Mountrail County Historical Society and local cooperatives and of course, spending time with his beloved family and many lifelong friends.
Len is survived by: his children, daughters, Cindy (Mike) Peters, Greenville, Wis., Kelly Greenwald, Palermo, and son, Randy, Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Adam Anderson, Amanda (Craig) Korth, Whitney Greenwald, Benjamin Greenwald, ZacharyLarson and Madison Larson; great-grandson, Ethan Stahl, and great-granddaughter, Payton Korth; brother, Brian (Mona) Dibble, Glendive, Mont.; sisters-in-law, Marcella Dibble, Lodi, Calif., and Anna Marie Whitmore, of Stanley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Les and Marie Dibble; his sweet wife, Barbara; and brothers Bill and Gary.
Len gifted his body to the UND School of Medicine at Grand Forks. Ashes of Len and Barb will be interred at Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Palermo, at a future date.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).
(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)