William L. Kibbey

December 25, 1946 - September 17, 2019


From the 50th Reunion for RHS Class of 1965 - Commemorative Book of 2015:

Bill served with the US Air Force for six years (1965-1971) as a Crew Chief B5 and KC-135. He then spent 30 years with A.E.P. as meter electrician, wireman, and tester. During that time he was Union Officer for 25 years and 10 years as Union Business Manager. 

Bill has been retired for 15 years and he sometimes likes retirement and sometimes he doesn’t. He has a son, Andy (45) who is married to Tiffany with two children (Bill’s grandchildren), Baylee (20) and Paris (12). Bill’s daughter, Andrea Benedetto (40) has three children (Bill’s grandkids); Ryan (23 who was in the Army for five years) and his wife Amanda, Hunter (12) and Shane (6). Bill has a boxer dog named Sassy Sue who is 10 years old.  Bill is a member of St. Pius X Church, 4-S Club, Knights of Columbus (4th Degree member), AmVets, and VFW. 

Bill says, “I have been very blessed mostly. I served our country, married twice with two children and five grandchildren. I always had a job and an income, for that I was truly blessed. I lost my second wife, Pam, in 2010 due to her death. We enjoyed our life together for 40 years in May 2010. I have had 12 surgeries on my right knee and leg, and I am confined to a wheelchair because I cannot stand. I was confined to a bed for three years until the V.A. got me a home-based team and got me able to start moving. Because of being confined to a bed, my weight got close to 500 lbs. and now I’m about 375 lbs. I am also learning how to drive again. The V.A. on March 25, 2015 awarded me the very first Award of Wellness Warrior Wall of Fame Recipient. I have lost both of my parents, two brothers (Mike and Roger) and my wife, Pam. I still feel very blessed that I am still here as we prepare ourselves to enjoy this reunion and remember all our classmates we have lost and the ones that are ill. There is always someone worse off than you. Enjoy life. It is really too short not to, and it is too often taken for granted. – Bill Kibbey”

William L. Kibbey, age 72, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 25, 1946 to the late Frederick and Dorothy (Curtis) Kibbey. 

Bill graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 1965 and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was an electrician with IBEW Local 1466, lifetime member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, and the VFW. Bill was also an avid Buckeye fan. 

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife Pamela and brothers Michael and Roger. Left to cherish his memory are his son, William A. (Tiffany); daughter, Andrea Benedetto; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister, Rachel; brothers, Mark (Margaret) and Ted (Kay); brother-in-law, Ron Betz (Richard); several nieces and nephews and beloved dog, Chevy. 

Family received friends at Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 E. Livingston Ave, where Bill's sister, Rachel led the Rosary at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 am Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 Waggoner Rd. Interment followed at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Contributions may be made in Bill's memory to a charity of choice.