John B. Hibler

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May 31, 1936 ~ November 23, 2021

Born in: Greeley, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

John B. Hibler, 85, died Nov. 23, 2021.
Predeceased by his beloved spouse and best friend, Barbara Jean (née Milberg) Hibler, who passed away in 2017. They were married 56 years. Survived by two children, son, Marc Hibler of Pueblo and daughter, Traci (Dave) Hampton of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren, Scott Hibler, Nicole Hibler, Natasha Hibler and Michael Hampton; and great-grandson, Blair Quigley.
Born in Greeley in 1936, he attended public schools and graduated from Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado) in 1958. He was a resident of Pueblo since 1963.
John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and a longtime business owner (Abell, Beaty & Hibler Insurance Agency) and a community volunteer in numerous capacities.
Athletically inclined since youth, he remained active in a variety of sports throughout his life. He and Barbara, family and friends spent many cherished years together on that infamous bus to Mile High Stadium. His church affiliation was one of his highest priorities. Among his regrets upon leaving this life are his failure to read more great books, harsh words that could not be taken back, and all the lost opportunities to talk deeply with family members and friends. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.
A private Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Ascension Episcopal Church. The church is limiting attendance but you can view the livestream at:
A reception to follow at the Elks Lodge, 5:30 p.m., for all family and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity, Hillsdale College, Wounded Warrior Project, or Ascension Episcopal Church. Online condolences,

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  1. John and I were first cousins. We grew up together in Greeley, the oldest children in our families. John always called me when he was in Ft Collins while I was at CSU. We lived down the road from Tom and Celine, Barbara’s sister. John stopped by one morning when he was out running. Love you.

  2. Loved you and Barbara, “me BOY!”
    I worked with John at the brokerages, and was very proud of John when he left and was very successful with the insurance agency! Wow, way to go John!
    What a great man John was.

  3. John you left us to soon. You were a great friend and we always had a great time when our families got together, whether it was Pueblo, Littleton or Calif. We’ll remember the time we went up the on the Palm Springs tram when you and Barb came to visit. Was about 95 degrees in town and 40 degrees at the top. We didn’t stay long.
    Trading books back and forth, trying to get all the world problems solved. Laughing at Barb when she would get worked up watching a sporting event and yelling at the TV. Many many good times John.
    Rest in Peace our friend an say hello to Barb for us.
    Rick and Bonnie Jacobus

  4. Traci,

    I wish to express my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. It is apparent by all the kind comments, your father was a great man who will be missed. Wishing you comfort. -Sharon Sisneros

  5. Big John,

    First of all, John was married to my oldest sister Barbara who has already journeyed home to be with our Lord. Loved them both… my fondest memory of John was how he teased me my entire life, starting at age 6! He tickled me to death when I was young, but my best memory and one I will miss hearing is he always called me by my middle name, which is Jo. “Hey Jo, how ya do’in?!” No one else has ever called me Jo except Big JOHN… my nickname for him. Love ya big guy!!

  6. John had it all – family, friends and faith. He was kind and caring. My husband, Larry Nims, and John grew up together in Greeley. We went our separate ways after college, but managed to stay in touch through the years. John was best man in our wedding in 1961. We moved to Pueblo in 1998. We attended the same church. They were wonderful friends. My husband was hospitalized in September 2019 and moved to hospice where he passed in October 2019. John never missed a day of visitation while Larry was hospitalized and then at hospice. What a tribute!
    May John Rest In Peace.
    My heart aches for Marc, Traci, Dave, and grandchildren.

  7. John was a class act. My husband, Larry, and John grew up together in Greeley. Although our lives took us in different directions, we managed to keep in touch. John was best man in our wedding in 1961. We moved to Pueblo in 1998. We attended the same church as John and Barb. What wonderful friends. When my husband went into the hospital in September 2019 and then passed away in hospice in October 2019, John never missed a day of visitation. Talk about a caring and kind man. He had it all. Family, friends and faith…RIP

  8. My late husband, Sonny LeMasters, was instrumental in setting up the “infamous Bronco Bus” with John, and was
    a good friend of his. I got to know Barbara and John well, and it was always a pleasure to spend time with them.
    I am so saddened by John’s death…he was an excellent man…and I am thinking of the happy reunion in Heaven
    they are having.
    God bless, and my sincerest condolences,

  9. I can’t believe John is gone. I worked for John for MANY years at Abell Beaty and Hibler Insurance. Anna Lee,John and I were the three amigos.I will miss him dearly
    Tell Marc and Traci that I’m thinking of them and tell them that I’m so sorry.

  10. John will forever be in my heart and mind. I spent many years working with him at Abell Beaty and Hibler Insurance. Anna Lee, John and I were the three amigos. I was shocked to hear of his passing. I didn’t even know until reading the paper today. He will be sadly missed.

  11. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet you at the Elks lodge. Thank you for sharing your love of music and for the fellowship. You and your family are in our prayers.

  12. John and I were close friends for all of my adult life; in fact, he was my third brother. Treasure the memories of Bronco games, golf, dining with him and Barbara, and talking about medicine and our health problems ( later in life). He got me started on Sudoku, for which I will never forgive him! Kind, generous, emotional about family, hardworking, fun loving man. Thank you “ brother Johnny “.

  13. John was a man of true integrity and a kind heart. During our many lunches he was my “go to” person for fatherly advice and I loved his sense of humor. He and Barbera leave a great legacy of Marc, Traci and their beautiful families. He will be deeply missed.

  14. Love Godfather John Hibler, & my wife & I had just moved to Pueblo in January with intentions of spending much more time with him – miss him greatly – he was a kind & generous man.

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