Earl W. Hibpshman


Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2006


  Earl W. Hibpshman

Earl W. Hibpshman

Longtime Alaska resident Earl W. Hibpshman died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna surrounded by his wife and children. He was 81.

An open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at 35955 Summerset Circle in Soldotna. For directions, call 262-7524.

Mr. Hibpshman was born Nov. 24, 1924, to Ethel and Lowe Hibpshman in Blackwell, Okla. He had seven brothers and sisters. He served his country in World War II in the Philippines and the rebuilding of Japan in 1944 and 1945.

In 1944, he met and married Ethelyn Ruth Miller and they moved to Alaska in May 1949. The couple had seven children. Mr. Hibpshman worked as a carpenter on Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Alaska Native Hospital, then in 1952 joined the Anchorage Police Department. He attended the FBI Academy in Washington, D.C., and eventually retired in 1974 as chief of police in Anchorage. After retiring, he went to work for Nana Security on the North Slope and retired again in 1991.

“Earl was a dedicated family man who was extremely generous and was greatly loved. His family was dear to him, and he always attended to and provided for us. He was full of integrity and died with dignity. Earl was talented in many ways, and his hobbies included woodcarving and building,” his family said.

Mr. Hibpshman was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Lee Hibpshman in 1948; son, William Earl Hibpshman in 1968 in Vietnam; and his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ethelyn Ruth Hibpshman of Nikiski; children, Mary Ellen Goodman of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert D. Hibpshman of Nikiski, Thomas G. Hibpshman of Sterling, James E. Hibpshman of Homer and Charlene M. Johnson (Cheri Hibpshman) of Soldotna; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four siblings in Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to Heritage Place, Sitka Rose Fund, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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