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H. Phil McKibans, 85

June 19, 2012

H. Phil McKibans, 85, of New Bremen, died at 1:28 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at his residence.

He was born on March 28, 1927, in Akron, the son of Howard McKibans and Lillian Trottman McKibans Loving and stepfather Lawrence Loving.  

On May 14, 1949, he married Dorothy E. Milroy, and she survives in New Bremen.  

He is also survived by his children, Deborah (Gary) Schrolucke of New Knoxville, Timothy (Lois) McKibans of Atlanta, Ga., and Thomas McKibans of Wellington, Fla.; his grandchildren, Ben Schrolucke of San Diego, Calif., Luke Schrolucke of New Knoxville, Kimberly (Todd Carey) McKibans of Atlanta, Ga., and Michelle (Nick) Urrea of Cumming, Ga.; his great-granddaughter, Lilly Urrea; his niece who was raised as his sister, Jeannie (Church) Knutson of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Violet M. Gilmore.

Mr. McKibans was a member of the Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen. He was a graduate of John R. Buchtel High School in Akron and attended the University of Akron and the Hammel-Actual Business College. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and a member of the American Legion Post 444 of New Knoxville.

From 1945 until 1947, he served in the infantry with the U.S. Army and with the occupational forces at Nuremburg, Germany, during the war trials but also served temporary duty as the first trumpeter in the Billy Roses USO troop, entertaining the troops overseas.  

He retired in 1987 from the Goodyear of St. Marys, where he was with the senior staff.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen, with the Rev. Thomas Sager officiating. Burial will follow in the Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.

Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Lake Hospice or to the church memorial fund. Condolences may be left at GilbergHartwigfh.com.

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