VOLKMAR A. "AL" HIBEL
Volkmar A. "Al" Hibel, 74, of Quincy, died at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday (March 4, 2015) in his home.
Born January 12, 1941 in Lintorf, Germany, Al was the son of Ferdinand and Gretel Windgassen Hibel. Growing up in the struggles of post war Germany, Al was educated at the Evangelische Volksschule in Lintorf. In 1955 he became a Tool & Die Apprentice in Ratingen and also attended the Berufschule (Trade School) in Ratingen where he graduated in 1958.
On February 29, 1960, Al met his future wife, Anita Wlodarzyk, at a Fashing Festival in Ratingen. One year later, Christmas of 1961, they were engaged. When the Wlodarzyk family decided to emigrate to America in 1962, Al came with them to "make a better life for them all." Al and Anita were married on June 1, 1963 at Salem Church in Quincy.
Al was employed at the Bell Echo Company, where he learned to speak English. He became a Tool & Die maker for Kuester Tool & Die until joining Moorman Manufacturing Company in 1972, retiring as a foreman after many years of service. Following his retirement, Al opened A & A Tool & Die which he operated from his home.
An avid fisherman, Al loved taking fishing trips to Bennett Springs. He enjoyed his trips to the casino, and traveling, making the trip back to Germany on many occasions and he especially enjoyed their vacations to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. He was a former member of the Quincy Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Al devoted his life to his family and loved the time he spent with them.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Anita; three daughters, Mary-Ann Ervin (Eric) of Quincy, Nancy Brown (Jeff) of Quincy and Nicole Warren (Jason) of O'Fallon, IL; six grandchildren, Alex Brown (Carra), Paige Brown, McKenzie Brown, Colton Brown, Brendan Ervin and Maddison Ervin; a great grandchild, Leah Brown; two sisters, Heidi Aschwanden and Sigrun Reisch both of Hosel, Germany; and his pet dog, Annie.
Mr. Hibel was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Disseler officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.