News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 12, 2013

Richard Frederick Lybarger


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TERRE HAUTE — Funeral services to celebrate the life of Richard Lybarger will be held today at 2 p.m., at Benui Baptist Church, with Pastor John Lockwood officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe, Texas.

Richard Lybarger, 94 years young, passed away June 8, 2013, at Parkview Manor Nursing home, in Weimar, Texas. He was born in Brazil, Ind., on June 30, 1918, to William (Dick) and Maude Lybarger.

Richard is preceded in death by his mother, Maude Lybarger, father, William (Dick) Lybarger; brothers, Charles Lybarger and Herschel Lybarger; sisters, Helen Lybarger Bell and Emma Lybarger Reudisel.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Elva Ann Compton Lybarger; children and spouses, Herschel Lybarger and wife Anna, Sharon Huette and husband Robert, Sally Carwile and husband Henry; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews and friends also survive.  

While on a hunting trip with his father, as a young boy, there was a terrible accident and a shotgun resting against a fence post, as Richard climbed through the fence, fell over and discharged, striking him in both legs. A great deal of time was spent on crutches. Then, at the urging of his father, Richard became an avid boxer and twice won the golden glove title, before marrying Elva Ann Compton on April 1, 1939. Richard and Ann lived in Terre Haute, where their three children were born, and where he was an auto mechanic, before moving to Houston, at the request of his wife’s cousin, Betty Schubert, to help start a furniture moving business. It was in Houston that Richard met many more challenges. He began working with his cousin moving furniture, then helping his close friend, Ed Peterson clean commercial buildings. Finally, he was able to work for Sealand Service, the pioneer trailer on Ship Company. It was while working for Sealand, and grabbing hold of the handle on his 18-wheeler trailer that he was struck by lightning. Some years later, a 500-pound overhead door would fall on his head. Thinking, surely, that he has used up his nine lives, but, oh no, he could not be stopped. He and Ann purchased many different motor homes and drove all over the U.S. visiting relatives and seeing the country. It could be said that he had a very full life. He was always entertaining, often inspiring, but never dull. He will be missed by those who loved him and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in memory of Richard to Hospice of Southwest or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Glenn Berwick, the staff of Odyssey Hospice in Conroe, and to the staff at Hospice of South Texas for providing Richard and his family with the utmost care and dedication during his illness.