Robert L. Sibold, 92, died at 1:50 p.m. July 10, 2013, at Lost Creek Care Center.
He was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Lima to Carl A. and Irene Ruble Sibold, who preceded him in death. On April 6, 1947, he married Mary Frances Shaffer, who died Oct. 8, 1994.
Mr. Sibold grew up living in McBeth Park. He was a telegraph messenger boy when he was 16 years old, working for more than two years. On Aug. 21, 1942, he was drafted in to the Army, serving until March 1946. During World War II, he served with the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe, landing in France in December 1944 as a part of the 7th Army. They advanced through France and into Germany in March 1945. It was during the 42nd Division’s rapid advance through Germany that they, along with the Guard’s 45th Infantry Division, liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. They were the first to enter Germany, first to penetrate the Siegfried Line and first into Munich. They ended the war occupying Austria. During the 1960s, he was a member of the Ohio State Guard. Following his service to his country, he became an auto mechanic, working at Reedy’s Garage on North Street. He had also worked at the Lima Tank Depot, Dalton Rambler, Lima Dodge and El-Par Motor Sales. He worked at Rawls Division of National Standard until his retirement. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275 and a former member of Kaiser-Frazier Owner’s Club. He attended Calvary Chapel of Praise, where he volunteered in its soup kitchen. He will be remembered for his love of antique cars, especially 1951 to 1953 Kaiser Manhattans. He enjoyed owning and restoring Kaisers and solving word search puzzles.
Survivors include five children, Linda D. Spayd, of Lima, Robert L. (Tanya) Sibold Jr., of Lafayette, Steven L. (Joy) Sibold, of St. Marys, Karen S. Carter, of Frankfort, Ind., and Dean A. Sibold, of Jackson Center; a daughter-in-law, Laura Sibold, of Spencerville; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Irma May Good, of Logan; and his special friend, Kathy Davis, of Lima.
He was preceded in death by a son, Marc D. Sibold; a son-in-law, Randy Spayd; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Sibold; a granddaughter, Nicole Sibold; a sister, Betty Lenore Henderson; and two brothers, Carl Jackson and David Wilson Sibold.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Eastside Chapel. Pastor Ernie Cotrell will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites by VFW Post 1275 and the Army Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Allen County Veterans Food Pantry at Memorial Hall.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.