Donald Lee Hibshman, 78, Ephrata native, CNH retiree, family man, could fix anything

By on May 6, 2015

Donald Lee Hibshman, 78, of Narvon, passed away April 26, 2015 at the Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born at home at Academy Hill, Ephrata Township, on July 9, 1936 to the late Ivan Hibshman and Almeta (Lausch) Hibshman. Donald spent his childhood in the Ephrata area.

Donald retired from Case New Holland (formerly New Holland Machine Company) with 39 years in the manufacturing plant. Donald’s father Ivan, his brother Gerald, and his son David worked at the same facility. Donald also worked at Yoder’s Market in New Holland and at Shady Maple in Blue Ball. He attended the Berean Bible Church in Ephrata.

Donald’s greatest joy was the love of his family and spending time with them. He was always available to help where needed. He could fix anything. He set a great example for his family with his strong work ethic and his faith. His community was important and he helped friends and neighbors. He worked hard and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed the outdoors and working around his home and yard.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 61 years: Eleanor (Musser) Hibshman; two sons: David Hibshman and his wife, Patti Jo, of Palmyra, Daniel Hibshman and his wife, Noelle Fortna, of Denver; three daughters: Sandra, wife of Brian Weinhold, of East Earl; Debra, wife of Brian Wickersham, of Leola; Carol Ann, wife of Rob Allen Orris, of Leola; one sister: Sylvia Wanner; three brothers: Victor Hibshman, Gerald Hibshman, and Ivan Hibshman, husband of Jolene (Cox) Hibshman; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Services were held May 2 at Berean Bible Church, Ephrata, with Pastor Kelly Sensenig officiating. Donald’s interment was at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Lititz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berean Bible Church, to honor Donald’s life at 675 Lincoln Gardens Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send an online condolence, visit Paul L. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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