(Orange, Texas)


January 21, 2013

James I. Sibert

ORANGE — James I. Sibert, 88, of Orange, Texas, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Answered Prayer Assisted Living, Orange, Texas.

A funeral service was held Thursday, January 17, at the Cedar Rapids Memorial Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Bob Voels officiating.  Burial was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.  

A memorial service for friends and family in the Orange area will be held Friday, January 25, at 2:00 PM, at Faith United Methodist Church, the Rev. Tony Hoefner officiating.  

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia of Orange, TX; Sons, Donald Sibert of Orange, TX, Richard Sibert of Copper Canyon, TX, and David Sibert of Hiawatha IA; Four grandsons, Jimmy (Alicia) Sibert, Bobby Sibert, Jake Sibert, and Ben Sibert; Sister, Faye (Dean) Holm of Lake Bluff, IL.  Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and cousins.  James was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Bey.

James Irl Sibert was born June 12, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the son of Albert and Ida (Ireland) Sibert.  After attending the University of Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-1946.  On September 23, 1947 he married Virginia Lotz in Edna Kansas.  He had worked for Iowa Electric and Power, Crandic Railroad and then as a project manager for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. until retiring in 1982.  Jim was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA; Faith United Methodist Church, Orange, TX; lifetime Mason & Scottish Rite member; charter member of the Twirlin’ Travelers camping club and square dancer for over 50 years.

He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.  He loved square dancing, camping, puttering in his workshop, volunteering for the Midwest Central Railroad at Mt Pleasant, IA during the Old Thresher’s Reunion, telling jokes and entertaining with skits.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Faith United Methodist Church, 8608 MLK Jr. Drive, Orange, TX 77632, or to Answered Prayer Assisted Living, 602 Azalea Ave., Orange, TX 77630.

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