Gary Weldon Kibler of Commerce passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Born in Fort Worth on August 14, 1939, he was the younger son of F.W. and Annie Reese Kibler. The family moved to San Marcos, Kerrville, Commerce, and Odessa. They later settled on a farm in Campbell. Gary graduated from Commerce High School in 1958. Gary served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army for two years. He was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado and later at Fort Lewis in Washington. He married Loretta Bell Horn on October 26, 1963, at Riley Grove Congregational Methodist Church in Commerce. They settled in Campbell where he farmed and ranched for many years. In 1967, he joined the Commerce Federal Savings and Loan, beginning a career in the banking industry that spanned more than thirty years. He served as loan officer, staff appraiser, vice president and on the board of directors. He ended his career as an appraiser and vice president of loans for Sulphur Springs Loan and Building. In 1980, Gary and Loretta moved to Commerce where he was active in many community organizations. He served as trustee and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, member of the City of Commerce Planning and Zoning Committee, member of the City of Commerce Board of Adjustments, Program Director for the Hunt County Agri-business Banquet, officer and member of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, and President and member of the Kiwanis Club of Sulphur Springs. An avid outdoorsman, Gary and Loretta spent many happy summers in the beautiful mountains of Lake City, Colorado and made many new friends. He created a rock garden back home to remind him of his rock hunting and four-wheeling adventures in the mountains.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; two daughters, Cindy Redman and her husband Jeff of Allen and Dian Underwood and her husband Wes of Commerce; five grandchildren, Connor, Alex and Garrett Redman of Allen and Allie and Sam Underwood of Commerce; his brother Glen Kibler and wife Mary of Wetumpka, Alabama; and many extended family members.
The body will lie in rest at the Commerce Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church of Commerce on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at the church on Friday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. Gary will be laid to rest with full military rites at Senora Cemetery in Fairlie. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Buel Berry, Gene Casselberry, John Freeman, Bill Furhmeister, Wayne McCasland, Dan Phillips, and the Commerce High School Class of 1958.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.