Charles A. Hibbs |

Charles A. Hibbs

Charles Hibbs passed away March 3, 2006, at his home in Montrose. He was 70 years old.He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Belle, Calif., to Charles A. and Alice (McGuire) Hibbs. He spent his childhood in Belle, graduating from Belle High School. He completed his education at the University of California Los Angles, with a degree in education. Charles married Romana Groff Feb. 15, 1992, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Silverton.He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, training in Southern Texas.Charles was the Esma Lewis Elementary School principal in the late 1970s and a member of the Colorado Educators Association.Charles loved antique cars and the Colorado mountains. He and Romana explored the San Juan Mountains, which resulted in wonderful stories of their adventures.Survivors include his wife and sisters-in-law Ester Montonati and Jane Groff, both of Montrose.A vigil/rosary took place Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose.A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose, with the Rite of Commital Service to follow at Cedar Cemetery in Montrose.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Juan Health Care Foundation, San Juan Cancer Center – Montrose, attn: Mary Snyder, 800 S. Third St., Montrose, CO 81401 or St. Patrick Catholic Church, Reese St., Silverton, CO 81433.Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose.

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