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James “Bob” Tibbs, Sr.

d. November 10, 2020

James Robert “Bob” Tibbs, Sr., age 87, of Williamsville, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, near Elkhart.

He was born April 17, 1933, in Middletown, Illinois, to Cecil Tibbs and Lucinda Kurtz Tibbs. Bob married Jo Anne Carter on December 25, 1953, in Middletown, and she survives.

Mourning his passing is daughter, Debbie Strong; daughter-in-law Kathy Richardson Tibbs; his grandchildren, Tiffany (Brent) Tibbs Bordenkircher and Meagan (Brandon) Strong Maurer; four great-grandchildren, Brock and Brynn Bordenkircher and Hayden and Owen Maurer; brother Harry (Jonie) Tibbs, of Lincoln, IL;  several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and their extended families.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul Tibbs of Metamora, IL, and Ed Tibbs of Middletown, and his son Bob Tibbs Jr., of Williamsville.

He is a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Riverton-Lavely Lodge No. 786 in Riverton, IL.  Bob worked for Stetson China in Lincoln, IL, and Williamsville Lumber Yard before retiring from Patterson Brothers Oil Co., in Williamsville after 26 years.

Upon retirement from Patterson Brothers, he mowed for the Village of Williamsville.  Bob was so proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he filled his time attending their sporting activities and fine arts performances.  He took pride in maintaining his lawn, as he so enjoyed the time he spent on his lawn mower.  He loved small town life and took daily drives through Williamsville to see what was happening.  His trips often took him beyond the village and out into the country to watch the progress of the farmers, search for the eagles at the lake, and count the number of deer he encountered on his drive.

An almost daily ritual was lunch at McDonald’s in Williamsville.  He so enjoyed the visits that he had with his family, dear friends, and staff at McDonald’s and Loves.

Bob knew no strangers and will be sorely missed.

Private graveside services will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 11:00am, at Walnut Hill Cemetery, near Williamsville, with Pastor Shane Sims officiating.

Memorials may be made to Country Lane Memory Care in Riverton, IL, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Covid-19 guidelines will be followed where face coverings will be required.  In light of the current Covid-19 circumstances, the family plans to hold a Celebration of Life event at a more appropriately deemed time.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the Tibbs family. On-line condolences may be shared at


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was such a joy!

  2. Thoughts, hugs and prayers. I always enjoyed talking to Bob as he went down the back road and stopped and talked. I will miss not seeing him. What a great guy he was!

  3. My sympathies to all the family.

  4. Our prayers and sympathy are with the Tibbs family, God Bless!

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed. So very sorry to hear this
    Jeane Elliott Livesey and Jim Livesey

  6. So very sorry for your loss, my heart is melting for the Tibbs family , Bob was always a breath of fresh air with his great smile and his awesome personality, He was such a fun guy to deliver his newspaper to for 25,years, he made a point to almost ever morning greet me at the door right after he heard the paper drop on his porch, always said good morning with a smile and made sure I knew he appreciated my delivery. I sure am gonna miss seeing him first thing in my start of the morning, no matter where we ran into him he had the best attitude and advice . I am so happy I was blessed to know him and along with his family that are so awesome too, Rest In Peace Bob you are now with your son Bobby I am sure that smile will be on your face when you greet him. Prayers for the family and please give them strength as they lost another great family member. You will be remember in the little town of Williamsville for all the love and support you gave to your community that you loved and raised your children and watch your grandkids soar. Hugs to the family and much love through this terribly tough time.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers to Joanne and all the family. Bob and I graduated high school and I have many fond memories of that time. Blessings to you all.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and I graduated high school together. Blessings to you all.

  9. We are so sorry about Bob…he was such a sweet man, always enjoyed talking with him…you are in our prayers.

  10. My sympathy to Jo Anne and the rest of Bob’s family. No finer person lived than Bob. His genial nature was always apparent. I am blessed to have grown up with Bob and to have known him all these years.

  11. Bob was such a nice man. He always had a smile and a friendly hello. Condolences to Jo and the rest of the family.

  12. My Sincere condolences, Bob was a great guy. Always enjoyed the times I spent with Bob.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers to Jo and family I am a first cousin and always enjoyed our visits. He will be greatly missed

  14. My Condolences To The Bob Tibbs Family Thoughts And Prayers Are With You

  15. Debbie and Jo…Bob was such a kind and sweet man! He reminded me of my Dad in his demeanor. I’ll keep your family in my prayers!! . Take care and God Bless

  16. So sorry to hear about Bob Tibbs. Sending our prayers & sympathy from Arizona. He was a dear person and always had a smile. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  17. I am a cousin of Bob will miss him. Prayers and love to Jo and family.

  18. God bless the Tibbs family. Went to school with Bobby. What a great guy he was. Getting to know his dad later on I know why now. Rest in peace Mr. Tibbs I sure enjoyed my time visiting with you.

  19. Jo and Debbie and family…Bob Tibbs was one of the nicest men I have had the pleasure of knowing. Always friendly, smiling and a genuine man who was proud of his family. We had many good times and laughs bowling and I always looked forward to visiting with him. My sincere condolences.

  20. I was sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. My condolences in your time of sorrow.

  21. Clint and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Bob was such a kind, sweet gentleman. He will be missed.
    A sweet reunion in Heaven with Bob Jr. 🙏🏻❤️

  22. Debbie – So sorry for the loss of your dad. You and your family are in our prayers.

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