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David E. Kibler, Sr.

Born April 10, 1956

David E. Kibler, Sr., age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Born in Chester, PA on April 10, 1956, David was a son of the late Elwood C. Kibler, Sr. and Elizabeth A. (Stinson) Kibler. He made his career as a daily and over the road union truck driver.

Active in the volunteer fire community, David was a member of the Upland, Brandywine Hundred , and Minquadale Fire Companies. In 1999, he served as past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Post No. 074. David loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brother, Elwood Woody Kibler, Jr. and sister, Kathleen Wagner. He is survived by his children, David Hammerer (Jen), Steven Hammerer (Rebbecca), David E. Kibler, Jr. (Brenda), Christine Kibler (Arnie), and K’lynn Kibler (Chris); sisters, Cheryl A. Thompson and Donna Anderson; and grandchildren, Harry, Mackenzie, Christopher, Tyler, Peyton, Tessa, Memphis, Grayce, Christian, Eva, and Weston.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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  • My condolences to his family, you’re all in my prayers. Dave was my friend and my brother. He was a tough guy with a heart of gold. Truly one of a kind. We shared so many laughs and memories that I will never forget. I’ll miss you “Big D”, until we meet again. Love, Dan “Lil D” Farley

  • I will definitely miss you. Always had a good laugh when around you. I’ve learned a lot from you with things you taught me here and there about the fire service and other countl things. You had a great heart and personality and sense of humor. You fought a good fight through all of this. Really broke my heart hearing you past but I know that you are now in a better place with no more pain. You may be gone but I will never forget you. Love ya Dave.

  • K’lynn & family I am so sorry for your loss! He was a kind and special man! I feel blessed to have known him. Deepest sympathy!

    Love Tina & Alyrose
    Avallone

  • Dave Kibler was a wonderful father,grandfather, & firefighter. Rip Dave you will be dearly missed by your family & your Fire Company Families.

  • I still can’t believe it I knew Dave From him being a Fellow Firefighter also a Fellow Teamster. Gonna Miss how He use to Mess with Me all the times I seen him. My Thoughts & Prayers are With the Kibler / Thompson family during this emotional time. R.I.P. Dave this is Not Goodbye But Until We Meet Again My Friend…

  • RIP uncle Dave, sure gonna miss your jokes and that handsome smile, say hi to everyone up there love you!!

  • David, your loss is felt throughout Delaware. You were so much fun. With you there was always laughter. Your love for your family was everything to you. Know that the feelings were returned ten fold. I have witnessed the great love of your sisters and children. It was always present in your eyes and theirs. I pray for your family and friends, because they are the ones that must go on without you. I know you are happy and raising all kinds of orneriness and joyful laughter up there with the lord. Your Mom and Dad, Kathy, and Woody are rejoicing you have joined them. May you rest in peace dear friend, and know that you will never be forgotten on earth, at least until we all meet again. Love.

  • RIP Dave grew up together laughing and having fun

  • Rip dave

  • May he rest easy and pain free now, sorry I couldn’t be there to say goodbye, you will be dearly missed. Say hi to everyone up there waiting for us… my thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need

  • Dear K’lynn, Chris and family,

    Sending love and prayers for all you.

    I pray the Lord strengthen you and keep you in the palm of His hand. Remember the smiles and the happy times with your Dad.

    Love,
    Margie and Robin

  • My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family. He was a sweet man who always made me smile. You’ll be missed by many Keebe. Prayers and thoughts for the Kibler family.

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family of Dave Kibler. Dave was a very kind person; always had a joke and loved to make people smile. He truly loved his family, his firehouse and his friends. Dave was a very caring and compassionate person who will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

    With Deepest sympathy,
    Deb Mancini Deveney

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s family. A good (funny) guy will be missed

  • Rest easy my friend. You will be truly missed by everyone. Keep on having fun up in heaven. I love you.

  • For every day we live and breathe, the next is never guaranteed.

    Our father lived as wonderful a life as he possibly could. He enjoyed every possible moment with his family and prospering from what the great outdoors provided. Although, of the many things he did – or claimed he did, some were never easy. As awkward as it was, he always had an ability to make people laugh and smile.

    Illness would fall upon him over the past few years. Beginning earlier this year this illness would take him down a path that led him through an arduous journey which ended on September 21, 2017.

    This journey came to an end beginning with the gracious offer of an organ transplant. Optimistically hopeful, it seemed only like a dream if he were to ever receive this call. It wasn’t until the surgery began that the surgeons would learn the true extent of dad’s illness and it’s complications. The hope of extending dad’s life suddenly changed to counting our blessings that he at least survived the operation – albeit cut dramatically short.

    Last week’s nightmare was not anyone’s fault. It was actually the result of a true gift. The gift of an organ donation is what led us down the path to where we are now, celebrating the life of our father. We ask that you please strongly consider giving to the Gift of Life Donor Program. Any contribution is meaningful and rewarding.

    In mourning,
    David Christopher, Steven, Crissy, and K’Lynn

  • I knew Dave for many years, as a Sta. 11 firefighter and friend. He was always loyal and kind, and a good friend, with a great sense of humor. RIP.

  • To my dear Kibler Family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of Uncle Dave. I am thinking of you all during this time. Love and miss you all. Love Jenn

  • We all in the dance world will miss Dave. He was the most caring man and was always telling jokes. When I was line dancing I always joked with him trying to get him on the dance floor. He was very caring to all and would give the shirt off his back to anyone. I will miss him, but will always remember how we interacted with each other at tailgates. Rest in piece my friend and we shall meet again some day.

  • I will remember Dave for the friendship he had with my brother Tom. Dave was very good to Tom. Rest in peace Dave. Condolences to the family.

    Maria Paciona

  • I am truly sorry for the loss of your father. I know you spent endless hours arranging care for him in and out of the hospital, making phone calls for appointments and medical information. Reading about your father, he seemed like a wonderful father and friend and lived life to the fullness with appreciation. Our condolences to you and your family. With sympathy, Gabi, Shawn and Hannah Evans