Frederick "Ted" William Tibbetts

February 2, 1941June 8, 2019

TIBBETTS, FREDERICK WILLIAM “Ted” age 78, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at home with his family. Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Reigle Funeral Home, 5501 W. Pierson Road, Flushing, MI 48433. Deacon Ron Kenney officiating. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation will be  Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. Ted was born February 2, 1941 in Flint, MI the son of Russell and Ruth (Sinn) Tibbetts. Ted proudly served in the U.S. Army with one tour of duty in Vietnam. He married the love of his life Carole Barron on June 10, 1967 . Ted worked for General Motors for 30 years retiring in 1990. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading books but most of all he enjoyed time with his family, playing games, teasing the grandchildren and sitting by the campfire at the cabin. Surviving are wife of 51 years Carole, children; Joseph (Rebecca) Tibbetts of Davison, Thomas (Susan) Tibbetts of Flushing, Julie (Troy) Miller of Clio, Andrea (Michael) Johnson of Pellston, grandchildren; Bryna, Adam, Megan, Emily, Keon, Christina, Randi and Cody, brothers; David (Kathleen) Tibbetts of Flushing, Phillip Tibbetts of Perry and many nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; John, Patrick, James and sister Barbara Burns. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Area 13 Special Olympics (envelopes will be available at the funeral home). Condolences may be left On-Line at


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, June 13, 2019


Frederick "Ted" William Tibbetts

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Tim Edwards

June 11, 2019

I am very sorry to hear about Ted’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

kathleen tibbetts

June 11, 2019

Dave, Kathy and Family are sad with Ted's passing! We wish His Carole and Kids, COMFORT, CONTENTMENT & KINDNESS!!! TED was a Wonderful Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Grandfather! HE WAS LOVED!!! Thank You TED (my Brother) for your MILITARY SERVICE

Heidi Richards-Dingman

June 11, 2019

Last night as my daughter Elisabeth emotionally shared a memory with me of her Uncle Ted, she was struggling to even speak. I found myself saying to her, "right now these memories are painful honey, but in time you will find them comforting." After saying that, I realized that I had been purposefully pushing the many great moments my husband Dave, my children Blake & Elisabeth and I have shared over the years with my sister Carole and my brother-in-law, Ted. I knew that even though it would be painful, I had to think about some of those memories and realize how blessed we all are to have had Ted be such a huge part of our lives!!

So here's to you Ted - !! From dead fish down nightgowns, to shooting a 22 out your dining room window, military-style haircuts up North for you and Dave, plate-size blueberry pancakes, middle of the night trips to the casino, driving the worst parts of Grand Rapids to see if we could spot any ladies of the night, antiquing in Canada, boat rides, fishing, driving around looking for deer and arguing about "skippy" control (hahaha),..we were partners in business and partners in crime!!! How did we ever survive some of our crazy-town antics??

I will think of your often Ted, with a huge void in my heart!! I will think of you often Ted, with a lot of love!! I will think of you often Ted, and you will be missed brother!!!

I hold your family in my arms - I will try and give them comfort. They will miss you so!!

Ken Boyd

June 10, 2019

Sorry to hear of Teddy's passing. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. Many of the family will not remember me. I shared happy memories with the family while growing up in Flint running with Phil and Jimmy Lechota.

May you rest in peace Teddy.

Kenny Boyd
Sugar Land, Texas

Ronald & Beckie King

June 10, 2019

Dearest Carole and family,

We are so sad to learn of Ted. Our hearts ache for you. We had so many wonderful times with you and your family. Ted was a good friend and an all around good guy. May you find some peace reliving all the beautiful memories you shared together. Your friendship and Ted's is a gift we will cherish always. We will keep you in our heart, thoughts & prayers. Love to you. Beckie & Ron