Herman Abel Ibach

May 13, 1928July 20, 2018

Herman Abel Ibach, 90, passed away July 20, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on May 13, 1928. After graduating from Landon High School, he served in the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard.

Herman had a long career as a construction supervisor and retired from James M. Barker Construction Company. He was a devoted member of Hogan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He was also very active in the local community where he was Santa Claus for 26 years and was a member of the Saint Andrews Society, the Morocco Shrine, the Local Carpenters Union, Gator Clowns, and the Landon Alumni Association. Herman loved his family and friends. He was dearly loved by everyone, and he will be deeply missed.

Herman is survived by his wife, Louise McDonald Ibach, his children, Darby Frick, Dana Ibach, Deborah Joyeusaz, Michael Ellison, and Regina Almand. He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren, Charles Simpson, Melissa Martin, April Priester, Kyle Ellison, Angela Brown, Carey Frick, and Shelly Frick, 7 great grandchildren, and his brother, John Ibach.

A viewing will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:30am Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218. A Memorial Gathering will be held after graveside services at 12:30pm at Hogan Baptist Church, 8045 Hogan Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.


  • Louise McDonald Ibach, Wife
  • Darby Frick, Daughter
  • Dana Ibach, Son
  • Deborah Joyeusaz, Daughter
  • Regina Almand, Daughter
  • Michael Ellison, Son
  • John Ibach, Brother
  • His grandchildren, Charles Simpson, Melissa Martin, April Priester, Kyle Ellison, Angela Brown, Carey Frick, and Shelly Frick, 7 great grandchildren.


  • Viewing Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Memorial Gathering Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Herman Abel Ibach

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Sarah Riggins

August 4, 2018

I am a member of Hogan Baptist Church and have been blessed to know both Herman and Louise.
Herman was a quiet and kind man, Louise a sweet devoted partner to him.
They were so cute together being Santa and Mrs Claus. They brightened so many children's lives at Christmas time.
Herman was sick for quite a while and Louise was right by his side every minute. You could feel the strong love they shared.
I pray Louise will reflect on the wonderful years they had together and the fun times because that is what Herman would want her to do.
He will truly be missed by everyone. He was so loved by his big family and his church family.
We will continue loving on Louise and doing work for our Lord as Herman would want us to do.
May God Bless and comfort the family and lift Louise up!

Sarah Riggins

Brent Burnett

July 26, 2018

I am so sad to hear this. Herman was a great ambassador for the Highland Games for so long and was there when my brother and I started competing 20 years ago. He was always happy to see us and talk. We will miss you Herman.

Ron Yarborough

July 25, 2018

What a great man of God.shared many laughs with him.

Tracy Baker Williams

July 25, 2018

Herman will be missed by all who knew him. He always showed great thanks and support to me when I was a highland dancer. His passion for Scottish heritage started our local games. Hugs and prayers to all his family.

David McDonald

July 25, 2018

Uncle Herman was loved by all and shared his love with everyone that he met. We miss him and his charity will always be remembered as he entertained us with his stories that made us laugh as well as his Santa Claus spirit throughout the year. He was a godsend to our entire family and kept a wonderful outlook on life and family that he shared with others. We miss him and will see him again, with Christ, in the blink of an eye!

Love always, David & Kevin McDonald

John and Rosemarie Joyner

July 24, 2018

Uncle Herman was wonderful to have as an Uncle.He was a dear, kind man. When I was 4 or 5 years old, Uncle Herman bought me a little sailor suit and a box of balloons for my birthday...and that's how I learned about giving gifts. I never forgot that lesson he taught me. I also recall that when I attended the Hogan Baptist Summer Camp, my uncle Herman was my Camp Counselor. I will always cherish his wonderful kindness and I will miss Uncle Herman greatly.
Missing you,
Johnny Joyner