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Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Jeffrey C. Hibbard

July 28, 1953February 11, 2020
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Jeffrey C Hibbard, 66, of Peoria, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Chillicothe, IL

He was born July 28, 1953 in Peoria, IL to Franklin and Eileen (Mears) Hibbard Jr. He married Sophia T Wu on June 5, 1993. She survives.

Also surviving is his son, Christopher Hibbard of Peoria; three siblings, David (Anna) Hibbard of Fort Worth, TX, Dorothy (Alex) Rubin of Baltimore, MD., and Kathleen Hibbard of Delhi, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister and brother-in-Law, Beth and Chuck Coleman.

Jeff graduated from Bradley University with a Master's Degree in Computer Science. He was a part of Bradley for 43 years before his recent retirement. He created and helped build many of our IT systems on campus, including programs for AcInquire, Webster, class schedules and others that we use every day. From the ability to open doors with your ID card to our ability to accept credit cards, Jeff's work touched most everyone on campus. He was vital to IT and the entire Bradley family. Jeff also loved playing the piano, listening to music and was proud of his collection of over 10,000 songs he had on his phone. He also enjoyed Star Trek, musicals and was an instrument rated pilot.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 15, 2020 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Burial will follow the service at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.davison-fulton.com.

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Cindy Soo

February 15, 2020

Dear Uncle Jeff,

You were the most wonderful, caring Uncle a niece could ask for, and I just wanted to say thank you.I have the most wonderful memories with you as a child, and riding high on top of your shoulders -- you made us feel like we were on top of the world. Getting to ride in your car and listen to rock n roll (and you had the first car phone!) felt like the biggest treat.

I remember when I was 12, I got very upset at something I felt was unfair and like no one understood. I hid myself away in a room, and it was you that came to find me and helped talk to me through my pre-teen feelings.

When I was 14, you were also one of the first people to tell me you thought I sang well. You played the piano while I got to pretend to be the lead of our community musical (which I thought was the coolest that my uncle could just sit down and play any song on the piano). Your encouragement was a positive affirmation at such an important time in my early teen years that I have carried with me into my adulthood.

When I turned 16, I wanted to have a Rock ‘n Roll sweet sixteen birthday party. You took the time to record hundreds of songs from your records onto tapes and mailed them all to our new home in Atlanta so I could have the perfect party. I probably didn’t say thank you enough then, but it absolutely made my birthday.

Even after we moved, you traveled all the way down to Atlanta to see me graduate college and then 10 years later to watch me marry my husband. I am so happy and grateful you were there, and I just wish I had told you earlier and more often of how much it meant to me. Thank you Uncle Jeff, I love you and miss you. <3

Robert McGarrah

February 14, 2020

I first met Jeff in Junior High School around 1967. We shared many common interests, spent hours listening to shortwave radio broadcasts and were always riding our bikes across town to each others houses to work on some sort of electronics project. I will never forget his friendship over all the years. My deepest condolences to Sophia, Chris, and all of his family on his loss.

Allen Smith

February 14, 2020

I have known Jeff since 5th grade when we both attended McCall school here in Canton. Jeff was a kind and thoughtful person and those who knew him liked and respected him. We spoke many times over the years and talked about the 'old' days when we were both in grade school and high school. I will miss my good friend Jeff more than words can tell! Thank you Jeff for being my friend throughout the years! Godspeed my good friend until we meet again!

Ronda Taraboletti

February 14, 2020

I first knew Jeff in high school although he was a year ahead of me. Then when Charlie and I moved to Pekin, I invited him and my friend Cindy to lunch. They hit it off and eventually Christopher was born. As the father of my "nephew", Jeff remained a friend throughout the years.

Eric Gaber

February 13, 2020

I met Jeff in High School and when he worked at the restaurant next to the gas station where I worked. He was always after me to move my car so he could wash the restaurant windows. Jeff and I became good friends and shared a lot of good times together doing the stupid things that teenage boys do. Ranging from Jeff trying to "sail" his 63 Impala across a flooded area near Walnut Creek in Canton to working on cars. Jeff was a good friend and always ready to lend a hand when you needed help. He helped me on several occasions with programming issues when I attended Bradley passing along some helpful shortcuts he knew.
Deb and I send our condolences to the family on their loss. Jeff will be missed.

Monica Reising

February 13, 2020

I met Jeff through my boyfriend, Jonathan Robinson, also a Computer Science Major in 1974. Jeff’s wry sense of humor, his (almost) always faultless logic, and his gentle manner are my fondest memories. We enjoyed many arguments about Star Trek character motivations. He was so sweet with our daughter, Lynne, who called him “Ffej” when she figured out how to reverse his name and he called her “Ennyl” which made her laugh. I was so happy for him when he became a father and it was clear how much he loved his son. We reconnected a couple of years ago but I didn’t know that he had become ill. He was an original soul and will be deeply missed.

Ro bert Clothier

February 13, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff's family and loved ones.
I have many pleasant memories of adventures (misadventures?) which I shared with Jeff. Thank you Jeff for being a good friend.

Steven Dolins

February 13, 2020

My name is Steven Dolins and I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Bradley University. I started at Bradley after Jeff graduated and while he was working for the IT department. I spoke to Jeff many times on the telephone or in-person, either making requests or asking questions. Sometimes I asked really good questions and sometimes I didn't, but he never judged me and he always helped me. After all of my interactions with Jeff, it always made me proud of our department, that we produced such a competent and kind graduate. My sincerest condolences and may his memory be for a blessing.

Marsha Tandy

February 13, 2020

Jeff was a classmate/friend, and one of the nicest fellas you could ever meet. He was a computer guru, and knowledgeable in any IT dilemma. Jeff will be forever missed.

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