Harwood J. Tibbits Jr.
January 11, 1936 – November 14, 2013
Harwood Jesse Tibbits, Jr. January 11, 1936 – November 14, 2013 On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Harwood Jesse Tibbits Jr. passed away peacefully. Harwood was born to Jeannette and Harwood J. Tibbits Sr., January 11, 1936, in Tacoma WA. As a child, his family relocated to Spokane, WA. Harwood has four children, Peggy Gustafson (Don), Mike Tibbits (Toni), Scott Tibbits (Stephanie) and Clarke Tibbits (Heidi), as well as his beloved grandchildren, Riley, Madeleine and Sarah. Harwood is also survived by his nieces and nephews. Harwood graduated from Lewis and Clark H.S. and then the University of Washington. While away at college, he met his wife, Donna, and they were married 48 years, September 7, 1957 to March 21, 2006 when Donna sadly passed away. Harwood was very proud to have been a Veteran and served our country in the Air Force, at Randolf Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas from 1958 to 1962. Then he continued serving until January 11, 1996, in the Air National Guard, Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, WA. Harwood retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Harwood was a successful businessman in the Insurance Industry with his firm “H.J. Tibbits and Associates” for 45+ years. Harwood donated many years and much time to “The Jaycee’s” helping people in need. In his younger years he enjoyed bird hunting, fishing and attending sports games that his children played. Camping and boating at neighborhood lakes, San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula were some of his favorite activities and places to visit. Harwood made Priest Lake and Lake Roosevelt as his summer places for many years. Harwood had an avid love for the game of Bridge, Cards and all his Bridge buddies. Harwood was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Donna. We will miss Harwood’s many stories, as he was very well read. A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate “Woody’s” life will be held at St. Mary’s, 304 South Adams Rd., Spokane Valley at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 23rd, with a reception and graveside service to follow. Memorial contributions may be made in Harwood’s memory to: American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org. Arrangements are under the guidance of Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA.
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 23, 2013
Harwood J. Tibbits Jr.
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Rosemary Levernier Yocum
November 22, 2013
Peggy and brothers, I just heard about your dad's passing, and want to express my sympathy. I'll never forget the first time I ever water skied - it was at Priest Lake, with your dad driving the boat. He was a fine man. I know how much you'll all miss him. My deepest condolences to you and your families.
November 21, 2013
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Harwood J. Tibbits, Jr. Ret. L/Col. Air National Guard for your loss, to honor his service (also Air Force) to our country and our patriotic hero.
November 20, 2013
Peggy, Mike, Scott, and Clarke, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I have very fond memories as us all at Priest Lake. My parents often talked about your parents through the years and my dad enjoyed their Thursday lunches. Your parents will be truly missed by my family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.