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 Milne B “Mil” Kibbee

Milne B “Mil” Kibbee

Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 9 Dec 2013 (aged 82)
Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, USA
Burial Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 121813378 · View Source
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Milne B. "Mil" Kibbee, of Corvallis, Montana, passed away in the loving arms of his bride of nearly 50 years, Monday, December 9, 2013, at Discovery Care Center in Hamilton, Montana, of lung cancer. He was 82.

Mil was born January 21, 1931, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to parents Milne [stage name, Milton] and Lois Kibbee. Mil was the youngest of four children: sisters, Lois and Betty; and brother, Jim.

Mil was born into a show business family. His mother Lois grew up performing on a showboat on the Mississippi River entertaining passengers. His father Mil was a character actor performing in regional theater, and later in film. His sister, Lois, enjoyed acting success in film, theater and most notably on daytime television as Geraldine Whitney Saxon on "The Edge of Night" where she earned four Emmy nominations.

The family moved to Hollywood, California, in 1932 to pursue acting opportunities, where his father, known as Milton, acted in B-Westerns. Mil, however didn't follow in the family's thespian footsteps. Mil graduated from Hollywood High in 1948. Growing up during World War II, and raised by fiercely patriotic parents, Mil sought to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1949 at a Hollywood recruiting office, but was turned away. He heard that they were recruiting cadets in San Francisco, so he promptly hitchhiked to San Francisco and successfully enlisted in the Air Force. Mil never saw the world, but instead was trained as a teletype mechanic and stationed in New Mexico.

Early in 1964, Mil met Betty McClatchy on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend. It didn't bother Mil that Betty was divorced and had two young sons. They were married six weeks later on March 21, 1964. Mil loved his bride, and gladly took on the role of stepdad to sons "Tad" and Troy.

Mil worked as a purchasing agent in aviation, electronics and metallurgy. He became a serial entrepreneur in the '70s and '80s, instilling a "can-do" work ethic in his sons along the way. The Kibbees moved to Corvallis in 2004, following their son, Torin and his wife, Diane Dixon, who moved to Montana in 1998. Mil was an avid reader and amateur historian; he loved to read anything about Abraham Lincoln.

A devoted lover of his Creator-God, he was an American patriot and veteran, a loving husband and father, and a gentle granddad to many. Mil is greatly cherished and will be missed by family and friends.

Mil is survived by his bride of 49 years and nine months, Betty Kibbee; his son, Torin and wife Diane Dixon; youngest son, Troy Kibbee and wife Brenda; seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated care givers who have helped Mil and the rest of the family through his prolonged illness, Aspen Hospice, Discovery Care Center, Hillside Health Care Center, Dr. Kirk Crews, and the physicians at Montana Cancer Center. We would also like to thank the church family from the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene, as well as many friends and neighbors.

A celebration memorial service held at the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene in Victor, Montana, followed by a reception held at 150 South A. Street, Victor. A military interment ceremony held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

- Source: Missoulian | 15 Dec 2013

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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 16 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 121813378
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Milne B “Mil” Kibbee (21 Jan 1931–9 Dec 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 121813378, citing Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .