Roy John Sibbing, 82, of Hawthorne, CA went home to the Lord on March 10, 2007 after a valiant fight against cancer. He was born in Quincy, IL to George and Emma Sibbing on October 27, 1924. In 1949 he married Evelyn, the love of his life, and in 1952 they and their first daughter moved to Hawthorne which he called home for the past 55 years. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 58 years, daughters Linda (Wayne) Mohr of Banning, CA, Cheryl (Dr. Robert) Summerer of Helena, MT, and Janice (Andrew) Nelson of Fullerton, CA and grandchildren, Jennifer and Kevin Mohr, Julie Becky and Amy Summerer, and Matt and Emily Nelson. Also surviving Roy is his sister Rosene Lehner of Quincy, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was first and foremost a loving husband, father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed time with his seven grandchildren whom he fondly referred to as his "Magnificent Seven". He proudly served his country during World War II as a sailor in the Navy. Roy served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters on the USS Lee Fox (DE-65), and he remained active in the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. Roy worked as an aerospace machinist and retired from Rockwell International Corp. after 32 years. While employed there he had the privilege to work on a number of important projects including the space shuttle and the B-1 bomber.
Services will be held on Thursday, March 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hawthorne at noon. Viewing will be from 10-11 am at McCormick Mortuary in Hawthorne before the service. Graveside service will be at the Riverside Veterans National Cemetery (Staging Area 2) on Friday, March 16 at 9:15 am. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Haven Hospice.