Robert H. Libert
WESTVILLE — Robert H. Libert, 84, well-known automobile salesman, formerly of Westville, passed away at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Hawthorne Inn, Danville.
“Lib,” as he was known to several friends, was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Georgetown, to Alpha and Sophia M. Serepin Libert. The family later moved to Westville.
Bob married Norma Ellis Aug. 30, 1953, at the Ridge Farm Friends Church. She passed away Nov. 14, 2007.
Surviving are his brother, Gene A. (Burney) Libert, of Pleasanton, Calif., and 11 nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his little dachshund, Heidi, who will miss him dearly but who has been adopted by a friend.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Ernest.
Bob and his brothers grew up playing in Westville with their friends and relatives. His stories of fishing in Grape Creek, playing ball, going to dances and drinking at Susie’s Soda Fountain made you feel as if you were there. He spoke lovingly of his parents, Uncle Frank, Aunt Pauline, his grandparents, brothers and friends.
He graduated Westville High School in 1945 where he was quite the athlete. He was active in football, basketball and high jump. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan after the war. He played basketball for the troops along with his Westville friends who also joined the service and went on to play for the Yankee Farm Team in Roanoke, Va. He also played basketball for two years at Butler University and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and was able to visit Butler last year with his friend Rita Delanois.
He was a member of the Westville American Legion Post 51. He enjoyed bowling and golfing. He co-organized and helped with the annual Maggert-Libert Golf Tournament for 41 years.
Bob’s sales career lasted for 62 years, first at the former Barkman Chevrolet Dealership in Danville and later as general manager of Green Chevrolet. The last two years of his life he’d been busy with his friend Rita and her family. He called her children his stepchildren. They included him in many family gatherings. Rita’s love and visits these past four months gave him a reason to live.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Ridge Farm Friends Church, with Pastor Ron Drage officiating. Burial, with full military rites by Westville American Legion, will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Ridge Farm. Visitation: 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials can be made to the Ridge Farm Friends Church, the Foundation of Vermilion County Animal Control, Ridgeview Baptist Church or C.A.R.A. Shelter, all in care of Robison Chapel.
“Hokey Dokey,” see you later buddy.
Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling the arrangements.