Karl Melvin Sibert, 86, of Cedar Rapids died Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Meadowview Memory Care. Services at 1:00 PM on Wednesday at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Entombment in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Karl was born June 26th, 1932 to Mae Sibert in Wright Twp, (Confidence) Wayne County, IA.
He was raised on the Sibert family farm in Confidence, Iowa. In the 6th grade he dropped out of school and worked for his grandparents. For several years, he worked odd jobs just to make ends meet. His first marriage was short lived, where he had three children, Peggy, Melvin, and Sandra. Those three children were given up for adoption, by their mother, before Karl had a chance to fight for them. Karl never forgot his three children, and eventually found them again in 1977.
In 1955, he met Marlene Kitzman on a blind date and they married on February 19th, 1956 in What Cheer, Iowa. Karl and Marlene had their son, Randy Lee Sibert on September 1, 1956, they were both proud parents. In February 1962, they adopted their daughter, Karla Sue Sibert, to make their family complete. Karl, was a hard working a man, never without a job, and provided for his family as he could. Karl worked as a welder for Iowa Manufacturing/Cedarapids Inc. for 48 years, with retiring in 1998. He worked every chance he had, mowing lawns, working for Glen Miller, Alpha Crush Stone, and many others, while still employed by Iowa Manufacturing. He had stories of “Partying with Howard Hall at the Brucemore Mansion” where he met the famous “Lions of Howard Hall”. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Most of all, a hard working individual that loved his family, and all of his fury four legged, grandanimals.
He celebrated his 60th Wedding anniversary with his wife Marlene, in a nursing home after breaking his left hip, in February 2016. He is survived by his son Randy (Cindy) of Cedar Rapids, daughter Karla of rural Palo, son Melvin, duaghter Sandra, and all those family members in Texas. Grandchildren; CarrieAnn (Tab), Ryan, and Amanda of Cedar Rapids. Three Great grandchildren, Zackery and Maddison Richards, Jaden Chapman of Cedar Rapids. Great great grandson, Aspen. One brother in-law, Charles Kitzman and wife Neisha of Cedar Rapids,IA, Sister in-laws; Julie Sibert of Newton Ia. Many nieces and nephews as well. He is survived by a special family member, his dog Duke! And all of 4 legged animals he adored at his daughter’s acreage.
Karl was proceeded in death by his wife Marlene (Kitzman) Sibert, mother Mae (Sibert) Greene, step father Ferman L “FL”.Greene, brother Adolph “Joe” Sibert, sister, Elizabeth Pelock, sister in law Roberta (Kitzman) Haupert, brother in law Mark Haupert, nephew Craig Kitzman, Daughter Peggy Williams and his granddaughter Christina Marie Sibert.
Thank you to everyone who helped Karl and his family during his last 10 years of life, while he fought his Lewy Body Dementia. Karl was a proud hard working individual, his determination on whatever he was facing at the time, was apparent to those whose life he touched. He will always be remembered as a man who could and would do anything for others, before himself. He was a strong man who never gave up, until the end.