Jack F. Libby, Janesville, WI, (1933-2014)
April 1, 1933 - August 24, 2014
Jack F. Libby, was a youthful 81 year old, who bravely battled cancer with the same determination and strength from his younger days. He was called to his eternal home to be with his Heavenly Father and his beloved wife on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at home in Janesville. He was born in Afton, WI, on April 1, 1933, the son of Frank and Violet (Hanson) Libby. He married Barbara Birkholz in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 9, 1955. Jack was a faithful, longtime member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. With all of his heart, he loved the Lord, his beloved late wife, Barbara Ann (Birkholz), his four daughters and families. He grew up in a farming family, and in high school, Jack worked as a mechanic. Jack was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1953, where he earned his Paratrooper Wings and was a member of the Paratroopers 11th Airborne Division. He was proud and honored to have served his country. In 1960, Jack became a Janesville Firefighter and retired in 1970. He worked as a plumber, then opened a successful business, Libby Plumbing. He enjoyed his cabin on the lake which he built in phases as he earned the money. It was at that cabin where he taught his daughters to fish and boat. Jack was pleased knowing that his cabin was a place for his family to make memories. He cherished their fish stories and adventures. Jack received his pilot's license and was thrilled to fly his single engine Piper airplane. He impressed us with assembling a Willy's Jeep from a box of parts. Jack enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing, woodworking, scuba diving, flying and traveling to Europe with his wife. Jack and his wife collected many antique lamps and tables and enjoyed disbursing to their daughters. He went on a few mission trips overseas to help churches in need. In his retirement he kept busy with volunteering at St. Paul's Church and School, making needed repairs and improvements. He also kept busy with numerous fishing trips to his cabin, spending time with friends and gardening. His gardens covered his lawn like a landscape. He met a special friend, Rheta, who helped him through the difficult times after his beloved wife passed. She was a tremendous blessing during his illness, which he and his daughters were grateful for. She taught him how to dance. Her companionship to Dad was a blessing. Jack was a devout Christian who was knowledgeable with God's Word and hosted a weekly Bible study with his daughters and special friend. He was an amazing mentor to his grandchildren; he referred to them as “troops and soldiers”. He always laughed as each of his girls said, “dad likes me best”. He was proud of each and every member of his family. His generosity to others with words of wisdom, anonymous donations, and unselfish acts of kindness is a legacy well worth living up to. One of his goals in life was to instill a good work ethic and to provide guidance and knowledge to all. He will be remembered as an inspiration to future generations. Jack has touched the lives of many.
Jack is survived by his four daughters: Cindy (Paul) Bertagnoli, Betsy (Greg) Nelson, Jackie (Greg) Perry and Ann (Bob) Sarow; 12 grandchildren: Dan (LeAnn) Bertagnoli, Sarah (Joe) Robinson, Rachel (Jimbo) Lambert, Rebekah (Justin) Weberg, Jimmy, Paul and Luke Nelson, Jacob and Jessica Perry and Joe, Jack and Emily Sarow; six great-grandchildren: Cole and Caidee Bertagnoli, Brett and Haley Robinson, Roy Lambert and Ryder Weberg; three siblings: Pat Koch, Shirley Friedrick, and Johnny Libby; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; bother, Orrin Libby; brother in law, LeRoy Koch; great-grandson, Caleb Bertagnoli.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, and again on the day of service from Noon until the time of service at the CHURCH. Memorials may be made to the Parking Lot Fund at St Paul's Lutheran Church Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
THANK YOU, LORD, FOR OUR DAD AND THE LEGACY HE LEAVES BEHIND. ALL WHO KNEW HIM WERE FORTUNATE, THOSE WHO DID NOT, MISSED KNOWING A HARDWORKING, DETERMINED, WISE, AND GENEROUS MAN. WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! HE WILL BE MISSED ON EARTH, AND WITH OUR MOTHER, HE WILL BE HELD IN OUR HEARTS AND WE WILL BE REUNITED WITH THEM AGAIN IN OUR HEAVENLY HOME. WE WERE TRULY BLESSED TO BE RAISED BY PARENTS WITH TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN FAMILY VALUES.