Courtland W. Lybarger, 98, of Granite City, died at 4:25 a.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born July 27, 1915, in Madison, a son of the late Charley and Nancy (Jones) Lybarger. He married Dorothy Elizabeth (Pumphrey) Lybarger on Dec. 31, 1937 in Washington, MO, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 1999.
Courtland retired in 1980 as the owner and operator of Lybarger Construction after a lifetime of dedicated service as a contractor throughout the area. The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during World War II and was the recipient of numerous medals and recognitions. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Granite City Elks Lodge No. 1063 and a member of the American Legion for 60 years. He enjoyed his days of fishing and will be remembered for his love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Harold Sabo of Granite City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jon and Judy Lybarger of Claypool, IN, and Jeffrey and Catherine Lybarger of Atlanta, GA; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ronald Lybarger of Florida and Charles and Jene Lybarger of Effingham; three sisters, Shirley Rapoff of Granite City, Charlene Burns of Granite City and Janice Rice of Granite City; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter; two brothers, Jim Lybarger and Leonard Lybarger and two sisters, Ruth Nicholas and Clova Mae Howard.
In celebration of his life, visitation was at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, with the Rev. Charles West officiating and honors from the Elks Lodge and U.S. Navy. Graveside services followed at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Centralia. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Care Corporation, P.O. Box 222, Chatham, IL 62629 and may be accepted at the funeral home.