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William A. Bibart

Bill passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born June 14, 1945 in Newark, Ohio, the son of James and Helen (Munkachy) Bibart. Bill graduated from Newark High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master’s degree from Central Michigan University. For 25 years he had taught business at Garber High School in Essexville until his retirement in 1994.

In his free time Bill enjoyed spending time in the Petoskey area, boating, fishing with his grandchildren, fly fishing, golfing and coaching football and swim. Bill had lived in Essexville for 40 years and was a member of the Bay City Elks.

In 1969 in Henderson, Kentucky he married Karen Bland who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Ashley (Kyle) Nelson of Plainwell, James (Carla) Bibart of Huntington Woods and Allyson (Dave) Rademacher of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jackson, Sofia, William, Aiden and Alex and his siblings, Dick (Lois) Bibart and Mary (Gerry) Billy.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private family gathering will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

or to

Christian Neighbors


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Tom Reed

August 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP.


richard lehmann (tony)

August 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Jim, I understand such a loss, I too lost my father years ago. Prayers to you and your family from Donna and I.

If you need anything at all please let us know. Both Donna and I and the Men’s Club will be there fore you.

Tony and Donna.


Dale Hahn

August 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm

I would like to say how very sorry to hear of Bill passing. He was really a very nice guy in high school. May our Lord give you peace in the days to come. My condolences. Dale Hahn


Ralph Howard, Jr.

August 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. We graduated from Newark High School, Newark, Ohio in 1963. We played baseball for Kaiser in the Babe Ruth League and won the championship in 1960. May GOD comfort this family in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow.


Judy Franklin

August 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It was good to see him at the 50th reunion. We had such a good time. My thoughts are with his family.


Julie Kramer

August 22, 2019 at 11:04 am

In so sorry to here the passing of Mr. Bibart. He taught me Accounting at GHS and I remember him allowing me and my friends do a Winnie the Pooh and Tigger bulletin board in his room. I will always remember him fondly. My condolences to his family.

Julie “Akers” Kramer


Rosemary Hill

August 22, 2019 at 11:30 am

Karen, Ashley, Jim, and Allison, I am so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. What a great friend and neighbor. My family will hold you all in our prayers. Hugs from Kaczmarek Ct.


John VanLooy

August 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Karen, Ashley, James and Ally,

I was shocked and saddened to be looking at the obituary page of the Times for the time of another friends funeral and discover Bill’s. You have Johnlyn’s and my deepest sympathy. I’ll always remember him as the Charley’s Aunt who could do a back flip. His usually calm demeanor and sense of humor will be missed.

John and Johnlyn VanLooy


Katy Velliquette

August 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm

I’m very sorry to hear of the death of your loved one, Bill. Although I didn’t know him, I know how real the pain of losing a loved one is. Something that has always brought me comfort and a real hope is the promise found in the Scriptures concerning our deceased loved ones. The Scriptures promise we will see our loved ones again under paradise conditions right here on earth. Notice John 5:28, 29 says: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” Yes, they will come out in perfect health to a beautiful new earth in which God promises to “swallow up death forever.” (Isaiah 25:8; 2 Peter 3:13) Until that wonderful time, may you continue to find deep comfort in the “God of all comfort,” Jehovah, and in his wonderful promises for the future. Again, my sincerest condolences are with your family during this very difficult time.


Shirley (Cline) Padgett

August 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

I was sad to see Mr Bibart’s obit here on FB. Just wanted to let you know he was one of the BEST TEACHER’s I had at Garner High school. He was there for me when I was suffering a lot of bullying, and taught me a lot on life. Because of him, the bullying ended. He was such a wonderful man. My condolences and prayers for all who loved him. May he Rest In Peace.


Susan Topp

August 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Mr. Bibart was one of my favorite teachers at Garber High School as I was in Accounting I and II. Sending prayers and condolences to his family. May he RIP.


Mark and Brenda Adams

August 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Sorry for your loss prayers are with you and your family. Bill was a great man. Mark and Brenda Adams


Ashley (Crosby) Russell

August 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm

So sorry to see this. Thought and prayers to all of you!


Doug Crosby

August 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Mr. Bibart was my instructor and coach in high school. I always thought he was a really cool guy. I’ve thought of him often in the past years. RIP Mr. Bibart. Glad to have known you.


Marilyn and Jerry Bechtel

August 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm

We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It was fun talking to Bill about our vegetable gardens and checking to see how fast everything was growing. Bill always had a smile and a big wave when he saw his neighbors. Jerry and I extend our sympathy to you, Karen, and your family. God has a way of keeping wonderful memories alive to help you through those difficult days.


Maureen Nelson

August 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

My heart goes out to the entire Bibart family at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Bill. He was always so kind and generous to me. I always felt so welcomed at the Bibarts. I hope all of you will find peace and consolation in the great memories you share and the support you receive from family and friends. I know he will be greatly missed.


Jennifer Hubbard (Hessling)

August 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Mr. Bibart was the reason I decided to go into business as a career. I will be forever grateful! Rest In Peace.


diane m bryant

August 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Karen and family- so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I too am grieving as Ned passed away Aug. 8th. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Diane


Pam Rose

August 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Bill was an athlete and a very popular guy at NHS. He was a good friend to me. So sorry for your loss. Losing a husband, dad, or grandpa is traumatic. RIP Bill.


Ellen Czerwinski

August 22, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Karen, I send my condolences to you and your family in the death of Bill. Bill was a special friend – always a gentleman. Will always miss his warm smile. May he Rest In Peace.


Dan & Rae Harfst

August 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

Karen, Allison, Ashley, and Jim, Our hearts are heavy learning that Bill has died but we know he’s at peace and no pain with Jesus. Dan treasured the 25 years Bill spent at Garber. He was a teacher that you never had to worry about doing the right thing. He was hilarious in Charley’s Aunt and a great football and swim coach. Curt and Craig both learned to swim from him. We so wish we could see each of me in f you and get a hug from each. Treasure the memories. We will. God hold you all in the palm of His hand.


Dan and Sandy Webb

August 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. I know your special memories will help you through these very difficult days and months ahead. Hugs to you all.


Twila (Schorger) Odendahl

August 23, 2019 at 6:39 am

Lovingly remembering Bill and sad to read this.

There are many fond memories that I have growing up next door, on Cottage Street, to the Bibart family.


Bud Carlson

August 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Saddened at the news of Bill passing. Some of my favorite memories playing Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Newark include Bill . He was a good ball player and a good friend all through school. His mother was a good friend of my mothers. His uncle Bill Munkachy was a mentor to me. His grandfather taught me much about wood working. Great family. I am so glad I got to see him when he was here for his 50th reunion.


Barb and Tom Mehnert

August 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Our sincere condolences to the Bibart family. He was a good friend and nice guy. We remember many fun times.


Tina VanOchten

August 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Dear Karen and family

John and I are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. It is unbelievable sorrowful to lose your spouse. I hope you will be surrounded by your children, grandchildren, family and friends for support.

I have fond memories of Bill at GHS. Being in Charley’s Aunt together was a hoot. Also after school staff gatherings, golfing, end of the year volleyball at my home are long lasting memories of camaraderie I cherish. I am glad to read of the many hobbies Bill enjoyed in retirement.

Our deepest sympathy

Tina VanOchten


Bonnie Darby

August 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm


I am so so sorry for your loss- I hope that each time you see a twinkling star, you think of him and the wonderful times you had together.


Joe & Lin Todey

August 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Bill’s passing brought back so many memories of the good times. Let those memories sustain you as you think of our times up North, ski trips, Springbrook, chaperoning a ski trip of students in 1975, and so many more. He was an outstanding person, a great teacher/coach, and a guy we all loved to be around.


Steve and Maura Hoduts

August 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss, sending prayers of comfort to your family. Steve and Maura Hodits


Don and Shirley Fee

August 24, 2019 at 8:53 am

Dick and Lois,

So very sorry to hear about your brother’s death. Thoughts and prayers for you and Bill’s family.


Garry Sumerix

August 24, 2019 at 11:28 am

Marcia and I are very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Our condolences to Karen and thea family.


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