Obituary

Henry D. Hiebert, Jr.

1941-2018

Henry D. Hiebert, Jr. died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Deer Trail, CO on January 22, 2018. Henry was the third child of Henry D. Sr., and Ruth Doris Hiebert, both who preceded him in death. He is survived by his second wife, Ilona Bird Hiebert, his first wife, Ladean Lentzner Hiebert Cameron, Golden, CO; two daughters, Melissa Hiebert McKnight, Castle Rock, CO and LeAnn Hiebert Fritzler, Denver, CO;  6 siblings: Eva Hiebert Klink, Johnstown, CO; RuthAnn Hiebert, Salem OR; Linda Hiebert Sekiguchi, Minden, NV; David Hiebert, Scottdale, PA; Elsie Hiebert Lamp Dickerson; Malad City, ID; Erna Hiebert Haskins, Blackfoot, ID and step daughters, Nadja Bird Anderson, Juneau, AK and Thalia Bird Yates, Arvada, CO; and numerous grandchildren, in-laws  and step grandchildren.

Henry was born on April 1, 1944 in Newport, WA. In addition to Newport, Washington, he lived in Aberdeen, ID; North Newton, KS, while a student at Bethel College; Henderson and Beatrice NB; Arvada and Wheatridge CO; before his move to Deer Trail, CO where he moved to find grazing land for his horses. He was working toward his dream of living in Alaska, where he had been successful in hunting adventures.

As skilled hunter, Henry bagged lots of game, including elk, deer and antelope in multiple states each hunting season. On one trip to Alaska, he got a bear and proudly displayed the rug in his home. Some years he would tag deer from Idaho, Wyoming and his home state of Colorado. He was an outfitter-guide for other hunters’ trips into the Rocky Mountains, using his skill and equipment to help others realize their dreams.

He loved fishing and boating, kindly included his extended family in this recreational activity at  many family reunion events. Some favorite memories are from Eleven Mile, and Horsetooth reservoirs, CO; American Falls and Palisades reservoirs, ID and Lake Powell. 

Henry served as a conscientious objector during the Viet Nam War era, working at the State Home and Training School for Mental Defectives, Wheatridge,  CO  during his two+ year term of service. The voluntary service unit provided many hours of fellowship for the guys away from home. Later he also he volunteered both in Colorado and in other areas with Mennonite and Methodist disaster services.

Henry was a ballplayer and excelled in the Denver area fast-pitch softball league. He loved his horses and supported his step-daughters’ in their competitive horse riding.

Following his Voluntary Service term, Henry worked as grounds crew foreman for the Lutheran Hospital in Wheatridge and supervised the grounds crew at Crown Hill cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO. Later, as a freelance maintenance and landscape contractor, his extended family joked about his “office” in a McDonald’s, where he contacted many of his customers and co-workers.

Henry sang in the Trinity United Methodist church Choir, but the distance between Deer Trail and Denver disrupted his connection in later years. One seasonal tradition included a trip to cut Christmas trees for residences and churches, some of them as large as 20’ tall.

The extended family has set up a memorial fund in memory of Henry’s mother Ruth Doris Hiebert, 1915-1979. You may contribute to this fund: The Ruth Doris Hiebert Memorial, c/o Bethel College, North Newton, KS 67114 Memo: Mennonite Library and Archives

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