LaVelle Oscar Hibbs

LaVelle Oscar Hibbs, 94, of New London, died Sunday, January 28, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born June 17, 1929 in Sheridan, Missouri, the son of Leonardis Oscar and Elva Edna Lantz Hibbs.

LaVelle was a 1947 graduate of Sheridan High School.  Immediately after graduation, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marines, taking his basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  He served as a Clerical Typist in Honolulu, Hawaii from November 1947 until November 1949, returning to Camp Pendelton, California.  He was honorably discharged as a Sargeant after five years of service.  On February 20, 1966, he married Berdita Mae Mosbey in Trenton, Missouri.  He retired from the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, and for 38 years worked at H and R Block during tax season. He was a member of the New London Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, was treasurer of the New London Lions Club, member of the New London VFW Post #7641, Dollars for Scholars, and Dover Museum.  LaVelle loved his family, sipping coffee and Coors Banquet and a smoke, Casey’s, Old Threshers, fires, his Ford Ranger, hot weather and talking about the weather, visiting with anyone anywhere, and selling wreathes for the Lions Club.

LaVelle is survived by his wife Berdita; daughters LaVita Hibbs and Berdelle (Scott) Severson of New London; stepson Mike (Lori) Jarvis of Franklin; daughters Paulette, Michelle, Brenda and Connie; son Mark; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and three step-sons.

According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and private family burial will be in Burge Cemetery, New London with Military Rites by the Henry County Honor Guard.  On Saturday, February 3, at 1:00 PM in Friendship Hall of the Presbyterian Church, New London, a Time of Reflection will be held with the family receiving friends immediately following until 3:00 PM.  In LaVelle’s honor “Cheers and Beers” will begin at 4:00 PM at the New London VFW Post #7641, 802 East McKinley Street.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the New London Presbyterian Church, VFW, and Fire Department, and Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.  Online condolences may be left at