2013-02-21 / Obituaries

Frank Hibpshman

Frank was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on Sept. 23, 1946, to James William and Lenore Wilma (Olsen) Hibpshman. He passed away on Feb. 11, at home.

Frank was in the U.S. Navy and upon leaving the service became involved in the Laborer's Union. From the late 1970's through the early 1990's he was involved in both the logging and mining industries. These occupations took him to all parts of the state which he thoroughly enjoyed. In his later years he spent spring and summer sitting in the sun reading Louie L'Amour books. In the cold months he could always be found watching old Westerns on TV.

He enjoyed having company as long as they didn't interrupt a Western. He also greatly enjoyed playing cribbage (for a dollar per game) and was known to be fairly lucky at blackjack tables in various gambling meccas. He was a member of the Grub Gulch and Matuca chapters of E Clampus Vitas. Frank loved a good joke and had an infectious laugh.

He leaves behind his daughters Shonna Hibpshman, Jonna Williams, and Shona Medinas; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers, Curt and Tom; and sister, Carol, all of Mariposa. Numerous nieces and nephews spread throughout the United States and many cousins and friends here in Mariposa also survive him. He also leaves behind his favorite aunt, Emma Evans of North Fork; and he will be missed by his niece, Nikki Mitcham, who spent many hours during his last months watching the aforementioned Westerns. His family will miss him.

A private service for family members will be held at a later date.

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every once in a while i check

every once in a while i check out the paper though i havent lived there in years.for about twenty years i lived there the hibpshmans where a big part of my life,hunting , fishin and maybe justa little drinkin. if im not mistakin frank was my sponser going into the clampers ,ECV.SO THIS REALLY HURT MY HEART. i can remember like it was yesterday,frank would come in from his hogan waking me up sayin Welby,wake up and talk to me . he was an early riser, no one elsd that time of the morning to talk to. the hibshmans were like my brothers, and frank was my big brother.my prayers are with his family,for their loss,frank will be missed,but never forgotten. my life has been truly blessed having known frank, and tom and kurt. your old friend mark a morris

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