Mark Tibbs, 1959-2019

Mark Brian Tibbs, 59, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, MI.

He was born Nov. 18, 1959, in South Bend, IN, to Virgil and Dorothy (Wellinski) Tibbs.

In 1980, Mark joined the National Guard, where he was a Combat Engineer.  He retired as an E7 SFC after 20 years of faithfully serving his country. Mark was an industrial maintenance/machinist.  His favorite pastimes included watching M*A*S*H, History Channel, Andy Griffith and John Wayne western movies; camping, and dog sitting his grand dogs.  Mark loved history and classic rock music. He enjoyed his daily phone calls with his beloved cousin, Peggy. Mark’s favorite color was camouflage.

Surviving are his children, Lisa (Matt) Wiltfong of LaPorte, Felicia (Jeremy) Morton of Rolling Prairie, IN, and Melissa Kneifel of New Carlisle, IN; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter, Sophia; siblings, Frank (Betty) Tibbs of Tennessee and Vicki (Joe) Mikalajunas of Maryland; 6 nieces; 1 nephew, and 5 grand dogs.

He was preceded by his parents, Virgil and Dorothy Tibbs; brother, James Tibbs; and niece, Jennifer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, with Pastor Roger Ash officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Skwiat Post, 451 Homeless Veterans Program, 121 Skwiat Legion Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360.

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2 Responses to “Mark Tibbs, 1959-2019”

  1. Lauri Chapman

    Sep 05. 2019

    Sending out prayers to the family. So very sorry for your loss.

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  2. Don Heichel

    Sep 05. 2019

    Sorry to hear this. I was able to cross paths with him in the military, very briefly, years ago. Rest In Peace.

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