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David Lee Tibbe, age 74 of Belmont, formerly West Olive, passed gently into the arms of His Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the age of 74. He was born on January 1, 1950, in Grant, MI, to the late John and May Reta (Mouthaan) Tibbe. On August 14, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Janet Knight, in Coldwater, MI.
Dave graduated with honors from Grant High School in 1968. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1972 with a BA in Business Administration. Dave excelled in the business world because of his intelligence, incredible work ethic, and the fact that treated everyone with respect and dignity. He worked for several different companies over many years and always enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends wherever he went. He retired from Guardsman/ Valspar Co. and quickly made a good transition to retirement life.
As his children grew, Dave enjoyed being involved in all their activities, projects, and endeavors. He was happy to watch them grow into productive and responsible adults, and he was very proud of their accomplishments; his love for them was unconditional.
Dave enjoyed numerous activities, and he was never afraid to try something new. He owned two motorcycles and loved riding with a group of special friends. Dave was especially proud that he and his son had the same passion for riding and he loved riding with him, going on some very memorable trips.
Every year, he planted a big vegetable garden, and shared the bounty with his whole neighborhood. Dave loved all types of music and enjoyed attending concerts, especially outdoors. He loved to travel the country and see all the sites of new places, and he and his wife were very privileged to take a European vacation where they were able to meet many of his wife’s British relatives and to Holland to meet many of his Dutch relatives.
He marveled at the majesty of Lake Michigan, where he enjoyed walking the shores and jumping in the waves. For eight wonderful years, they spent their winters in Ft. Myers Beach soaking up the sun, the warmth, and enjoying everything Florida had to offer.
Dave was a generous person who shared his time, talent, and treasure with others. Dave was a long-time member of St. Patrick- St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish, and he served as an usher, greeter, and festival worker at many churches he and his family attended. He also volunteered his time helping at God's Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and was as a regular blood donor who also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Dave will always be remembered for his positive attitude, his kindness, and this wonderful, witty sense of humor.
Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Janet (Knight) Tibbe; and his son, David B. (Mary) Tibbe of Pierson, MI; his two daughters, Erica (John) Yob of Cascade, MI and Alicia (Kevin) Spicer of Brookfield, IL; six beloved grandchildren: Cassidy and A.J. Yob, Wally and Naomi Spicer, and June and Arlen Tibbe. They were the light of his life!
He is also survived by his extended family, including his sisters, Delores (Bernie) Rollston and Marilyn (Bill )Kaczmarek; brothers, Melvin (Sharon) Tibbe and Roland Tibbe; and sisters-in-law, Cindy Tibbe, Pat Pott, and Lisa Kenyon; brothers-in-law, Scott Kenyon, Steve Knight, and David (Marcia) Knight; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, John and Pearl Knight; his brother, Steve Tibbe; sister, Barb Ensley; and brothers-in-law: Bruce Pott, Peter Knight, and Michael Knight.
The family would like to thank Faith Hospice for their kind and loving care of Dave.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Catholic Parish with Fr. Dan Schumaker officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Grand Haven Township Lakeshore Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Faith Hospice of West Michigan or the American Red Cross- Michigan Region.