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Officer Gary S. Hibbs - 61

3/13/2021 - 3/13/2021

Chicago Heights, Illinois

Officer Gary S. Hibbs. Age 61. Passed away March 12, 2021. A lifelong Chicago Heights resident, a graduate of Bloom High School and attended Prairie State College. Gary served Chicago Heights for 26 years as a Chicago Heights Police Officer, Chicago Heights Police Department Special Operations Unit, and Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute. Gary was a range officer/firearms instructor, armorer, and department trainer. He spent almost 14 years on the SSERT – South Suburban Emergency Response Team as a firearms instructor, master breacher, and team leader.  He was also a member of the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association. The father of James (Evelina) Hibbs and Esther (Frank) Barker. Grandfather of Elaina and Eriana Hibbs, Kayden Barker and Julian Markevicius. Son of Theresa Nee Meyers and the late Richard Hibbs. Brother of Richard (Cindy), Scott (Dorene) and Robert (Lisa) Hibbs. Dearest companion of Melissa Cunha. Uncle to Dana Hibbs, Courtney (Tom) Endermuhle, Bethany Hibbs and Tim (Adrian) Hibbs and friend of many. Gary was the best kind of man, a man willing to give his life for others, and a man that loved his family more than words can ever describe. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Friday March 19th 2021 from 1pm to 8pm. Funeral Services are private.  Due to the private family services, live streaming of Gary’s Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday March 20, 2021 at 10:00 am. Please visit our website at www.panozzobros.com for the live stream link. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gary’s name to the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT), PO Box 624, Oak Forest, IL 60452 would be appreciated by the Hibbs family. Info 708-481-9230 and panozzobros.com.

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13 Comments

  • Nanci FitzHenry Glassman

    on 03/14/21

    So sorry to learn of Gary's passing.  May your fond memories sustain you.  And, may he rest in peace.

    Nanci FitzHenry Glassman

    (daughter of Florence Marie Hibbs)

  • Randy Gumkowski INPGR

    on 03/15/21

    To the Family and friends so sorry for your loss my deepest condolences. Rest Easy Officer Hibbs

  • BEVERLY WARD PELLEGRINI AND FAMILY

    on 03/15/21

    DEAR HIBBS FAMILY WE ARE SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . GARY  WAS SUCH AN ALL AROUND GOOD MAN, GREAT FRIEND AND ENJOYED EVERYTHING HE DID.. SO HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM AND WORKED WITH HIM. GOOD MEMORIES  COME TO MIND OVER THE YEARS.GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  • Mark Zaban

    on 03/15/21

    To: JImmy and Esther:  So very sorry for your loss.  May he rest in peace.

  • South Holland Police Department

    on 03/17/21

    On behalf of the South Holland Police Department we send our sincere condolences to the Hibb's family. Jimmy and Esther you are in our prayers. Gary was a true friend and will be dearly missed. It was a true honor knowing him throughout my entire career. Godspeed brother!!!

     

    Shawn Staples

    Chief of Police 

    South Holland Police Department

     

  • Annette Clairmont Bronson

    on 03/18/21

    Deepest condolences to the entire Hibbs family.  Gary was such a good friend to my family.  He always would stop by my mom's to check up and I will always be grateful for that. RIP my dear friend.  Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them and a friend will not say never cause the welcome never ends, though it's hard to let you go in the Farther's hands we know that a lifetime's not to long to live as friends.  Love ya.  

  • Denise Clairmont Baumgartner

    on 03/18/21

    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire Hibbs family,  Gary will be truly missed.  Love to you all.

  • Sheri Ladd

    on 03/18/21

    To my friend Gary,

    Thank you for your friendship and your service. May God Bless you and your family.

    Rest easy my friend,

    Sheri

  • Elizabeth Wald

    on 03/19/21

    Rest in Peace, Gary. Our lives were all the better for knowing you.

    Rob(Bobby) & Liz Wald

  • Rob Stella

    on 03/20/21

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jimmy, Esther, and the entire Hibbs family.  Gary was a unique man who truly epitomized living his life to the fullest and left his legacy in the hearts of all he encountered.  A true hero both on the job and off.  His family is a perfect testament to his servant and compassionate leadership. He was a comforting protector, a wise and knowledgeable mentor, and a loving companion, father, grandfather, relative, friend, teammate, and servant to the people.  Gary was a Good Man in the purest sense of the word. We are all blessed to have been touched by him in our lives, and he will be missed by all. 

    Thank you, Lord, for sharing Gary with us and for using him to impact our lives.

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

    Rest in Peace Brother

    Rob, Rachel, Dylan, Justin & Maddie Stella

  • Sammy

    on 03/20/21

    My condolences to the family

    Sorry for your loss.

    While I didn't know Gary, I just wanted to say that MOST  of us out here appreciate the work Gary did and others do on a daily basis to keep us protected.

    We are truly grateful and blessed to have folks get up everyday , put on that uniform, and head out , risk their lives, to uphold Law and Order.

    Thank You Gary for your Service. You DID make a difference

    Rest in Peace Brother

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