Robert L. Tibbetts
Robert L. Tibbetts, 92, a former Stevens Point resident, died
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire.
There are no immediate plans for a service. His ashes will
be interred in the Neillsville City Cemetery in May or June.
Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church in
Eau Claire or the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.
Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory in Eau Claire assisted
with arrangements. Condolence may be offered online at www.evergreenfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Tibbetts was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Beloit, a son of the
late Manly Day and Inez (Jackson) Tibbetts. He grew up in Stevens Point and
graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1941.
After attending the Central State Teachers College, now the University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy
V-12 Officers Candidate program.
Under this program, he spent one year at Lawrence College in
Appleton (where he met his future wife), then transferred to UW-Madison College
of Engineering. Upon completing the Officer Candidate program, he received an ensign
commission at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
After his discharge following the war, he returned to UW-Madison
to finish his degree in electrical engineering.
He was married to Marguerite Brown Nov. 9, 1945, at her home
In February 1947, the couple moved to Beloit where he went
to work at Fairbanks Morse Company in the generator department, making
auxiliary generators for atomic submarines.
In the late 1950s, several ex-Navy men started a Naval
Reserve unit in the Beloit/Janesville area. He ended his 37 years of active and
reserve duty as a lieutenant commander and head of this reserve unit.
Upon his retirement in 1989, the couple moved to Eau Claire
to be nearer family and their cottage on the Chippewa Flowage.
He was an active volunteer, helping those in need or
supporting community projects. He sang for more than 40 years in the First
Congregational choirs in Beloit and then in Eau Claire.
He was involved in genealogical research, taking trips to
search cemeteries and courthouses throughout the country.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Marguerite; one daughter,
Pamela (Linda Ellwein) Tibbetts; two sons, Charles (Eva) Tibbetts and Robert F.
(Ye) Tibbetts; and two grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Verchota.