Walter Hibbard, Jr., 98, retired Army Colonel who first served in the Infantry and later specialized in transportation and logistics, died in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on April 26, 2018, due to complications after a fall. Col. Hibbard served 31 years in the Army before retiring in 1973. His last assignment was Director of Training, Office of the Inspector General. His career included World War II duty in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, as well as later tours in Korea, where he was the logistics advisor to the First ROK Army on the DMZ from 1968-1969. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Metal, and the Combat Infantry Badge with star. He was born in Philadelphia in 1920 and lived for many years in Falls Church, Virginia, where he served as an Elder and Clerk of the Session in the Munson Hill Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the McLain Presbyterian Church up to the time of his death.
He had also served as Sunday school teacher and Sunday school Superintendent at several military posts during his career. He graduated from Penn State College in 1942 and from Yale University’s Bureau of Traffic Engineering in 1955. He was a 32nd degree Mason, an avid golfer, and a dedicated Penn State fan.
Survivors include three children, Annette Hibbard and Mary Seftas of Fredericksburg, and Walter E Hibbard of Williamsburg; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to your church’s mission fund in Walter’s memory would be appreciated.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 1PM to 3PM, with a funeral service to follow at Everly Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 6161 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044. Interment with full military honors will take place later at Arlington National Cemetery.