VeteranMelvin Lybarger

Melvin Freeman Lybarger, 78, of Marysville, Wash., formerly of Vermont, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his home.

He was born June 3, 1922, in Vermont, a son of Lester and Florance Bowen Lybarger. He married Betty McKee. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Michael, David and Richard; one daughter, Marsha Beery; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Velma Dean of Vermont; and one brother, Lester of Carthage.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

He graduated from Vermont High School in 1940 and was honored with the Good Citizenship Medal by the Sons of the American Revolution.

He entered the Western Normal College in Macomb in 1941, where he later received a degree in accounting and finance in 1949. He also took flying lessons at Clugston's Airport in Macomb.

A 56-year member of Macomb American Legion Post, he was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and later was called back into the Air Force as an active reservist during the Korean War. He retired from the Air Force in July 1967.

He worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Economic Development Administration until retiring in 1987.

Services were held today at the Schafer Shipman Funeral Home in Marysville. Burial will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley, Wash., with full military honors.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at Vermont Christian Church with Tim Gilliland officiating. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Memorials may be made to National World War II Memorial, American Battle Monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/16/2000

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