Patrick “Pat” E. Sibal, age 72, of Kimball, Nebraska, passed away on January 20, 2021, at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with COVID, with his loving wife by his side, and was escorted by angels through the gates of Heaven.
Pat was born May 19, 1948, in Ogallala, Nebraska. His loving parents were Joseph and Oneita Sibal. His childhood was spent in Arthur and he graduated from Arthur County High School in 1966, and then he attended North Platte Junior College.
Pat married his high school sweetheart, Cathleen McDonald, on February 15, 1969, in Arthur, Nebraska. Pat and Cathleen moved to Kimball in 1972, where he was a meat cutter for Safeway and then he owned a Kawasaki motorcycle shop until ill health forced his retirement. When Pat was able to return to work, he was employed by Kimball County for seventeen years as a custodian and retired in 2017. At the time of his passing, he was as a part-time driver for the Kimball County Transit Service, which he enjoyed immensely.
Over the years, Pat and Cathleen opened their doors, as well as their hearts, to nieces and nephews Melissa, Robbie, Nathan and Brennan McDonald, who lived with them several years and became like their own children and gave them many blessings.
Pat was determined to live life to the fullest even though he lived with a rare lung disease. His passions were motorcycle riding and bowling. He was very involved in the Kimball County Jaycees, serving as State Director along with many other positions. He also participated in the Jaycee BB Gun Shooting Program for many years and served on the Kimball Cemetery Board, and currently was serving on the Kimball County Visitors Committee. Pat was a charter member of the Kimball Evangelical Free Church.
One of the highlights of Pat’s life was being reunited with his biological brother, Larry Ratliff, in March of 2011, after being separated by adoption for sixty-three years and they enjoyed seven years together before Larry passed away. Their mother perished in a fire in July of 1948, in Ogallala, Nebraska.
Pat was a quiet man of faith who touched many lives. He never complained and he loved life. He was known by his family and friends for his delicious beef jerky, sense of humor, friendly smile and a helping hand. He loved Husker football, doing crossword puzzles and listening to classic country music. Pat especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will definitely be missed by many.
Pat is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Cathleen, brothers Harold (Nancy) Clapp of Scottsbluff, and Ronald (Margretha) Sibal of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mother-in-law Hazel McDonald of Ogallala, brother-in law Tom (Heidi) McDonald of Kimball, sisters-in law Karol Cooney of Arthur and Heidi Ratliff of Farmersville, Texas, niece Melissa (Trent) Wertz of Drake, Colorado, nephews Robbie (Kayla) McDonald of Kimball, Nathan (Shawna) McDonald of Cheyenne and Brennan (Falon) McDonald of Kimball, in addition to many other close family members and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Oneita Sibal, brothers Frenchie Clapp, Stanley Sibal, and Larry Ratliff, father-in-law Clyde McDonald, brother-in-law Ed Cooney and nephews Shawn Cooney and Rick Sibal.
A Funeral Service will be held, Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Todd Rasnic and Pastor Tyler White officiating.
A Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arthur Baptist Church with Todd Rasnic and Pastor Blake Wilkes officiating.
Interment will be held at the Arthur Cemetery in Arthur, Nebraska.
Online condolences can be given at www.drauckerfh.com by clicking the share a memory button and www.cantrellfh.com. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed at www.drauckerfh.com. The service will be live streamed by going to the Cantrell Funeral Home Facebook page.
Memorials are designated to the Kimball County Transit Service and the Arthur Baptist Church or donor’s choice.
COVID-19 precautions are still being followed and masks are recommended.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala and Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball have been entrusted with arrangements.
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