Robert Dean Sibley, 81, of Niles, was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Buchanan Meadows.
He was born Sept. 25, 1935 in Marcellus Township to Emery and Goldie (Wagner) Sibley. He married Phyllis Lenora Spencer July 20, 1956 in Cassopolis. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia Housenger, Mary Sibley; and one brother, Emery Carl Sibley.
Bob was a farmer and drove a gas tanker for 40 years. He restored antique Minneapolis Moline tractors. Bob was a history buff who enjoyed reading and watching documentaries about the Civil War and World War II. His family says he watched the movie “Pretty Woman” so many times he wore it out. Bob was an animated story teller.
Bob loved his family and regularly attended the grandkids’ events, whether they were for sports or 4-H or school. They will long remember the various ways their grandfather teased them and created lasting memories.
Robert will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Phyllis (Spencer) Sibley of Niles; one daughter, Nora Lynn (Robert) Miller of Goshen, Ind.; two sons, Dean (Mary Ann) Sibley of Greenville, S.C., Thomas (Mary) Sibley of Niles; six grandchildren, Ashley (Tory) Vander Wey of Goshen, Ind., Angela Miller of Goshen, Ind., Jonah Sibley of Niles, Nicholas Sibley of Niles, Jackson (Adrienne) Boone of Greenville, S.C., Alex Boone of North Carolina; two great-grandsons, Brayden Vander Wey, Rhett Vander Wey; two sisters, Donna Bell Schoff of Decatur, Katherine Huston of Bristol, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Pat Sibley of Dowagiac; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. Mr. Sibley will be laid to rest in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Penn Township.
The family prefers contributions in Robert’s memory be made to either, Heartland Hospice, 8075 Creekside Drive, Suite 120, Portage, MI 49024, or Gideons International, Post Office Box 2556, South Bend, IN 46680-2556.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online:

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