ORANGE CITY—Mr. Stanley Hibma, age 69, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at his home, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The Rev. Jesse Henkel will officiate.
Interment will be before the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.
There will be a family prayer service at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, with family present 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Stanley Ray was born on Feb. 26, 1952, in Orange City, one of four children born to William and Katherine (Muyskens) Hibma. He grew up on his parents’ farm west of Orange City and attended the Orange City Christian School. He graduated from the Unity Christian High School in Orange City before enrolling at Northwestern College in Orange City, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology.
Stan was united in marriage to Martha Faye Sapp on Sept. 19, 1970, in Martha’s hometown of Volga, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Orange City while Stan finished his degree. In 1974, Stan’s parents retired from farming and he and Martha moved to the acreage west of town, where he raised crops on the surrounding land, and was a shepherd to a large flock of sheep for more than 25 years. Stan also spent more than 40 years working as a chemist in the research and development department of Diamond Vogel Paints in Orange City. In 2017, Stan retired, and he and Martha moved to a home in Orange City.
Mr. Hibma was a member of the Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center, where he was involved with the children’s ministries and sang in the church choir. He was a former member of the First Reformed Church in Orange City, where he had served on consistory as both a deacon and an elder and had taught Sunday School.
Stan had a deep appreciation for God’s creation and liked spending time outdoors working on the farm, watching wildlife and going fishing. He would often go out of his way to make friends with the friendless and show support and encouragement to those that needed it most. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren, and had a way of making each of them feel like they were his favorite.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of more than 51 years, Martha of Orange City; four children and their spouses, Michael and Carla Hibma of Orange City; Stacie and Vern Dykstra of Alton; Christa and Trent Baatz of Windsor, Colorado; and Daniel and Heidi Hibma of Sioux Center; 14 grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna Hibma; Abbie, and her husband, Taylor Dreise, and Jadon, Elliot, and Jacksen Dykstra; Isaac, Eden, Owen, and Ruby Baatz; and Eli, Abe, Ezra, and Silas Hibma; three great-grandchildren, Beckett, Emersyn, and Walker Dreise; two sisters, Henrietta, and her husband, Richard Oosterhuis, of Des Moines; and Shirley Hibma of Orange City; his wife’s six siblings, Charlotte Fedders of Britt; Charles Sapp, and his wife, Ruth, of Volga, South Dakota; Steve Sapp, and his wife, Lori, of Bruce, South Dakota; Barb, and her husband, Les Vander Plaats of Orange City; Paul Sapp, and his wife, Peggy, of Holland, Michigan; and Sarah, and her husband, Kevin Carter, of Fort Pierre, South Dakota; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Williams; and a brother-in-law, Lee Fedders.
Memorials will be directed to Hope Haven in Rock Valley.
You are invited to leave a message of condolence, print a memorial folder, view a tribute video, and participate in the service via livestream at www.oolman.com.