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Obituary: James Hiebert, 86


October 15, 2020

James Hiebert, 86, passed away on September 24 in Newberry, Florida.

He taught his children to work and earn money also, by hiring them to help with his concrete and Chattahoochee jobs when they weren't in school.

After finishing high school, Jim moved to Wrangell, Alaska where he became a logger at his uncle's logging camp on Vank Island. Very soon, he met and married Bella. Eventually, he received a call from his cousin, Wayne Hiebert inviting him and his family down to the jungle of Colombia, South America to help with his sawmill. He moved his family to Colombia in 1968. While in the jungle, he was infected with an amoeba that apparently infected his brain causing memory issues, so he flew to Miami for treatment. His family followed several months later, and the children reached adulthood there.

He was preceded in death by former Wrangell resident, Bella Lauth Hiebert, his wife of 64 years.

He is survived by his four children: Duane, Floyd, Susan, and Gerald.


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