Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dr. J. L. Lybyer, DVM 1950-2009

James Layne (Doc Jim) Lybyer, 58, a long time resident and veterinarian of the Mtn. Grove area died suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Jim was born in Springfield, MO the son of Albert "Al" Lee and Joan (Wilson) Lybyer.

Jim always considered Manes home but graduated in 1968 from Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas, TX. He graduated from Texas A & M University with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. Upon graduation he then joined the United States Air Force as an officer and was stationed at Blytheville, AR as the Staff Veterinarian. In 1975 he was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force and went to work for Tri-County Veterinary Service in Mtn. Grove until 1979 when he started his own practice. After 18 years of owning his own practice in Mtn. Grove Jim sold the practice and planned to retire. However, he shortly missed his professional calling and began working at the Ozark Regional Stockyards and West Plains Veterinary Clinic where he was currently working.

Jim married Ila Jean Lawrence in 1969 and to this union two daughters were born, Jennifer and Bethany. On May 2, 1981 he married Nancy (Ward) Franklin and she brought two more daughters Tammy and Carrie into the family. In 1991 Jim and Nancy added one more child to their family by adopting their granddaughter Amy.

He is preceded in death by his father Al Lybyer, and 2-year-old brother Johnny.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Nancy; mother Joan; daughters: Jennifer Jenkins of Marshfield, Bethany (and Eric) Bramwell of Pomona, Tammy (and James) Strunk of Springfield, Carrie (and Jim) Fessler and Amy Lybyer of Mtn. Grove; sister Jeanne Knight of Dallas, TX and nephew Zachary Knight; and seven grandchildren: Megan and MJ Jenkins; Nate and Jake Bramwell; and Brittany, Aaron and Brandie Strunk.

Jim had a long history of community involvement throughout his entire life starting with the Boy Scouts where he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He served as President of the Manes School Board for the past eight years; Board Member of the Missouri Special Olympics; member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts of America; President of the Mtn. Grove High School FFA Alumni; member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association; and was a member and past President of the Missouri Family Rodeo Association, American Family Rodeo Association, and the Mtn. Grove Saddle Club.

He was a very special husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle and friend to many. A huge void will be left in the many hearts he has touched.

The family will hold a celebration of life for Dr. Lybyer on his birthday June 15, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at the Wilson farm, 10725 Hwy AF, Mtn. Grove, MO. Please contact Evans Funeral Home for additional details.

Born: 06-15-1950 Died: 06-06-2009

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