Charles Ernie Kibbe

West Branch, Michigan
May 7, 1973 - January 21, 2020


Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 12 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Harrison, Prescott, Michigan 48756


11:00 Am Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Buresh Funeral Home in Prescott

Obituary Notice

Charles “Ernie” Kibbe, age 46, of West Branch, MI, passed away at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, following a sudden illness. He was born on May 7, 1973 in Saginaw, MI to Charles & Judith (Krick) Kibbe. He worked as the produce manager at Family Fare in Rose City, MI. He graduated from Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch. He married Penny Graves on July 25, 2009. Ernie liked to fish, sports of all kinds, gaming and camping.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Penny; children, Justin Kibbe of West Branch, Derek Kibbe of West Branch, Kayla Ferrera of Gladwin, Richard Ferrera of West Branch, Nicholas Nicholo of South Branch; granddaughter, Lillia Nicholo; mother, Judith Kibbe of Prescott; father, Charles Kibbe of Saginaw; brothers, Brian (Vanita) Kibbe of CA, Kevin (Debbie) Kibbe of Whittemore, Curtis (Tammy) Kibbe of Cadillac. He was preceded in death by his step-father Galen Ferguson.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 12 noon to 4 pm and from 6 to 8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Harrison, Prescott, MI 48756. Service will be held at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Kennedy officiating. Interment will follow at the Richland Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Richland Township Cemetery


Thank you Ernie for always being a positive light in our lives. You always respected and supported Kristy Whisman ( and her friend Eric Goulette) as co-workers at Family Fare. You were kind and helpful to all. You’ll surely be missed at Family Fare. You were loved by many. We can all carry on your memory by showing love and kindness to all....just as you did. 🙏💙
— Marsha Whisman
Thank you for bein such a wonderful Dad. So many life lessons amazing person, Farther, brother, son, I miss you so much I just want you back!. I love you with all my ❤️. I miss you more then ever. Till I see you again. My loving Dad. Gone but never forgotten
— Richie Ferrara
To Ernie’s family, so sorry for your loss, Ernie sure will be missed, I worked with Ernie when it was Glens, he would help all he could finding what they needed through out the store I know he will be missed, again so sorry for your loss, he was such a kind, sweet, helpful, funny, respectful guy.
— Susan and Jack Gardner
We are so sorry to hear of Ernie's death. He was always so friendly and kind. Heart-felt condolences to the family.
— Colleen Kaczmarek & Mickey Sammons
I watched as Ernie and Tom Munsell had a great friendship for many years. Ernie was a kind and caring individual. He will most definitely be missed by many.
— Marcy Lawnichak
To Ernie's family, Ernie was the kind of fellow who always had a smile and I enjoyed chatting with him at his work. He was kind and sweet. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. He is gone way too soon and he undoubtedly has left a hole that cannot be filled. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time.
— Kristy Burton
I knew you since we were kids and your mom and dad had the gas station in skidway.. You were just an awesome guy Ernie! Always so positive and always a smile on your face. I will definitely miss your face at the store:( RIP buddy! I’m still gonna steal your cart 😪💔
— Kevin yorton
I am saddened to hear Ernie is gone. I have nothing but great memories of working with him and then after I retired saying hi to him when I when in to shop. To all of the Kibbie family, you have my sincere sympathy and prayers in this time of grief.
— Rose Quackenbush
So sorry for Ernies family. We will miss him, he was always kind and helpful. Prayers for his family. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Tracy and Ralph Furton
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. XOXO
— Bill & Michele Range
Our most sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences. We initially became acquainted with Ernie through our shopping at Family Fare - he was always so friendly, and kind and helpful. We always looked forward to seeing him at the store, and having a chance to visit, or share a laugh and a smile. Ernie was truly a genuinely good and caring individual who brightened other's lives. He will be deeply missed. We know simple words cannot lessen your tremendous loss and grief; but, we hope knowing how much he positively affected other's lives, and how much others care, can possibly provide a measure of comfort.
— Rich and Sue Haslip
What a simply wonderful person to know! I've known him for many years and always enjoyed the light he brought to those around him. I am so sorry to his wife, children, family and friends. Prayers for comfort.
— Shanda Berdan
My condolences to family and friends.
— Heather Holecek
Ernie was a sweet soul. I was able to reconnect with him a few years ago. It was a great time! Wish I could have spent more. Sending love and healing prayers to the family!
— Tina Nowak Cole

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