Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Claude Donald Hiberd

Born: 9/18/1925

Died: 5/18/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Claude Donald Hiberd passed away May 18, 2004, from complications of diabetes and cancer. He was born September 18, 1925, in Durant, Oklahoma, to original enrollee Claude Bornet and Maude (Anderson) Hiberd. He was extremely proud of his Choctaw heritage.

Claude’s mother passed away when he was 12 years old and he moved to Texas to live with an older brother. He was too young to join the military when the war broke out, but joined the naval reserves before war’s end. He proudly served overseas on active duty as a lifeguard on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for wounded and invalid soldiers. He earned an honorable discharge and came back to the states.

He met Willene Easterly and they married in Denison, Texas. Their marriage lasted, through sickness and health, until her death in 1999. They had three sons, Charles Donald, Gary Michael and Larry William Hiberd.

Mr. Hiberd moved his family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1949 to find work. There he learned the skills needed to be a tool and die maker, which he did until retirement. He brought his family back to Texas in 1965.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willene; son, Larry William; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include sons, Chuck Hiberd and his wife, Sharon, and Gary Hiberd and his wife, Kathy, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss him dearly.

Claude Donald Hiberd