Eugene ‘Gene’ Lybbert, 89

Jan. 9, 1930 —
June 1, 2019
CEDAR FALLS - Eugene “Gene” Lybbert, age 89, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Western Home Communities – Thalman Square.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Military Honors will be conducted by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Richardson Funeral Service, where there will be a 4 p.m. Rosary and 7 p.m. Vigil service.  Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to Mass at the church.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1930 in rural Cresco, Iowa, the son of Edward and Genevieve (Bacon) Lybbert.  He married Katherine Nordly on May 12, 1951 in Cedar Falls. She preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 2008.
Gene graduated from Cresco High School and Iowa State Teachers College (UNI), where he placed first in the 1952 NCAA wrestling tournament. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, then was a teacher and wrestling coach for four years in Blue Earth, Minn. He was an insurance agent and agency manager for State Farm Insurance. 
He enjoyed a successful wrestling career, both as wrestler and coach. He was inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame, Dan Gable Hall of Fame, Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame and Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame. 
Gene is survived by three daughters, Sue (Greg) Garvin of Muscatine, Iowa, Lynn Welden of Murrells Inlet, S.C. and Tracy (Joby) Javellana of Cedar Falls; two sons, Brad (Beth) Lybbert of Davenport, Iowa and J.J. Lybbert of Madison; 14 grandchildren, Jill (Drew) Smith, Jon (Megan) Garvin, Matt (Danielle) Garvin, Caroline and Kaitlyn Welden, Payten (Kyle) Gerjerts, Anna (Lucas Hartleben) Javellana, Austin Javellana, Lauren, Nic and McKenna Lybbert, Sierra and Calib and Abby Lybbert; 11 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Sue DeBower of Cedar Falls.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Elton, Edward, Donald and Leonard Lybbert and three sisters, Marion Wright, Josephine Tyrell and Helen Seargent.
Memorials may be directed to the church, UNI Wrestling, or the Hon Nordly & Gene Lybbert Athletic Training Scholarship at UNI. Condolences may be left at 

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