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February 22, 2014

Lewis Gene Dibble

Lewis Gene Dibble

DELHI — Lewis Gene Dibble, 61, of Delhi, passed away at home unexpectedly on Feb. 20, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 3, 1952, in Margaretville, the son of Stanley and Virginia (Condon) Dibble of Andes.

Lou graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi in 1970, and from SUNY Oneonta in 1974, with a degree in math education.

He married his longtime love and childhood sweetheart, Gail L. Dibble (Matthews) on May 26, 1973, in Andes.

Lou was employed at Delwood Foods in Frasiers as a laborer during the summer years of college. After college his career continued at Delwood as a supervisor. He was very involved in the transition from a milk processing plant to a protein hydrolysate plant culminating in the construction of a new facility next door. His career there was terminated after 28 years in the position of operation manager. Upon leaving DMV International in 2001, he was employed at Delaware Operations in Oneonta.

He was an active member at the First Presbyterian Church in Delhi serving for years as Sunday school teacher, elder, deacon and most recently as Clerk of Session.

Lou loved to spend time gardening both inside and out. An avid cook, he was well-known for his pickled jalapeño peppers. Through his handy work he was able to provide family and friends with the fresh and canned fruits of his labor.

Lou was an avid reader and enjoyed reading with his seven grandchildren.

He, and his wife Gail, often hosted holiday meals and family gatherings at their Delside Drive home where Lou passed on his love of cooking that he had received from his mother.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gail L. Dibble; and two daughters, Tammy and Matthew Retz of Mount Upton and Courtney and Bret Sage of DeLancey; his father, Stanley Dibble; and two brothers, Stephen Dibble of Cortland and Roger and Delores Dibble of Hamden. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Aden Miller, Hannah Sage, Lexus Coughlin, Rachel Sage, Delaney Coughlin, Alivia Retz and Latham Retz; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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