In Loving Memory…

Marc Hibbard

Marc Hibbard, 65, of Sedalia, MO, passed away unforeseen Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

Born August 30, 1954 in Lee’s Summit, MO, he was one of four children of Samuel T.M. and Jeanne (Charles) Hibbard.

Marc was a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. He attended Longview College and Central Methodist College, where he earned a B.A. in speech and drama. He then earned a Master’s in Divinity from St. Paul’s Theological Seminary.

On May 25, 1986, in Hopkins, MO, he married Cheryl R. (Stark).

Marc served as the pastor of fifteen United Methodist Churches. He was involved in all aspects of church life, including UMW (as the only male), choir, VBS and church plays. He was currently a member of First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, where he served in the prayer chapel.

For over 20 years, Marc was a leader at the Wilderness Camp & Retreat. He had also served in Boy Scout camp and at Camp Galilee.

Marc loved theatre and singing, whether it was in church, karaoke or any choir he could participate in. He sang for a few years in the Sedalia Chorale and was in too many plays to count. He also enjoyed role playing games.

Before he retired, Marc cared for traumatic brain injury patients.

Surviving are his wife, Cheryl, of the home; two sons, Joshua Lee Hibbard and Peter Marcellus Hibbard, both of Sedalia; a brother, Bernard Craig Hibbard, of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Judith Stander (Dan), of Republic, MO; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, with Rev. Jim Downing officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Honorary bearers will be his church campers.

Memorials are suggested to Wilderness Camp & Retreat, in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. My thoughts and prayers go to the Hibbard family. Marc was an awesome choir friend, he was always ready to sing.

  2. I have missed Marc a lot since I moved back to South Dakota, and loved keeping in touch, first by mail, and this last year through social media.
    I will continue to miss my dear friend, one of my best friends.
    – Joshua Walton

  3. Cheryl and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that God surround you with His love and comfort. I will be praying for you and your family.

  4. Marc was a dear friend, and I was absolutely heartbroken to hear of his passing. His gentle support and wise counsel helped me through some difficult times, and I will always miss his talented, inspired writing.

  5. My Condolences to Marc’s family. I did not personally know him but I would see him at many events in Sedalia. He seemed like such a nice man. I enjoyed his singing at these events and will miss seeing him around town.

  6. Cheryl,
    As you know, you and Marc sat behind me at the 8:35 am service and he was always so passionate with his singing during the praise and worship portions of the service. I will miss him dearly. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Cheryl and sons, I am so very sorry for your loss. Marc was a great man and he will be missed immensely. I can’t imagine what you are going through. I will include your family in my prayers.

  8. Linda C Davenport

    I am so sorry to hear that Marc is gone. He had a big heart and a lot of talent. A truly unique individual. And he had so many friends and fellow thespians. He will leave a huge deficit in a lot of places in town and in our hearts.

  9. You are in my thoughts and prayers and will always remember him singing in the Messiah..a true inspiritation to us all.

  10. I am so very sorry to receive this news. I didn’t know Marc very well, but I called him “Father” due to the wonderful role he played in our musical “Little Women.” He was such a kind man. I know he will be missed by his family and many friends.

  11. Cheryl, my prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything at all, just let me know. My God bring the peace that only He can.

  12. Putting Marc’s Family in my thoughts & prayers. Hoping you are comforted with the Love from Family & Friends. I am a friend of Marc’s Brother Craig. God Bless!

  13. Mrs. Hibbard,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you.

  14. Cheryl and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. May our Lord surround all of your with His love an comfort at this time. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  15. I’m so sorry to see this. He was a customer of mine for yrs and I enjoyed our talks. Prayers for the family.

  16. My prayers and love to you Mrs. Hibbard and your family. If there is anything you need I am here friend.

  17. I knew Marc from the writing group at the Senior Center. We always enjoyed his stories and wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family.

  18. Marc was a friend with whom I spent many hours with playing D & D. He touched many young lives and made a difference in their lives. My prayers are with you all. Scott Hall

  19. I am so saddened to hear that Marc has left us. Marc and his family were wonderful to me. When my life was a nightmare. Marc was my brother from another mother. What a blessing he was to so many.

  20. Cheryl,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  21. Cendy Harrell-Carson

    My thoughts and prayers to Cheryl and the family. I always enjoyed hearing Marc singing in church and in church choir.

  22. So sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. He is singing with the angels now I am sure. He had a great voice and I always enjoyed his songs. He was a very nice man and will be missed. Prayers for his family and many friends.

  23. Mrs. Hibbard,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Jennifer Alexander

    Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was such a sweet man who was always quick to share a joke. We had many jovial moments in Sedalia Chorale. He will be missed. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

  25. Praying for strength, peace, and comfort. He was a blessing and will be missed.

  26. Mrs. Hibbard,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  27. I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl, you and your family, are in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Cheryl and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. May our Lord surround all of your with His love an comfort at this time. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Mark was a caring pastor.

  29. Dear Cheryl and Marc’s family and friends,
    I came to know Marc through his many talents on the stage at Liberty Center. He played Doolittle in My Fair Lady, a musical I directed there. There was no harder working actor in the show than Marc and his voice rang out so strong as he danced and sang “Get Me to the Church On Time”. He was a big hit! And in addition to his theater talent he had a huge heart and a sincere and generous spirit. We moved to Maine 11 years ago, but I kept in touch thru Fb and always was was happy to read his posts, some comic, some spiritual and always so well written. We were lucky to know such a remarkable man and will miss him dearly.

  30. Cheryl and family, So sorry for your loss, the world has lost a good man. Know that I am thinking of you during this hard time.

  31. I am sorry for your loss. I was in several productions with Marc at the Liberty Center. He was a kind and gentle soul.

  32. Cheryl,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you!! Hugs!!

  33. Cheryl, We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you through this. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  34. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  35. Cheryl, Josh, and Peter,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Marc, but we know that he is smiling as he is singing loudly with the heavenly angels at his side. He was always there to volunteer his time- from the Josh & Peter’s youth group years to helping me last week at Night to Shine. He will be missed.

  36. Marc was such a nice man. He preached for us at Taylor Chapel UMC several times and he told me how much he enjoyed our music. RIP Marc. Blessing on the family.

  37. I got to know Marc at the writing group at the Senior Center. I enjoyed his stories, his humor, and the bits of drama he would occasionally share with us. We’ll miss him. My sympathies to the family.

  38. I am so sorry for your loss. Even though we never met face to face, I always considered Marc a mentor and a friend. My thoughts are with you.

  39. There are no words to describe Marc, he was and always will be my friend. For some time we conversed by USPS, sharing parts of Deep Space 9 stories we created. Then came Social Media, and I was mesmerized by his writing, storytelling. The battle of the cats & squirrels is to be . . . continued. Von Voyage my friend

  40. My love and prayers for Cheryl and her sons. I never met Marc face to face but was blessed to write with him. He was so kind and supportive during some really tough times and simply a delight to chat with during brighter times. He was my friend and I will miss seeing his brilliant posts and care-filled messages.

  41. I was shocked as you were over his passing. He sang in choir just over a week ago. Sheryl I am prayer for you and your family.

  42. Mark was such a kind soul. I’m so sorry for you loss. Sending prayers for God’s comfort to you, Josh, Peter and your family.

  43. Marc was always kind to me, whether we were at church or backstage at the Liberty Center. His patience, wisdom, and compassion will be so missed in this community, but his impact will always be felt. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  44. Cheryl,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss. Will be thinking of you and your family.

  45. I am so sorry to learn of Marc’s passing. I always enjoyed him onstage at the Liberty Center as well as the times he would come in to visit with me at the office. Wishing peace to his family.

  46. Robert McNeill (Rob)

    Cheryl and family,

    It is taking me some time to process my own grief over Marc’s loss and that will be ongoing as we celebrate such a caring life and talented, gifted soul on Friday and beyond. My prayers are with you all.

  47. Jennifer Gutierrez

    The best memory I have of my wedding 20 years ago was Marc, Steve, and Linc singing “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. It was so earnest, and yet so silly. I knew Marc through Wilderness Camp where we were councilors together for several years. What a sweet man! The world will indeed miss him.

  48. It has been many years since Central Methodist. I am sorry that he has passed. I am Blessed to have known him. To the family, may God Bless you and yours, Always, All Ways.

  49. Linda and Robert Bickel

    Cheryl and Family,
    May God Bless you and your family with strength, comfort and peace during this time. Thinking of you and sending love and hugs.

  50. R.I.P. may god be with you and no more pain god bless you.😇

  51. Marc was a great man! A wonderful instructor of students. He will certainly leave a void. I feel honored to have known him. I always enjoyed our conversations! My prayers and love go out to you Cheryl and your family.

  52. M. Patricia Crockett

    Cheryl & Sons,
    Thinking of you with love.

  53. Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. I just found out that Marc had passed. He was a great man and will be missed.

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