Bernie Tibbs

Funeral services for Bernie Tibbs, 76, of Ridgeview will be at 11 AM, MT, Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. Burial will be at the Scotty Philip Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Frank L. (Bernie) Tibbs, 76, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021, at the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg.  Bernie was born June 1, 1945 in Pierre, SD to Frank E. and Bethel (Miller) Tibbs.  He attended school at Mission Ridge and Ridgeview, SD.  Bernie was united in marriage to Dorothy Griffith, on September 25, 1963.  To this union two sons, Pat and Delbert, were born.

The couple resided at Lantry, SD until 1964.  In 1966 they moved to Ft. Pierre.  They moved to Ridgeview and worked for the Grazing Association until 1968, at which time they went into partnership with his Dad.  When Shortlog retired, Bernie took over the ranch until his passing.

Bernie was a successful cow man and dedicated his life to it.  He spent a lot of time with his cows.  Bernie loved rodeo and in 1969, he and Shortlog won the SDRA Tie Down Team Roping Championship.  He taught Pat and Delbert how to rope at a young age.  He loved his family, friends and a good game of poker.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 58 years; two sons, Pat(Lona)Tibbs Belle Fourche, SD, and Delbert Tibbs of Prairie City SD; Five grandchildren;  Jace (Kori) Tibbs  Weesatche TX, Ketch (Alicia) Tibbs, Belle Fourche SD, Shawna Tibbs, Las Vegas, NV, Tasha Tibbs, and Colt Tibbs, Dupree, SD;  One brother, Mike Tibbs, Ft. Pierre, SD;  One sister, Lila Taton, Newell, SD; great grandchildren; Three aunts, Patty Peterson, Grace Mulloy and Bonnie Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Shortlog and Bethel Tibbs; brother, Patrick; sister, Florence Eliason and a niece and nephew.