Albert W. “Big Al” Kibort, 92, of Granite City, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born January 12, 1928, in East St. Louis, a son of the late Louis and Juanita (Mernick) Kibort. He married Shirley M. (Rogers) “Shirl K” on August 26, 1950, in Granite City and she passed away on March 22, 2018. He had owned and operated Al’s Auto Body from 1950-1964, worked for Wilbur W. Waggoner Trucking in Madison from 1965-1977 and later with Mike’s Inc. Truck Repairs in Roxana from 1977-1983. In 1983, he went to work along with his wife at Shirl K Floral Designs in Granite City until his retirement in 1998. “Mr. Shirl K” delivered many floral pieces and smiles to the people throughout our community for all occasions. He was the helping hand with daily operations and errands of the shop. Throughout the years at the floral shop, he continued his auto body career painting and repairing UPS delivery trucks and vans. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy on the USS LST-1022 class tank landing ship. Al was a 1946 graduate of Granite City High School and later graduated from Ranken Technical Institute in St. Louis. He was a member of the Machinist District 9 and American Legion and enjoyed his many years of coaching little league baseball teams and girls’ softball teams with the Granite City Park District. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed listening to classic country music, working word search puzzles and going on his many trips to the casino with his wife. He was always grateful to everyone and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by four children and spouses, Kathy and Russell Hamilton of Granite City, Karen and Jim Greenwald of Granite City, Kenne Kibort of Fairview Heights and Keith and Debra Kibort of Granite City; nine grandchildren and spouses, Brian Hamilton, Stacie Griggs, Brandi and Alan Jansen, Dustin and Lauren Wesley, Melissa Wesley, Dillon and Kylie Wesley, Taylor May Kibort, Kristopher Kibort and Alex Kibort; 10 precious great-grandchildren; his twin brother and spouse, Louis and Wenona Kibort of Edwardsville; a sister, Emma Jakich of Glen Carbon; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 67 years and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Alyn Kibort; two sisters, Pauline Nichols and Juanita Fett and a brother, Eddie Mitchell.
In celebration of his life, a visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon Monday, January 4, 2021, at the Pontoon Baptist Church, 4000 IL Rt. 111 in Pontoon Beach, with Pastor Mike Jameson officiating. Private burial with full military honors will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Zachary Alyn Kibort Memorial Band Scholarship or to the Granite City Area Community Foundation. Irwin Chapel of Granite City is in charge of arrangements; irwinchapel.com.