Alexander Kibizoff
Alexander Kibizoff
  • October 11, 1932 - August 19, 2011
  • Port Angeles, Washington

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Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

Alexander Kibizoff passed away on August 19, 2011 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78.
Alex was born in San Francisco, CA on October 11, 1932 to Maria (Dvoradkin) and Stephan A. Savin. Stephan died in 1939. Mary remarried William D. Kibizoff and Alex was adopted by Bill and took the Kibizoff name.

During the Depression, Alex lived a short time, at Sunny Hills a San Francisco orphanage run by the Presbyterian Church. During this time the family moved to Nome Alaska. Alex attended the Nome School from 1938 through 1942. Bill ran a cookhouse in Nome until the family returned to the Seattle area. Alex attended Franklin High School in Seattle before joining the Army.

Alex was a medic in the Korean War. It was there that he earned 2 Bronze Stars, A Purple Heart and the Korean War Service Medal reaching the rank of S/Sgt. Alex was attached to Company K, 179th Infantry. Twelve men including Alex were sent out on the night of April 14, 1953 on the western slope of Heartbreak Ridge. It was here a company-sized force attacked them. Alex was blown off the ground by two enemy grenades, Alex carried the radio operator, who was wounded in both legs, back to the trenches and returned fire with a pistol, the only weapon still working. He was wounded a second time when a bullet went in the front of his helmet and out the back, just creasing the top of his head. Help arrived and he was evacuated to a bunker lighted by a single candle. He recalled that a chaplain placed a Purple Heart box on his chest and gave him his last rites. He recovered from his wounds and returned to his unit in time to be involved in the heavy fighting on Christmas Hill just prior to the ceasefire in July 1953. The War Memorial Wall in Renton contains Al's name.

After his service years Alex returned to Washington State. He sailed to Calcutta as a merchant seaman and worked for a year on the Donna Foss. Alex always had a love for horses. As a young man prior to and after his Army career Alex competed in many rodeos. . He won Buckles and ribbons for his abilities to stay on a bucking Bronco! He raised many horses and had a special love of quarter horses.

He married Mary (Dahl) and they had two children, Rodney and Pamela. Alex became a welder and worked for many years on various sites throughout the West. Alex also earned his private pilots license and was rumored to have been the first person to fly a plane under the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. He was nearly killed when a plan he was piloting crashed near Seattle.

Alex enjoyed riding motorcycles and was very proud of his first "Hog". While traveling in New Mexico he escaped death once again after a motorcycle accident that resulted in several broken bones and lung damage. Later in life he purchased a sailboat and enjoyed sailing the many lakes in Eastern Washington. When Alex retired he moved to Port Angeles telling us it was just too hot in Eastern Washington. While in Port Angeles he made many friends. He was a member of the VFW post in Sequim, the Senior Center in Port Angeles, various singles groups, the 179th Infantry Regiment Association, and attended various churches in Port Angeles.

His children Rodney and Pamela survive Alex as well as his nephew Tom (Vicki) Adams, niece Pat (Jim) Benefiel, sister in law Frida Adams, his grandchildren, numerous great nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the many friends who enriched Al's life while living in Port Angeles. The friends and neighbors at Al's RV park, the folks at Safeway, the hospital cafeteria, Brenda and staff at Prairie Springs, Dr. Hobbs and staff, the VA clinic in Port Angeles, the VFW, the Korean War Association and the Doctors and Nurses at Olympic Memorial Hospital.

A celebration of Alex's life will follow the service at Silver Lake Charter Club, 1701 121st S.E., Everett, WA
From Evergreen-Washelli Cemeteries:
? Head south on Aurora Ave N. (0.3mi)
? Turn left onto N. Northgate Way (0.8mi)
? Take the ramp onto 1st Ave NE (0.1mi)
? Turn right to merge onto I-5 N (13.6 mi)
? Take exit 186 for WA-96 E/128th St SW (0.2mi)
? Turn right onto 128th St. SE (1.3mi)
? Turn left onto 19th Ave SE (0.7mi)
? Turn left onto 121st SE (236 ft)
? Destination will be on the right, park on the street or designated guest parking. Celebration will be in the Cabana

Arrangements under the direction of Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, WA.