1945 - 2017
Eugene (Gene) E. Fibuch, M.D. peacefully passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017, at Hospice House of Kansas City after an arduous nine year battle with cancer. Visitation, funeral service and reception will be Friday, Aug. 25, at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206. The visitation begins at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church. A military burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Gene was born Jan. 8, 1945, in St. Paul, MN, to Edward and Elizabeth (Biel) Fibuch and was blessed to have loving role models in his parents. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, the Creighton University School of Medicine, the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Anesthesiology and immediately entered the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. His love of teaching brought him to Kansas City in 1976, where he became the Program Director of the Anesthesiology residency training program at St. Luke’s Hospital. In 1991 he became the Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine until his retirement in 2014. Gene was a kind, caring physician who continuously challenged himself and his resident physicians to find ways to improve the quality of care for patients. He was a leader with high expectations for himself and others. Gene truly loved and treasured his family, friends, neighbors and his fellow Knights of Columbus, where he was a member of the honor guard for the 4th degree Fr. Michael J. McGiviney, assembly #3141.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward S. Fibuch. He is survived by his wife, Annette of 47 years, and his daughters Heather Townsend (Justin) Stilwell, KS and Jennifer Robertson M.D (Atlanta, GA), grandchildren Jeannette and Shane Townsend and his two beloved grand dogs, Harvard and Zoe Belle Robertson. His mother, Elizabeth and sisters, Darlene Kowalski (Jerry), Mary Jo Anderson from Minnesota and brother-in-law, Thomas Simek (Evelyn) of Arizona, also survive him.
The family is deeply grateful to all of Gene’s physicians, nurses, family members and caregivers who compassionately traveled this journey with him. They left no stone unturned in his care.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kansas City Hospice House and Palliative Care, Kansas City, MO; the Church of the Nativity Knights of Columbus, the Fr. McGiviney Assembly #3141 or the charity of your choice. For a full tribute, please see http://www.signaturefunerals.com/eugene-edward-fibuch-m-d/
Arr.: Signature Funerals 816-214-5174.
Obituary courtesy of Kansas City Star