Elmer Jay Lybert (E.J.), 86, having resided in Cambridge, NY, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019.
He was born on December 15, 1932 to the late Elmer and Mildred (Kuh) Lybert in Bronx NYC.
E.J. was well educated having graduated from Cambridge High School after which he attended Norwich University*** graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. While in the Army he obtained his Master of Science Degree in Administration (Management Engineering).
E.J. Joined the Army Corps of Engineers in 1954, During his career he served as Unit Commander, Operations Planner, Unit Operations Officer, Facilities Engineer, Logistics Planner, Chief of Facilities Engineering Division, Chief of Troop Const. Planning and Senior Project and Operations Planner. In 1960 he was given **Top Secret Clearance** He served two tours in Vietnam (1963-64) & (1967-68) earning the Bronze Star Medal with/Vdevice &10LC, Meritorious Service Medal w/20LC, Meritorious Unit Emblem, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Nation Defense Service Medal. After 22 years of exemplary service he retired at the rank of Major.
After retiring from the Army, he joined the Lockheed Aircraft Service Co. (1977-1979), then joining The Ralph M. Parsons Co. where he managed the development of the MX (Peacekeeper) Assembly. (1979-1985) then joining the firm Holmes & Nader, (1986-1993) where he played a significant role in the design and construction of the Over The Horizon Radar System in California. In 1994 he created Sterling Millworks Inc. Acting as President and CEO. In 1998 the company was dissolved. After which he made his way back to the Village of Cambridge where he lived out his retirement
He was a member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church of which was an Elder, Clerk of the Session and Resource Management Coordinator. He also was a member of Cambridge Historical Society serving on the finance committee.
His passions consisted of books of which he was a voracious reader (Military history, foreign affairs, spy novels) baseball (Cardinals fan), James Bond, playing solitaire on the computer.
He is survived by one brother, John (late Marjorie) Lybert, one nephew, John Lybert, Jr., one niece, Marjorie (Kenneth) Peters all from Cambridge, grand- nephews & nieces, Nicholas and Hunter Peters, Ashley, Jesse, Timothy and Brady Lybert. Also surviving him are Allen (Mary Lou) Masten of Schuylerville and Laurie (Scott) Spiezio of Greenwich. E.J. had no biological children thus considered Allen and Laurie as his son and daughter.
A calling hour will be from 10-11 am Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main Street, Cambridge. A funeral service will follow the calling hour at 11 am with Rev. Kate Kotfila officiating. A reception will be in the Emma Holden Hall after the service. Interment with military honors will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cambridge Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 123, Cambridge, NY 12816.
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Cambridge Historical Society & Museum
P.O. Box 123, Cambridge NY 12816