Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Carl  Wibbelman Memorial
Carl  Wibbelman Memorial

Carl Wibbelman

Carl Wibbelman

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Carl August Wibbelman died November 24, 2021, at his home in Sedro-Woolley at age 81.  He was born June 13, 1940 in Woodinville, Washington to parents, Albert Wibbelman Sr. and Myrtle (Kronquist) Wibbelman.  After graduating from Edmonds High School in 1959, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves.  He lost his parents at an early age and helped care for his siblings; these experiences helped solidify his views on the value of hard work and responsibility to family.

After completing his military service in 1963, he returned to Western Washington and worked as a mechanic for the JC Penney company for several years in their automotive repair division and eventually served as manager.

Carl married Helen (Pennick) Wibbelman on July 10, 1964, in Lake Serene.  They lived in Alderwood before settling in Clear Lake in 1970 where they raised their four children: Jim, Jeanne, Juleen and Joni.  Together Carl and Helen owned and operated Mt. Vernon Frame & Axle from 1969 until Helen’s death in 2002.  The business was a true family affair with all of the kids involved in various ways and learning life skills and how to work hard—whether they wanted to or not.  Carl continued as the owner and operator of the business until June, 2021.

Along with raising their children and operating the family business, Carl and Helen purchased a small one bedroom cabin on the edge of Lake Curlew in Eastern Washington which was eventually expanded into a much larger log home.  The “cabin” was one of Carl’s greatest joys in life and the source of many excellent memories for family and friends.  As they grew, his children brought their families and friends and the cabin hosted countless summer trips and family reunions.  In recent years, he spent much of his time on the deck overlooking the lake, tolerating the ruckus of children and grandchildren, boating and fishing on the water below, often enjoying a well-timed nap in the sun.  The chaos of family and friends gathered around the big dining room table for a meal, or for an often rowdy game of cards or a board game, was always cause for a smile.  The best days ended with him reading a good book in his favorite recliner after dinner.

Carl was fortunate to meet Clara; his partner who drove him to the cabin “safely,” spending time reading, sharing stories, eating meals, going for long drives, and attending local events.  Nothing pleased Carl more than to know the cabin was being enjoyed by others.  Thanks to his wise planning, the cabin will continue to be a much loved family treasure for his children, grandchildren, friends, and generations beyond.

Carl was passionate about cars his entire life and held Studebakers in the highest regard.  He owned countless Studebaker cars and trucks along with hundreds of accompanying parts, catalogs, magazines and other memorabilia.  He could amaze anyone willing to listen with his expansive knowledge of all things Studebaker.  As a 45-year member of the Studebaker Driver’s Club, he attended many of their events across the country, sometimes driving one of his own Studebakers to the meets.  Carl and Clara often took meandering road trips to attend car shows, auctions and swap meets, always opting for the back roads, and included many stops at local diners, farmer’s markets, and small town thrift stores to buy another lawnmower or at museums to enjoy local history.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Albert Wibbelman Jr., Lloyd Wibbelman and Bernard Wibbelman.  Carl is survived by his younger sisters, Marie Costello and Jeanne (Dan) Mooers.  He is also survived by his children and son-in-laws, son, Jim Wibbelman; daughters, Jeanne Andersen, Juleen and Scott (amazingly supportive son-in-law) Perusek, and Joni and Tony Brown; his seven grandchildren, always a source of great pride and hope for the future, Karlin and Soren Andersen, Ben and Michael Perusek, Aaron, Kayla and Mason Brown.  In addition, Carl leaves behind his loving partner Clara Simek.

A Memorial will be held on Thursday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at the Community Covenant Church, 12605 Hwy 9, Clear Lake.  Following the Memorial Service, the family will be hosting a time of fellowship to share food and fond memories about Carl.  Carl will be buried next to his wife, Helen, at the Clear Lake Cemetery with the remaining ashes will be spread at Lake Curlew.

In memory of Carl and Helen’s many visits and long-time connection to the area, the family is donating a parcel of land to Ferry County as part of a community park currently under construction.  Memorial donations in their names to support the park’s development can be made to Ferry County and mailed to PO Box 520, Sedro Woolley, WA  98284 or given to Juleen Perusek.  Donations also may be made to the Friendship House in Mt. Vernon which Carl supported in many ways over the years at skagitfriendshiphouse.org/donate-money.  Share your memories of Carl and sign the online guest register.


  • Benjamin Samora

    Had no idea my buddy and pal was gone till I ran across his obit. Carl was a mentor of mine and when he took me in to the Mount Nernon Frame & Axle family I was young and he told me I was young enough to mold. I learned a lot working along side Carl at his home and various other locations as well as in the shop. He will always be considered as a father figure in my life and I will always love him and his family. Sorry I missed saying good by but we will meet again. God Bless you and your Family Carl

  • Scott Christofferson

    I worked for Carl for 17 years, he taught me a lot which I have used throughout my life and will be forever grateful. We kept in touch over the years and I will miss him.

  • Don Kelstrom

    Carl was a good friend. I got to know Carl through Studebakers. Carl organized a couple of Antique Studebaker Club tours around Mt Vernon that were a lot of fun. I always enjoyed stopping in at his shop and sitting in his office talking about a variety of subjects. Carl was extremely knowledgeable and fascinated me with his stories. I would run into him many times at the various old car swap meets and quite often enjoyed barbecues afterwards at club members homes. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see Carl much recently due to covid concerns. Rest in peace my friend.

  • jeff Anderson

    started dealing with Carl in the 70s. I always admired his projects. he and I have had a thing for Mazda rotaries. He sold me a couple of them. He was a great man

  • Terry

    Rest in peace Uncle Carl. You will be missed and loved, but never forgotten.

  • Larry Hansen

    I have a lot of fond memory’s working for carl in the 70s. He was a Great employer and friend.