Nathaniel Coleman McKibbin

February 21, 1978 - December 16, 2017
Nathaniel Coleman McKibbin

Nathaniel Coleman McKibbin, age 39, passed away on Saturday, December 16th, 2017.

He was born February 21, 1978, in Cooperstown NY., the son of Douglas W. McKibbin and Susan Hale McKibbin. He grew up in both Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nathan served his country with honor and distinction as an Aviation Electrician in the United States Navy.  He was stationed at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA and served two tours of duty during the Iraq War. Since then he has lived in Ocala, FL and most recently Wilmington, NC.

Together with his parents he is survived by three brothers, Christopher McKibbin and his wife Ashley,  William McKibbin and his wife Emily,  and Samuel McKibbin.   He is also survived by three nieces, Eleanor, Lucy, and Lilly, and a nephew Jack, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The response to this tragedy from Nathan’s family and friends reveals the magnitude of our loss. He may have made you laugh at nothing, or showed you music you wouldn’t have found.    It is certain that he made you feel seen, understood, and loved. We are thankful for the time we had, and we will miss him every day. He was a solid support for many wandering souls on earth, and we expect no less from him now.

A memorial service will be held  at 2pm on Saturday.April 21st, 2018,  at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina

Donations in Nathan’s memory  can be made to the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation ( or to the Fisher House Foundation (   

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  • January 06, 2018
    Jenn Thompson says:
    Dr McKibbin, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • January 06, 2018
    Pam FLetcher Harris says:
    Doug and Susan, I was so saddened to hear of Nathan's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • January 10, 2018
    Hunter K says:
    Nathan was a good friend. I only recently started working with him but in that short time it was still an honor to call him my friend. I'm sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  • February 15, 2018
    Laura Coleman Leflar says:
    I’m thinking of your family with love and light. Nathan’s death is a loss for all of us, but I know that the hole in my heart is nothing compared to the space that belonged to him within your family. He was a delightful and unique blend of intelligent, humorous, cynical, and loving and I will miss him forever. I’ll see you all in April.