In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of H&K Group, Inc. (H&K) Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board, John R. “Jack” Kibblehouse. Mr. Kibblehouse departed this earth in the early morning hours of November 2, 2022, at his home in Skippack Township, PA, surrounded by his family.

Known for his firm business focus and calm demeanor, Mr. Kibblehouse joined forces with childhood friend, John B. Haines IV, and partners Terry Koch (deceased), Harry R. “Butch” Budenz and Lee S. Detwiler to form Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc. in 1968. Over the next 50plus years, Mr. Kibblehouse would play an integral role in setting the underpinnings of the corporation, directing its business operations and steadily guiding growth and expansion of the corporation. In 2007, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Board, sharing the role with friend and Co-Founder, John B. Haines IV, as the current (or “second generation”) ownership structure was established within Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc. From this juncture, Mr. Kibblehouse guided, directed and mentored the corporation until illness pulled him away from his tireless duties in early 2022.

In its present configuration, H&K Group, Inc., commonly referred to as “H&K,” is positioned as one of the largest and most successful privately owned and operated heavy civil contracting and construction materials companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Kibblehouse and the Kibblehouse “K” will forever be emboldened in the brand and remembered as the firm, nurturing spirit behind the region’s heavy civil contracting and construction materials giant that H&K has become.

Mr. Kibblehouse is also remembered as one of the founding partners of HYK Construction Company, Inc. (HYK), formed with friends and business associates, John B. Haines, IV and Paul Yerk, Jr. (deceased). This trio established Rahns Construction Materials Company (RAHNS) in 1974 in Rahns, Pennsylvania and also formed Rahns Trucking, Inc. in 1999. Since this time, RAHNS has grown into one of the premier ready-mix concrete, precast concrete and trucking powerhouses in the eastern PA/NJ region.

Services will be held at R. L. Williams Funeral Home in Cedars, PA per the following schedule: Viewing, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Viewing, Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 9 AM to 10:45 AM, Funeral Service at 11:00 AM.

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