AUBURN – Howard C. Vibber, II, 79, of Auburn, died Saturday, December 26, 2015 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Holden, son of the late Foster and Ruth (Staples) Vibber and graduated from Worcester Academy.

Howard owned and operated the Northeast Book Binding Company in Medford for 8 years before moving back to Auburn in 1985. After moving back to Auburn he and his wife, Carol owned and operated The Burning Bush Religious Stores with locations in Auburn and Westborough for over 15 years before he retired in 2001.

Howard also owned and operated his own single engine plane that he flew in and out of the Oxford and Worcester airports. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the years.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, Carol (Taylor) Vibber; five children, Laura Gaulin and her husband, Raymond of Oxford, Susan Ward and her husband, Steven of Auburn, Mary Traina of Shrewsbury, Howard Vibber, III. of Tewksbury and Jeffrey Vibber and his wife, Jennifer of Auburn; twelve grandchildren, Rene Gaulin, Robin McCann, Jessica French, Thomas Traina, Tarah Traina, Tracy Burlingame, Stephanie Vibber, Ryan Vibber, Nathan Vibber, Steven Ward, Adam Ward and Olivia Copson; also survived by eight great grandchildren and a sister, Jane Guy and her husband, Jimmy of Point Judith, RI.

At Howard’s request, funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Metro West Homecare and Hospice, 200 Nickerson Road, # 110, Marlborough, MA 01702. BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn is assisting the Vibber family with arrangements.