SK- KA5MUK


Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Richard F. (Dick) Gabler 94 has departed on his final flight into the
heavens. An avid career aviator Dick was a pilot beginning with his career
in the U.S. Navy and followed with a career flying for the airlines and as
an executive pilot. Well into his retirement he spent many hours flying his
glider for personal enjoyment and accomplishment. Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma
on May 8 1915 he spent his childhood in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He is a
graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene Texas where he was a proud
member of the World Famous Cowboy marching band. After college he joined the
U.S. Navy as a pilot flying amphibious patrol aircraft during WWII. It was
during his training at Pensacola Naval Air Station that he met and married
his wife Helen Myrick. He left the Navy as a Commander to begin an airline
pilot career. Following his career with the airline he flew as a private
pilot for a local rancher. He ended his career working in Civil Service at
Kelly AFB. Dick also enjoyed his hobbies of sailing, ham radio (KA5MUK) and
model railroading. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Myrick Gabler
of Pensacola FL. He is survived by his daughter Helen Jeanne Kincheloe and
her husband Gordon grandchildren Michelle White Rebecca Handley and her
husband Derek and his great-grandchildren Brooke White and Heather Bay
Handley. Dick is also survived by his sister-in-law Hazel Gowling of New
Jersey. He was also preceded in death by his second wife Johnnie West Gabler
A private family graveside memorial will be at Ft. Sam Houston National
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please contribute to your favorite charity.


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