Allen Riibe(1930 - 2014)

Allen Louis Riibe, 84, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, in Fort Worth. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 2820 Laredo Drive, Fort Worth with Pastor Raul Gutierrez officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to Western Hills United Methodist Church. Al was born Jan. 19, 1930, in Hartington, Neb., to Louis and Helen Riibe. One of three children, he enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school and was stationed in Harlingen to become a navigator, navigational and electronics instructor, and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell and B-29 Superfortress. While in Texas, Al met and married Rebecca in 1955. Returning to Nebraska, he received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and in 1959, Al began his career in engineering with Convair in Fort Worth working on flight simulator development for the B-58 Hustler and F-111 programs. Al joined the Air Force Reserve and was stationed at Carswell AFB with the 77th Military Airlift Squadron as a senior navigator in the C-124 Globemaster II. He later retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1970, Al was hired by American Airlines as a senior engineer to design and develop commercial flight simulators. He was highly respected in the field of commercial flight simulation. Al retired from American Airlines in 1992 as manager of simulator engineering. Al was a very active member of Western Hills United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Fort Worth Collector's Study Club, Nutcracker Club, B-36 Club and Tarrant County Historical Society. He loved anything related to the aerospace industry, pecans, estate sales and Cornhuskers football. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Harris Methodist Hospital, Encompass Home Health Care and Garden Terrace for all the wonderful care provided to Al throughout the past year. In addition, to all the well-wishers whose encouragement, prayers, kind words and deeds meant so much to Al and his family. Al was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gerald of Hartington, Neb. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca; their children, Kevin and Melinda Riibe of Houston, Karen and Kenny Talley of Las Colinas, Kent Riibe of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Brandon, Bryce, Garen, Eric and Sean; his sister, Wilma Moderow of Grand Island, Neb.; niece, Paula and Chuck Thorndill of Conklin, Mich.; sister-in-law, Betsy Ann Oliver of Brownfield; special nieces, Rebecca Lyn and Gary Thornbury of Victoria, Debra and David Applewhite of Hamilton, Denise and Lee Moreland of Brownfield; and extended family.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 2, 2014