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 airlines, 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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Published by San Antonio Express-News on Apr. 11, 2010.