A memorial service will be held for John A. “Jack” Ribbach on Friday, May 25, 2012, at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gorton Smith officiating and the Rev. Stephanie Harmon assisting. Jack went home to his Lord on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Jack was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Newark, N.J., to John P. and Signe L. Ribbach, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Marlayne, of the home; son Mark, of Maui, Hawaii; sister Linda Ribbach, of Minneapolis; sister-in-law Zoe Ann Milner; nieces and nephews, Melissa and Mark Proctor, Pam and Jim Schultz; and Steven Milner; and great-nieces and nephews, Madison and Michela Proctor and Rebecca and Kristen Schultz.
Jack spent his first 18 years in North Caldwell, N.J., and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, in Caldwell, N.J., in 1954. He entered the Air Force in January 1955, and spent 22 years as a career airman. He was a bomb navigation systems mechanic, and a Hound Dog Missile systems analyst. He was stationed at Walker AFB for 11½ years, Minot AFB, N.D., for 8½ years, and Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y., for 1 year. He retired from the Air Force in 1976 with the rank of master sergeant. After spending a year off at home, Jack went to work with the Post Office in Roswell as a city letter carrier. He retired in November 1997 after 20 years with the USPS.
Jack and Marlayne enjoyed square dancing, RV’ing, boating and fishing. They were members of the Cactus Sam’s RV chapter. Jack also enjoyed singing in the Barber Shoppers, Silver Chords, and church choir. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and had a collection of 1,500 diecast cars.
Jack was a member of First United Methodist Church for almost 50 years, and also a member of the choir, Silver Chords Chorus, and the Searchers Sunday school class.
As per his request, he has been cremated and his cremains are interred in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.
Memorial donations may be made to the Music Department of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneral home.com.