Richard Jack Cibak was born May 18, 1938, in East Chicago, Ind., to Mike and Martha Cibak who preceded him in death. He passed away on July 10, 2013, in Roswell.
Richard is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Richard C. Cibak and wife, Pam, of Roswell; two grandchildren: Eric S. Cibak and wife, Sarah, of Abilene, Texas, Katherine McClain and husband, Clint, of Roswell, and three great-grandchildren: Iris, Aedan and Carter. He is also survived by a brother, Michael D. Cibak and wife, Janice, of Washington, Ind.
Richard had many accomplishments in life of which he was very proud. In high school, in Bicknell, Ind., he sang with the “Four Teens,” winning many awards. He enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately after graduating from high school. He was stationed at Walker Air Force Base where he was a gunner on a B-36 aircraft with the 39th Bombardment Squadron, 6th Bombardment Wing (Heavy). After the B-36 was replaced by the B-52, he became an air traffic controller for the Air Force. After his service in the Air Force, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller. Richard had the privilege of working in the following cities: Indianapolis (air traffic controller), Oklahoma City (instructor at the FAA Academy), Missoula, Mont. (air traffic chief), Rapid City, S. D. (flight service chief), Kansas City (assistant chief), Chicago (operations specialist supervisor, Great Lakes Region), and Fort Worth, Texas (air space and operations chief for the Southwest Region). Richard received numerous awards while in service with the FAA, which included the FAA Distinguished Service and the Golden Eagle Award. Richard retired from the FAA in 1993.
In 1993, he started oil painting, which was his lifelong desire. He helped found the Gallery (Roswell Fine Arts League), located on 5th Street in Roswell. He served on the Museum Board in Roswell for four years. There will be no services for Richard held locally. We will all remember the service he has given to our nation and Roswell and his dedication to the artists of New Mexico. The annual Roswell Fine Arts League art show, to be held in August, will be dedicated to his efforts and his love of art.
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