Walter E. Dibble 1918 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Walter E. Dibble, Sr., 92, passed away on April 10, 2011 from complications related to congestive heart failure. Born August 14, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Zylpher (Lisonbee) and Arthur Henry Dibble. His siblings included Gene (now deceased) and Keith (residing in Salt Lake City). While in high school he worked part-time at the Salt Lake Tribune where his father was employed for over 50 years. He was a member of the ROTC while attending the University of Utah where he received a Mechanical Engineering degree. He also received a Masters degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. He married Eleanor Ellefsen (now deceased) in Salt Lake City on Feb. 20, 1942. He served in World War II stationed in Barrackpore, India in the China Burma India Theater. He and Eleanor raised three sons: Walter, Jr. who resides in Payson, AZ, James who resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Judy, and Robert who resides in Austin, TX. Walter and his family spent several years in Japan while in the Air Force and was stationed in various other areas of the US. Walter Sr. retired as a Major from the Air Force in San Bernardino, CA in 1967. While serving at Norton AFB, he worked on the deployment of six Minuteman II Missile wings. He joined the civilian work force as an engineer at Tracor in Austin and later at the Texas Air Control Board. He was very proud of his service to his country and had a strong work ethic which he instilled in his children. He enjoyed working around the home and yard and did volunteer work for many years at ARC. He recently returned to his Mormon roots and has called the LDS church his church.