Phil Gabler '64
Philip L. Gabler TSGT, 74, Oklahoma City, OK, passed away
April 29, 2021, of congestive heart failure after 6 days in ICU.
grew up as a military dependent “brat”, and as such lived in Michigan,
Virginia, Florida, Island of Crete in Greece, France, and Germany.
He graduated from Dreux American High School in 1964. In 1965, he
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the height of the Vietnam War.
He served in Vietnam at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base as a fuel systems
specialist on F-4 Phantom. He served
in Vietnam for 13 months during which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation
medal among other decorations. He
returned to the states to serve at MacDill and Homestead Air Force bases in
Florida. Then, in 1968, after North
Korea captured the U.S.S. Pueblo, Phil was sent during that crisis for a
six-month TDY during the bitter Korean winter.
December of 1968, he was involved in a life-threatening car accident.
After his recovery he received a medical discharge from the Air Force. Phil
returned home to attend college, where he met his first wife Jane-the mother of
their children, Lisa and Brian. Shortly
thereafter, he began working an Air Force Reserve and civilian Technician for
the Dept. of Defense at Selfridge Air National Guard base in Mt. Clemens, MI.
Subsequently, in November of 1982, Phil was hired in at the US Army
Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, MI as an Equipment Specialist.
In March of 1996, he retired from TACOM.
1997, Phil moved to Orlando, Florida, where he met Terry and her daughter Emily.
Phil and Terry moved to The Villages retirement community north of Orlando and
spent many years there before moving on to Oklahoma City where they adopted two
rescue dogs Oscar and Ralph.
Gabler served his country proudly in uniform, cared for his family, his
community, and his friends. He left
a great legacy, which we can all attest to and will forever remember.