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RADM Richard Nibe, USN, Ret,

RADM Richard Nibe, USN, Ret,

February 17, 1946 - November 27, 2018     Age: 72

Rear Admiral Richard J. Nibe, passed away at home on November 27, 2018, with Phyllis, his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, at his side.

He was born in Boone, Iowa, on February 17, 1946, the son of his late parents, Lt. Col. Melbourne (USAF, Ret.) and Maxine Nibe.

A military son, he spent his early life in various locations before he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1964, graduating in 1968. On the day following his graduation, Ensign Nibe and Phyllis Mauk were married in the US Naval Academy Chapel, the couple was honored by his peers with an exit under crossed swords. He then earned a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. His first naval assignment was at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, where he began flight training in 1970. During the Vietnam era, he distinguished himself as a pilot and as a leader.  Following assignments in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans with VA-164 (Ghostriders) and VA-147 (Argonauts), the Pentagon, and additional training at the Naval War College in Newport, he became Executive Officer of Attack Squadron VA-83 (Rampagers).  While aboard the USS SARATOGA (CV-60) in the Mediterranean, he assumed his first command as Commanding Officer of the Rampagers in 1986. He was then selected into the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Program and at the completion was named Executive Officer of the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in 1989, and then assumed command of the USS CORONADO (AGF-11) in 1991. In September 1993, he became Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). He was then selected for flag rank, and was named the Director of Intelligence at North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) in Colorado Springs. His final tour was with the National Reconnaissance Office in Washington, DC, as the Deputy Director. He retired from the Navy in April 1999 and did professional consulting for several more years.

Surviving Rear Admiral Nibe are his wife, Phyllis, his daughter, Kristin Nibe Janzow and her husband Gregory, along with their children Nicholas, Nathan, and Jack, of Lexington, Kentucky, and his son, John Richard Nibe, and his wife, Shannon, along with their children Sydney and Colton of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Also surviving are his two sisters, Phyllis Ashe of Houston, Texas, and Dianne Clader of Lutz, Florida, and their husbands, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Following his retirement, he loved to cruise, play golf, and spend time with friends. More than anything else, he loved his country and his family.

Services will be held at the United States Naval Academy on December 13, 2018.  Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.

27 Condolences

  • Cal & Sue Thompson. Posted November 28, 2018 11:03 am

    Our country has lost a great man. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  • Beth Evans Holston Posted November 28, 2018 3:38 pm

    Thinking about all of you and the Family. Many prayers.

  • David and Carol Legg Posted November 28, 2018 6:00 pm

    Carol and I are sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.

  • Michael Gray Posted November 28, 2018 8:43 pm

    Rest easy Sir, we have the watch.

  • Tink Johnston Posted November 28, 2018 9:21 pm

    Phyllis, Cowboy and I are sorry to hear about your loss.Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • Terry Kirk Posted November 29, 2018 6:38 am

    Carol and I are sorry for your loss Phyllis. We will pray for you and your family!

  • Wanda Hager Soulsby Posted November 29, 2018 12:29 pm

    Phyllis, Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your husband, Rich. He was a great man and patriot. May god Bless you and your Family.

  • Randy and Catherine Eddy Posted November 29, 2018 6:31 pm

    Praying for you and the family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Pam Camus Parsons Posted November 30, 2018 7:34 am

    So very sorry to hear this. Richard was a friend that I got to know at the Wheelus reunions. Thoughts and prayers for the family. He will be missed!

  • William “Gunner” Keidel Posted November 30, 2018 8:12 am

    Very sad to hear this. I truly looked up to this man and I know he really enjoyed me as a friend. He was a super example for me to follow.

  • MARCY MOCK Posted December 2, 2018 9:18 am

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I know Rich will be missed.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Joe and Joan Blanchard Posted December 3, 2018 2:40 pm

    Rich was a true patriot and fine gentleman. He now rests with fair winds and following seas. I’ll bet he is now looking down from heaven with that great grin of his.

  • John Hilburn, USNA/Nimitz Posted December 4, 2018 11:18 am

    Your ” cruise” on the planet was well served, Rich. Thanks for serving with him, Phyllis! Now it’s “liberty” time; I hope you save me a place alongside, Classmate/Shipmate.

  • James R. Frezzell Posted December 4, 2018 6:18 pm

    Condolences and Prayers for the Family

  • Mike Odom Posted December 6, 2018 9:53 pm

    As a young Petty Officer on the Abraham Lincoln, Skipper Nibe was a tremendous leader. He always had time to stop and visit with us throughout the ship. He was always encouraging and thanking us for our contributions to the ships mission. I’m grateful for my time under his command. My condolences to his family and friends. Please know his legacy continues today in our Sailors and Marines. Rest In Peace Sir. We have the watch.

  • Miguel Cubano Posted December 19, 2018 5:52 pm

    I just heard about the passing of ADM Nibe. He was my first CO onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 1994. I was the surgeon onboard the carrier and over a conversation during flight up he allowed me to do laparoscopic surgery for the first time in history. I had been onboard 2 weeks so he took a significant risk allowing me to do minimally invasive procedure and telemedicine. After that tour minimally invasive surgery became the standard of care onboard carriers.He always took care of his sailors He was a role model to me even though I have not spoken to the Admiral in over 20 years. I was trying to get his contact information to invite him to my change of command when i saw the sad news We lost a great man. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Craig Bacon Posted February 17, 2019 8:33 am

    I only served with Rich Nibe for about a month on CVN 72 and in that short time, I was profoundly impacted by his leadership. Prayers for God’s peace, comfort & strength for his family and friends. Fair winds and following seas – the watch stands relieved.

  • Michelle W. Posted February 17, 2019 9:15 am

    My sincerest condolences. Praying for you to continue to have strength and guidance from the Lord. May you hold on to all the wonderful memories. Keeping you lifted in my prayers. Sir, we have the watch.

  • Lee Garza Posted February 17, 2019 9:55 am

    Fair winds and following seas sir!
    USS Abraham Lincoln 1994-1996

  • Clinton Bowden Posted February 17, 2019 2:04 pm

    I served under then Captain Nibe on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN72. One thing I try not to do is to refer someone in the past tense that impacted my life in a way that helped me make the military a career. RADM Nibe was one of them. Rest your anchors, skipper. We have the watch.

  • Paul Adams, AT1, USN Posted February 18, 2019 4:39 pm

    I also served under then Captain Nibe on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He was a great skipper. Serving under him was a pleasure. May you find peace beyond understanding. I pray RADM Nibe is resting in eternal peace.

  • Ron Tucker Posted August 9, 2019 9:32 am

    So sorry to discover that Rich has passed on. He and I were best friends in high school (Utica Community High School, Utica, Michigan. The last time we spoke was in May of 1968, just before he was to graduate from Annapolis, and I was heading for Southeast Asia with the Air Force. He apparently had a life well lived, and I will always have fond memories of our high school friendship. Peace and Love

  • John J. Dumbar, crew member USS Coronado, 1991-1996 Posted September 28, 2019 6:16 pm

    One of the worst human beings I ever knew. I remember an indicent in October of 1992 when he illegally imprisoned the crew of the Coronado. The only reason he was given command of the Lincoln and later got a star was because so many of his peers were ruined over Tailhook.

  • John J. Dumbar, crew member USS Coronado, 1991-1996 Posted September 28, 2019 6:17 pm

    One of the worst human beings I ever knew. I remember an indicent in October of 1992 when he illegally imprisoned the crew of the Coronado. The only reason he was given command of the Lincoln and later got a star was because so many of his peers were ruined over Tailhook.

  • Chief J.G. David, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72 Posted July 24, 2020 3:07 pm

    Full speed ahead sir!!!! We got the conn. RIP

  • Chief J.G. David, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72 Posted July 24, 2020 3:09 pm

    Full speed ahead sir!!!! Give ’em hell up there!!!

  • Chief J.G. David, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72 Posted July 24, 2020 3:11 pm

    Beers and cheers for you Cap’n.!!!!

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