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|Gordon K. Dibble|
|Service: January 8, 2018 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.|
Location: The Guild Chapel at Asbury Methodist Village
Gordon K. Dibble, 94, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. He was the loving husband of 57 years to the late Margot Dibble. He is survived by his sons Gordon and Stephen, by his daughters Leslie, Robin and Christine and by several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at The Guild Chapel in Asbury Methodist Village, 211 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Interfaith Works of Montgomery County, www.iworksmc.org.
Gordon grew up in Topeka, Kansas. At Topeka High, he was captain of the track team and president of his senior class. After graduating in 1941, he headed east to Yale and joined the Officer Candidate School there. Gordon rushed through his time at Yale, receiving his degree in less than four years so that he could serve his country. He joined the Marine Corps 4th Division, shipped out to the Pacific in early '45, and was wounded in the battle of Iwo Jima. After a five-month recovery, he returned to the Midwest, to a career in retail. His first job after the war was at Marshall Fields, where he sold socks to Clark Gable and ladies lingerie to countless women. He was subsequently recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
In 1952, he joined the CIA. He served abroad in Taiwan, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Laos, retiring in 1985. He received the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Medal of Merit. His wife of 57 years, Margot, predeceased him in 2015, and Dad is happy to at last be once again by her side. He is survived by his sons Gordon and Stephen, by his daughters Leslie, Robin and Christine, and by several grandchildren.
Gordon was not much of a talker, but did have a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor. He initially chose an old favorite of his, "When the Saints Go Marching In," to be played at his memorial service, but upon thinking about it more, decided that he was no saint. So he settled on another Louis Armstrong melody that came to his mind, the 1931 recording "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You."
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