Vernon Ray Ribera
1928 — 2022
Vernon Ray Ribera, age 94, of Rockwall, TX, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in Dallas, TX, on August 6, 2022. He was born January 13, 1928, in Boswell, OK, to Adeline (Angelly) and Ralph Ribera. Vernon grew up on the family farm, raised by his older sister and an uncle, after being orphaned at six years of age. He graduated from Boswell High School in 1944 at the age of 16 and joined the Merchant Marine, making supply runs across the Atlantic during the last year of World War II. In February 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the war, he returned home and earned a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and joined the Oklahoma National...