A memorial service will be held for Dr. Lawrence "Larry" M. Cibula, 74, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee. The service will be officiated by Pastor Chris Lipp, Rev. James McCracken, and Pastor Steve Moss.
Dr. Cibula passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at his home in Muskogee. He was surrounded by family as he slipped peacefully into the arms of his Savior.
Born on February 23, 1943 to Ruth Janke Cibula and Lawrence Michael Cibula, Sr. in Ft. Worth, Texas, he was raised in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from St. Edward High School in Lakewood in 1960. After spending his freshman year in college at Marquette University, he transferred to Notre Dame University, from which he graduated in 1964 with his Bachelor's Degree. This was followed by medical school at The Ohio State University in Columbus -- completed in 1968 -- and a medical internship at Mt. Carmel Hospital, also in Columbus. In 1969, he joined the U. S. Navy and began his residency in General Radiology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. In 1970, Dr. Cibula began flight surgeon training in Pensacola, Florida, and served as a navy flight surgeon during the Vietnam War and for the Blue Angels. After two additional residencies at the U. S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, the second of which was in Therapeutic Radiology, in 1978, he completed a mentorship in Interstitial Implant Therapy, the field in which he would make his career.
Dr. Cibula moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1978 and began work at St. John's Medical Center. In 1983, he joined Muskogee Regional Medical Center and later founded its standalone Cancer Center.
Larry was an avid golfer and also loved scuba-diving, photography, playing his guitar, and his adorable little dogs, which he often carried around in a pouch on his chest. His grandchildren called him "Poppie" and he delighted in taking them to Walt Disney World in Orlando, as well as on other fun adventures. He was a member of Boulevard Christian Church in Muskogee, where he was a leader in the Celebrate Recovery ministry.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, Steven Sheard.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jan Cibula; former wife and mother of his children, Katherine Rose Cibula; daughter, Christine Cibula; son, Michael Cibula; brother, Greg Cibula and wife, Tammy; sisters, Merry Cibula and Constance Cibula; step son, Dr. Scott LaGraff and wife, Kimberly; step daughter, Jennifer LaGraff Lipp and husband, Chris; step niece, Christine Blake and husband, Drew; grandchildren, Cameron, Aidan, Joshko, Michaela, and Sean; nephew, Luke; nieces, Alexandra, Abby, and Kerry; great niece, Taylor; great nephew, Curtis; and best friend, James Rybak and wife, Linda.
Published on May 18, 2017