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Billy Richard "Rick" Climie

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Climie, Billy Richard (Rick)
Rick Clime, 85, of Phoenix, Arizona, born November 15, 1928 in Dennis, Kansas, died Monday, July 28, 2014 from Colon Cancer in Hospice of the Valley Facility, Sun City, Arizona. Mr. Climie served as communication technician in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Japan during his tour. He received an Education Degree from La Verne College and continued studies in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. Rick married Verna May Wylie in Comber, Ontario, Canada. He began his professional career at Douglas Aircraft in California, relocated to Collins Radio in Iowa and then to ARINC in Maryland where he served as Senior Director from 1962 to 1979. His expertise involved the coordination of aviation industry standards between the U.S. Military, FAA, FCC and the commercial airlines worldwide. He represented ARINC at conferences throughout the world including United Nations conferences. Retiring to Arizona, he continued his career consulting for Honeywell. Mr. Climie was an active volunteer serving as President with the IEEE Aerospace Society in New York and later served as Vice President with the AAII in Arizona. Rick was active in the Masonic Order achieving a 32nd Degree Master Mason. He maintained membership in the Elks Club and Scottish Rite. Mr. Climie had many interests. He created and funded a foundation that provides educational scholarships for Christian students. He enjoyed sailing and power boating on Chesapeake Bay with his family, hunting with friends on the islands when he lived in Annapolis. He also found time for photography, world travel, restoring automobiles as well as being a private pilot, a real estate and stock market investor and an avid reader on economic, political, historical events worldwide. His parents, Robert M. and Nina O. (Climie) Keeley, his first wife Verna May Climie, and a daughter, Jeanette Climie, preceded him in death. Surviving are his domestic partner, H. Joyce Schieler, a daughter, Susan Diane Climie, and his dear informally adopted son, Robert C. Kelly, and families in Canada: the families of Mrs. Catherine Keith and Mrs. Marion Anderson. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Valley for their supportive and compassionate care and the faithful friends who are always available. Services: Private family services will be held in Comber, Ontario, Canada.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 10, 2014
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