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Wyant, Ronald "Ron" Delvin
79, of Glendale, AZ passed away on September 9, 2015. Ron succumbed to complications of a rare disease, Wegener's Granulomatosis. Born in Erie, PA, he joined the United States Air Force at age 17 during the Korean Conflict. After basic training at Sampson AFB in New York, Ron trained as an Airborne Radio Operator and flew on a B-29 with the Strategic Air Command (SAC). He later became a Control Room Operator with SAC. During that time, he spent many hours flying and traveling to many different countries - which fueled two of his greatest passions - traveling and the love of planes. In fact, on his 70th birthday, he took the controls of an aerobatic airplane for a combat fighter pilot flying experience through Fighter Combat International where he was proudly named, "Top Gun." After his time in the Air Force, Ron moved to Arizona where he graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in Computer Science and Education. He held various positions over the years including owning his own refrigeration company. He retired twenty years ago from the State Compensation Fund where he worked as a systems analyst and internal auditor. He enjoyed his retirement years, traveling with his travel club and spending many hours on one of his other great passions - fly fishing. Ron was born to Andrew and Sophie Wyant. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Andrew Wyant, Jr. He is survived by his longtime life partner of 24 years, Karen; three daughters, Denise Wilkins (Drew); Cindy Buford (Mike); and Michele Green (Larry); and two sisters Claudette "Dolly" Burdett and Audrey Harriger. He has eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren with a 12th due in January. Ron lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed. Services will be held at the National Cemetery (23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024) on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:00 am. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society. Due to his love of animals, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Halo Animal Rescue Mission, an animal rescue organization that Ron supported for many years and where he found and adopted his beloved dog, "Toby."

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 20, 2015
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