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HIGHET, Richard David age 92, retired Aeronautical Engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and gifted artist, passed away, of natural causes, at The Oaks of West Kettering on Friday, September 14, 2012. Richard David Highet was born August 18, 1920 in Mattoon, IL, son of the late David A. and Ethel E. (Brown) Highet. He grew up in Springfield, IL and served in the US Army Air Force from 1942-1946, stationed in the South Pacific. David received a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois Class of 1951. Following graduation, he was employed with Wright-Patterson AFB until his retirement. David's long marriage to Margaret "Meggie" Davis-Highet ended with her death in 2004. He was active in the local art scene as a long time member of Vanguard Concerts, Dayton Art Institute, Riverbend Art Center and Dayton Society Painters and Sculptors. David studied painting with Mary Frech and other local artists. He and Mary Frech were married shortly before her death. David exhibited his paintings locally from time to time. He and other prominent artists were members of the Mary Frech Art Guild. For many years, they would meet weekly to paint as a group, first at Riverbend and then at Harrison Township Community Center. Mr. Highet is survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Highet; 3 nieces, Joan Highet, Cathy Highet and Suzanne Highet Kaiser; great-nephew, Robert Kaiser; great-niece, Jacqueline Kaiser; close friend, Jan Courage. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Robert John Highet. A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, 5555 Philadelphia Dr. at N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45415. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, in David's memory. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerhazelsnider.com
Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 23, 2012