Cleon Joseph Biter, 76, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at his home in Longmont. He was born April 27, 1940 in Dover, Delaware to Edward and Mary (Bolan) Biter. Cleon grew up and graduated from high school in Dover. He attended Parks College of St. Louis University earning a BS degree in Aeronautics in 1961 and continued his education with graduate courses in atmospheric science at Colorado State University. Cleon moved to Boulder, CO from Virginia in 1966 with his former wife, Suzanne Hart, and their three daughters, Audrey, Barbara, and Rebecca. On February 28, 1981 he married Toni Chapman. They lived in Longmont for 35 years, aside from a 10-year retreat in Apple Valley, Lyons, CO. Cleon was a research meteorologist with the U.S. Navy Weather Research Facility in Virginia for five years and then worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder for 29 years, retiring in 1995. While at NCAR he received an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurals Award and an NCAR Technology Advancement Award. After retiring from NCAR he continued his career as a consulting meteorologist from 1995-2009. Cleon was passionate about aviation. He earned his private pilot's license at the age of 17 and continued with his love of flying up to early November when he flew his last flight in his RANS S-19. He was a Master Certified Flight Instructor Emeritus, held numerous pilot ratings including land, sea, instrument, private and commercial and was a flight instructor for several years at Longmont's Vance Brand Airport as well as Mile High Gliding in Boulder. Over the years, he belonged to many professional aviation organizations and most recently was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 43 having built his own experimental aircraft. A man of curiosity, he was always interested in learning new subjects and skills. He loved to read, especially science and aviation subjects. He enjoyed golf, target shooting, and was honing a new interest in building robotics. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Durney and sister Maryanne Craver. Cleon is survived by his wife Toni, three daughters Audrey Potter (Rick) of Australia, Barbara Kawczynski (Thomas) of Longmont, and Rebecca Biter, of Hawaii, step-son Paul Chapman (De) of Larkspur, CO, grandchildren Sandra and Katie Potter, Eric Kawczynski and Biven Chapman, brother Edward Biter (Wee), sister Isabel Gonya, and other extended family members. A celebration of his life will take place 11:00am Friday December 16, 2016 at Faith Community Lutheran Church, 9775 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80504. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to EAA Chapter 43 and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Published in The Daily Camera on Dec. 12, 2016.