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Bill Charles Richey
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1928
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1979
Livermore
Alameda County
California, USA

Bill was born in Texas, but was raised in Lindsay, California. He was the oldest of seven children to parents Charles Wesley Richey from Alabama and Nellie Basham - Richey from Oklahoma. He graduated from Fresno State College. He was a comissioned United States Air Force 1st. Lt. stationed in Japan for four years. After the Air Force as a civilian he taught English to Japanese in Tokyo, Japan.

Bill married Tokyo born Masayo Suzuki on Aug. 3. 1967 at the American Embassy in Tokyo. In Dec. 1967, he began working for Japan Airlines as a flight navigator. After leaving Japan Airlines he got his pilots license and worked as an instructor for Flying Country Club at the San Jose Airport.

Bill died tragically in a plane crash. He was flying right seat in a private aircraft as an instructor/evaluator while administering an FAA annual certification test of another pilot who also died. The cause of the crash was determined to be from severe wind-shear in a thunderstorm over Livermore, California. Bill's burial was on Nov. 20, 1979. He was only 51 years old, but died while doing what he most enjoyed in life - flying.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Wesley Richey (1906 - 1975)
  Nellie Basham Richey (1911 - 1997)
 
 Sibling:
  Bill Charles Richey (1928 - 1979)
  Bob Wesley Richey (1930 - 2005)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Prunedale
Monterey County
California, USA
Plot: Block 11, Section C, Lot 12, Row 1.
 
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33375866
Bill Charles Richey
Added by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
 
Bill Charles Richey
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Bill Charles Richey
Added by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
 
 
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In remembrance of you, Bill, always and ever.
- Peggy
 Added: Dec. 15, 2015
I'm thinking of you this Holiday Season and wish your spirit well. Love always - Masayo
- Masayo Brown
 Added: Dec. 26, 2011
Thinking of you this Christmas - 2010.
- Masayo
 Added: Dec. 25, 2010
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