|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1979|
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 FFA 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.
Charles Wesley Richey (1906 - 1975)
Nellie Basham Richey (1911 - 1997)
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Plot: Block 11, Section C, Lot 12, Row 1.
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33375866
I'm thinking of you this Holiday Season and wish your spirit well. Love always - Masayo|
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Thinking of you this Christmas - 2010.|
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Thinking of you where ever you are.|
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