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Monday, March 26, 2018

C&S/DL Capt. Richard R. Kite

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, C&S/DL Capt. Richard R. Kite
September 30, 1921 ~ March 18, 2018
 
Notification with the passing of early aviator retired C&S/DL pilot Captain Richard ‘Dick’ Ralph Kite, age 96.  Captain Kite joined Chicago & Southern Air Lines 04-28-1950 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1981, based Atlanta at time of his retirement.
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Services for Captain Kite were held this past weekend.  Captain Kite is survived by his wife Helen, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.  To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
300 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Unit A215 , Atlanta GA 30328-4186  ...  phone (404) 255-8790.
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                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary................................KITE, Richard R.
Sept. 30, 1921 ~ March 18, 2018

Dick Kite, 96, passed away on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 and is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Kite, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Dick grew up in Galesburg, Illinois. Growing up, he liked to visit the airfield where he was fascinated with planes and flying. He was a senior at Knox College when WWII began, he enlisted in the Navy and went through pilot training. During the war, he served in the Pacific and Atlantic. Following the war, he was based in Hawaii, where he met Helen Sturdivant whom he would marry after he flew for 6 months in the Berlin Airlift. When he was released from the Navy, he flew for Chicago and Southern Airlines that was eventually bought out by Delta, and was stationed in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1962, he was moved to Atlanta, where he spent the rest of his career flying for Delta. He used to say that he couldn't believe he got paid for doing what he loved. Dick was a member of St. James Methodist Church where he enjoyed ushering on Sunday mornings. He also enjoyed working on Habitat for Humanity houses well into his 80's. He will truly be missed by friends and family. The memorial service for Dick Kite will be held at St. James Methodist Church at 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Atlanta on Saturday, March 24th. His ashes will be interred in the columbarium at 10am with the memorial service to follow at 11am.

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