OBITUARY

Richard Franklin Clontz

December 1, 1959May 29, 2022
Obituary of Richard Franklin Clontz
Richard Franklin Clontz, age 62, of Charlotte, passed away May 29th, 2022. Rick was born December 1, 1959 to parents, Frank and Shirley Smith Clontz. Rick was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents Neal Jenkins Smith and Jackson Arthur Smith; paternal grandparents Edith Love Clontz and William Henry Clontz; nephew-in-law Kyle Gordon; aunt June Cochran. Rick is survived by his parents; sister -Michelle Shay (Robert); brothers David Randall Clontz (Sally) and Ronald Gregory Clontz (Lisa); niece Nicole Gordon; nephew David Clontz; aunt Judy Morgan; uncles William Clontz (Dodee), Billy S Smith, Bobby J Smith (Betty), Andrew Morgan and Max Cochran; great nephew Grey Gordon; great niece Murphy Gordon; many cousins and friends. Rick was a graduate of Olympic High School and played clarinet in the school's marching band. He was very talented in graphic design and worked for printing companies most of his working life, beginning with Stewart & Everett Theatres. Later employment included Office Supply Services, International Minute Press, and finally, retired from BCE, South. He was a member of St Andrews United Methodist Church, participated in the Boy Scout troop and as a teenager, enjoyed the other youth activities provided through the church. He built and raced his car in the soapbox derby. His father worked for a theatre company and as a teenager, Rick enjoyed impressing his dates by stopping at the ticket window to receive free passes. Rick was an avid reader, especially anything pertaining to Physics or the universe. He was a wit and loved paraphrasing certain axioms with such witticisms as "A penny saved - is a waste of time," or "A house divided - is a split level," and, "A bird in the hand - can get messy." He admired Gene Roddenberry and was an enthusiastic 'Star Trek' fan. He collected a considerable amount of "Trek" memorabilia. He also spoke fluent Klingon. Rick loved his family and his friends. And we will all miss him. A Celebration of life for Richard will be held at St Andrews United Methodist Church on June 25 at 2pm. Verengan luDablaHbe' je. (Translation from Klingon - 'Live long and prosper') In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

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