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F. Richard (Dick) Kishline, 89, resident of Benzonia, Mich., died Nov. 9, 2011, at The Maples, Frankfort, Mich.
Born June 18, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., to Floyd Foster and Carrie Miller Kishline.
Married Patricia Voigt, June 12, 1948.
Survived by his son, Carl (Patricia) Kishline of Kent, Wash.; and grandchildren Carrie and Peter. Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Patricia; a daughter, Mary; three brothers and one sister.
Dick Kishline led a full life, serving his community wherever he lived.
Dick grew up mostly in Birmingham, Mich., moving to Maumee, Oh., and Kenosha, Wis., where he finished high school. During WWII he tested aircraft engines for Nash-Kelvinator. After graduation from Purdue University he began a 42 year career with Nash and American Motors. He was a leading authority on vehicle noise and vibration. During his career he earned a Master's degree for the University of Wisconsin and was licensed as a Professional Engineer.
Pat and Dick were childhood friends and began their 52 year marriage in 1948 in Kenosha. They had two children, surviving son Carl and a daughter Mary who died in 1966.
In Kenosha, sailing and skiing were strong interests. Pat and Dick had several boats used for local racing and cruising, and Dick served as Commodore of the Kenosha Yacht Club. He also served on the Kenosha Harbor Commission. During ski season, Dick became a Ski Patroller at a local area, and later at two Michigan areas when they moved.
When American Motors moved engineering to Detroit, they moved there and bought a cottage on Crystal Lake in Benzie County. During the years until retirement and for a time thereafter they volunteered at the Methodist Children's Village near their home. The cottage was transformed into their retirement home and they moved to Benzie County in the 1990's.
Dick's volunteer work then focused on several local groups including more Ski Patrol, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Mills Community Center, Benzie Area Historical Society, the City of Milwaukee car ferry, and his church. His schedule was so busy he rarely could plan a trip to visit his family in Washington State except at Christmas. His legacy includes many display stands, viewing platforms, and the like at the lakeshore, museum, and community center.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., at First Congregational UCC of Benzonia, MI. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes, Benzonia, MI.