In Loving Memory of DENNIS WILLIAM CLASSICK, 92, born into time on January 17, 1926, and born into Eter-nity on May 10, 2018. Dennis was born on January 17, 1926, at home in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was the son of longtime Rogue River resident Anna Classick who preceded him in death in 2002. He died of congestive heart failure and natural causes at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center Grants Pass. Dennis was 92 years old.
He graduated from High School in Huron, South Dakota, in 1944. Upon grad-uation, Dennis enlisted in the Army Air Corp to pursue his love of flying. He was a PBY OA-10A Catalina Flight Engineer and took part in sea and air rescue missions off the Gulf Coast. He volunteered and entered the cadet training program to become a pilot; however, the war ended, and he was discharged. In June 1947 Den-nis married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Dormady, in Huron and was married for over 71 years.
After jobs working for the Chicago North Western Railroad as a locomotive fire-man, and Bureau of Reclamation as a surveying engineer on the Angostura Dam, he reenlisted in the USAF in March 1950. Dennis had a career in aircraft maintenance that spanned 26 years. Dennis had numerous assignments including Hamilton AFB CA, March AFB CA, Lake Charles AFB LA, Sedalia AFB MO, Narsarsuaq AB Greenland, Edward Gary AFB TX, Ran-dolph AFB TX, Stead AFB NV, Albrook AFB Panama, back to Hamilton AFB CA, Washington DC, Guayaquil, Ecuador, and back to Hamilton AFB where he retired from active duty in May 1970.
Dennis and family moved to Gold Hill, OR, in May 1970 at which time he became an insurance adjuster with North Pacific Ins. Co. in Medford. He retired from North Pacific in November 1989. Dennis and Patricia moved to Rogue River in 1989 and lived there until 2017, at which time they moved to Brookdale Senior Living in Grants Pass. He always loved the accordion, and as a result, he organized the first local accordion club. When he wasn’t playing the accordion, he was repairing them. He and wife Patricia traveled throughout the Northwest at-tending accordion functions and enjoying the retirement life. He is survived by wife, Patricia; sister, Kathleen Faye of Rogue River; son, Steve of Grants Pass; son, Mike of Destin, FL; and daughter, Carolyn Kohn of Vista, CA. Daughter Maureen Murphy preceded him in death in 2010. He also had six grandkids and eleven great-grandkids. No services are planned. Arrangements are being made by Perl Siskiyou Funeral Home, Medford. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and deep gratitude for all expression of sympathy and acts of kindness during their time of bereavement.