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Col., George “Rick” Malick, USAF RET

Col., George “Rick” Malick, USAF RET

Colonel George “Rick” Malick, USAF RET. lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease and dementia on March 27, 2017. True to his character, he fought bravely and lovingly throughout his struggles. He will be missed by many people who met him and cared for him throughout his life.

As a highly-accomplished fighter pilot, Rick’s Air Force career spanned 30 years. He served as Squadron Commander for the 89th F-16 Fighter Squadron Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. His most cherished accolades came from his student pilots who overwhelmingly voted him “Best Instructor“ again and again. Rick cared deeply for the pilots who dared bravely to preserve our freedom here at home and around the world.

Rick and his wife Patty would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. Patty said it best, “We had great chemistry.” Son Ricky often referred to his father as his hero. Rick's striking smile and soft humor captivated those around him, especially his nieces and nephews.

In addition to Patty and Ricky, Rick is survived by brother, Gary (MaryAnn) Malick. Preceding Rick in death were his parents, George and Rose Malick, and sister, Janet Scarpitti.

Patty extends her gratitude to all the caretakers and medical professionals who assisted her in caring for Rick. Their love and respect in this journey were invaluable.

Services will be held 2pm Monday, April 3, 2017 at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CarePartners, Scholarship Fund, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

To offer online condolences, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.