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Richard Cary Pahnke Sr.

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Sept. 29, 1951 — Oct. 19, 2020

WAKE FOREST — Richard “Rick” Cary Pahnke Sr., 69, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 19, 2020, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1951, in Savannah, Georgia to the late Robert C. Pahnke and Maggie Blackburn Pahnke.

A love for all things mechanic led “Rick” Pahnke into the field of private aviation, where he worked for more than 40 years as a pilot/aircraft mechanic and small business owner. His passion for airplanes was superseded only by his passion for Christian missions, having discovered the joy of investing in missionary endeavors via short-term work teams sponsored by his home church. Rick went on to serve as coordinator of these benevolent work teams for a number of years. He also loved music, participating regularly in the choir and orchestra of his church, and actively contributing to the musical development of his own children and grandchildren.

Friends visited with the family 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Friendship Baptist Church, 5510 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Friendship Baptist Church. A private burial will be held at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

Rick is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith C. Pahnke; children, Rebecca P. Thomas and husband, the Rev. Richard Thomas of Berwick, Pennsylvania, Ruth P. Bixby and husband, the Rev. Timothy Bixby of Fontenay-en-Parisis, France, Richard C. Pahnke Jr. and wife, Tara, of Taylors, South Carolina, and Rachel P. Small and husband, James, of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Allie, Ashlyn, Adam, Aric and Asher Thomas, Micaiah, Miriam, Zacharie, Gabriel and Simeon Bixby, and Sophia, Jill and Jacob Pahnke; sisters, Dr. Sally Cummings and husband, Dr. Howard Cummings, of Bunnlevel, and Cynthia Hicks and husband, James Hicks, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and extended family and a lot of dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 5510 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 to help continue Rick’s passion for missions.

Arrangements are by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest,