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Otto N. Bie

August 28, 1931 - March 29, 2015

Obituary


Otto Norman Bie, Major (USAF, Ret) better known as "Cappy" passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:58 PM at the age of 83. Cappy was born to Norman and Rita Monrose Bie from Tampa, Florida on August 28, 1931, the fifth of their sixth children. When he was five years old he moved with his family to Indian Rocks Beach where they made the historic Boathouse into the Bie family home. He grew up at the Boathouse and was blessed to spend the last months of his life in his boyhood home, surrounded...

Otto Norman Bie, Major (USAF, Ret) better known as "Cappy" passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:58 PM at the age of 83. Cappy was born to Norman and Rita Monrose Bie from Tampa, Florida on August 28, 1931, the fifth of their sixth children. When he was five years old he moved with his family to Indian Rocks Beach where they made the historic Boathouse into the Bie family home. He grew up at the Boathouse and was blessed to spend the last months of his life in his boyhood home, surrounded by his extended family, friends and the memories of all the years they shared together.
Cappy received his education at Anona Elementary School, Clearwater Junior and Senior High School, and the University of Florida in Gainesville. In 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was eventually promoted to Major. As an Air Force pilot he flew B-47 jet bombers with the Strategic Air Command during the years of the Cold War. During the Vietnam War he flew C-141 jet transports in and out of Vietnam more than fifty times while serving in the Military Airlift Command.
After 21 years of living on different military bases all around the world, Cappy retired from the Air Force in 1975. He brought his wife, Cynthia and his children, Daniel and Summer, back home to live in Indian Rocks Beach to enjoy the sand, sun and boating together. Cappy then became a Real estate Broker.
Cappy was a very kind-hearted man. A loyal son to his parents. A devoted husband and father to his wife and children. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could lead any group in songs and laughter. He felt a deep concern for others well-being and was willing and able to reach out to help them. He always cherished the lifelong friendships he made while serving his country. His neighbors will always appreciate how he brought them together for fun and companionship.
Most of all, his extended family will forever be grateful to Cappy for keeping them close to one another through the years regardless of all the miles that were between them.
Memories of Cappy Bie will live on in those who shared memberships with him in many organizations including:
St. Jerome Catholic Church
The Secret Order of the Quiet Birdman
Air Force Escape and The Evade Society (AFEES)
The Order of Daedalians
8th Air Force Historical Society
Air Lift Tanker Association
B-47 Stratejet Association
Disabled American Veterans Organization
The Kappa Alpha Order

Cappy is preceeded by his parents, Norman and Rita Bie, and his sister Marie Bie Rivers. He is survived by his forever sweetheart, loving and devoted wife Cynthia "Cindy" McCurdy Bie, his son Daniel Grady Bie, his daughter Summer Teresa Bie, and grandson Daniel Xikis; his siblings Ellen Dainwood, Rita Tami (Livio), Norman Bie Jr. (Katherine), E.W. "Billy" (Shera), numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and cousins in the Bie, Monrose and McCurdy families. His entire family extends their deepest thanks to his nephew Edward Bie, niece Wendla McCurdy and to the aides Heather Perez, Angie Campbell, Jessica Atchison, Brenda Phillips, Lafrieda Mannor, Octavia McCray, and Dessa Smith and Donna Williams who so lovingly cared for him during the last months of his life and Suncoast Hospice.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
Address: 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, Fl. 33760-9962
Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.