PCN Flight West Page

Flt West Page___Survivor's Page____PCN Home Page_____Flight West Lists______Report a Death___About Mark__Contact Blog Admin

This page is produced by the PCN and is designed to be respectful and an honor to those from among us whom have made their final Flight West. When the PCN receives notices, all families agree that address info will be included (unless requested otherwise) on this semi-private web page. Contributor contact info is removed before posting (unless requested otherwise).


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DL Capt. Ron Pedro

Capt. Ronald Eugene Pedro
May 23, 1942 - June 25, 2012
Word has been received of the passing of retired DL Captain Ron Pedro.  Ron’s health was complicated by the effects of ALS.  He was 70 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Pedro hired on with Delta 10-17-1969 and was based DFW/CVG. 
Survived by his wife Suzanne ‘Suzi’, personal condolences may be addressed to
 8 Fairway View Ct.,  Hammond, LA 70401-8200  ...  (985) 340-2831
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Ron’s Life Legacy
Ronald “Ron” Eugene Pedro
Age 70, a native of Bloomington, Indiana and resident of Hammond, Louisiana, Ron passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012 at his residence. He was a consummate poet, pilot, and professor. His achievements ranged from several master degrees to a doctorate in philosophy and criminal justice administration. He is a seasoned author of "The Gathering Chase in Other Verse," and "Policy and Procedure as a Prelude to Peril." Professionally he served as an international airline Captain for delta airlines. After his retirement, he was a professor in Criminal Justice at several universities, most recently at Southern University in New Orleans, where he was admired by his students of faculty. His passions ranged from the thrill of flight, his devoted and loving wife “Suzi”, his beloved menagerie of animals, and his deceased mother in law. He dedicated his community spirit in Hammond, Louisiana, as reigning king omega XVIII along with his wife, Queen Suzanne.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Suzanne Zazulak Pedro; children, Roshera Autrey, Cheress Steinhorst and husband Todd, (daughters of Ron and Sharon 1962-1967); Candace Olivia Pedro, Ronald “Ronnie” Pedro, Jr., Ava Pedro, (children of Ron and Olivia Collier Pedro 1975 - 1998), along with his grandchildren, Chad, Spencer, Josh, Zaden and Lyla; great-granddaughter, Lily Marie Autrey. He is also survived by his half-sister, Jericho Poplar and half-brother, Philip Poplar.
Preceding Ron in death were his son, John Pedro; parents, Albert and Mary Pedro.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at. St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Hammond on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., with visiting hours beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Randy Cuevas will celebrate the Mass.
Condolences and other information are available online at www.thompsoncares.com 
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home of Hammond.
Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Homes
12012 Hwy 190 West
Hammond, LA 70401
From: John Owens     Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 12:09 PM    Subject: Death of Ron Pedro
Retired Delta Captain Ron Pedro (age 70) passed away this morning in Hammond, La  He had been inflicted with ALS.  Further information as to services etc. to follow.
John Owens

Sunday, June 24, 2012

NWA Capt. David E. Windsor Sr.

Capt. David Edward Windsor Sr.
April 29, 1938 ~ June 22, 2012
Notification of the passing of retired NWA pilot Capt. David E. Windsor Sr., age 74.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=David-Windsor&lc=4818&pid=158169032&mid=5146706 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1827 Flower Drive , Palm Beach Gardens,  FL  33410-1701   ...   (561) 775-6367
Captain David Edward Windsor, age 74, of Palm Beach Gardens, formerly of Quincy, Illinois passed away on June 22, 2012 at Jupiter Medical Center. David was born in Quincy, Illinois on April 29, 1938 to Everette and Mabel Windsor.
David was a airline Captain for Northwest Airlines for 31 years. He loved golfing and putting together model planes.
David is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Janette; his children David, Timothy, Jeff and his wife Lana, Heather and her husband Mike, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and his sister Janet and her husband Jerry. David was preceded in death by his son Gregory.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 11 am, Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter.
Celebration of Life:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from 11:00am - 12:00pm
Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center
1112 Military Trail, Jupiter FL 33458  ...  561-746-5124

Friday, June 22, 2012

DL Capt. Burton 'Buck' Moree

December 24, 1929 ~ June 18, 2012

Notification of the passing of Air Force veteran, Korean War veteran and retired DL pilot Captain Burton ‘Buck’ Herbert Moree, age 82.  Captain Moree hired on with Delta in January 1956 and retired in March of 1987, based Miami.  As was Buck’s wishes, there will be no services. 
Not mentioned in Buck’s obituary, but his wife Betty passed away in February 2009.  Betty’s obituary is also posted below.  To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to Captain Moree’s family at
1153 Via Jardin , Riviera Beach, FL 33418-7841  ...  (561) 882-9613
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.royalpalmfuneralhome.com/   or  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/palmbeachpost/obituary.aspx?n=BURTON-MOREE&pid=158150207 
Thank you,
~ Carol
BURTON H. MOREE "Buck" Age 82 of Palm Beach Gardens, FL passed away peacefully in Hospice at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on June 18, 2012. Buck was born and raised in Riviera Beach, FL. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and spent the early years of the Korean War in the Air Rescue Squadron at Hamilton Field, CA. He was Honorably Discharged in 1952. After earning his pilot's license, Buck flew for several cargo companies and a Canadian airline in the Artic. Buck joined Delta Air Lines in January 1956 and provided the airline with 31 years of service. He retired in March, 1987 at age 57 - closing his beloved flying career as an L-1011 Captain. Buck is predeceased by his loving parents Nellie and Alonzo Moree; sister, Delphine Mathis, and two brothers, Errol Moree and Thomas Moree. He is survived by his three daughters, Cheri (Rob) Kasprak, Cindy Moree, and Darlene Moree and his two granddaughters, Erika Kasprak and Kristen Rawls and great-granddaughter, Aurora Villalobos. At Buck's request, there will be no service. "To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check." Royal Palm Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, FL in charge of Arrangements. To express condolences and/or make donations visit  PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries  
Published in The Palm Beach Post from June 22 to June 29, 2012.
Betty J. Moree  
Aug. 10, 1926 ~ Feb. 28, 2009
BETTY J. MOREE (nee Stong) Age 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 28, 2009. She was our beloved and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Betty was a great lover of all animals but especially cats and horses. Everywhere she went, she was known to all because she was such a generous and caring person and always offered a kind word to everyone. She was born and raised in Coatesville, PA and joined the Army Nurse Cadet Corp. in 1944. After receiving her RN in Nursing, she worked at the V.A. Hospital in Coatesville until moving to Coral Gables, FL. She continued her Nursing career at the old Biltmore V.A. Hospital and other hospitals in the Miami area. Betty married Burton (Buck) H. Moree in June 1954 and joined him in his travels as a pilot with Delta Air Lines. They have three daughters - Cheri Kasprak (Rob), Cindy Moree, and Darlene Moree, and two granddaughters - Erika and Kristen Kasprak. She is also survived by her sister Virginia Wright, and predeceased by her parents May B. Stong and William P. Stong, sisters Nancy Harman and Dorothy Perry, and brother William P. Stong, II. Funeral services will be held at Royal Palm Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM. Those who wish may send a memorial contribution to Horse Protection Association, 20690 N.W. 130 Avenue, Micanopy, FL 32667. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Palm Beach County for their compassionate and gentle care. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries

Thursday, June 21, 2012

NWA Capt. Albert 'Bert' L. Kuiper Jr.

Update/Memorial:  today's date May 19, 2013

From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2013 9:34 AM Subject: Bert Kuiper Memorial

Hi all!
Below is a copy of the info. I received from Dan (US Coast Guard Captain) regarding their VATSIM tribute to Bert. It's a private link, but I think I have the right to share it!
This tugged at my heart, especially since they are doing this one year exactly from the day of Bert's death. The draft video is terrific (and even Dane, now a Ph.D. in Computer Science agrees:) with NWA airplanes and Bert's 7774R Baron. Bert was in the left seat, of course and I was (eight months pregnant with Dane) in the right seat. We were meeting my parents in EAU and my Dad took the picture from his little Colt. Bert joked that he thought we would stall going slow enough for Dad to get the picture. It was Bert's favorite picture and airplane -- and ultimately was engraved on Bert's urn.
Bert would have been so honored to have this happen for him. He was a mentor and real-time pilot to so many of his vatsim friends. I only wish he would have been alive to truly know how much they appreciated him.
Good afternoon! I hope you're doing well. Thank you for the pictures of Bert, and of N7774R, they were incredibly helpful when creating the video. I don't need any more pictures for the video.

The date for the fly-in is scheduled for this Sunday, May 19th. I'm just awaiting final confirmation of the start/end time of the event. I've cc'd Dhruv Kalra on this e-mail. He runs the Minneapolis ARTCC on the VATSIM network, and is the one who's making this memorial flight happen.
Below is a private link to the draft video to announce/advertise the fly-in event on the VATSIM network. I chose to center around N7774R and all the Northwest Airlines airplanes Bert was a Captain of. The first portion of the video finishes with a traditional "missing-man" formation flyover of runway 30L at Minneapolis, in honor of Bert (the "missing man" is in a 727, as I remember him telling me how much he loved that plane). The video finally ends with a recreation of N7774R, taking off from runway 30L at Minneapolis, and turning off into the sunset.

Private Link to draft video:
I greatly appreciate your help with supplying the pictures to make this video possible!

I'm sure quite a few people will participate in the fly-in this weekend.

Updated with obituary & pictures today July 14, 2012.....

In Loving Memory of
Captain Bert Kuiper 
January 26, 1938 ~ May 19, 2012

Captain Bert Kuiper, age 74, flew west on his final solo flight joining God’s eternal family in the heavenly skies on May 19, 2012.  Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Harriet (Volkmar) Kuiper.  Beloved husband of Cindy, Dad of Carrie and Chris, Papa of Dane.
Born in Minneapolis, Bert’s family soon moved to the home his father built in St. Louis Park.  As a youngster, Bert loved riding his bike, catching the latest movies and meeting friends at Cedar Lake.  He delighted in his first job because he purchased his own car ~ which was great prestige at St. Louis Park High School.  After graduation, MN Senator Roy Wier recommended Bert for acceptance at King’s Point. Attending for a year, Bert then joined the US Navy, was based in Norfolk, Virginia, serving four years as electrician’s mate first class.  On his return to the cities, Bert worked for Honeywell, saving his money for flying lessons because he wanted to become a pilot. 
His dream came true when Northwest Airlines hired him in January, 1966. Working his way up the ranks, Bert quickly became a Captain, sitting in the left seat on the 707, 727, DC-10, 757 and the 747.  He far preferred the take offs and landings of the 3-holer to the fanny fatigue of international flights! Bert lived and breathed flying and he was an excellent pilot. In his 32 years with NWA, he was proud of the fact that no passenger or aircraft was ever harmed under his command.
His career afforded him, as most pilots, the luxury of toys … and he amassed a lot of them! The need for speed began with the newest cars (sometimes ending with speeding tickets!), progressed to various boats and then to handgun competition. Bert’s aim was good, his hand was steady and he won numerous trophies. Being a proud member of the NRA, Bert earned the right to conceal and carry, thus becoming a “pistol packing Papa.”  Over the years, Bert also enjoyed hunting with rifles and bow & arrow.  While fishing had its stint, forever the mainstay of Bert was flying. It wasn’t enough that he worked for a major airline, so Bert flew charters for several FBO’s at Flying Cloud Airport. And, of course, there were “his” airplanes!  While he owned several, the best gift he ever gave himself was a Baron, triple seven four romeo.  Methodical and intuitive, Bert spent as much time spit-polishing it as he did flying it.  Countless trips found us at Oshkosh, the Reno Air Races, various fly-ins, and pretty much anywhere there was a runway with a good restaurant nearby.
Bert belonged to the category of people who “lived to eat.”  While a good steak was of utmost importance, Bert adored pasta and truly was a “noodle nut.”  He raved about Cindy’s spaghetti sauce, shrimp, chili and soups, but do not even think about putting a tomato on his plate! Through most of his life, Bert also relished a snifter of fine cognac together with a cigar or his pipe.  When his tummy was full, he’d sit in front of his big TV with the surround sound and watch, and re-watch, and re-watch, any number of DVD’s from his collection.  Life was good.
When something tickled his funny bone, the Kuiper laugh would resound loud and clear.  It was an infectious laugh and one couldn’t help but smile listening to him.  On the other hand, if he wasn’t happy about something, his angry countenance made that apparent.  Fondly called a “roasted marshmallow,” Bert was something of a paradox; hard and crusty on the outside, soft and mushy on the inside. Showing his softer side, Bert loved our four-legged family members.  We lost Chimes, our Miniature Schnauzer, and Taupe, our Sealpoint Siamese, in recent past.  They will be forever by Bert’s side at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, across the street from where he checked in at Northwest Airlines for thirty-two years and under the flight path of his favorite MSP runway, three zero left.
As this vibrant, virile and bigger-than-life man faced declining health, we talked, we cried, we prayed and Bert made his wishes known.  We now honor those wishes. Hearing his favorite Bible verse, the 23rd Psalm, and listening to Cindy play the Lord’s Prayer on the piano, we are thankful that when Jesus held out His hand to him, Bert did not hesitate.
Bert loved and he was loved. He knew that and so do we.
Finally, and speaking volumes about Bert, a quote from Leonardo da Vinci: “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
For most people, the sky is the limit. For a pilot, the sky is home.
Clear skies, 7774R


Capt. Albert ‘Bert’ L. Kuiper Jr.
January 26, 1938 ~ May 19, 2012
Word has been received of the passing of NWA pilot Capt. Albert ‘Bert’ Kuiper, age 74. 
Survived by his wife Lucinda ‘Cindy’, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
6608 Pawnee Road , Edina MN  55439-1039  ...  952-943-2249 or email lucindalucerne@gmail.com 
Thank you,
~ Carol  PCN  comm.

From: RNPA News   Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:48 PM
Subject: Bert Kuiper Has Flown West

Albert L. (Bert) Kuiper, age 74.

Kuiper, Albert L. (Bert) 74, Edina, died peacefully from prostate cancer on May 19. Services to be held at a later date with interment at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to NWA History Centre, Inc.
Published in Star Tribune on May 27, 2012
Hello to all Bert's (and my) flying buddies,

I am in hopes that I am sending this information to the correct address.  I would appreciate it if you can forward this email to the RNPA membership.

It is with heartfelt sadness I share that Bert died on Saturday, May 19. 

I am operating in a fog and a world of woe.  As a former music and english major, I tend to be wordy; technical writing is not my forte' but I shall try to be succinct.  I believe that most of you know, over the course of the past many years, Bert had prostate cancer and endured ten plus different kinds of chemo treatments.  He also had five different radiation treatments, the most recent being five weeks in February/March for lymphedema.  Interestingly, on Feb. 9, I fell backwards down  ten steps, landed with my full weight on my left heel and broke it in 20-30 places.  What a turtle parade Bert and I were going to his radiation therapy!  I was totally non-weight bearing for six weeks and, in what I now claim as an odd blessing, Bert remained strong enough to pick up and put my knee cart into the trunk of our car so I could drive him to radiation. Doing so gave Bert "worth," made him feel strong and my protector.  I am better and while I am still swollen, hobble and have a distinct limp, I will heal (no pun intended.)

In April, we began the sad ordeal of hospice care.  As pilots, you might appreciate Bert slowly walking down the hallway and through the upper level of our home, guiding his walker down the straight and narrow "runway."  He also thought the hospital bed was pretty nifty and he worked the bed controls with the aplomb of a veteran pilot.  It took Bert awhile to relinquish medicine dispensing to me, his lead flight attendant, but when he did, "we" got that under control and he was pain-free. Another delight for Bert was when a neighbor put a wood duck house on our deck.  My brother wired it for sound and complete picture access both inside and outside the duck house. Bert so enjoyed watching the ducks lay eggs and his goal was to see the duck's hatch.  Bert's other huge goal was to see Dane achieve his Ph.D. and defend his thesis.  While those things were monumental in Bert's brain, obviously God had other plans.

On Friday, May 18, Bert was holding his own.  According to the doctor and nurses, death was not eminent; for some reason, I thought they were being generous. Our neighbor brought over an incubated baby duck and Bert was able to hold it.  He did not know it wasn't one of "ours."  Too funny, also, wood ducks have claws on their little webbed feet.  Bert was pretty impressed with that!  Later that evening after I had given Bert his liquid meds., swabbed his mouth, put carmex on his lips, eyedrops in his eyes and lightly washed his face, he was trying to say something to me that I couldn't understand.  Since he was never Mr. Patience, I didn't want him to become agitated and am amazed because out of nowhere, God told me to turn my face away from Bert and listen to him as though he was deaf.  (As a flight attendant, I had learned sign language, did many flights with deaf people and could understand their vocal utterances.)  Bert was saying "the Lord is my shepherd" from the 23rd Psalm, his favorite.  His eyes brightened as I recited the Psalm several times.  I hadn't played piano since December, broken foot and all, but asked Bert if he'd like me to play piano for him.  Lord knows the many hours of our lifetime together he has listened to me play piano.  He nodded his head and I went over to play the Lord's Prayer.  As I did so, tears were streaming down his face.  I finished the song, limped over to him, dried his tears and said I didn't want to upset him.  He said, "no, go play."  I played many of his favorite songs, soothing for both of us and then sat by him for quite awhile, holding his hand and praying out loud.

On Saturday, Bert slept most of the day as was the norm now.  He was never comatose and I could wake him if need be. I was never far away from him all day.  For some reason, and again only God knows in His mysterious ways, I gave Bert his medicine, did the eyes, mouth, etc. as I so often did and then said "I bet you'd like to hear the 23rd Psalm again."  He squeezed my hand as I said it.  Then I told him I was going to go play the Lord's Prayer again.  We held hands a bit, then I folded his together and went to play the piano.  The song is four pages long.  As I watched him and played page 2, I thought, my, his breathing is so shallow ... this man I have been listening to breathe and snore for 38 years. On page 3, I was watching his chest more than I was my music.  On page 4, I had tears running down my cheeks and my brain kept on saying watch for him to breathe, Cindy.  I couldn't see his chest/diaphragm rise, but I couldn't be sure it wasn't because I couldn't see through my tears.  I finished the piece out of reverence and honor, let the sustaining pedal take away the music and I hobbled over to Bert.  I tried to find a pulse in four places and could not.  I limped to a phone, called my wood duck neighbor and he and his wife came over immediately.  With tears in his eyes, Dave told me he couldn't find a pulse either.

Bert was not afraid of death, but he was afraid of dying.  The only person Bert and I have ever seen die in front of us was Bert's dad ~ way back in 1974.  It was a horrible, gasping, gurgle, cessation of breathing only to breathe again and I know that weighed on Bert and caused him fear.  I take great solace from the fact that Bert's death was truly peaceful.  He died knowing he was loved and that he loved in return.  Oh, my heart.

As I said earlier, Dane is currently in the throes of the culmination of his educational goal.  Bert never would have wanted to interfere with that.  Dane and I had many conversations about him coming home.  Bert did not want to upset Dane's progress and he was always so very proud of Dane.  For my part, I told Dane that there was no right or wrong in coming home, but that he should know whatever decision he made, he would have to live the rest of his life with that decision.  In all honesty, I knew Dane did not need to see the shell of a man his father, his "Papa" had become.  (I didn't want to see that either. So often in the past months, I had thought "Who is this person, so frail, so weak, so needy? Where is the vibrant strong man I married?  Where is my husband, Bert?") I knew Dane's memory would be better served remembering Papa from the month Dane was home over Christmas. I am ok, Dane is ok.  Bert knew Dane and I are both strong, intelligent people and he was ok leaving the two of us to help each other.  We are, however, so very sad. Dane's last conversation with Bert was late Thursday/early Friday morning.  All Bert said was "I love you" and all Dane said was "I know you love me and I love you too."

With Dane's dissertation upcoming, many family members having paid for vacations/flights, plus a wedding in early July, and the fact that, per his wishes, Bert has been cremated ~ we are planning a memorial service for Bert in July (no suits or ties!) and interment at Fort Snelling the following day.  Ultimately, Bert and I will both be at Fort Snelling cemetery, how fitting ~ across the street from where he and I checked in at NWA for so many years ~~ and the cemetery is at the end of his favorite MSP runway.  I have chosen a beautiful cherry-wood urn and his favorite Baron, 7774 romeo, will be etched on it.  (My Dad took that picture from his little Colt and Bert joked at how slow he had to fly to allow Dad alongside him. Also interesting is that I was 8 months pregnant with Dane at the time the picture was taken.)  As I talked with the cremation society person about fonts, etc., my brother Gordy (a licensed funeral director who is going to officiate at Bert's funeral and Fort Snelling) bragged about my calligraphy and how proud Bert always was of that.  The end result of that conversation is that I am going to do my calligraphy regarding Bert and it will also be etched on Bert's urn. 

As of now, my heart and my brain cannot yet write Bert's obituary.  I know what Bert wanted and I will do him proud. I put a little blip in the MSP Star Tribune and am still contacting people important to Bert.  It is so very hard for me when the people Bert cared about cry.  If anyone is interested in attending Bert's memorial service, please either call me at 952-943-2249 or email me lucindalucerne@gmail.com  and I will pass on the information. True to form for Bert, any memorials are preferred (tax deductible) to the NWA History Centre, Inc., 8101 34th Avenue South, Suite B-747, Bloomington, MN 55425-1642

Thank you for caring, thank you for sharing his love of flight, and thank you for your prayers and good wishes as Bert has made his final flight west.

Sincerely and with a very heavy heart,
Cindy Kuiper

WA/DL Capt. Dixon L.Carter

update/reminder memorial service: 
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:51 PM
Subject: Dixon (Dick) Carter Memorial
Hi Dick, this is Angeline, Dixon's wife. Our daughter Christina said she communicated with you about Dixon's death and gave me your email address.
I wanted to let you know that there will be a memorial for Dixon on August 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Olingers Chapel Hill Mortuary 6601 S.Colorado Blvd. Centennial CO 80121. I would appreciate it if you could post this on the pilots website. Thank you so much.
Update/Memorial Service for Captain Carter....a note from Angeline:
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:51 AM
Subject: Memorial Service for Dixon (Dick) Carter

.... this is Angeline, Dixon's wife. 
I wanted to let you know that there will be a memorial for Dixon on August 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Olingers Chapel Hill Mortuary 6601 S.Colorado Blvd. Centennial CO 80121.  I would appreciate it if you could post this on the pilots website. Thank you so much. Angeline

Capt. Dixon L. Carter
November 25, 1937 ~ June 15, 2012
Notification of the passing of WA/DL pilot Capt. Dixon Lamar Carter, age 74.  Captain Carter hired on with Western Airlines 06-05-1962.  He is survived by his wife Angeline.  To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at
10069 Glenstone Circle, Highlands Ranch  CO  80130-8014.
Thank you,
~ Carol PCN comm.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Dixon Carter passed away on June 15, 2012.
He was born in Elba, AL on November 25, 1937. His family moved to Syracuse, NY where he grew up.
He began his lifelong love of flying when he attended Northrop Aeronautic Institute (currently Northrop University) in Long Beach, CA.
He began his career as an airline mechanic then became a pilot.
During his time as a pilot, he worked for Western Airlines, which then became Delta Airlines. He rose through the ranks and was a supervisory pilot then a chief pilot. He retired from Delta Airlines in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Angeline; daughters, Christina, Caroline, Michelle, Kathy, Lorie, Mary; brothers. Art (Karen) Carter, Larry (Marilyn) Carter, Bernie Carter; sister, Margaret (Erwin) Schnell; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Nettie Carter; son, Anthony; brothers, James Carter, Frank Carter; sister, Nell Florence.

DL Capt. James S. Tiffany Sr.

Capt. James S. Tiffany
June 4,1918 ~ June 18, 2012
Word has been received of the passing of WWII veteran, Delta Golden Wings member and retired DL pilot Captain James Sherwood Tiffany Sr., age 94.  Jim hired on with Delta 10-08-1945 and was DFW based.  He retired in 1978 at the mandatory age 60.  Survived by his wife Bettye personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2804 Lakeside Lane , Carrollton  TX  75006-4725  ... (972) 418-6226
Thank you,
~ Carol

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.restlandfuneralhome.com/  or
Tiffany, James Sherwood
James Sherwood Tiffany, age 94, passed away June 18, 2012. Born June 4, 1918 in El Paso, Texas. Just prior to WWII, Jim was drafted into the Army and served in the 7th Cavalry horse unit before being transferred to the Army Air Corps where he became a B-24 flight instructor. In 1945, Jim began his career with Delta Airlines as a co-pilot, and soon after, advanced to the rank of captain. He always said that during his 33 years as a pilot, there was never a boring moment. He retired from Delta in 1978 and spent his retirement years with his wife, Bettye, extensively traveling all over the world. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Bettye Bobbitt Tiffany; two daughters and a son from a previous marriage, Camille Magness & husband, James, of San Antonio, TX; Barbara Bledsoe of Honolulu, HI; James Tiffany, Jr. & wife, Ani, of Sante Fe, NM; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces. He is also survived by extended family, Todd Hefley & wife, Gae, Edie Lee and Margaret Reeves, plus six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jim loved life, cherished his family and friends and was always known as a true gentleman. The family would like to thank the staff of Avalon Homes for their loving care of Jim. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m on Friday, June 22, 2012 at Restland Wildwood Chapel.
Condolences may be offered at http://www.restlandfuneralhome.com/  
Published in Dallas Morning News on June 20, 2012.
Funeral Service:  Friday, June 22 at 3:00 PM    
Restland Wildwood Chapel
13005 Greenville Avenue , Dallas, TX 75243  ..  972.238.7111
From: David Ewing    Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 6:21 AM
Subject: Obituary for DFW based Delta Captain James Tiffany (Dallas Morning News)
Obituary for James Tiffany
A message from davidewing767@gmail.com 
Jim Tiffany Obituary in today's Dallas Morning News

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NWA Capt. James 'Jim' L. McLaughlin

Aug. 16, 1932 ~ June 9, 2012
James L. McLaughlin age 79, of Burnsville, passed away on Saturday June 9th peacefully at home after a courageous twelve yr. battle with cancer.  Proceeded in death by parents Leon & Martha,  sister Jean Ann Jensen, and nieces Debbie & Cheri.  Survived by wife Diane, sons David (Wendy), Steven, Kevin, Mark (Stephanie),  sister Marcia Chalgren (Bill), brother-in-laws Lamar and Robert Walters (Harold) and granddaughter Donna Meyer.

He was born in Mankato Minnesota in 1932, graduated High School in 1950, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1954.  He joined the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate program, entering flight training in Pensacola, FL before being commissioned in Corpus Christi, TX.  After receiving his wings, he joined the VA-125 “Rough Raiders” in 1956 where he flew the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (“Spads”) aboard the USS LEXINGTON (CV-16).  He served a total of 12 years between active duty and the reserves and left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.

In 1958 he joined Northwest Airlines, where he flew for 34 years until his retirement as a 747 Captain in 1992.  After retirement, he enjoyed nearly 20 more years of summers spent at the cabin on Roosevelt Lake, where he liked to fish and play golf.
We would like to thank the nurses and Dr. Dien at MOPHA and Curt and Cindy at Hospice Advantage for all the care they have given to Jim.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society (towards Lymphoma & Leukemia Research) or Hospice Advantage at 18472 Kenyon Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044.

“And God’s Finger Touched Him and He Slept"

Funeral service 12 noon, June 26th, 2012, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church 5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419; visitation one hour prior to service and reception to follow. 


News has reached us that retired NWA pilot Captain Jim McLaughlin passed away June 9th after a long illness.  I believe James L. McLaughlin was born August 16, 1932 and was 79 years of age at the time of his passing June 9, 2012.  Survived by his wife Diane personal condolences may be sent to their home at
56 Birnamwood Drive , Burnsville, MN 55337-2977  ...  (952) 890-9339
Arrangements are pending and will be advised.
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner

From: RNPA News Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 6:32 AM
Subject: Jim McLaughlin Has Flown West
..........I was told that I could send this to you, to inform RNPA that Jim passed away on Saturday 9 June, from cancer. He fought a good battle for many many years, but it is hard to beat cancer. I will send the obit into the Contrails Magazine later....................  Diane
Jim & Diane McLaughlin

Please remember James L. McLaughlin in your prayers

By: University of St. Thomas News Service
Please remember  in your prayers James L. McLaughlin, who died Saturday, June 9, after a long-standing illness. He was the father of Mark McLaughlin, Public Safety.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NEA/DL Capt. David E. Siek

(*note correction has been made..... Captain Siek hired on with NEA and retired with Delta....Cf)

Word has been received of the passing of retired DL pilot Captain Dave Siek.  Captain David Ewing Siek was just ten days shy of his 70th birthday at the time of his passing June 10, 2012.  Captain Siek hired on with Northeast 02-24-1969 and retired with Delta, based ATL.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2668 Shadow Bluff Dr NE , Marietta, GA 30062-2568  ...  (770) 973-8422
Services will be held Friday, June 15th with visitation the evening prior.  
Thank you,
~ Carol 

In Memory of

David Ewing Siek

June 20, 1942 - June 10, 2012
David Siek, 69 of Marietta passed away June 10, 2012. A funeral mass will be on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:00am at the Catholic Church of St Ann. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill.
 Service Information
Visitation:  Thursday, June 14, 2012  from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9485
Funeral Mass:  Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:00am
Catholic Church of St. Ann
4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062-6518
From: Jim Tillman   Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 6:34 PM
Subject: Dad's Funeral
RET 01/98
I made arrangements for Dad's funeral today.  The visitation will be Thursday, June 14th from 6-8 at H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, 1157 Old Canton Road NE, Marietta, GA 30068.  The funeral will be Friday, June 15th at 11:00 am.  The mass will be at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30062. 
They gave me information for bereavement travel arraignments in the event you plan to travel to Atlanta.

Dignity Memorial, Bereavement Travel Program ...800-224-4177.  Reference # 4945

Holler with any questions and pass on to those I may have forgotten.  Bill please forward on to Larry, Diane and Mike ...

Love, Em
-------Original Message-------
From: Jim Tillman   Date: 6/11/2012 9:09:44 AM   To: mark@pilotcommunication.net
Subject: DAVE SIEK
Subject: Daddy
As some of you know, Dad passed away peacefully a little before 3 PM.  Brian and I, along with friends of our family were by his side as he went to heaven.  I will keep you informed of the plans for this week.  I will be going to the funeral home and talking to our Church today.
Love, Emily
Subject: Re: Dave Siek

I have spoken to Dad's Doctor and she has indicated the the end is
near (hours maybe a day.) They are getting ready to start him on a
morphine drip so he will not be very alert, but if you are in the area
and would like to pay your last respects, today is the day. We are at
Windy Hill Hospital, Marrietta, GA, Room 308.
I will update you as things change. Thanks for the continued thoughts.
Please pray that he passes quickly and peacefully

Monday, June 11, 2012

DL Capt. Thomas 'Tom' Deriso

Word has been received of the passing of retired Air Force Lt. Col. and retired Delta Captain Tom Deriso.  Born October 9, 1946 Thomas D. Deriso was 65 years of age at the time of his passing June 10, 2012.  Captain Deriso hired on with Delta Air Lines 08-24-1989.  Services will be held Thursday, June 14th, with a viewing the evening before....please see information below.

Thomas Deriso: Newspaper Obituary

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - June 13, 2012

Thomas D. Deriso

Mr. Thomas D. Deriso, 65, of Marietta, died Sunday, June 10, 2012. Mr. Deriso grew up in Americus, GA and joined the United States Air Force in 1969 after graduating from Georgia Southwestern College. He was a KC-135 tanker pilot and retired as a Lt Colonel after 20 years of service. He served during the Vietnam War and his career took him all over the world, including Okinawa Japan, where he served as a squadron commander. After his retirement from the Air Force, Thomas went on to fly with Delta Airlines for 15 years. At Delta, Tom served as a flight instructor and as a captain for the MD-88 among other aircraft. Tom was an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta where he served as a Deacon. He volunteered his time and energy for many projects, including the Benevolence Ministry and Disaster Relief. He made multiple trips to the Gulf Coast after Katrina to assist with cleanup and recovery. Thomas is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Deriso; son, David Deriso of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Natalie Murphy of Alpharetta, GA; mother, Rosella Deriso of Americus, GA; sister, Margie Everett; as well as three grandsons, Gavin, Owen and Caden. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11 am at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with Rev. Everett Anthony officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at 2:30 pm at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Johnson Ferry Baptist Benevolence Fund, 955 Johnson Ferry Road Marietta, GA 30068 or Storehouse Food Pantry, c/o Noonday Baptist Association, 1348 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066. H.M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. Thomas D. Deriso.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
3302 Woolbridge Ct., Marietta, GA 30062-7404  ...  (770) 977-0114
If you would like to view Tom’s (May 2012) Sunday school teachings, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzhKCOtqBEw&feature=relmfu  will take you to part one of the four part series.
~Thank you,
In Memory of

Thomas Deriso

October 9, 1946 - June 10, 2012
Service Information
Visitation:  Wednesday, June 13, 2012  from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9485
Funeral Service:  Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:00am
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068-4230

From: Max and Mary Parham   Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 11:18 AM   Subject:  Tom Deriso's services
Please post the following of retired MD-88 Capt Tom Deriso”s passing. Tom passed away Sunday, June 10, around 8:30 AM.
Max Parham
L1011 Capt, Ret
Subject: Tom Deriso's services 
The family has finalized Tom's services for this week. There will be a viewing on Wednesday evening, June 13, from 6PM to 8PM at the funeral home (H.M. Patterson, 1157 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30068).
The service will be held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 14. A reception will be held at the church following the service.
Graveside services will be at 2:30PM on Thursday at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. The cemetery is located on Highway 20 six miles west of I-575 and twelve miles east of I-75.
Everyone is invited to attend these events.
Here’s the you tube videos of his May 2012   Sunday school teachings
Tom Deriso is a retired Delta and Air Force pilot who has been battling cancer. He found out on May 1, 2012 that the cancer was terminal and he had only weeks to live. Five days later, he led his Sunday School class in a powerful lesson and testimony. Video was taken at Johnson Ferry Baptist in Marietta, GA. Video is in four parts.

From: Alan Price   Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:24 PM   Subject: Retired Captain Tom Deriso
I just learned that retired Capt Tom Deriso passed away at 0830 this morning after a long
struggle with cancer.  He and Susan live in East Cobb and attend Johnson Ferry Baptist
church.  I was privileged to hear Tom teach their Sunday School lesson about a month
ago, even in the midst of his illness, and heard him give the most optimistic and uplifting
lesson about faith I've ever heard.  He was a unique and wonderful man.

No information on arrangements yet, but feel certain funeral will be at Johnson Ferry
Baptist later this week.

Many thanks.

Alan Price

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DL Capt. Myron Frese

Notification of the passing of WWII veteran and retired DL Captain Myron Frese.  Born in Texas on October 6, 1924 Myron Henry Frese was 87 years of age at the time of his passing June 4, 2012.  Captain Frese hired on with Delta 08-11-1953.  The October 1984 DeltaDigest notes his retirement with 31 years of service based Atlanta. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.parrottfuneralhome.com/ 
Survived by his wife Neva personal condolences may be sent to
145 Old Fairburn Close SW , Atlanta, GA 30331-7926  ...  (404) 344-2275
Thank you,
~ Carol death@pilotcommunication.net

Myron FRESE   , 1924~2012 
FRESE, Myron Captain Myron Henry Frese of Atlanta passed away June 4, 2012. He retired from Delta Airlines after 33 years of service as a Captain. Captain Frese was a beloved husband and father and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Neva Frese of Atlanta; daughters, Aven Johnston and her husband Steve of Birmingham; Alison Frese of Roswell; Alicia Frese-Klenk and her husband Bill of Newnan; grandchildren, Jase Johnston of Marietta; Hallie Grey Johnston of Birmingham and Elizabeth Johnston of Auburn. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 2 o'clock at The Episcopal Church of St. John, 3480 E. Main St., College Park, GA 30337. The Rev'd. Fr. Troy C. Beecham will be officiating. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , www.stjude.org; to the American Society of Prevention and Cruelty to Animals, www.aspca.org or to The Episcopal Church of St. John, 3480 E. Main St., College Park, GA 30337. Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-964-4800.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 6, 2012.
Services: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 2 o’clock at The Episcopal Church of St. John, 3480 E. Main St., College Park, GA 30337.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DL Pilot Ground Training Instructor Robert 'Bob' Wagner

Word has been received of the passing of Air Force veteran and DL Pilot Ground Training Instructor Robert ‘Bob’ Wagner.  Born June 17, 1940 Robert Lee Wagner was near 72 years of age at the time of his passing June 3, 2012. 
Survived by his wife Lisa Christian Wagner personal condolences may be sent to the family at
571 N. Palisades Circle SE , Marietta, GA 30067-5115  ...  (770) 937-0473

Thank you,
~ Carol 
In Memory of

Robert Lee Wagner

June 17, 1940 - June 3, 2012
Robert Lee "Bob" Wagner, 71, of Marietta, GA, passed away June 3, 2012, at his home. Bob was born June 17, 1940 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and attended Lakeland Senior High, in Lakeland, Florida. Following four years in the Air Force, stationed at Robins AFB in Georgia, Bob began a long and rewarding career with Delta Airlines. With leadership and hard work Bob developed the Pilot Ground Training program, which grew from 35 to over 150 instructors. He was widely respected and became a role model for future instructors. He loved teaching and brought his superior technical skills to the classroom in the second half of his career, where he taught hundreds of pilots on many technical aspects of the MD-88. Bob's interests included SCUBA diving, woodworking, flying and, perhaps most of all, riding his latest Harley, a 2011 Heritage Softail Classic, with his Harley friends. Bob is survived by his wife, Lisa Wagner; sister Helen Ann and husband John Srodek; his son, Robert Wagner, Jr. and wife Shanna; their children Trey and Kaylynn; his daughter, Mary Jane Bates and husband Rusty; their children, Matt, Marley & Micah; his nephew Randy Smith and wife Robin; his nephew Barry Smith and wife Bonnie; niece Sherry Prebor; and his Delta Airlines family. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill Chapel from 4 until 8 pm. Graveside service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia on Friday, June 8, 2012, at 2 pm. Motorcade departing H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill Chapel at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: USO, with details found at USO.org. 
Thursday, June 07, 2012
4:00pm - 8:00pm
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9485

Graveside Service
Friday, June 08, 2012
Georgia National Cemetery
Canton, GA