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Thursday, August 30, 2012

NWA Capt. Hal Balin

NWA Capt. Hal Balin
March 9, 1931 ~ August 27, 2012
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Harold "Hal" Balin (1931-2012)
Harold "Hal" Balin departed on his final flight heading for the last roundup of his life. Hal passed peacefully of natural causes on his boat with wife Nancy and dog Julie, Monday Aug. 27, 2012 in Anacortes, Wash. Harold Edward (Hesser) Balin was born March 9, 1931 in Los Angles County, Calif., to Edward A Hesser and Ethel Belle Young. After the death of this father in 1934 at an early age, Hal and his mother moved from New Mexico to Klamath Falls. Ethel married Otto Balin, a prominent rancher. Hal was adopted by Otto and the family resided on the current Balin Ranch on Homedale Road.
Hal attended Henley High School, graduating in 1949 as an accomplished athlete. He moved to Corvallis where he attended what was then Oregon State College, graduating in 1953 with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. Harold was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the Air Force Reserve Officer's Training Corps. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force, stationed at Kirkland Air force Base, New Mexico. He completed his pilot training and flew at Eniwetok Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. After retiring from the Air force in 1957 Hal became a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 34 years retiring as Captain, flying many aircraft including DC-3s Boeing 707s, 747s and the DC-10. He retired from commercial flight in 1991, yet continued his love of flying up to his death in his favorite Beechcraft Bonanza.
While in college, Hal met and married Joan Louise Paine (Staunton). They married in 1954 in Junction City, Ore. During their marriage they had 3 children, Deborah (Debbie), Kirk, and Scott Balin. On September 9, 1991 Hal married Nancy McManus from Sacramento, Calif.
Hal was preceded in death by his father Edward Hesser, mother Ethel Balin, and stepfather Otto Balin.
Hal is survived by his wife Nancy Balin. Other survivors include: Daughter Debbie Heim (Balin) and husband Brian of Albany, Ore., son Kirk Balin, Seattle Wash., and son Scott Balin and wife Cindy, Klamath Falls, Ore. Grand children; Kara Buchheit (Heim), Kevin Heim, Janelle Hanni (Balin), Bethany Balin, Joanna Balin, Bryce Balin, Trent Balin and Elise Balin. Great grandchildren Faith, Tyler and Camden Buchheit, Reagan and Evelyn Heim.
Hal loved to fly and though he flew many places around the world during his military and airline career his roots were always planted in the beauty of the Klamath Basin on the family ranch. The Balin ranch was recently recognized as a Century Ranch and will be continued on by son Scott Balin. Hal will be missed by many who loved him and his spirited demeanor. Hal treasured his heritage of ranching and loved to listen to the old cowboy ballads of The Son's of the Pioneers. We know he would say: "So long ole pals its time your tears are dry, I'm heading for the last roundup."
Viewing for family and friends will be Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at O'Hair Funeral Chapel. Services will be Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Peace Memorial Church, Klamath Falls Ore., followed by burial at Mt Laki.
Cemetery with military honors and a "Missing Man" fly over. A celebration of his life will follow. Contributions in memory of Harold Balin may be made to the charity of one's choice .
.Published in Herald And News on September 4, 2012


NWA Capt. Hal Balin
March 9, 1931 ~ August 27, 2012
Word has been received of the passing of Air Force veteran and retired NWA pilot Captain Harold ‘Hal’ Edward Balin, age 81.  Captain Balin flew 30 years for NWA.  His other love was the Balin Ranch in Oregon.  Hal’s family ranch is to be honored at the Oregon State Fair on Saturday, September 1, and will be named a Century Farm having been homesteaded by Otto Balin in 1910. 
Services for Captain Balin are pending.
Captain Balin is survived by his wife Nancy.  To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to 13600 Homedale Rd., Klamath Falls OR  97603-9430  ...  (541) 882-9797
Thank you,
~ Carol
From: RNPA News   Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 1:02 PM    Subject:  Hal Balin Has Flown West.
Bill Huff writes.

I was informed by his wife Nancy this morning that Hal Balin passed away in his sleep on his boat.  It was moored in Anacortes, WA.  ...........had just talked to him two nights ago and he was looking forward to the Oregon State fair where they were honoring farms that have been in one family for 100 yrs or more.....Lt. Huff
Century Farm
Scott Balin holds a photo of his father, Harold “Hal” Balin. The older Balin died suddenly Monday. The Balin Ranch will receive official recognition as a Century Farm at the Oregon State Fair on Saturday. Receiving that recognition was a dream of Hal Balin. 

Century Farm

Three generations of brands  — Otto Balin (farthest left on the sign), Harold “Hal” Balin and Scott Balin — are on the Balin Ranch sign at the ranch headquarters south of Klamath Falls.

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:03 pm, Thu Aug 30, 2012.
Century Farm status has special meaninig for Balin Ranch
By SAMANTHA TIPLER H&N Staff Reporter Herald and News 
Harold “Hal” Balin dreamed of the Balin Ranch being named a Century Farm.
On Saturday, the Oregon State Fair will officially recognize three Klamath County farms and one Lake County farm, and Balin Ranch will be among them.
But unfortunately, on Monday, Harold Balin’s family, including Harold’s sons Scott and Kirk, their sister Debbie Heimm and their mother, Joan Balin Staunton, received the worst news. Hal had died in his sleep, sitting on a chair on his boat in Washington state.
Hal was looking forward to the ceremony and the chance to reunite the family in the name of the Balin Ranch, now operated by Scott Balin, the third-generation to run the ranch just south of Klamath Falls.
A medal of honor..................
Hal Balin grew up at the Klamath Falls homestead, graduating from Henley High School, studying agriculture at Oregon State University and serving as a pilot in the Air Force. He worked for Northwest Airlines for 30 years while running the farm after he took over for Otto Balin, who homesteaded in 1910.
Even though he had retired from officially running the ranch, Scott said his father called frequently with advice and to check in on how things were going. Scott looked forward to the calls.
Since Hal’s sudden death, Scott and the family have been working to arrange a funeral while also arranging for the Century Farm recognition.
But Scott said it is worth it because making Balin Ranch a Century Farm meant so much to his father.
“It was a medal of honor to say, ‘Hey, we made it to here,’ ” Scott said. “We made it to this point despite all the challenges that he went through.”
Scott said his pride in the Balin Ranch stems not only from his family’s history, but from America’s history.
Hal Balin maintained a military identity established during his service and passed patriotic pride on to his children. Scott said that pride stemmed to farming and ranching.
“I was always brought up that it was an honorable thing,” Scott said. “Reliable, safe food for our country, is basically the philosophy you go on.”
Farming is as intrinsic to America as independence and freedom, Scott said.
“That freedom is a direct reflection of farming and ranching,” he said. “But it’s being threatened by big government, environmental laws, it’s just a challenge. It’s a challenge that’s like a battle in the front of a war. You’re going to go down with the ship.”
Going down with the ship, or keeping the ship sailing, is Scott Balin’s call. He wants to keep his grandfather Otto’s homestead dream alive. He wants to preserve the work his father Hal put into keeping it going. He wants to continue his work to adapt the ranch to the 21st century and beyond.
A modern ranch..........
Balin Ranch’s primary product is organic beef.
The ranch was officially certified organic starting in 2000, before the big craze over natural and organic food hit America, Scott said. The family did it then because Hal’s record keeping was so meticulous, it fit the qualifications anyway. Scott said keeping those records up is a challenge, but worth the organic rating.
The Balins also sell organic alfalfa they don’t use to feed cattle. And they raise organic and conventional potatoes.
Balin Ranch has taken other steps into the 21st century.
One field is irrigated by a satellite-guided pivot.
The ranch in Klamath Falls has a field with eight solar panels tracking the sun, providing about 100 kilowatts of energy to irrigation pumps.
“We’re trying to keep up with today’s challenges and still be able to maintain the basic traditions of the ranch that has been here so long,” Scott said. “Keep it viable as a viable business.”
Standing amongst the giant solar panels, Scott agrees it’s unlikely his grandfather Otto could have imagined such a sight on his ranch.

DL Capt. Ray W. Kimick

June 24, 1939 ~ August 15, 2012
Notification of the passing of Viet Nam veteran and retired DL pilot Captain Ray William Kimick, age 73.  Captain Kimick hired on with Delta 10-02-1967 and was based ATL.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.collinsfuneralhome.net/ 
Please see below for service arrangements.
Survived by his wife Paula personal condolences may be sent to the family at
230 Sussex Ct., Roswell  GA 30075-2108  ... (770) 992-1137
Thank you,
~ Carol
Ray William Kimick, 73 of Roswell, Georgia, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. He was a retired pilot for Delta Airlines and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Paula (Rogers) Kimick; two sons and several other family members. Cremation was chosen.
Online condolences: www.collinsfuneralhome.net  
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 30, 2012
Obituary/funeral home website: 
Ray William Kimick, 73 of Roswell, Georgia, formerly of Scottsburg, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at his residence. He was born on June 24, 1939 in Scottsburg, Indiana, the son of the late Maurice and Fern (Kennedy) Kimick. Ray was a retired pilot for Delta Airlines and served his country in the Vietnam War as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and was later promoted to Major. Survivors include his wife, Paula (Rogers) Kimick; two sons, Kevin Kimick and his wife Gina of Salt Lake City, Utah and Scott Kimick and his wife Kira of Santa Rosa, California; a stepson, Bryant Rhyne and his wife Michele of Marietta, Georgia; a sister, Hazel Whitworth of Jeffersonville, Indiana and a granddaughter, Macey Kimick and four step grandchildren, Alex and Ryley Templin and Rachel and Madison Rhyne. Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana will conduct a graveside service with full military honors at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Scottsburg Cemetery. A Celebration of Ray's life will follow the graveside service at the Collins Family Center in Scottsburg, Indiana. Online condolences: www.collinsfuneralhome.net  
Visitation: A Celebration of Ray's life will follow the graveside service at the Collins Family Center
Services: Graveside Service: Scottsburg Cemetery 11 AM, Sat., Sept. 15, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PNA/WA/DL Capt. John G. Taylor

PNA/WAL/DL pilot Capt. John G. Taylor
April 4, 1928 ~ August 13, 2012

Word has been received of the passing of PNA/WA/DL pilot Captain John G. Taylor, age 84.  John was born/raised in Washington state.  I believe John hired on with Pacific Northern as a mechanic 04-07-1955 , his pilot seniority date is listed as 02-01-1956, and retired with Delta April 1988 at the mandatory age 60, based SEA.  In 1975, John was based SFO with Western but for most of his career he was based SEA.  John’s wife Marilyn preceded him in death February 22, 2010.
Survived by his daughter and her family, personal condolences may be sent to
Karen (Darin) Lang
1816 SW 176th St.
Burien, WA 98166-3357
(206) 242-9009
Karen's e-mail is: ktlang_home@hotmail.com 
Thank you,
Taylor, John G: Newspaper Death notice
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Deceased Name: Taylor, John G
84 of Kingston, Kitsap County, Aug. 13.
Name: Marilyn J. Taylor
Date of Birth: Sunday  November  18, 1928
Date of Death: Monday  February  22, 2010
Age at Death: 81 years, 3 months, 4 days
Last known residence:
City:  Kingston; Eglon County:  Kitsap State:  Washington ZIP Code:  98346
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:46 AM  To: pilots@wallybird.com  Subject:
 Death of John Taylor
   Regret to report the death of John Taylor as forwarded to me today by a neighbor of his.
   John started as a mechanic with Pacific Northern Airlines, transitioned to pilot, and continued his career with Western Airlines after their merger with PNA. John retired in 1988, being based most of his career in Seattle.  John's wife, Marilyn, preceded him in death a few years ago.
   To all who knew John, he was a kind and decent man.
Tom Frey

Hi Tom,

Here is the information regarding John Taylor. He entered the hospital on March 24th for a heart valve replacement. Things did not go well from the beginning. After a challenging battle, John passed on at 9:00 P.M., Monday the 13th of August.

John is survived by some nephews, cousins etc. but his immediate family is: daughter/Karen, son-in-law/Darin, and grandsons/Ryan & Justin.

Karen and Darin's address is:

Karen & Darin Lang
1816 SW 176th
Burien,WA 98166

Karen's e-mail is: ktlang_home@hotmail.com

I will let you know if and when there might be a memorial or get together.

Dave Fahey

Saturday, August 25, 2012

DL Capt. Thomas B. Woodcock

DL Capt. Thomas B. Woodcock
November 30, 1951 ~ August 24, 2012  
Notification of the passing of Air Force veteran and ret. DL Captain Thomas B. Woodcock, age 60.  Captain Woodcock hired on with Delta 07-31-1981, and was based ATL.
To view/sign the online guesbook please visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Thomas-Woodcock&lc=7125&pid=159414965&mid=5216925  Captain Woodcock is survived by his wife Pamela ‘Pam’.   To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to their Georgia home at
4878 Willow Creek Drive, Marietta  GA 30066-1237  .... (678) 494-9431
Thank you,
Mr. Thomas B. Woodcock, age 60 of Marietta, GA and Sag Harbor, NY, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012. Mr. Woodcock was a graduate of Newington High School in Newington, CT and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Mr. Woodcock proudly served in the Air Force as a F-4 Phantom Pilot. He retired from Delta Airlines after 23 years as an International 767 Captain. Mr. Woodcock was also a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church for over 18 years. He will be deeply missed.
Mr. Woodcock is survived by his beloved wife Pam; mother Ruth W. Lyles of Marietta, formerly of Sag Harbor, NY; son Christopher Woodcock of Sag Harbor, NY; daughter Janice W. Frazier and husband John of Marietta; granddaughter Danielle; and a soon-to-be-born grandson; cousins Richard Woodward of CT; David Woodward of Stevensville, MD, and Barbara Pollack of Lansing, MI.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:00am at the chapel of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta with Associate Pastor Art Wilder officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to either The Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.org or the Mayo Clinic at www.mayoclinic.org.
Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 770-432-0771 www.georgiamemorialpark.com

NWA Capt. Stephen E. Holmes

NWA Capt. Stephen Holmes
May 21, 1940 ~ July 22, 2012
Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967  for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest,  Hughes Air West, then Republic, and finally retiring from Northwest Airlines.
Captain Holmes is now with his wife Jan who died December 15, 2011.
From: Ray Dahl  RNPA news Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 2:13 PM
Subject: Captain Stephen Earl Holmes
Holmes, Stephen Earl
Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967  for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest,  Hughes Air West, then Republic, and finally retired from Northwest Airlines.
Steve spent many summers on Whidbey Island with his family as a youngster, and eventually moved here to live on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years. During this time he contributed much time and effort, giving back to the community he so enjoyed. He owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for about 10 years and then moved on to become an active volunteer with the “Central Whidbey Lions Club”, “The Master Gardeners’ Club”, and the “Langley Soup Kitchen”. He loved cooking and createdspecial soups there, devoting many hours to help meet the mission of the soup kitchen.

Steve was always there to assist his deceased wife’s many projects with the Island County Beach Watchers Organization and support her through her battle with cancer for over 7 years. As a neighbor and friend to many, Steve could always be counted on to lend a helping hand whenever needed.

Steve also became a talented wood carver and caster of bronze masks; he also recently started guitar lessons and was working to master the guitar.

Steve is survived by his sons: Brad, Bret, and Todd and his beloved golden Lab, Chester. He was preceded in death by Jan in December of 2011. He also leaves behind numerous friends who will miss him greatly.

Services for Steve were held at his home, 1944 Fircrest Ave, Coupeville, WA 98239 on Sunday, August 19 from 2pm to 5pm with a potluck dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Whidbey Lions Club or Island County Beach Watchers Organization.
Holmes, Jan Thursday, 15 Dec 2011
South Whidbey Record South Whidbey WA
Photo of Holmes, Jan
There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. Jan Lea (Fridlund) Holmes was one such person. She had an incredible enthusiasm for life, a playful spirit and a deep-seated drive to never stop learning.

Born on Feb. 5, 1950 to Ester M. (Ness) and Clifford W. Fridlund, she grew up in North Dakota, Utah and Texas. Her family moved to Arizona where she attended college and where she was selected by Hughes Airwest to become a flight attendant. In that role, she once spent a week as part of a flight crew that ferried Elvis Presley to Las Vegas while his personal plane was grounded for repairs, an enterprise that she took delight in recounting.

Jan met and married Steve Holmes while they both worked for the airlines.

For 33 years they loved to travel together, play golf, enjoy the arts, work in their yard and gather with family and friends. Their family always included at least one beloved and overindulged yellow Labrador retriever. They owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for 10 years and she had great fun interacting with the patrons there.

Jan was a gifted artist and belonged to Penn Cove Gallery. She loved to combine her passions for travel and painting. Her artwork portrayed the beauty she saw in France and Mexico in addition to that of Whidbey Island and the surrounding marine life.

Jan joined WSU/Island County Beach Watchers in 1990 and was so fascinated by her first glimpse of the ecology of the marine world that she returned to college to pursue her life-long interest in science and to earn a master’s degree in marine biology from Western Washington University.

She worked at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Shannon Point Marine Laboratories and took on a leadership role in Beach Watchers. As a Beach Watcher volunteer, she was instrumental in setting up beach monitoring and eelgrass study programs. She had a passion for studying and teaching about copepods, marine worms, seagrasses and other flora and fauna of the Salish Sea. For this work she was honored with Western Washington’s 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Jan was a past member of the Marine Resources Committee, was a founding member and board president of Periwinkle Press, and belonged to the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Jan passed away in her home on Dec. 15, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband Steve; stepsons Brad, Bret and Todd Holmes; her canine child Chester; brothers Mark Fridlund and Roger Burns; nieces Ria Kaelin and Stacy Loken; “nieceletts” Grey and Chalyce Kaelin; and many friends.

Jan’s remarkable charisma and energy will continue to inspire her family, friends and her extended community. The sparkle she added to everything she touched will be missed by all.

Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to LEP-Beach Watchers, WEAN or to a scholarship fund being set up in Jan’s name at Whidbey Island Bank.

Phyliss Ritz, widow of NEA/DL Capt. Karl Ritz

Phyliss Jane Ritz

Born in Toledo, OH on Nov. 20, 1922
Departed on Aug. 13, 2012 and resided in Lynnfield, MA

Phyliss Jane (Hutchisson) Ritz of Lynnfield MA passed away suddenly on August 13, 2012 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; she was 89. She was born on November 20, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents were Carroll Frank and Meldine Hutchisson; her beloved younger brother Jack Donald passed away in 2003.
Phyliss grew up in Toledo, graduated from Libbey High School and attended the University of Toledo with a full scholarship in English Literature. She married the love of her life, Karl Frank Ritz, in 1944, and they were happily married for almost 67 years. Karl passed away 18 months ago, and Phyliss said, "he is part of me, part of everything I do, I will love him always."
Phyliss leaves behind four loving children: Connie Stern and husband Michael from Reisterstown, MD; Nancy Ritz of Lynnfield; Craig Ritz and wife Kris from Warner NH; and Barbara Ritz of Aurora, Colorado. She has nine loving grandchildren: Joshua (and Maryann), Justin (and Celeste), Jonathan Ritz; David, Craig, and Richard (and Caiyan) Moreton; and Shoshana, Daniel, and Judith Stern. In addition, there are seven great-grandchildren: Jadon, Jarod, Joshua, Jersey Phyllis, Tyler, Ashton, and Darren.
In her youth, Phyliss loved dancing, listening to music of the '40s, sewing, cooking, working as a bank teller, taking her first plane ride with Karl as pilot, reading, volunteering as Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, participating in Flower Workshop and Lynnfield Couples Club. In later life, she loved long walks with Karl, long conversations with Karl, and being with family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were private. Burial was at Puritan Lawn in Peabody. Phyliss requested that in lieu of flowers, family and friends do acts of loving kindness in her memory.
From: George Chaudoin   Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:37 AM   Subject: Phyliss Jane RITZ wife of Karl Ritz
RITZ Phyliss Jane (Hutchisson) of Lynnfield, August 13. Beloved wife of the late Captain Karl F. Ritz; NEA/DL who passed away in March 2011, Loving mother of Connie Stern and husband Michael, Nancy Ritz, Craig Ritz and his wife Kristen, and Barbara Ritz. Loving grandmother of Joshua, Justin, and Jonathan Ritz, David, Craig, and Richard Moreton, Shoshana, Daniel, and Judith Stern. Also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Jadon, Joshua, Jarod, Jersey, Tyler, Ashton, Darren and Christopher. Funeral services were private. In Lieu of flowers please pass on an act of loving kindness for someone else.  For obit, directions, guestbook, www.mcdonaldfs.com

Karl F. Ritz

Born in Toledo, Ohio on Dec. 11, 1920
Departed on Mar. 4, 2011 and resided in Lynnfield, MA.
From: carol Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:12 PM   Subject: pubished Obit/ NEA/DL pilot Capt. Karl Ritz , age 90
Karl Frank RITZ

RITZ Karl Frank Karl Frank Ritz of Lynnfield, MA, 90, passed away in Lynn,
MA on March 4, 2011. He was born on December 11, 1920 in his family home on
Apple Avenue in Toledo, Ohio. His parents, Frank and Walda, had three
children, Elise Laurich who lives in Twinsburg, OH, Karl, and Frank, who was
killed in the final days of WWII. Karl spent his young life in Toledo,
graduated from Libbey High School and attended the University of Toledo. He
met the love of his life, Phyliss Jane Hutchisson, married in 1944, and on
March 7, 2011 they would have been married 67 years. Karl leaves behind his
devoted wife and four loving children, Connie Stern and her husband Michael,
Nancy Ritz, Craig Ritz and his wife Kris, and Barbara Ritz; nine loving
grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, and Jonathan Ritz; David, Craig, and Richard
Moreton; and Shoshana, Daniel, and Judith Stern. In addition, he leaves
behind six great-grand-children, Jadon, Joshua, Jarod, Jersey, Tyler, and
Ashton Ritz. Karl was a devoted aviator. He was a flight instructor at
Tri-State Airport in Angola, IN. He flew with the U.S. Navy in WWII and
again in the Korean conflict. He flew for Pan American, Northeast, and then
Delta Airlines until his retirement in 1980. He was a captain, a mentor, and
an aviation safety expert. He will be greatly missed by his loving family
and friends. Donations in Karl's name can be made to Citizen's Program/
Citizens Energy Oil Heat Fund, 88 Black Falcon Ave., Suite 342, Boston MA

Published in Toledo Blade on April 10, 2011

-----Original Message-----
From: PCN   Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 6:42 PM
Subject: PCN - Death in Family: ret. NEA/DL pilot Capt. Karl Ritz , age 90

Notification of the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Karl
Ritz.  Born December 11, 1920, Karl F. Ritz was 90 years of age at the
time of his passing.  Services will be private.

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
From: JON J MAYNARD Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:14 AM
Subject: Passing of Captain Karl Ritz, Retired NE/DL

Word has been received from Captain George Chaudoin on the passing on
March 4th of Retired Captain Karl Ritz. Captain Ritz began his career
with Northeast Airlines in September 1942 and retired from Delta in
January, 1981, after 39 years of service. Karl was 90 years old.
Nancy, Karl's daughter said the service would be for family only.
Captain Chaudoin stated that we all owe Karl a great deal for his
tireless effort working over the  years for the pilots.

Cards of Condolence may be sent to his wife at:

Mrs Phyllis Ritz,
6 Doncaster Rd.,
Lynnfield, MA 01940.

J J Maynard ­

-----Original Message-----
From: George Chaudoin Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2011 7:23 AM
Subject: Karl Ritz

Bob Mudge called me last evening and said that Karl had died friday
(3/4/11) no other information at this time.  Nancy Karl's daughter
said the service would be famiy only.
We all owe Karl a great deal for his tireless efforts working over the
years for the pilots.
Karl was 90 years old.
Cards to;  Mrs Phyllis Ritz, 6 Doncaster Rd., Lynnfield, MA 01940.

Blue Side Up

DL pilot Alan Jeffery 'Jeff' Blackburn

CDR USNR-Ret. & DL pilot Alan Jeffery ‘Jeff’ Blackburn Jr.
February 23, 1954 - August 17, 2012
Notification of the passing of Navy veteran CDR USNR-Ret. and Delta pilot Alan Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Blackburn, age 58.  Jeff hired on with Delta 09-04-1997 and retired in 2011.  Jeff passed away in his sleep Friday the 17th following a brief illness.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=Alan-BLACKBURN&pid=159318973  or the funeral home website at http://www.byarsfuneralhome.com/obituaries 
Survived by his wife Karen personal condolences may be sent to
125 Sir Lancelot Ct.,  Fayetteville  GA 30214-3679   .....  (770) 461-9457
BLACKBURN, Alan Alan Jeffrey "Jeff" Blackburn, CDR USNR-(Ret) Jeff Blackburn passed away in his sleep Friday August 17, 2012 following a short illness. He was 58 years old. Born in Oakland California on February 23, 1954, Jeff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy. He proudly served a 20 year career which included tours of duty as an E-2C Hawkeye pilot in VAW- 113 and VAW 110, flying off the aircraft carriers USS Enterprise and USS Coral Sea. He was also assigned to the Naval Reserve Center in Miramar, CA; VR-58 flying C-9 aircraft, Jacksonville, Florida; VR-48 at NAF Andrews flying C-118 aircraft. He retired as a Commander after 20 years of service. After completing his Navy career, Jeff was hired by Delta Airlines, flying Boeing 757- 767 aircraft out of Atlanta. He retired from Delta in 2011. Jeff is survived by his wife, Karen (Foster) Blackburn and three children, Ashley Blackburn, Alexis Blackburn and A. J. Blackburn. He is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Blackburn and his brother, Paul Blackburn. He was preceded in death by his father, UA Blackburn. Jeff loved his family, the 49ers and the Navy. Memorial services will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, GA on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00. Interment with military honors will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, a Veterans Memorial & Family Care Provider. Online condolences at www.byarsfuneralhome.com
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 21, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Death of Capt Jim Achee DAL

Was just notified by Bud Brooks that Jim Achee passed away yesterday.
The funeral will be:
Brown Funeral Home
707 North McArthur Blvd.
Irving, Texas
Time: Friday at 1000Am
James Burt Achee

Achee, James Burt James Burt Achee, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He was born March 27, 1920 in Plaquemine, Louisiana. After serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II, he retired as a Captain from Delta Air Lines in 1976. He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Ann Achee in 2007, daughter Sheila Achee in 1963 and great granddaughter Allison McNutt in 2004. Survivors include daughter Coleen Couch of Irving; grandchildren Chad McNutt, Justin McNutt and Kimberly McNamara; and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 17, 2012 at Brown's Memorial Chapel with Gerald Schwalb officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Death of Son to Capt Joe Thomas WAL/DAL

Joseph M. Thomas Jr., son of WA/DL Capt. Joe Thomas
April 9, 1965 ~ August 12, 2012
Update and obituary for Captain Thomas’ son Joe......
       To view a wonderful family photo gallery and to view/sign the online guestbook for Joe Jr., please visit the funeral home website at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-Thomas&lc=4338&pid=159219508&mid=5207247&locale=es-US 
Leak Memory Chapel was entrusted with arrangements located at 945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL 36109 | 334-272-6501.  A celebration of Joe’s life was held August 18th.  Joe Jr. is survived by his wife Gini Horner Thomas and we pray for her complete recovery. 
Captain Thomas Sr. can be reached at his email address:   redeyepcb@bellsouth.net
Thank you everyone,
Joseph Morgan Thomas, Jr. of Montgomery passed away on August 12, 2012. He is survived by his wife Gini Horner Thomas, father Joe M. Thomas, Sr., mother Anne Hathcock Thomas, sister Kristin Thomas Cole, nephew Jackson Thomas Cole, uncle John Hathcock, and aunts Lynne Summerford and Carol Hill.
Joseph Morgan Thomas, Jr. was born in Dothan, Alabama on April 9, 1965, to the proud parents Joe M. Thomas and Anne Hathcock Thomas. Joe Jr. graduated from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Joe Jr. chose music as a career. He was an excellent wood craftsman and made picture frames by hand. Joe Jr's business was bringing happiness and joy to others, especially to his loving wife and family. He was a man to ride the river with!
A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday, August 18th, at 11am at Leak Memory Chapel with a gathering at 10am. Casual - like Joe. In lieu of flowers, there will be a Memorial Fund established at Wells Fargo Bank.

RE: Death of Joe Jr.


Retired former Western/Delta Captain Joe Thomas sent the email below this
morning reporting the tragic death of his son Joe Jr. in a motorcycle
accident in Alabama where he lived. Joe Jr's wife Gini, riding with him, is
in critical condition at University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center. I
tried to reach Joe today by phone and email but have not had a response.
No word on funeral details at this time. I will let you know if I learn of

Bud Sittig

From: JOE THOMAS redeyepcb@bellsouth.net
Subject: Joe M. Thomas Jr. 1965-2012
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 9:38 AM
It is my very sad and almost impossible duty to inform you good friends that
on Sunday morning, August 12th, at 10:15, I lost my best friend and son
Joseph Morgan Thomas Jr.
Joe and his beautiful wife Gini were on a bike trip to Columbiana, AL, about
1hr. ride, to help Joe's mom unload some furniture and then return to
Montgomery that afternoon. According to an eye witness, they were hit
broadside by a Mercury Marquis that ran a stop sign. Joe Jr. passed at the
scene. Gini is fighting for her life and undergoing surgery to hopefully
repair a shattered right leg at the UAB medical center in Birmingham. The
20 year old driver of the Marquis passed a breath test and was given a ride
home by the police. There have been no charges filed. I am told the case is
"under investigation". Your prayers for Gini are needed and will be
appreciated. I can not respond futher as I am on a hotel computer.
Sincerely, Joe Thomas Sr.

More details will be posted on the Flight West page when available:


Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NEA/DL Capt. William D. 'Bill' Rutledge

DL Capt. William David ‘Bill’ Rutledge
August 2, 1944 ~ June 30, 2012
Captain Rutledge was 67 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Rutledge is noted on the roster with a Delta hire date 10-18-1976, also based DFW and at the time of his retirement based ATL, Dept. 031.
There is an online guestbook available until July 30, 2013. 
To sign the online guestbook please visit
Arrangements were entrusted to Babione Funeral Home, 1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561-395-8787.
Survived by his wife Frankie personal condolences may be sent to
725 NE 70th St., Boca Raton  FL 33487-2429  ... (561) 997-0050
Thank you,

From: PCN Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:00 AM
Subject: PCN - Death of Retired Captain Bill Rutledge


Frankie Rutledge asked me to have you place the following onto the
communications net. John Faunce

Retired Captain Bill Rutledge died June 30th after a 49 month battle with
Bile Duct Cancer. Bill was born in 1944. He was a Dartmouth Graduate, a
Northeast, & Delta Pilot based in both MIA and ATL. Bill retired in 2004.

There was a private Celebration of Life in Friendship in Maine on July 29th.
Bill's ashes are in the Gulf Stream East of his Boca Raton, Florida home.
He is survived by Frankie Rutledge, his wife of 44 years , their daughter,
Anna Michelle, and two grandsons - Gray and Knox.

DL Capt. Stephen “Steve” Paul

DL Capt. Stephen Edward ‘Steve’ Paul
March 18, 1943 – August 12, 2012
Delta hire date 04-09-1973, based JFK/SLC.
Survived by his wife Virginia ‘Ginny’, personal condolences may be sent to their home at
1140 S Corona St., Denver, CO 80210-1704  ...  (303) 733-8372
Stephen (Steve) E.  Paul  died Sunday, August 12th, in a mountain biking accident near his home on the south shore of Grand Lake, Colorado.  Denver-area services will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 4p at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at 2345 E. Arizona (University Blvd. & Arizona).
Thank you,

I wish to thank Arnie Kraby for sharing the sad news of the death of retired Delta Captain Stephen “Steve” Paul.  This is preliminary information as the memorial service is scheduled this Saturday.  More details and the obituary will be published when available.  Your condolences can be sent to Ginny’s address below. 

Deceased full name:  Stephen Paul
Date of Birth:  3/17/1943
Date of Death: 8/12/2012
Relationship:   Pilot
Active-Retired:  Retired
Domicile:   jfk/slc
Age at death:  69
Cause of death:  Bicycle accident
Living Spouse: Virginia (Ginny)
Address: 1140 S. Corona
City: Denver
State: CO
Zip:   80210
Airline: DAL
Guestbook URL:  not yet
Comments Obit: No information as of now. Will update when more details are known regarding arrangements.
Contact Name: Arnie Kraby
Contact Email: arniek@aol.com
Contact Phone: 7702413820

On 8/18/12 addition of the following full obiturary:

Stephen E. Paul “Steve” passed away unexpectedly on August 12, 2012, in Grand Lake, Colorado.  He was born in Milwaukee, but grew up in Denver, graduated from East High School and the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He is also a graduate of the Catholic Biblical School which he attended in the late 80’s.
Steve lived life to the fullest and had many friends of all ages.  He was an active duty Navy pilot between 1966 and 1971, and was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve in 1973.   He then flew as a Delta Airlines pilot for thirty years, enjoying a life of world-wide travel and adventure.  He finished his career as a Captain on international routes and retired from Delta in 2003.
In “retirement,” Steve got a Cessna 206 and volunteered with Angel Flight, helping patients get to their far-away caregivers and acting as assistant wing leader.  He also flew many volunteer missions for Light Hawk, an environmental organization, conducting aerial surveys of endangered lands and wildlife – always with stories to tell and so excited about the next trip.  He flew several times to Alaska, generously taking friends along as co-pilot or navigator.  Finally, just weeks before his death, Steve fulfilled his dream of achieving a float plane rating.  
Steve worked tirelessly as President of the Greater Grand Lake Shoreline Association (GGLSA) in an effort to “Keep Grand Lake Blue.”  He was very active in the Grand Lake Yacht Club and, although he wasn’t the sailor that he was pilot, he may still hold the record for the fastest uncontrolled leg of a sailboat race on Grand Lake.
Steve’s happiest moments were surrounded by family and friends sharing his love of excellent wine, fine food and sometimes a guitar-playing sing-a-long.  After flying, his most recognized talent and passion could be seen in every glorious arc he cut skiing on snow or through water.  He was active, generous and compassionate, and immeasurably enriched the lives of everyone who knew him.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Ginny; daughter, Kim and son-in-law, Jeff Knudsen; newborn grandsons, Kai and Quinn Knudsen; sister, Sarah O’Reilly and husband, Ed; father-in-law, Michael Dux; sister-in-law, Jackie Graese; and many loving family members and friends.  He will be sorely missed.
Contributions in Steve’s name may be made to: www.lighthawk.org; www.angelflightwest.org; or www.GGLSA.org

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This is to report the death of Stephen “Steve” Paul on August 12, 2012 in a bicycle accident. Unfortunately, no obituary has been published as of this date but there is a definite possibility that a Memorial Service MAY be held this Saturday, August 18th. I’m guessing you may be waiting to publish until you have an obituary to either confirm or provide more information regarding services, etc. My only concern is that if a Memorial Service is in fact held this Saturday, people will not have much time to make arrangements to attend. Steve’s widow, Virginia (Ginny) is in such a state of shock that she has not been able to make some of the necessary decisions which is why there are no definite plans at the moment. I am in ATL and still working for Delta so I cannot immediately leave for DEN to assist. However, Jason Brooks, a SkyWest pilot, and close friend of Steve is assisting Ginny and communicating with me. Jason’s phone number is 303-994-5180.

Thanks for your assistance in sharing this news with the retired members of the Delta family.

Arnie Kraby
770-241-3820 (C)
770-614-8705 (H)

Here is the update on Steve Paul’s Memorial Service. I appreciate your help in disseminating the information.
Steve Paul Memorial Service
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
2375 East Arizona Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
Church phone: 303-744-6119

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Suzy McKay, widow of WAL Capt. Kerm McKay

Violet Hill ‘Suzy’ McKay, widow of WWII veteran and WAL Capt. Kerm McKay (1910~2002)
February 25, 1919  ~  August 6, 2012

Life Legacy (Kerm’s obit also appears below)
Violet “Suzy” Hill McKay, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother returned to her Heavenly Father on August 6, 2012. She was born February 25, 1919 in Ogden, Weber, Utah to Byron C. and Kristie H. Hill.
She attended schools in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ogden High School in 1936. She married her sweetheart, Kermit H. McKay, May 17, 1939 in Ogden, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple January 6, 1941.
During World War II she went with her husband to many military assignments while he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. She played the organ for military weddings and other church services.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a primary teacher and counselor, chorister, relief society president, counselor and teacher. She taught genealogy and served at the genealogy data center for 8 years.
She had many hobbies and talents, including quilting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, genealogy, music and acting in many plays. She participated in all kinds of sports.
She was one of the first 5 accredited flower show judges in the state of Utah. She attended classes at the U of U and BYU for 5 years to qualify.
She is survived by her children: Karole M. Price (Gary) and Kermit H. McKay II (Janet); 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and brother, Wayne B. Hill.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Bountiful Hills Ward Chapel, 1190 East Bountiful Hills Dr. (900 South). Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Saturday morning 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com 
Obituary: Kermit H. McKay
Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Kermit Hugh McKay, a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather, returned to his Heavenly Father April 1, 2002.
He was born November 10, 1910 to Angus W. and Christina W. McKay at Hot Springs, Box Elder County, Utah. He attended school in Willard, Box Elder High and graduated from Ogden High School. He delivered newspapers for the Ogden Standard Examiner and worked at a grocery store to earn money to take flying lessons. He soloed at the Ogden City Airport of February 9, 1930. He continued his flying career by working at the Utah Pacific Airways, teaching students and "barnstorming" around the area, taking passengers for rides. He then flew for Thompson Flying Service at the Salt Lake City Airport. In 1938 he was hired to fly for Western Air Express.
He married Violet "Suzy" Hill, May 17, 1939 in Ogden, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple January 6, 1942. He was called to active duty in the Army Corps March 13, 1942 at a 2nd Lt. He ferried all types of aircraft, bombers, pursuit, and attack planes to Africa, India and other theaters of war. He was in command of the huge transition school to teach new, young pilots to fly the larger aircraft. He had 40 instructors under his command. He was then assigned to foreign duty in Burmuda. He was honorably discharged after the war as a Major. He returned to Western Airlines as captain and Salt Lake Regional chief pilot. He retired from Western Air Lines, November 10, 1970. He always said that he loved flying and pursued his hobby.
He enjoyed golf, skiing, snowmobiling and hunting with his wife, family and friends. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Served in many callings: ward clerk, genealogy data worker and temple worker.
He is survived by his wife, Violet "Suzy" McKay; his children, Karole M. Price (Gary); Kermit H. McKay II (Janet); 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Norma M. Molles and Effie M. Sackett.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bountiful Hills Ward Chapel, 1190 E. Bountiful Hills Drive (900 S.). Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main, or Thursday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Cemetery.
Online guest book and direction map at www.russonmortuary.com

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NWA pilot Dave Landor

NWA pilot Dave Landor
1940 - 2012
Notification from the RNPA group that retired NWA pilot Dave Landor has passed away.   Born June 24, 1940, David George Landor was 72 years of age at the time of his passing August 3, 2012.  Services were held yesterday in Prior Lake MN.
Survived by his wife Gail and their children Nancy and Kent, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
3589 Willow Beach St SW , Prior Lake, MN 55372-2356
Funeral notice for David G. Landor
posted in the papers:  Monday, August 6, 2012
David G. Landor
David Landor, 72, of Prior Lake, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, after battling heart, liver and kidney disease.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 16150 Arcadia Ave. SE, Prior Lake on Tuesday evening Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., where Dave was a 42 year member and a tenor in the choir. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 at the church, or afterwards in the social hall where refreshments will be served. Dave requested that memorial contributions be for choir robes and/or choir music at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church.
From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 10:06 AM  Subject: RNPA News: Dave Landor Has Flown West.
Phil, Dave Landor was a pilot for NWA but retired perhaps as much as 20 years ago:

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you very much for being so supportive the past few weeks. It has been much appreciated.

Below is the information for Dave's Memorial Service:
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Prior Lake on Tuesday evening August 7, at 7 P.M. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 at the church, 16150 Arcadia Ave. SE. or afterwards in the social hall where refreshments will be served.

Dave requested that memorial contributions be for choir robes and/or choir music at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church.

Best wishes,

Pete Schenck 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

PAA/DL pilot Calvin L. Wood

PAA/DL pilot Calvin L. Wood
June 13, 1933 ~ August 2, 2012 
Notification of the passing of PAA/DL pilot Calvin L. Wood, age 79.  Calvin Layfayette Wood hired on with Pan Am 09-12-1966. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit 
or the funeral home website at http://www.coxgiffordseawinds.com/ 
Survived by his wife MaryAnn, however I wasn’t able to determine a good mailing address for condolences to the family.  If anyone has more information to add, please let me know and I will post the updates on our blog site.
Thank you,
~ Carol 
Calvin Lafayette Wood 
Calvin Lafayette Wood, 79, died Aug. 2, 2012, at the VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach. He was born in Blountstown, and raised in Jacksonville Beach. He lived in Lancaster, Pa., since 1967, and was a part-time resident of Vero Beach for 12 years before recently relocating here full-time. He graduated from Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach, and later graduated from Jacksonville Junior College. He served in the Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked as a commercial pilot for 25 years for Pan Am and Delta Air Lines. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and Jacksonville Beach Volunteer Lifesaving Corps. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster and attended First Covenant Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Maryann Wood; sons, Jeffery Wood of Blue Bell, Pa., and Scott Wood of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter, Angela Boling of Vero Beach; brother, Leonard Wood of Atlantic Beach; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters. Services: A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at First Covenant Church in Vero Beach. Inurnment will be at Jacksonville National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory. A guestbook is available at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com
.Published in the TC Palm on August 4, 2012.