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Monday, December 31, 2012

BO/RW/RC Capt. Bud Raithel

~ IN MEMORY ~
Bonanza/RW/RC Capt. Wilburn Julius ‘Bud’ Raithel
December 2, 1920 ~ December 29, 2012
 
We received word last evening that early Bonanza/AirWest/Hughes/
Republic pilot Captain Wilburn Julius ‘Bud’ Raithel was found deceased in his home yesterday. He was 92 years of age at the time of his passing. Captain Raithel’s passing comes on the heels of his wife Dorothy’s death on December 5th. Services for Dorothy were held December 11th. Captain Raithel’s services will be held Thursday, January 3rd, with visitation the evening prior. The Raithels had most recently resided at 115 S. Horizon Circle , Prescott AZ 86303-5658. Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home in Prescott AZ was entrusted with all arrangements. To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.ruffnerwakelin.com/

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Name: Capt. W. J. Bud Raithel
Birth date: December 2, 1920
Death date: December 29, 2012

Obituary: W. J. “Bud” Raithel, 92, of Prescott, AZ died at home December 29, 2012 in Prescott, AZ. He was born December 2, 1920 in Cole County, MO to Martin & Lenora (Simmons) Raithel.

Visitation: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home 303 S. Cortez St. Prescott AZ 86303

Service: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home 303 S. Cortez St. Prescott AZ 86303
 
Cemetery: Mt. View Cemetery 1051 Willow Creek Rd. Prescott Arizona 86301

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~ IN MEMORY ~
Dorothy Mae Raithel, wife of early
Bonanza/AirWest pilot Capt. Bud Raithel
May 28, 1924 ~ December 5, 2012
*Services will be held Tuesday, December 11th, in Prescott AZ.

News has reached us that Dorothy Mae Raithel has passed on at the age
of 88 years. Dorothy is the wife of early Bonanza/AirWest/Hughes/
Republic pilot Captain Wilburn Julius ‘Bud’ Raithel. Having married
on November 7, 1942, Dorothy and Bud recently celebrated their 70th
wedding anniversary. Born December 2, 1920, Captain Raithel
celebrated his 92nd birthday just prior to Dorothy’s passing.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home
Survived by her husband, personal condolences
may be sent to the Captain at 115 S Horizon Circle ,
Prescott AZ 86303-5658 ..... Home (928) 445-8762

Friday, December 28, 2012

DL Capt. John E. Crum


~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. John Ellis Crum
March 1, 1938 ~ December 23, 2012
Services:  His ashes will be scattered in the mountains of Park City, UT. A party to celebrate his extraordinary life is planned in St. George, UT on March 2, 2013.



  
Word has been received with the passing of retired DL pilot Captain John Ellis Crum, age 74. Captain Crum hired on with Delta 02-10-1965. He was based ATL early in his career, then SLC. Captain Crum retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1998 based 030/LAX, noted as a Ld. Line Ck. Airman with 33 years of service. An article dated February 26, 1998 appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer featuring Captain Crum marking his final landing as a commercial pilot with the traditional water salute. Born/raised in Ohio, Captain Crum said he was ''closing the circle'' when he landed his final commercial flight at the CVG airport. You can read his story at http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1998/02/26/loc_kypilot26.html

Survived by his wife Judith ‘Judy’, personal condolences
may be sent to their home at
2277 Cohonina Circle, Saint George, UT 84770-5318 ... (435) 652-1826.

Arrangements for Captain Crum will be posted on our blog spot when known.
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John Crum (1938 - 2012)

Obituary:
John Ellis Crum
We are sad to announce the passing on December 23, 2012, of JOHN ELLIS CRUM (known to old friends as "Buck") following a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on March 1, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University, he was a paratrooper with the 82nd and the 101st Army Airborne and an Army pilot. After discharge, he joined Delta Airlines as a pilot and, for the next 33 years, flew domestic and international routes. He traveled all over the world enjoying early extreme sports including skydiving, deep water diving, mountain climbing in Africa, skiing and blue water sailing.

He leaves behind a beautiful and much cherished family: his wife of 41 years, Judith; his son, Scott and his wife Wendy and grand-daughters Brittany, Taylor and Caly; his son, Eric and his wife Chelsea, and grandchildren Lily and Evan; his daughter, Karen (Cricket) Donkin and her husband, Conrad and grand-daughters Mekayla and Zoey.
His ashes will be scattered in the mountains of Park City, UT. A party to celebrate his extraordinary life is planned in St. George, UT on March 2, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to www.woundedwarriorproject.org

.Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from January 6 to January 7, 2013
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Thursday, February 26, 1998
Water jets mark final flight







Capt. John E. Crum lands his last flight as a Delta Air Lines pilot Wednesday.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
BY TERRY FLYNN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HEBRON - Delta Capt. John E. Crum said he was "closing the circle'' Wednesday when he completed his final flight as a commercial airline pilot, from Frankfort, Germany, to Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport. Mr. Crum, who grew up in Hyde Park and graduated from Withrow High School, landed the Delta MD-11 jumbo jet and taxied between twin arches of water from a pair of airport firetrucks in a traditional final salute. ''I flew my first plane (a single-engine Taylorcraft) out of Lunken (Airport) in about 1956,'' said Mr. Crum, who will celebrate his 60th birthday today at his home in Park City, Utah. ''I wanted to end my flying career where it started. It seemed fitting.'' Mr. Crum, who began his career with Delta in February 1965, has more than 25,000 flight hours in both civilian and military aircraft. He piloted the inaugural flight from Cincinnati to Paris in 1991 and flew Jimmy Carter from Atlanta to his presidential inaugural in Washington. He is qualified to fly seven different commercial aircraft, as well as helicopters and single-engine land and sea planes. A graduate of Ohio State University, Mr. Crum became an Army paratrooper after college, when he discovered ''it might be better to fly the airplane rather than jump out of it.'' Federal Aviation Administration regulations mandate retirement at age 60 for all commercial pilots. ''I may learn to play golf, and I'll be able to spend more time with my wife,'' he said. ''There is some nostalgia here. I won't miss the long nights over the Atlantic or the time away from home. But I will miss the camaraderie, and I'll miss Delta. It's been a good company.'' Ironically, Mr. Crum couldn't make a connecting Delta flight from here to Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon because snow storms in Utah had closed the airport.
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Tributes:

Captain John Crum checked me out on the L1011, as Captain. During the checkout I learned that we had several things in common, we were both Airborne/Rangers, in the US Army and there are not many of those working for any Airline.

Captain John Crum was a gentleman and I am sorry that he is gone.
Capt. Richard B. Hathcock (FMR)
Pismo Beach, CA

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NWA Capt. Temple ‘Tem’ C. Hager

Belated notice....

~ IN MEMORY ~
SO/RC/NWA Capt. Temple ‘Tem’ C. Hager
June 25, 1940 ~ February 17, 2012

Belated notification of the passing of SO/RC/NWA retired pilot Captain Temple ‘Tem’ Hager, age 71. Captain Hager’s obituary notes that he hired on with Southern Airways in 1960 and retired with Northwest in 1997. Captain Hager is survived by his wife Patricia ‘Pat. The Hager’s residence:
87 Walton Magnolia Lane, Panama City Beach FL 32413-7203 ... (850) 231-5316
 
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TEMPLE (Tem) CALDWELL HAGER, SR Passed away on February 17, 2012, at the age of 71 at his home in Panama City, Florida.

Tem was the youngest child of Marjorie and Richard D. Hager, Sr. of Winston- Salem, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard D. Hager, II.
 
Tem is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Pat Farley Hager. Children, from a previous marriage, son, Temple C. Hager, Jr. (Kim) of Houston, TX and daughter, Holly Hager Von Gunten (Nick) of Germantown, TN, Grandchildren Ethan and Ava Von Gunten of Germantown, TN and nephew, Edward Hager of Trinidad, CO.

Tem was born in Atlanta, GA and lived in Winston-Salem, NC until his senior year in high school and graduated from Coral Gables High School (Florida) in 1958.

Tem came from a family who instilled a love of airplanes and flying in him. He wanted to pursue a flying career and in 1960, graduated from Embry Riddle Flight School in Miami, FL. For a short time after graduation he flew as a corporate pilot for Eastman Kodak in Bristol, TN. In 1960, his commercial career began as a pilot with Southern Airways which subsequently became Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. After
36 years as a commercial pilot, Tem retired from Northwest as a DC-10 Captain in 1997.

Tem loved life and never met a stranger. Retirement kept him busy with life on the beach, ham radio (WD4FGR), golfing, boating, fishing, evenings with friends and traveling to the cabin in Virginia during the summer to watch the river flow past their cabin. Tem loved his and Pat's many cruise vacations over the past three years.

Interment of ashes will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, TN, at a future date, at that time a celebration of life will take place with family and friends.

                                                     RJR Class of 1958
                         (R.J.Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, NC)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

NWA Capt. Harold E. Thorson

~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII veteran, NWA Capt. Harold E. Thorson
December 21, 1923 ~ December 10, 2012


Notification of the passing of Navy/WWII veteran and retired NWA pilot Captain Harold E. Thorson. Captain Thorson hired on with Northwest as a Transportation Agent 12-10-1951 and started his flying career with Northwest in 1952. Captain Thorson retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1983. Married in Seattle January 22, 1946, he was widowed in 2003. Captain Thorson was nearing his 89th birthday at the time of his passing December 10th.

Captain Thorson had most recently resided at
622 Elm Place, Edmonds WA 98020-4646

 

Harold E. Thorson
December 21, 1923 ~ December 10, 2012

Harold was born in Crary, North Dakota. He served in the Navy as a forward air reconnaissance pilot in the South Pacific during World War II and continued to serve in the reserves through retirement. In 1952, he started as a pilot for Northwest Airlines where he flew 31 years finishing his career as a Boeing 747 Captain flying routes to Asia. He had an amazing positive attitude about life, and was incredibly organized and prepared for eternity. He was also conservative with this life, but generous with others. He did not leave any unfinished business behind and was able to pass in comfort and peace.

He has now joined with his wife Louise, who passed away in 2003. He is survived by his daughters Kathleen Poole, Suzanne Popa and her husband Jim, son Rick Thorson and wife Cindy, grandchildren Bradley and his wife Katherine, John and his wife Monica, Lauren and her husband Zane, Brian, Elizabeth and her husband Ben, Mari, and great grandchildren Matthew, Natalie, and Stellan . A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, January 5th at 1 pm at the Elm Place Clubhouse, 1200 6th Place South, Edmonds, WA 98020.

.Published in The Seattle Times from December 22 to December 23, 2012

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Name: Louise R. Thorson
Date of Birth: May 24, 1924
Date of Death: August 31, 2003
Age at Death: 79 years, 3 months, 7 days

DL Capt. H. Milton Huffman

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Milt Huffman
May 5, 1929 ~ December 20, 2012


  

We have just received word of the passing of Navy/Korean war veteran, retired DL pilot and Delta Golden Wings member, Captain Herman Milton ‘Milt’ Huffman, age 83. Captain Huffman hired on with Delta 04-30-1956 (note:  correction to hire date...04-30-1956...CF) and retired November 1981, based ATL.

To view/sign the online guestbook and to view the family photo gallery please visit the funeral home website at www.kirkseyfhmarion.com/ or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcdowellnews/obituary.aspx?n=milton-huffman&pid=161894925#fbLoggedOut A memorial service was held for Captain Huffman yesterday December 22nd. Arrangements were entrusted to Kirksey Funeral Home located in Marion NC.

Survived by his wife Libby, personal condolences may be sent to the Huffman home at 340 Hillcrest Drive , Marion NC 28752-3930 ... Home (828) 652-5249

Obituary.......

Milton Huffman, 83, of Marion, NC unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, December 20th, 2012.

Milton is survived by his wife, Libby Cope, to whom he was married for 22+ years. His children are Jane-Ellen Huffman, Liz Ann Laub and husband Chad, Susan Murray Hext and husband Jeff, and Milton Huffman, Jr. His step children are Beth Shook and husband Garry, and Andrew Dockery. His grandchildren are Ashton and Colton Laub, Zachary, Duke and Georgia Hext, and Madison and Teddy Shook.

Milton was the last surviving child of 10 children born to James and Agnes Huffman from Hildebran, NC. After graduating from Mars Hill and Lenior-Rhyne Colleges, Milton joined the US Navy where he flew supply planes during the Korean War. Following his enlistment in the Navy, Milton joined Delta Air Lines where he flew for 26 years retiring as Captain. As an active member of the community, Milton touched many lives through his various charitable endeavors. He spent his free time tending the family farms, raising cattle, hunting and fishing. Milton had a passion for cooking and eating and spending time with family and friends. Milton will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Marion. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, PO Box 968, Marion, NC 28752. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.kirkseyfhmarion.com/ 

.Published in The McDowell News on December 23, 2012.

Kirksey Funeral Home
69 North Main Street
Marion, NC 28752
(828) 652-2120

Memorial Service: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:00pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Marion NC 28752
From: false <cjcdal@yahoo.com>To: RETIRED PILOTS COMMUNICATIONS NET <robertsDL@mindspring.com>
Dear Dave,
Not being too sure on how to notify the pilot group, so will pass it on to you and hope that you can help with notification of a retired pilots death.
My friend and neighbor, Herman Milton Huffman, passed away Thursday, 12-20-12. He had just gotten into his truck to return home from the cleaners. when found dead.
He was approx 84 years old and was hired at Delta approx 1956-58. His funeral will be at St. Johns episcopal church, Marion, N.C., 3:00 pm, Sat. 12-22-12. This is all the information that I have at this time.
Thanks
Carl J Clark

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DL pilot trainer Sherman Ray Ellington

~ IN MEMORY ~
Air Force veteran, Korean War veteran,
DL pilot trainer Sherman Ray Ellington
October 9, 1932 ~ December 8, 2012
 
Notification of the passing of Air Force veteran, Korean War veteran, and retired DL pilot trainer Sherman Ray Ellington, age 80. I believe he went by Ray Ellington. His obituary notes that he retired with 29+ years of service, but my information is limited.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.lankfordfuneralhome.com/obituaries.php Arrangements were handled by Lankford located in DeLand FL. Services were held December 14th and interment with military honors was yesterday December 17th. Survived by his wife Helen personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1000 S. Sparkman Ave., Orange City FL 32763-6904 ... Home (386) 775-3242

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Sherman Ellington
Age: 80
Home: Orange City, Florida
Date of Death: December 8, 2012
Birthdate: October 9, 1932
Place of Birth: Leaksville, N.C.

Biography: Sherman Ray Ellington posted Dec 13, 2012

ORANGE CITY - Sherman Ray Ellington, 80, passed away Dec. 8, 2012. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at First Presbyterian Church of DeBary, 267 E. Highbanks Road. Interment with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Mr. Ellington was born in Leaksville, N.C., and retired as a pilot trainer for Delta Air Lines, with more than 29 years of service.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of Korean War Veterans Post 153.
 
Mr. Ellington was a member of First Presbyterian Church of DeBary and the Model A Ford Car Club, and he was a Mason.

He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Mr. Ellington is survived by his wife of 16 years, Helen J. Ellington; two daughters, Suzianne Garner of Suwanee, Ga., and Angela Christine Ellington of Fayetteville, N.C.; sister June Kyles of Eden, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

Lankford was in charge.
Lankford Funeral Homes & Crematory
220 E. New York Avenue
DeLand, FL 32724
(386) 734-2244

DL Capt. Douglas G. Gentry

~ IN MEMORY ~
Air Force veteran, DL Capt. Douglas G. Gentry
October 13, 1934 ~ December 15, 2012


Notification of the passing of retired DL pilot Captain Douglas Grey Gentry, age 78. Captain Gentry hired on with Delta 11-11-1957 and retired with 33 years of service, based PDX.  (note:  based PDX in 1987.  Capt. Gentry retired December 1991, based DFW at the time of his retirement...CF)

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.coleandgarrett.com/obituaries.html Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 19th, in Goodlettsville TN.  
Captain Gentry last resided at
133 Lakeshire Drive , Crossville TN 38558-9005

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Obituary:
GENTRY, Douglas Grey

December 15, 2012, age 78 of Crossville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Hazel Gentry. Survived by his loving companion, Sylvia C. Wingert; daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Pike, Cathleen G. (Paul) Cross, and Mendy Gentry; grandchildren, Nikki McCabe, Benjamin Pike, Erin Pike, and Jordan Hite. After his childhood in Cookeville, his school days in Murfreesboro, he was commissioned by the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He began his dream career with Delta Airlines and retired after 33 years as a Captain. At that time, he relocated to the golfing community of Fairfield Glade in Crossville. Funeral service will be held Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 2 pm at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until service time. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Cole & Garrett Funeral Home- Goodlettsville
127 N. Main St.
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(615) 859-5231

Friday, December 14, 2012

DL F/A Judy Campbell Parent, wife of DL Capt. Mike Parent

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL F/A Judy Campbell Parent, wife of DL Capt. Mike Parent
August 8, 1947 ~ November 8, 2012


Word has been received with the passing of Judith Carole Campbell Parent, former Delta F/A and wife of retired Delta pilot Captain Michael Gregory Parent. Born August 8, 1947, Judy was 65 years of age at the time of her passing November 8, 2012. Services for Judy were held November 30th at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville NC. Survived by her husband Mike, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
725 N Park Place , Hendersonville NC 28791-3785 ... Home (828) 693-9655
Captain Parent’s email address is mikeparent@bellsouth.net

To view the obituary please visit the funeral home website at http://www.thosshepherd.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1815659&fh_id=10745


Obituary
Judith Carole Campbell Parent
Judy Campbell Parent was called home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Her passing was the result of a long-standing chronic illness but was completely unexpected. She was born on August 8, 1947 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Dorothy Lawson Campbell and the late Colonel Charles Spencer Campbell, Sr., US Army (Ret). She had one sibling, Colonel Charles Spencer Campbell, Jr., US Army (Ret).
Judy and Spence Jr. grew up in a military family and proudly called themselves Army Brats. Their father’s military service took the family around the world and they lived in Salzburg, Austria and Taipei, Taiwan as children and in Anniston, Alabama and Charleston, South Carolina as teens. Judy attended the College of Charleston, became a member of Chi Omega, and graduated with a BS degree in 1970. She worked for several years as a Delta Flight Attendant and, after injuries suffered during turbulent weather, she and her husband Michael owned and operated a travel agency in Grapevine, Texas.
She and Mike met in an elevator in San Diego and were married at First Scot’s Presbyterian Church in Charleston in 1977. He was a career Delta pilot who retired and they moved to the NC mountains in 1996. Subsequently, they moved to Hendersonville in 2001, shortly after her mother moved here.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband Mike, her brother and sister-in-law, Spence & Marianne Campbell; Cathy niece, (husband Kenneth Knox Whitlow); a nephew Robert Douglas Campbell; Daughter-in-law Jocelyn; grandchildren Joshua, Jennifer, Jessica Parent and Maya Elizabeth Smith. Memorials may be made to the Mastocytosis Society (TMS For A CURE): TMS Treasurer, The Mastocytosis Society, Inc., c/o Jim McKee, P.O. Box 129, Hastings, NE 68902-0129 A visitation and celebration of life memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville,NC at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 30, 2012. Visitation at the church for 30 minutes prior to the service.;
Judy was a special person whose love of family was equaled by her care and concern for others. Her sparkling personality and deep faith enabled her to make a difference in the lives of many people. She was the apple of her mother’s eye.
 
A visitation and celebration of life memorial service was held at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville on 30 November 2012.

Capt. Walter I. Jackson - EAL, FAA, ALPA, QB

~ IN MEMORY ~
Capt. Walter I. Jackson
July 11, 1939 ~ December 5, 2012


For those who may have known Capt. Walter I. Jackson ... obituary mentions his career with Eastern Airlines, the FAA and his affiliation with Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, he was an ALPA member and a member of the QB Atlanta Hangar, and a mentor and friend to many.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/roswell-funeral-home/en-us/index.page A life memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at Roswell Funeral Home in Georgia.

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Walter I. JACKSON: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - Thursday, December 13, 2012


JACKSON, Walter I. Captain Walter I. Jackson, age 73 of Marietta, GA passed away on December 5, 2012 following a brief illness. He attended secondary school and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Captain Jackson began his career with Eastern Airlines in ticketing and progressing to computer programing in New York. He later obtained his pilot license and moved to Atlanta for Eastern as an airline pilot. He flew with Eastern for over thirty years, and next became a captain for Viscount Air Services. Lastly, he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration in Garden City, NY as an aviation safety inspector. Captain Jackson later returned with the FAA to Atlanta in the Delta Air Lines Certificate Management Office where he worked until his death. During his flying career, Captain Jackson was a member of the Air Lines Pilot Association (ALPA), and also a member of the Quiet Birdman (QB) Atlanta Hanger. Captain Jackson is survived by his daughter Elizabeth S. Jackson Day of Lawrenceville, Georgia, sister Lois Jackson Gabrych of North Carolina, brother Albert C. Jackson of Arizona, and two grandchildren. A life memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at Roswell Funeral Home. Donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers are greatly appreciated.

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Posted: 3:56 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012


Captain Walter I. Jackson, 73: Aviation expert was known for compassion and wit


By Mea Watkins

Capt. Walter I. Jackson was a sharp thinker and an expert in the aviation industry. A commercial pilot for more than thirty years, he was known to uphold high standards of ethics and integrity.
“He cared about doing the right thing,” said Bob Stimpson of Fayetteville, a line captain at Delta Air Lines, who referred to Jackson as a mentor and friend. “He was a great advocate for the line pilot and the public we serve. Walt leveraged his Eastern [Air Lines] career and his time at the FAA with straight-talk and honesty,” he said, in reference to Jackson’s most recent work with the Federal Aviation Administration as an aviation safety inspector in the Delta Air Lines Certificate Management Office. “I trusted his advice and listened when he spoke,” he said.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Jackson studied engineering and mathematics at Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he worked in ticketing and computer programming before he began a flying career as a pilot with Eastern Air Lines and a captain with Viscount Air Services. He maintained memberships with the Air Line Pilots Association and the Quiet Birdmen Atlanta Hangar.
His daughter Beth Day, of Lawrenceville, remembers the single-engine aircrafts her father flew while earning his pilot license, “He always teased me because I called those his ‘practice planes.’ I thought they were pretend airplanes,” she said with a laugh.
Walter I. Jackson, who recently battled pancreatic cancer, died Dec. 5 following a brief illness. He was 73. A life memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Roswell Funeral Home, which is also in charge of arrangements.
Growing up as a pilot’s daughter was very exciting, said his daughter, adding that she was “fascinated by his exotic job,” and treasured the gifts he brought back from Canada and the Caribbean. Although his career often kept him away from home for a days at a time, Day says her father was very involved in her life, noting that she enjoyed the time they spent together during the two-week breaks between trips.
Harry Stillman of Canton, who worked with Jackson throughout his flying career and the FAA, appreciated his friend’s sense of humor. “When he made phone calls, he started with ‘Hey, old man,’ like he was the youngster,” Stillman said. The men, who were neighbors for a few years, also enjoyed a bit of friendly competition, buying pre-owned Porsche cars just months apart. Stillman said one day Jackson asked, “… Am I gonna have to buy a plane, too?” after he noticed a magazine with aircraft for sale in his mailbox.
A seventh grade Social Studies teacher, Day credits her father for her love of history, describing him as an avid reader, World War II history buff, and supporter of higher education. “He was diligent about my education and the importance of it,” she said.
In addition to his daughter, Jackson is also survived by a sister, Lois Jackson Gabrych of North Carolina; a brother Albert C. Jackson of Arizona, and two grandchildren.

NEA/DL Capt. Robert S. 'Bob' Weiss


~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt. Robert S. Weiss
October 26, 1931 ~ December 3, 2012


Obituary can be viewed at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newstimes/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-Weiss&pid=161685077 The August 1983 issue of DeltaDigest notes Captain Weiss’ retirement: Robert S. Weiss, Captain, Chicago/O’Hare, with 27 years of service.

Robert Weiss
Obituary.................
Robert Stoddard Weiss died on December 3, 2012 peacefully at his home in Oak Bluffs after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 81 years of age. Robert was married to Sylvia L. (Day) Weiss for fifty-four years and they enjoyed their time together by traveling the world. Robert was born in Rockville Centre in New York on October 26, 1931 and grew up in Freeport on Long Island. He was the son of Herman R. Weiss and Marjorie Marie (Johnson) Weiss. After graduating high school and receiving his associate's degree in animal husbandry he was drafted in to the Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1954. Upon returning to the United States he trained and obtained his pilot's license in 1956. He was flying for Northeast Airline which was subsequently taken over by Delta Airlines in the 1970's for whom he flew for until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge in Bethel, CT. He lived between Hobe Sound, FL in the winters and Martha's Vineyard in the summers where he was a licensed Coast Guard captain and held fishing charters on his boat Summer's Lease. Robert enjoyed gardening, fishing and was known to always lend a hand to help fix just about anything and to give back. He and Sylvia traveled extensively and lived in numerous parts of the world. Robert is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard of Ridgefield, CT and Stephen of Darien, CT; and three grandchildren, Taylor-Lynn Weiss, Kenny and Robert Weiss. His funeral service will be private. Donations may be made in his memory to the Animal Shelter, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.cccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

.Published in News Times on December 14, 2012

From: carol Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:26 PM Subject: passing of ORD NEA/DL Capt. Bob Weiss , age 81
~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt. Robert S. Weiss
October 26, 1931 ~ December 3, 2012
Word has been received with the passing of NEA/DL retired pilot Captain Robert S. ‘Bob’ Weiss, age 81. Captain Weiss hired on with Northeast first in January 1956, pilot rosters reflect a seniority date 08-05-1957/10-23-1957, and he retired with Delta 09-01-1983, based ORD. I believe Captain Weiss is survived by his wife Sylvia and that personal condolences may be sent to
24 Wedgewood Road, Westport CT 06880-2735.... Home (203) 222-7146
Arrangements are pending and will be posted when known.
Thank you/Carol
From: George Chaudoin Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:39 AM Subject: Bob Weiss
From: RICHARD BOYENS boyensrj@bellsouth.net
Subject: Bob Weiss
Date: December 4, 2012 6:24:49 PM EST
To: George Chaudoin <oeg1011@comcast.net>

Bob past away on monday,

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NWA/DL Capt. John E. Heinrich

~ IN MEMORY ~
Air Force veteran, NWA/DL Capt. John E. Heinrich
July 10, 1948 ~ December 9, 2012
Viewing: December 12, 2012, 2:00pm-8:00pm , Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo OH
Final Services: December 13, 2012 at 9:30am at Walker Funeral Home, Toledo OH    Procession from Walker to Heritage Church of God, service at 10:30, 3520 Strayer Rd, Maumee, OH 43537

Word has been received of the passing of NWA/DL pilot Captain John Edward Heinrich, age 64. Captain Heinrich was Vice President, and an Investment Advisor at the Heinrich-Kamal Pilot Group at Merrill Lynch, an A320 Captain with DL, and an F-16/A-7 Fighter Pilot with the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Tactical Fighter Group. Captain Heinrich hired on with NWA 12-19-1989 and retired with Delta just this past September.
Survived by his wife Lisa personal condolences may be sent to the family at
560 Spring Lake Pt., Holland OH 43528-9227 ... Home (419) 865-6849
Obituary for Captain John Edward Heinrich
John Edward Heinrich, 64, of Holland, left this earth Sunday December 9, 2012. John was born July 10, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio to Ralph and Lena (Lehman) Heinrich. He attended Start High School where he excelled at football and track. He earned a full track and field scholarship to The Ohio State University and held records in high hurdle and an existing record in the low hurdle. After graduating from Ohio State, he attended Mississippi State where he obtained his masters degree. John joined the Air Force and became a fighter pilot instructor during the Vietnam conflict. Flying A-7s and F-16s, John was a Lt. Colonel with the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Tactical Fighter Group, serving faithfully and with pride, completing his duties in October 1994. He was a Captain with Northwest and Delta Airlines where he enjoyed a lengthy and professional career, completing his last flight in the Airbus A320 in September. John was a vice president with Merrill Lynch, Heinrich-Kamal Group, where he specialized in helping fellow pilots manage and grow their retirement assets. He was an avid traveler, high-performance automobile enthusiast and frequent golfer. He was a lover of sports and all animals, especially doting on his birds.
John was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Lena. He is survived by his wife, Lisa (Herring); sons, Don (Maria) and Joseph (Courtney); sisters, Marilynn (Ted) Stapleton and Susan Broeren, and grandsons, Jonathan and Ethan.
Arrangements by the Walker Funeral Home 5155 W. Sylvania Ave with visitation Wednesday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Heritage Church of God on 3520 Strayer Rd., Maumee Thursday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Pilots For Kids, 467 Woodsedge Lane White Lake, MI 48386, The Toledo Humane Society 1920 Indian Wood Circle Maumee, Ohio 43537 or Hospice of Northwest Ohio 30000 River Rd. Perrysburg, Ohio 43551.
.Published in Toledo Blade from December 11 to December 12, 2012.
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John E. Heinrich
Capt. John E. Heinrich made his final flight west on December 9, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. with his wife Lisa of 22 years by his side.
It saddens me to have to deliver this information about our dear friend. John was one of a kind, and the absence of his vibrant personality will not go unnoticed, and will be sorely missed. Though I tried to reach out to everyone in advance about Johns battle, it is still seemingly such a shock that these are the words I type this evening. John and I built our office together over 15 years ago, and he was a great partner and friend. For most of his life he held three jobs at once, two of which were full time jobs. He was Vice President, and Investment Advisor at the Heinrich-Kamal Pilot Group at Merrill Lynch, an A320 Delta Airlines Captain, and a F-16/A-7 Fighter Pilot for the 180th Fighter Group.
John had survived a brain aneurysm just over a month ago, and was on track to recovery, when complications reversed his very strong efforts. John had just retired from Delta/Northwest on 1 October. Though some thought he may be a type-A personality, he saw many type-A personalities in the rear view mirror of his super modified Hennessey V750hp Cadillac CTS. He was fun, smart, but a regular guy in very many ways. He will be severely missed.
Please join us in saying goodbye to our friend John, and I know that you will all keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during the days ahead.
Viewing: December 12, 2012 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm at Walker Funeral Home
Final Services: December 13, 2012 at 9:30am at Walker Funeral Home
All Pilots in Military or Airline Uniform
Walker Funeral Home5155 W. Sylvania Ave.
Toledo, OH 43623
Phone: (419) 841-2422
Procession from Walker to Heritage Church of God 3520 Strayer Rd, Maumee, OH 43537
Wake:
Stone Oak Country Club
100 Stone Oak Blvd.
Holland, OH 43528
419.867.8400
Please make donations to:
Pilots for Kids, DTW
PO Box 620052
Orlando, FL 32862-0052
John’s Home Address
560 Spring Lake Pt
Holland, OH 43528
Sincerely,
Danny Kamal
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John Heinrich (1948-2012)

(News article) A high school and college track star who became an Air Force pilot instructor, an Ohio Air National Guard officer, and a commercial airline pilot, John Heinrich died Sunday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He was 64.

Mr. Heinrich of Springfield Township retired Oct. 1 as a Delta Air Lines captain. He planned to buy a small airplane in the spring. He and his wife wanted to take a trip each month. They returned from their first, a trip to the Napa Valley in California, on Oct. 27. He was found the next day suffering the effects of a brain aneurysm, his wife, Lisa, said.

Mr. Heinrich golfed. The couple were scuba divers - "and he was a workout fanatic," his wife said. "He was in the most phenomenal shape of any 64-year-old man you'd ever want to meet."

He also was a vice president and senior financial adviser with the Heinrich-Kamal Group, affiliated with Merrill Lynch. He worked with pilots to plan their retirement finances.

"He was always so good with numbers, and he thoroughly enjoyed it," his wife said. "He cared about people."

He was born July 10, 1948, to Lena and Ralph Heinrich and grew up in West Toledo. He was a graduate of Start High School and, while there, specialized in high and low hurdles on the track team and competed in state championships. He also played football, but he attended Ohio State University on a track-and-field scholarship.

He was in ROTC at Ohio State and he became a second lieutenant in the Air Force after graduation, said his former wife, Sharon Looney. He was a fighter pilot instructor during the Vietnam War and was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

"He was very patient and very good teaching his students how to fly," she said. "John was always dedicated to whatever he was involved in."
 
He had a master's degree from Mississippi State University.
 
Back in Toledo, he was a lieutenant colonel in the 180th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard based at Toledo Express Airport. He was flying F-16 fighter jets when he retired in 1994, but for much of his Air Guard career, he flew A-7s.

As a fighter pilot, Mr. Heinrich maintained the focus of an athlete, said Kent Ernsberger, also a retired lieutenant colonel with the 180th.

"He was always very fit and prepared to fly missions," Mr. Ernsberger said. "He lived life to the fullest. He was very, very outgoing, and when you were in the presence of John, there were going to be a lot of laughs."

Mr. Heinrich's commercial airline career dated to the 1980s, when he was hired by the former Northwest Airlines, which later merged with Delta.

Surviving are his wife, Lisa, whom he married June 14, 1991; sons, Don and Joseph; sisters, Marilyn Stapleton and Susan Broeren, and two grandsons.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in the Heritage Church of God, Monclova Township, where he was a member.

The family suggests tributes to Pilots for Kids in White Lake, Mich., the Toledo Area Humane Society, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Contact Blade staff writer Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
.Published in Toledo Blade on December 13, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

NWA/DL Capt. Gregory Bludorn

~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA/DL Capt. Greg Bludorn
April 9, 1953 ~ November 16, 2012
 
NWA/DL Captain Gregory Alan Bludorn passed away of natural causes in his sleep at his LAX layover hotel on November 16th. Captain Bludorn hired on with Northwest 03-30-1984. He was a SEA based A330 Captain who lived on Bainbridge Island. Born/raised in Chicago Captain Bludorn was 59 years of age at the time of his passing. A memorial Celebration of Life will take place next April, which was to have been his retirement date.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://cookfamilyfuneralhome.com/obits/obituaries.asp?Id=1314

Survived by his wife Kim and sons Aaron, Miles and Cody, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
6581 Latyson Ln NE , Bainbridge Island WA 98110-4073 ... Home (206) 780-6964

http://cookfamilyfuneralhome.com/obits/obituaries.asp?Id=1314
Obituary:

Gregory Alan Bludorn, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. He was born on April 9, 1953 in Chicago Illinois and was 59 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ray Graham Association, 420 West Madison Street Elmhurst, IL 60126 (630) 834-4106.

Gale Fouraker, wife of NWA Capt Joe Fouraker

~ IN MEMORY ~
Gale Surman Fouraker, wife of NWA Capt. Joe F. Fouraker
February 4, 1944 ~ December 7, 2012


Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Gale Fouraker, wife of NWA pilot and RNPA member Captain Joe Francis Fouraker. We understand that Gale had been ill for some time. Born February 4, 1944, Gale Frances Surman Fouraker was 68 years of age at the time of her passing Friday, December 7th.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.wiegandbrothers.com/ or

Survived by her husband Joe, personal condolences
may be sent to the family at
12222 Clubhouse Drive , Lakewood Ranch FL 34202-2097 ... Home (941) 727-4522

 Obituary:
Gale Frances Fouraker , 1944~2012
 
After a long battle with various illnesses, Gale Frances Fouraker went home to be with her Lord Dec. 7, 2012. There will be a Interment at Sarasota National Cemetery on Monday Dec. 10th at 1:00 pm. She is survived by her loving husband Joe, two daughters; Sarah (Michael) Edmonston and Amy (Dale) Mitchell; three grandchildren Nathan, Chloe, and Joseph. Gale will be missed by all the lives she touched. All arrangements made by Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home.
.Published in The Bradenton Herald on December 9, 2012
 
Interment: Monday, December 10 at 1:00 PM 
Sarasota National Cemetery
9210 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34240

Dorothy Mae Raithel, wife of Bonanza Capt. Bud Raithel

~ IN MEMORY ~
Dorothy Mae Raithel, wife of early Bonanza/AirWest pilot Capt. Bud Raithel
May 28, 1924 ~ December 5, 2012
*Services will be held Tuesday, December 11th, in Prescott AZ.


News has reached us that Dorothy Mae Raithel has passed on at the age of 88 years. Dorothy is the wife of early Bonanza/AirWest/Hughes/Republic pilot Captain Wilburn Julius ‘Bud’ Raithel. Having married on November 7, 1942, Dorothy and Bud recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Born December 2, 1920, Captain Raithel celebrated his 92nd birthday just prior to Dorothy’s passing.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.ruffnerwakelin.com/
Survived by her husband, personal condolences may be sent to the Captain at
115 S Horizon Circle , Prescott AZ 86303-5658 ..... Home (928) 445-8762

Obituary:
Dorothy Mae Raithel, 88, a long-time resident of Prescott, died at her home on Tuesday, December 5, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Dorothy was born May 28, 1924, in San Antonio, TX, the daughter of Anton and Verna Tschirhart. She was united in marriage to W.J. “Bud” Raithel on November 7, 1942. They were married for 70 years.
Dorothy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University in 1967. She furthered her education and received her Master’s Degree, also from ASU.
Dorothy’s career as an elementary school teacher began at Apache Elementary in 1967. She transferred to Tonalea Elementary where she worked until her retirement.
She loved to sew, knit, crochet and read, and she enjoyed making wonderful food for her family and friends.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Bud; her children, Jack (Annette) Raithel of Collierville, TN, and Ruth Dassen of Mesa, AZ; her three granddaughters, Jennifer (James) Newman of Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Baer and Laura Baer, both of Mesa, AZ; her three great-grandchildren, Lyla Grace Newman, Michael Gavin McInturff, and Harvey Baer Jacobson; and her brother, Alton (Sharon) Tschirhart of Boerne, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Bill Tschirhart, Lois Walt, and Evelyn Tschirhart; her son-in-law, Henricus Dassen; and her only grandson Adam Raithel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Good Samaritan Society-Prescott Hospice, 1065 Ruth Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 or online at http://www.good-sam.com/index.php/about_us/donate/?locId=3012.
 
Visitation:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home 303 S. Cortez St. Prescott AZ 86303
Service:
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home 303 S. Cortez St. Prescott AZ 86303
Cemetery:
Mt. View Cemetery 1051 Willow Creek Rd. Prescott Arizona 86301
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12/8/2012 10:15:00 PM
Obituary: Dorothy Mae Raithel

Dorothy Mae Raithel of Prescott, Ariz., born May 28, 1924, in San Antonio, Texas,
passed away Dec. 5, 2012.

Viewing will be 1 p.m. with the funeral following at 2 p.m. Dec. 11, 2012,
Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home
303 S. Cortez St., Prescott AZ 86303
(520) 445-2221
Fax: (520) 445-7434
Burial is at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Prescott.

Arrangements by Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home.

Linda Keeler, wife of WA/DL Capt. Gerard Keeler

~ IN MEMORY ~
Linda Alfreda Keeler, wife of WA/DL Capt. Gerard ‘Jerry’ Keeler
February 2, 1935 ~ December 4, 2012

Word has been received of the passing of former SFO res agent Linda Alfreda Keeler, age 77. Linda is the wife of retired WA/DL pilot Captain Gerard Alexander Keeler. Arrangements are not known at this time but will be posted when they become available.

Linda is survived by her husband Captain Keeler. Personal condolences
may be sent to their residence at
876 Sunset Ridge Drive , Washougal WA 98671-5114 ... Home (360) 835-5233

Arrangements have been entrusted to Davies Cremation & Burial Services,
309 E. 15th Street Suite "E" , Vancouver WA 98663 ... (360) 693-1036.

Thank you,
~ Carol

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Doris Fieldsa, wife of NEA/DL Capt. Fieldsa

Update to Captain Fieldsa’s mailing address....
Walt recently moved and his new mailing address is
          10401 ROOSEVELT BLVD N. APT. 110
          ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33716-3831
~ Thank you!  

~ IN MEMORY ~
Doris Fieldsa, wife of NEA/DL Capt. Walt Fieldsa
February 17, 1926 - December 6, 2012


Word has been received of the passing of Doris Assapki Fieldsa, wife of Delta Golden Wings member NEA/DL pilot Captain Walter Franklin Fieldsa. Granddaughter Laura writes that her grandparents Doris and Walter had been married 66 years having married on December 10, 1946. Doris was born in Minieh, Egypt. She was one of two initial flight attendants hired by Ethiopian Airlines. Ethopian Airlines was founded 12-21-1945 and commenced operation 04-08-1946. Doris was 86 years of age at the time of her passing on December 6th.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.andersonmcqueen.com/obituaries/Doris-Fieldsa/ or http://www.andersonmcqueen.com/

Personal condolences may be sent to Captain Fieldsa and his family at *see new mailing address above.... Home (727) 517-3223
You may also contact granddaughter Laura at laura.seidler@gmail.com

 
Obituary for Doris A. Fieldsa ~~
Fieldsa, Doris A.
86, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Bon Secours. Born in Minieh, Egypt, she came to the US in 1948 and moved to Clearwater in 2000. She was one of two initial flight attendants for Ethiopian Airlines. She was an avid lover of roses cultivating over 250 rose bushes and was a former member of the American Rose Society. She was also a former member of the Florida Board of Realtors She was a champion golfer and was a former member of Kings Bay Country Club in Miami, FL. as well as a former member of both Ferncroft Country Club in Topsfield, MA and Newbury Country Club in Newbury, MA. She was also a member of the League of Women's Voters in Miami. She was a linguist and fluent in five languages. She loved children, animals and collecting dolls. Her love of dolls lead her to open her own Toy & Doll store in Deerfield Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her sons, Kevin C. Fieldsa and Keith A. Fieldsa. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Walter F. Fieldsa Sr.; her daughter, Karen F. Seidler of St. Petersburg; her sons, Wayne W. Fieldsa of Naples, FL and Walt F. Fieldsa Jr. of Sevierville, TN; her sisters, Mary Depaolis of Los Angeles and Theresa Rizkallah of Alexandria, Egypt; her brother, Charles Assapki of Goffstown, Australia; her eight granchildren and two great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in her name to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, American Diabetes Association or Suncoast Hospice.

NWA Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' Belford

~ IN MEMORY ~
West Coast/Hughes/NWA Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Belford
October 26, 1933 - December 7, 2012

Obituary


Gerald D. Belford, age 79 of Phoenix, Arizona, departed to be face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ on December 7, 2012 after living a full life of faith, courage and perseverance. Gerald was born in Clay Center, NE on October 26, 1933. He had a distinguished military career as an Air Force pilot and served his country in the Korean War. After his military service, he had a long, successful career as a commercial airline Captain and flight instructor. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1992. Gerald is survived by his wife Kathleen Marie Belford, children Donovan Belford, Julie Belford-Caruso, Michael Lethem, Jeffrey Belford, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lori Ann Lethem (1982). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. Additional information can be obtained at www.westresthavenfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers please consider a monetary contribution to R.B. Thieme Jr., Bible Ministries, P.O. Box 460829 Houston, TX 77056-8829 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
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~ IN MEMORY ~
West Coast/Hughes/NWA Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Belford
October 26, 1933 - December 7, 2012

Word has been received of the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Gerald Dean Belford, age 79. I believe Captain Belford hired on
10-18-1959 and rode out the many mergers with West Coast, AirWest, Hughes Air West, and Republic Airlines prior to his retirement.

To date I have not seen an obituary in print but the online guestbook is available for signing at

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00pm at the
West Resthaven Funeral Home , 6450 West Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 ... (623-939-8394)
Captain Belford had most recently resided at
7315 N 12th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85021-8023 ... (602) 861-1521
 
Thank you,
~ Carol