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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NEA/DL Capt. David C. Trauth

We remember Captain David Trauth...
we would like to share a happy time with Captain Trauth and his family. Son Jason writes that this picture was taken over Labor Day weekend in 2010. The picture is one of the family’s favorites as it shows Captain Trauth’s big smile! Captain Trauth fell into a coma in January 2012 from which he never recovered until his passing. In the picture is son Jason and Jason’s wife, their two boys and Captain Trauth’s caretaker. Captain Trauth was loved by a wonderful family!

Thank you to all.
~ Carol
NEA/DL Capt. David C. Trauth
December 20, 1933 ~ February 26, 2013
Our website has received notice of the passing of NEA/DL retired pilot Captain David C. Trauth, age 79. David Charles Trauth was raised in Maplewood NJ, born to parents David and Evelyn Oberg Trauth. Captain Trauth’s father, a judge in Maplewood, died in the August 1958 crash of a Northeast plane that left NYC bound for fog engulfed Nantucket Island. His mother Evelyn passed away in 1989. I believe he is survived by a brother Grant and a sister Holly. Captain Trauth hired on with Northeast 01-17-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based BOS/DFW/MIA. For many years and after retirement, Captain Trauth had made his home in Texas.
Arrangements have not been advised yet but will be posted promptly when known. Personal condolences may be sent to the family c/o son Jason B. Trauth, 6917 SW 115th PL Unit G, Miami FL 33173 (305) 310-9298 jbtrauth@gmail.com
Thank you,
~ Carol

C&S/DL Capt. William S. Craddock

WWII veteran, C&S/DL Capt. William S. Craddock
October 24, 1918 - February 27, 2013

Notification of the passing of decorated WWII veteran and C&S/DL pilot Captain William Sherman Craddock, age 94. Captain Craddock hired on with Chicago & Southern 09-05-1945. He was preceded in death in 1985 by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne Walker. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 1 in the Salmon Room at Second Presbyterian Church. After a private burial at Memorial Park Cemetery a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Second Presbyterian Church Chapel, 4055 Poplar Ave., Memphis TN.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.memorialparkfuneralandcemetery.com/

Perhaps the best contact for the family would be
c/o son William S. Craddock Jr.,
1749 Harbert Ave., Memphis, TN 38104-5113 ..... (901) 276-0639

Obituary for William Sherman Craddock
William Sherman Craddock, 94 passed away February 27, 2013. He was born October 24, 1918 in Savannah Georgia to Margaret Sherman and William S. Craddock. After moving to Memphis when he was 5, he attended Madison Heights Grammar School, Bellevue Jr. High and Central High. Upon graduation from Central, he was in the 1940 class at Southwestern, now known as Rhodes College.

He was fascinated with flying and took lessons while still in high school. This led him to join the Air Force in the early years of WWII. He had an outstanding career as a flight leader, squadron and group leader and flew 50 plus missions in B26 fighter bomber aircraft. He served in Europe, N. Africa, and Italy flying Sea Sweep missions, and bombing strategic targets including the 1,000 plane first raid on Rome, then Naples Harbor, Submarine pens at Toulon, France in support of ground troops. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation. After returning to the States, he flew Combat Readiness tests on U.S. Air Force aircraft that were being developed. He held the rank of Lt. Colonel and commanded the 516th TC Gp and trained the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions for the Inchon Drop in Korea.

He was preceded in death in 1985 by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne Walker. He leaves two children, Linda Craddock Work and William S. Craddock, Jr. (Margaret) and five grandchildren, Taylor Work (Shannon), Lawrence Work (Sarah), Maysey Craddock, Margaret McLean (Alec), Louisa Atman (Joe) and 12 great grandchildren, Emily, Natalie, Danielle, Landon, Callie, Duncan, Meriwether, Virginia, Campbell, Jane, Camille, and William. His is survived by his wife of 16 years, Pat Hoelscher Holliday and step children, Craig Holliday (Lisa), Lee Holliday (Alyssa), Tom Holliday (Julie), Julie Holliday Meeks (Gregg), Dr. Paul Holliday (Leesa) and 13 step grandchildren. He also leaves his sister Ladye Margaret Arnold and several nieces and nephews.

He was a man of strong character, morals, integrity, honesty, leadership, vision and faith. All of these attributes served him and this city well. He was a networker and raised support for many institutions such as YMCA, UT Medical Research, Second Presbyterian Church, Christian Psychological Center and others. He served as Chairman of the Air Service Commission, City of Memphis; President of Future Memphis; President of Rotary Club; President of Metro Board, YMCA; Director of Insurers of Memphis; Director of United Way, Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of Board of Trustees, Presbyterian Day School; Chairman Board of Trustees, Christian Psychological Center; Chairman Chancellor’s Round Table, University of Tennessee; and a Member of Board of Trustees and the Red and Black Society, Rhodes College. He was active in Second Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder and former President of the Church Corporation. He was recipient of Business, Community Service Award, 1988 (Rotary) and runner up Senior Citizen of the year, Memphis, 1990. He was Chairman of the Board, The Craddock Companies and former Captain for Delta Airlines.

He was a member of The Memphis Country Club and a former member of the University Club. Always an athlete and aficionado of exercise he was a former City Handball Champion, enjoyed gold, tennis, hunting, fishing, swimming and the beach.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, March 1 in the Salmon Room at Second Presbyterian Church. After a private burial at Memorial Park Cemetery a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Second Presbyterian Church Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The William S. Craddock Foundation UT Health Science Center, Second Presbyterian Church, or the charity of your choice.

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119, "Behind the Stone Wall".

Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DL Flt Sim Tech Harold McClellan

DL Flight Simulator Technician
Harold L. McClellan
January 9, 1939 ~ February 26, 2013

Notification of the passing of ATL DL retired Flight Simulator Tech Harold McClellan, age 74. Harold hired on with Delta Air Lines in September 1970 and retired in 2006 as Supv.-Sim. Suppt., 215/ATG. To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mckoon.com/html/obituaries.html
Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. He is preceded in death by his wife Callie Ruth Chaney McClellan who died in November 2009. Harold had most recently resided at
1626 Pintail Road, Jonesboro, GA 30238-6643.


Harold McCLELLAN: AJC Newspaper Obituary

McCLELLAN, Harold Mr. Harold L. McClellan, 74, of Jonesboro, passed away February 24, 2013. On January 9, 1939 he was born in Newton, Iowa to the late Homer Leslie and Grace Irene McClellan. He retired from Delta Airlines in 2006 where he spent 36 years working as a simulator technician. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Chaney McClellan, and a grandson, Billy McClellan. Surviving are his sons, Doug McClellan and his wife Jennifer, of Commerce, Greg McClellan, of Somerville, MA, Scott McClellan and his wife Sharon, of Newnan; grandchildren, Michael McCray, and Hope McClellan. Funeral services will be held 4 o'clock Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Graveside of Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Frank Powers officiating. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckoon.com The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon from 2:00PM until 3:30PM at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St. Newnan GA 30263, 770-253-4580.


Callie Ruth McClellan
McCLELLAN, Callie Ruth Callie Ruth McClellan 1942-2009 Callie Ruth McClellan, 66, of Jonesboro, passed away on Thursday, November 05, 2009 at Southern Regional Medical Center. She was born in Stanton, KY to the late Stanley & Myrtle Chaney. Mrs. McClellan, beloved wife & mother is survived by husband, Harold McClellan and sons; Douglas & wife Jennifer McClellan of Commerce; Greg & wife Mell McClellan of Boston and Scott & wife Sharon McClellan of Newnan. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Michael & Hope McClellan and one sister, Evelyn Stetson of Canton. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mckoon.com The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 08, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM at McKoon Funeral Home; a graveside service will follow at 4:00 PM at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Irving Moody officiating. McKoon Funeral Home 770-253-4580
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 7, 2009

Friday, February 22, 2013

DL Capt. William H. 'Bill' Warren

DL Capt. William H. ‘Bill’ Warren
August 14, 1936 ~ February 22, 2013

Notification of the passing of Army veteran and retired DL pilot Captain William Howard Warren, age 76. Captain Warren hired on with Delta 11-30-1964 and was based ATL. A memorial service for Capt. Warren will be held Monday, February 25th at 2:00 PM at Peachtree City United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/
Survived by his wife Ellen personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1021 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City GA 30269-1317 ..... (770) 487-0004

Life Legacy:

William “Bill” Howard Warren, 76, of Peachtree City, GA passed away Friday, February 22, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Osborne & Charlotte Howard Warren and his brother, Richard Warren.

He is survived by his loyal & loving wife of 55 years Ellen Hale Warren; daughters Lisa Warren & Jane Warren, both from Smyrna, GA.

Bill was born in Old Town, Maine in 1936. He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in Northern Maine and also the University of Maine at Orono. He proudly served in the United States Army and later retired as a pilot from Delta Air Lines.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sean Robinson & Dr. Steve Dodson officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to The Salvation Army.

Carl J. Mowell & Son, Peachtree City (770) 487-3959

NWA Capt. David K. Droen

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. David K. Droen
October 15, 1939 ~ February 15, 2013

We have been advised that decorated Navy veteran and retired NWA pilot Captain David Keith Droen passed away February 15th at the age of 73. Captain Droen hired on with Northwest 10-02-1967 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1999. An 11:00 A.M. memorial service and luncheon will be held to celebrate David's life on Saturday, February 23rd, at the Dan Patch American Legion Post 643, 12375 Princeton Ave. South, Savage MN.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website
Capt. Droen had most recently resided at
14834 Rosewood Lane, Burnsville MN 55306-6335 .. (952) 431-4558 


BACK ROW (L to R):
NAVCAD Wesley Wayne JEWEL, USNR; -- Ensign David K. DROEN, USNR; -- 2/Lieutenant Richard M. PRUSSER, USMC; -- Ensign Bud SOUTHWORTH, USN; -- 1/Lieutenant GRIFFIN, USMC; -- 2/Lieutenant Ted NELSON, USMC.
Ensign Larry W. FURSE, USNR; -- NAVCAD Charles GLASSCOCK, USNR; -- 2/Lieutenant Charles BURNAFORD, USMC; -- 2/Lieutenant Richard W. BUCKLEY, USMC; -- 2/Lieutenant Gail SUBLETT, USMC; -- 2/Lieutenant FOCHE, USMC.


David Keith Droen
October 15, 1939 — February 15, 2013
David Keith Droen, known to his friends as 'Pilot', passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, February 15th, 2013, at U of M Fairview Hospital.

He was born October 15th, 1939, in Sisseton, South Dakota. He graduated from Crookston Central High in 1957 and St. Olaf College in 1962, excelling in chemistry and track. Shortly thereafter, he joined the US Navy and discovered his love of flying. After flight school he served on the USS Bon Homme Richard and Ticonderoga, flying the A-4 Skyhawk. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross among many other commendations and medals. Upon leaving the Navy, David continued flying as a commercial pilot with Northwest Airlines, retiring as captain after 25 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Maggie (Jeff) Williams; grandsons, Nathan and Noah Williams; Maggie's mother, Sandra Thomas; brother, Richard (Idella) Droen; sister, Jeanine Droen; niece, Corrine (Darren) Mann and children Megan and Kristopher; and niece, Kimberly Droen. He was preceded in death by his mother, O. Lillian Droen; and father, Alvin Herbert Droen; infant nephew, James Alvin Droen; maternal grandparents, Marie and Charlie Hanson; paternal grandparents, Emma Droen (Nels) Halvorson; and uncle, Morris (Gertrude) Droen.

David was an avid outdoorsman from a young age. He particularly enjoyed pheasant hunting in the Dakotas as well as halibut and salmon fishing in Alaska. He was also an enthusiastic member of Ducks Unlimited, devoted to preserving natural habitats.

The family wants to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of both Fairview Ridges and Fairview U of M for their outstanding care and compassion.

Services: An 11 O'Clock Memorial Service and luncheon will be held to celebrate David's life on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, at the Dan Patch American Legion Post 643, 12375 Princeton Avenue South, Savage, Minnesota.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's hospital.
Arrangements being handled by McNearney Funeral Home and Cremation Services (952) 445-2755

From: RNPA News Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 6:55 PM
Subject: RNPA News: David Droen Has Flown West.
David Droen, a Retired Northwest pilot, passed away on Friday, February the 15th, 2013. He suffered with cancer of the liver, cirrhosis,pulmonar fibrosis and pneumonia. There will be a memorial service for him on Saturday February 23rd at 11A.M. at the Savage American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave S , Savage Mn. 952 894-6940. Luncheon to follow. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. Full obituary will be in Wednesday Paper. Larry Womack

Thursday, February 21, 2013

NEA/DL Capt. Calvin W. Tinsley III

Update & Verification .... services will be held in Florida on Monday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m.    St. Teresa Catholic Church is located at 203 Ojibway Ave., Titusville, FL 32780.
Also, there will be a lunch at the La Cita Country Club following the service.
With many thanks to all from Captain Tinsley’s wife Melinda......thank you!

NEA/DL Capt. Calvin W. Tinsley III
June 5, 1944 ~ February 20, 2013

News has been received that Air Force veteran and retired NEA/DL Captain Cal Tinsley passed away Wednesday night. Calvin William Tinsley III was 68 years of age at the time of his passing. Captain Tinsley hired on with Northeast 12-02-1968 and retired with Delta in 2004, based MIA then ATL prior to retirement.

Born/raised in Miami, Cal was the son of Eastern pilot Calvin W. Tinsley II who died May 30, 2010 at the age of 91.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com/obituaries It is noted on the website that services will be held Monday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m., at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Grovetown GA, but another source says St. Teresa Catholic Church is located at 203 Ojibway Ave., Titusville, FL 32780.

Survived by his wife Melinda personal condolences may be sent to the Tinsley family at
3755 Raney Road, Titusville FL 32780-3510 .... Home (321) 269-3893

Obituary for Calvin W Tinsley.....

Capt. Calvin W. Tinsley III, age 68, retired Delta Airline pilot (35 yrs.) died suddenly with his wife at his side on February 20, 2013.

He was born in Miami, Fl. and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and attended Ole Miss. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Cal was an avid golfer, classic car enthusiast, loved life to the fullest, always a friend to everyone he met, and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Melinda and children Morgan and Curtis; former spouse Bonnie, children Ryan (Shannon) and Brooke; grandchildren Hunter and Hogan; sister Pat (Dave) and brother Tommy (Pam); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held at St Teresa Catholic Church on Monday February 25th at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

From: Patti Lance Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:35 PM Subject: Death of pilot Calvin Tinsley
Please forward the notice of the sudden passing of retired pilot Calvin W.Tinsley, Thursday, February 21, 2013. A memorial will be help at St. Teresa Catholic Church at 10am, Monday, February 25th. The address for the church is 203 Ojibway Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
Survived by his wife Melinda Tinsley and four children. Family phone number is 321-269-3893
Thank you,
Robert Lance

From: "Bob" <bobroyall@yahoo.com> Date: Feb 21, 2013 3:21 PM Subject: cal tinsley
we just received a phone call from stan hayden to advise us that cal tinsley passed away last night. Cal was originally hired by ne airlines and came to delta at the merger in 1972. he was from miami and the son of an eastern pilot. he was based in miami and then atlanta. funeral arrangements are pending is our understanding. he and his wife Melinda have lived in Titusville, FL for the last few years

Cheryl Culberson

From: "David Beaulieu" <dabeaulieu@earthlink.net>
Subject: Capt. Cal Tinsley NEA/DAL Date: February 21, 2013 2:57:08 PM

Stan Hayden phoned early this morning with the sad news that his life-long friend and retired Northeast and Delta Captain Cal Tinsley died suddenly last night. It’s too early to know of any arrangements but Stan is in contact with Cal’s wife.

David A. Beaulieu

NWA Major Henry J. Serwat

Navy & Air Force veteran Major Henry Joseph Serwat,
NWA Capt. Henry ‘Hank’ Serwat
April 24, 1939 ~ November 5, 2012

Belated notification -- the January AIR LINE PILOT magazine's In Memoriam column lists the November 2012 death of NWA Captain Henry J. Serwat.

Major Henry Joseph Serwat hired on with Northwest Airlines 03-24-1969 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1999. Survived by his wife Hannah personal condolences may be sent to the family at

602 Dunbrooke Ct., Franklin TN 37064-4214 ..... (615) 790-1885


Henry Joseph SERWAT, 1939~2012

Henry Joseph SERWAT passed peacefully on November 5, 2012 in Nashville, TN.
Hank was born on April 24, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He lived an amazing life and was a
 loving husband to Hannah for 22 years. A graduate of Northwestern University,
Hank served his country in both the Navy and the Air Force - achieving the rank
of Major. Hank was a fighter pilot, international airline captain and ship captain
who traveled the world. Hank was a Mason for over 25 years, and achieving the
rank of 31 degrees. His kindness and generous spirit will be remembered by all
who knew him, and he will be dearly missed by loving wife, Hannah; daughters,
Jana (Kelly) and Amber (Tony); step-children, Lauranna and Jason; grandchildren,
Cameron, Kendall, Austin, Ashley and Jensen; brother, Richard; sister-in-law,
Beth (Jim) and brother-in-law, Holt (Ed); nephews, Ladd (Rita), Alan (Cari) and
David (Angie); as well as many dear friends and his devoted dog, Luckee. He
ouched us all, leaving an indelible mark, which will live beyond his time on this
earth. Private Interment at Nashville National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
November 13th, followed by an Open House Memorial at his Franklin home.
Memorials to Alive Hospice of Nashville, where he received impeccable and
compassionate care.
Published in The Tennessean on November 9, 2012

Henry J. Serwat: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Henry J. Serwat
State of Issue: Illinois
Date of Birth: Monday April 24, 1939
Date of Death: Monday November 05, 2012
Age at Death: 73 years, 6 months, 12 days

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NEA/DL Capt. Howard Rotchford

WWII Army Air Corps & Korean War veteran
NEA/DL Capt. Howard ‘Howie’ E. Rotchford
June 2, 1924 ~ February 16, 2013                                       

Captain Howard Eugene Rotchford, age 88, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the home of his daughter following a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. Captain Rotchford hired on with Northeast 08-20-1957, and I believe he retired with Delta in 1983 based Boston.

Survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Betty’, personal condolences may be sent to the family c/o of their daughter Stephanie Arsenault,
P. O. Box 622 , West Dover, VT 05356-0622 ... (802) 464-2077
email: hrotch2@aol.com 

A memorial Mass will be held this Friday, February 22nd at 3:00 PM, at the 
Our Lady of Fatima church located at 96 E Main Street, Wilmington VT 05363.
There will be a service this summer in Sidney, Maine where he will be laid to rest in the family cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the Dana Farber Cancer Center or The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge (Jamaica Plains, MA where he and Betty received excellent care) in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
Howard E. Rotchford, 88 passed away peacefully Saturday February 16, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Stephanie Arsenault following a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. Howard was born in the Bronx on June 2, 1924, one of two boys born to Matthew and Helen (Freeman) Rotchford. Following high school, he entered college, after a few months he enlisted in the US Army where he served during World War II with the Army Air Corps fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot. Upon his return from the war he continued his pilot duties serving in the Air National Guard patrolling the Northeast border of the US during the Korean War. He re-entered college and graduated from Colgate University. Howard became a commercial airline pilot first working for Northeast Airline and then Delta from which he retired. He loved playing baseball and had tried out with the then New York Giants, he was offered a position but chose to go to college instead, he was a devoted New York Yankees fan. He enjoyed the family lake house in Sidney, Maine, spending time there every year since the age of two, only to miss two years while he was away with the military. His passion there was fishing in the lake and spending time with his family. After retiring to Florida he joined the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign War. He leaves his wife Elizabeth (Press) Rotchford whom he married June 9, 1951 , son William and wife Tina Rotchford of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, daughters Stephanie and husband Richard Arsenault of Wilmington and Suzanne and husband John Fullerton of Moultonborough, NH, grandchildren Stefanie , Jarrod, Marcel, Jeffrey, Matthew, Patrick, David and Howard. His brother William predeceased him. A memorial mass will be held on Friday February 22 at 3pm from Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington, VT. There will be a service this summer in Sidney, Maine where he will be laid to rest. Memorial gifts may be made to either the Dana Farber Cancer Center or The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge (Jamaica Plains, MA where he and Betty received excellent care) in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com/

Sunday, February 17, 2013

DL Capt Robert (Bob) L. Granger

DL Capt. & Flt. Sim. Instructor Robert Lester ‘Bob’ Granger
July 7, 1917 - February 16, 2013

DeltaDigest January 1971 ......

 DeltaDigest January 1976.....

 DeltaDigest January 1981.....

Captain Granger hired on with Delta 01-03-1946 and retired as a Flight Simulator Instructor based ATL with 37 years of service.

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to NW Captain Steve Seaman, son of the late retired DL Captain Art Seaman who passed away in 1989, for sending the sad news of the death of retired DL Captain Robert L. 'Bob' Granger, 95. Hired by Delta January 3, 1946, he was one of our oldest captains. You may read his obituary, sign the online guest book and see directions for the services in Fayetteville, Georgia at http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/Mowell1/obit.cgi?user=905502Granger .. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Granger and family at 150 Woodgate Dr, Fayetteville, GA 30214, phone 770-460-9436, email <bobgranger1917@yahoo.com>.


Robert Lester Granger

July 7, 1917 - February 16, 2013

Mr. Robert Lester Granger of Fayetteville, GA passed away February 16, 2013 at the age of 95. Mr. Granger was born in Smithfield, PA to Ernest Granger & Nellie Britt Granger. He served in the U.S. Navy. He then became a Delta Air Lines pilot & retired after 37 years of service. Mr. Granger was a member of Fayette Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA. He was a loving & loyal husband, father, step-grandfather, brother, uncle & friend. He was preceded in death by his parents & three sisters.
Survivors include his wife Lois G. Granger of Fayetteville; daughter Marian Speight (Amos) of Fayetteville; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great grandchildren; brother Retired Brigadier General James I. Granger (Carolyn) of Alexandria, VA along with numerous nieces & nephews.
A funeral service will be held February 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Carl J. Mowell & Son, Fayetteville with Rev. Dr. Alex Moses officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City, GA. The family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Fayette Presbyterian Church.

Carl J. Mowell & Son, Fayetteville, GA

Hello Dave,

Thanks in advance for putting out to the appropriate networks the sad news of the passing of Bob Granger, a fellow WWII naval aviator of my father's, and one of Delta's oldest pilots.

Hope you are doing well, and enjoying your well earned leisure time.

Highest regards,

Steve Seaman

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NC/RC/NWA Stephen Gulbrandson

Decorated Vietnam war veteran
NC/RC/NWA pilot Stephen Doyle Gulbrandson
June 8, 1942 ~ February 4, 2013     

Notification of the passing of NC/RC/NWA pilot Stephen Gulbrandson, age 70. (The obituary notes an early medical retirement.) Online condolences and remembrances may be posted on the funeral home website at www.smithfunealchapels.com/

Steve is survived by his wife Diane. To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2611 W Casas Circle , Tucson AZ 85742-9772 ... (520) 797-1335
or 904 Petrified Tree Pass , Billings MT 59101-7231.

Stephen D. Gulbrandson passed away on Feb. 4, 2013, in Billings. He was 70 years old.

Born in California, Steve grew up in Minnesota and Montana, graduated from high school in Glendive MT in 1961 and from the University of Montana at Bozeman in 1965.

He received his Air Force pilot's wings in 1966. With the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he flew the F-4 Phantom jet out of Ubon Thailand and completed 148 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. Steve was a member of the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club.

(Note: you may read his story at http://www.martin-baker.com/clubs/ejection-tie-club ...CF)

In June of 1969, he married Diane Knudson and they moved to Hill AFB Utah where Steve flew the B-57 Canberra. With the National Guard he flew the B-124 and the F-105 "Thud." Later, he joined the airlines, flying for North Central, then Republic, then Northwest Airlines, all out of Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minn.

After a medical retirement, he moved to Tucson Ariz., lived on a golf course, and golfed on a daily basis. Throughout his life he enjoyed being in and around water, either scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming or boating. In his adult life, he learned to ski, took up backpacking, played tennis and ping pong, fished, and flew personal aircraft, and he would say, "Let's go poke some holes in the sky."

Steve traveled widely, was exceptionally knowledgeable about geography, world and military history, and was a constant reader. He was an interesting person to know and talk to and was well-known for his dry wit. He lived his life his way and it was a unique journey.

In 2004, Steve moved to Billings, where he undertook remodeling, building and landscaping projects, which gave him much pleasure.

Steve enjoyed his friends at Fleming Field in South St Paul, Minn., where he often went "hangar flying." He and his fellow airplane lessees allowed everyone to get in some air time. Steve appreciated all of his friends. The daily "breakfast club" in Tucson was a staple in his life for several years; thank you for starting the days with great conversations. And to all the golfers in Tucson, Steve would wish you well at the 19th hole. To all his friends and family who have followed him on this journey, thank you for your support, well-wishes, and prayers. Also, thanks to Best Friends Animal Hospital for caring for pets the last two weeks.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; sisters Stephanie Zimmer and Jane Lexen; brothers James Shaw and William Shaw; brother-in-law David (Barbara) Knudson; sister-in-law Janet (Robert) Brackey; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

He was predeceased by his mother, Marjorie; his biological father, Howard Shaw; and his adoptive father, Leslie C. Gulbrandson.

Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are in the hands of Smith Funeral Chapels. You may post remembrances at www.smithfunealchapels.com/

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Billings MT.

The family is grateful for the care and treatment received from the doctors, nurses and staff at the Billings Cancer Center, Clinic, hospital, and the RiverStone Hospice staff.

Memorials may be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 31031, 2917 10th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59107-9945; or to RiverStone Health Hospice Services at 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101; or to an organization of your choice.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Janey Sticka, wife of WA/DL Capt. Dale Sticka

Janey Sticka, wife of WA/DL Capt. Dale A. Sticka

Plz forgive my typo on the earlier posting....Janey is survived by her husband Captain Dale Sticka.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be given to the National MS Society. The Sticka family is very thankful for your care and concern. Many thanks to all!
~ Carol
Janey Sticka, wife of WA/DL Capt. Dale A. Sticka
April 4, 1944 ~ January 27, 2013

A celebration of life in loving memory of Janey Sticka will be held Sunday, February 24th from 1:00-4:00 PM, at the home of Mike & Jan Koren in Villa Park CA. Captain Sticka had written us earlier that Janey had suffered an aneurysm while in southern California assisting their daughter. The aneurysm followed by strokes meant that the outcome was not looking good. Janey had been in the very attentive care of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo CA.  Jane Lea Sticka was 68 years of age at the time of her passing. Perhaps the best place to send personal condolences to the family would be
c/o Mike & Jan Koren9412 Walker Ranch Circle, Villa Park CA 92861-2820.
Captain Sticka’s email address is dsticka2@msn.com 
If able to attend the memorial celebration for Janey, please RSVP by February 21st to shanban1st@msn.com 

Thank you,
~ Carol

NORTH-BOUND DIRECTIONS to memorial celebration on Feb. 24th:
From the CA-55N
Take Exit 15 for Katella Ave
Turn Left on Wanda Rd
Which Becomes on Santiago Blvd
Turn Right onto E Taft Ave
Turn Left onto Lemon St
Take 3rd Right onto S Mesa Dr
Take 1st Left onto Henderson Way
Take 1st Left onto Walker Ranch Cir
9412 Walker Ranch Cir is on the Right

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WA/DL Capt. Howard E. Will Jr.

WA/DL Capt. Howard E. Will Jr.
August 2, 1937 ~ February 5, 2013
Word has been received that WA/DL retired pilot Captain Howard Will has passed away today at the age of 75. I believe Howard E. Will Jr. was born/raised in the Philadelphia PA area to parents Howard E. and Ethel (Yeagle) Will. Captain Will hired on with Western 06-03-1968 and retired with Delta based LAX and then SLC prior to retiring.
Captain Will had most recently resided at
48430 Casita Drive , La Quinta CA 92253-6270 ..... (760) 771-9048
Arrangements are pending and will be posted as soon as they are known.

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator

Monday, February 4, 2013

DL Capt. Robert J. Stanek

DL Capt. Robert J. Stanek
April 9, 1937 ~ January 31, 2013

Word has been received with news that Vietnam veterand and retired DL pilot Captain Robert J. ‘Bob’ Stanek has passed away at the age of 75. Captain Stanek hired on with Delta 05-03-1965 and was based ATL. Arrangements have been entrusted to H. M. Patterson Funeral Home in Marietta GA. To view/sign the online guestbook please visit their website at www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com/

A funeral mass will be said for Captain Stanek on Wednesday February 6th at the Catholic Church of St. Ann with viewing the evening prior at the funeral home. Captain Stanek had most recently resided at 4811 Lake Fjord Pass , Marietta GA 30068-1636.

Mr. Robert “Bob” Stanek of Marietta passed away January 31, 2013. Bob was born in Chicago, IL on April 9, 1937 to the late Frances and Walter Stanek. After his graduation from William Howard Taft High School, he went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural design. He lettered in track while in college. He enjoyed running throughout his life, running in 4 marathons, including the Marine Marathon in Quantico, VA. After college, Bob served in the Marine Corps and was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1963-1964. He survived being shot down twice. Bob often said “The best 5 years of my life were my 5 years in the Marines”. Bob was a car collector and belonged to numerous car clubs. He leaves behind his brother, Donald W. Stanek and his wife Rose as well as many friends. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Catholic Church of St Ann. Interment will follow a reception at 2:30pm at Georgia National Cemetery. The visitation will be on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Bob to either Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org, 5879 New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30340 or Toys for Tots, www.toysfortots.org, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com.
Visitation: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9485
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, at 11:00am
Catholic Church of St. Ann
4905 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062-6518

NWA Capt. Virgil W. Bench

NWA Capt. Virgil ‘Virg’ William Bench
October 27, 1926 ~ January 28, 2013
Notification of the passing of WWII veteran and retired NWA pilot Virgil ‘Virg’ William Bench, age 86. Although the obituary says retired from Northwest Airlines, and given the captain’s age, I suspect Captain Bench retired with Republic prior to the 1986 merger with NWA. If anyone has more information to offer, please advise and we can post it.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Virgil-Virg-William-Bench&pid=162800683#fbLoggedOut The funeral home website http://www.menkefuneralhome.com/ does not appear to be updated yet. No services are scheduled locally at this time.
Captain Bench had most recently resided in Arizona c/o Frances Pevoto at
14402 N Cameo Drive , Sun City AZ 85351-2405.
Thank you for any additional information that you might be able to pass along.
~ Carol
Virgil ‘Virg’ William Bench, age 86, of Sun City, Az., died at 10:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, from undiagnosed massive blod clots at Freedom Plaza Hospice in Peoria, Az. He was born in Barton, Ohio to Eleanor (Bertine) an Charles Bench, Sr.
A graduate of Alliance High School, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, Virgil was a commercial airline pilot for 33 years. He retired from Northwest Airlines.
He loved running, swimming & bicycling. In his early years, he was a body builder, achieving the title of Mr. West Coast in the early '50s. Surviving are his daughters, Cindi Bench of Sugarland, Tx., Gina Bench of Houston, Tx., his grandchildren, Tyson Ray Phillips of Houston, Tx. and Alayna Marie Phillips a college student at San Marcos, Tx.; his sister Violet Rowell and brother Jerry Bench of Alliance, Oh.; and many nieces & nephews. Also surviving is his longtime companion, Ms. Frances Pevoto of Sun City, Az. In addition to his mother and father, Virgil was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine (Johnson),from whom he was divorced; his brother Charles Bench, Jr.; sister-in-law, Mary (Kacarab) Bench, and brother in-law-law, Milo Rowell. According to his request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no services locally. A Memorial will be held sometime in May in Alliance, Ohio. Arrangements are made by Menke Funeral Home. Sun City, AZ.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

DL Flt Sim Tech Thomas 'Tom' Harpring

DL Flight Simulator Technician, Thomas ‘Tom’ E. Harpring
September 19, 1938 - January 30, 2013

Thomas Eugene Harpring hired on with Delta in June 1967 and retired September 1994. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.hutchesonsmemorialchapel.com/ Mr. Harpring had most recently resided at 53 Villa Rosa Way, Temple GA 30179-4227. Perhaps the best contact for personal condolences would be daughter Jo Harpring or DL retiree/ex-wife Sarah Harpring at
333 Oakland St., Decatur GA 30030-2430 ... (404) 377-1471)

Thomas Eugene Harpring, 74, of Temple died January 30, 2013 at his residence. Born in Paris, IL, on September 19, 1938, he was a man of great experience, knowledge, talents, words, and positive outlook on life. Joining the United States Navy at 16, he traveled the globe; open to all that he encountered, one of the most stubborn yet non-judgmental individuals to walk this earth. He worked for Delta Air Lines in Simulator Maintenance for 27 years before retiring.

A beloved father and grandpa, he taught us the value of hard work, the spirit of giving, and about the kind of person we should aspire to be. He guided us with his open heart, and embraced all that he came in contact with. Such a giving soul, we have all gained so much from his wealth of knowledge as well as his story telling and life lessons while sitting around at family dinners. We were taught to use “balderdash” when we were frustrated and how to “piddle” when we needed something to do. We will truly miss his deep voice and presence in the room. He lived life with no regrets and always said, we “shouldn’t go should-en on ourselves” and we all have the power to choose how we view that which we experience.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Richard Harpring, Robert Harpring, Joan Harpring, Betty Harpring.

He is survived by his daughter Jo Harpring, of Decatur, his loving ex-wife Sarah Harpring of Decatur, 4 step-sons, 10 grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.

The family will receive family and friends to celebrate his life at his daughter’s home Sunday afternoon, February 3, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 P.M.

In accordance with his wishes, the body was cremated, and in lieu of flowers the family requests that those desiring to do so make a contribution on his behalf to the American Cancer Society - 970 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA or to Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, P.C. – Carrollton Office - 157 Clinic Avenue, Suite 101, Carrollton, GA 30117.

Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Buchanan is in charge of the arrangements.