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Sunday, April 27, 2014

DL Capt. John James 'Jack' Dougherty & wife Jeanette

USAF veteran, DL Capt. John James 'Jack' Dougherty
August 16, 1941 ~ April 24, 2014

Notification with the passing of Vietnam war veteran retired DL pilot Captain John James Dougherty, age 72.  Captain Dougherty joined Delta Air Lines 10-17-1969 and was based ATL/030.  
Captain Dougherty was widowed with the passing of his wife Jeanette in July 2012.  Services for Captain Dougherty will be held tomorrow Sunday, April 27th at the First Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur AL with family receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Obituaries for both Captain Dougherty and his wife Jeanette may also be viewed on our blogspot at
Thank you,
~ Carol 
John James "Jack" Dougherty was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 16th, 1941, and peacefully passed away on April 24, 2014. He was the oldest of four children and the only son of Brigadier General John E. Dougherty and Marguerite Burke Dougherty. As the son of a military father, their family moved a great deal with Jack attending numerous schools until he graduated from high school in Savannah, Ga. Jack attended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado from which he graduated with a degree in Engineering. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Following graduation, Jack attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla. where he met his wife, Jeanette Giles Dougherty of Decatur, Ala. Jack served his country as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of numerous awards for his service to his country, including earning a Silver Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Vietnam Service Medal with three stars along with numerous marksman awards. Jack spent his career as an airline pilot for Delta Airlines and held numerous leadership positions with Delta, primarily in pilot support programs. Jack and Jeanette are survived by their three daughters, Jan Faragalli of Ringgold, Ga., Karen Remias of Breckenridge, Colo., and Katherine Grace of Decatur, Ga. and their families including eight grandchildren; as well as his sisters Sharon Cleary of Denver, Colo. and Ellen Patterson of Wellington, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kathryn Galbreath. While in the Atlanta area, Jack served as a volunteer fireman for many years, was active in Roswell United Methodist Church and was a constant presence in the stands at school sporting events. He and Jeanette moved to her home of Decatur, Ala. over twenty years ago. Jack loved Decatur and became involved in a wide range of organizations and activities here including the Decatur First United Methodist communities, the Rotary Club, the Decatur Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors, the North Alabama Emmaus Community and in his work to help revitalize downtown Decatur for many years. Jack will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Services will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the First Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ala. with family receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.
  .Published in the Decatur Daily on Apr. 27, 2014
Jeanette Giles Dougherty
August 29, 1942 ~ July 29, 2012

Memorial service for Jeanette Giles Dougherty, 69, of Decatur will be Sunday, July 29, 2012, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Rudy Guess and the Reverend Sandra Locke-Godbey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A Celebration of Life service will be Sunday, July 29, 2012, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Decatur Country Club.
Mrs. Dougherty, who died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her residence, was born August 29, 1942, in Decatur to John Harlan and Evelyn Greene Giles. She was a retired teacher and philanthropist. She received her BA from the University of Alabama where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a board member of Decatur City Schools Foundation, member of Decatur General Foundation Guild and Decatur Assembly, board member of the American Cancer Society (Morgan County), Princess Theater and DreamWeavers Children's Theater, member of Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Golf Association (Decatur Country Club), First United Methodist Church (Seekers class), Connect Decatur, Troweler's Garden Club, Hospice of the Valley Guild and executive board member of Parents and Children Together (PACT). She was a recipient of the Gail Hurst Award and Outstanding Teacher Award at E.T. Booth Middle School, Woodstock, Ga., and volunteer coordinator of the Spirit of America Golf Tournament. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Giles.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John James Dougherty; three daughters, Jan Faragalli (Albert) of Ringgold, Ga., Karen Remias (Richard) of Breckenreidge, Colo., and Kate Grace (Joe) of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother, Mrs. John Harlan Giles of Decatur; sister-in-law, Charlene Giles of Pascagoula, Miss.; one brother, Webb Giles of Decatur; two sisters, Emily Royer (Lynn) of Enterprise and Alison Burnthall (Mike) of Decatur; and eight grandchildren, Chandler Faragalli, Samuel Faragalli, Madeleine Remias, Finnegan Remias, William Remias, Ellis Grace, Avery Grace and Jude Grace.
Memorials may be made to Parents and Children Together, P.O. Box 1247, Decatur, AL 35602.
  .Published in the Decatur Daily on July 28, 2012

Friday, April 25, 2014

NWA Capt. William H. Manning

Air Force veteran, NWA Capt. William ‘Bill’ H. Manning
July 27, 1929 ~ April 22, 2014

Notification with the passing of Korean war veteran, RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain William Howard Manning, age 84.  Captain Manning joined Northwest Airlines 08-07-1957 and retired in 1989.  Services for Captain Manning will be held  Wednesday, April 30th at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 680 Mill St., Excelsior MN. Visitation will be on Tuesday evening from 5-8 PM at Huber Funeral Home, Excelsior Chapel, 520 2nd St., Excelsior MN, also one hour prior to Mass at the church on Wednesday.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/891594/Manning-William.php  Captain Manning is survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Betty’, a former stewardess for Northwest, and their children.  Personal condolences may be sent to the Mannings at
25740 Birch Bluff Road ,   Excelsior   MN 55331-8307   ...  (952) 474-8431 
William "Bill" Howard Manning Obituary
Funeral Home: Excelsior www.huberfunerals.com , 520 Second St.,  Excelsior, MN  55331
Manning, William H. "Bill" Age 84, longtime resident of Excelsior, passed away peacefully in hospice care surrounded by his loving family on April 22. He was born during the Great Depression on July 27, 1929, in Ironwood, Michigan and raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Bill attended college at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Northern Michigan University. He was a 1st Lieutenant and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. As a member of the 51st Fighter Group, 39th Interceptor Squadron, he flew the F-86F Sabre Jet in many combat missions over Mig Alley during the Korean war. Bill was a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 32 years and retired as a Boeing 747 Captain. He married his wife Betty, a stewardess for Northwest, in 1964. They raised three children together on Lake Minnetonka and have five grandchildren. Bill was a man of integrity and kindness who dedicated his life to his family. He also loved traveling and spending time at family residences in New Auburn, Wisconsin and Madeira Beach, Florida. Preceded in death by parents, Fenton & Margaret Manning; brothers, Michael (Marie) and John Manning; and niece, Megan Antenucci. Survived by wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Manning; children, Robert (Patti) Manning, Michael (Julie) Manning, and Sarah Manning; grandchildren, William, Michael, Joseph, John, and Katherine Manning; sister, Mary (Robert) Zickuhr; sister-in-law, Joan Manning; nieces & nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 680 Mill St., Excelsior (952- 474-8868). Visitation Tuesday, 5-8 PM at Huber Funeral Home, Excelsior Chapel, 520 2nd St., Excelsior. Also one hour prior to Mass at church on Wednesday. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Shorewood. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Victoria, Minnesota or the American Lung Assoc.
Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595 

NWA/DL pilot-Capt. Edward M. Mucha

Navy veteran, NWA/DL pilot Edward Michael Mucha
February 23, 1956 ~ April 21, 2014

Notification with the passing of NWA/DL pilot-Captain Edward Michael Mucha, age 58.  Captain Mucha joined Northwest Airlines 03-06-1987 and flew for Delta Air Lines until January 2013.  He is survived by his wife Patricia Smith Mucha.  
No other details are known at this time.  Should we receive additional information, we will then update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Edward Michael Mucha: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Edward Michael Mucha, age 58, passed away at home with family by his side on April 21, 2014, at 11 a.m., 15 months after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Ed accomplished much in his short life. After receiving a BS in chemistry and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Ed joined the U.S. Navy Air Training Program. He served as a Navy Pilot, flying observation flights over the Atlantic Ocean and then continued as a Naval Reserve officer. Following his active military career, he flew as a pilot-captain for Northwest Airlines until the merger with Delta and then continued to fly for Delta until January 2013. Preceded in death by his parents, Henry L. and Susan Smorag Mucha; he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia Smith Mucha; three sons originally from Poland, Arthur (Kristina), John, and Gregory. He is also survived by his siblings, Susan of Pittsburgh, Pa., Tom (Susan) of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Gregory of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Joyce (John) of Anchorage, Alaska. Ed spent many years devoted to our country, first as a pilot in the Navy, then about five years ago, he picked up the activist banner of the "Veterans for Peace," whose mission is to abolish war and to expose the true cost of war. He believed our true nature is compassion but somewhere along the way we have gotten side-tracked. Ed chose to have his body donated for scientific research. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Veterans For Peace, www.veteransforpeace.org , or the Polaris Project, www.polarisproject.org , is what Ed would have liked.

NWA Capt. Raymond W. Kelly

NWA Capt. Raymond W. Kelly
January 23, 1928 ~ April 18, 2014

Notification with the passing of NWA Captain Raymond William Kelly, age 86.
I believe Captain Kelly hired on with North Central Airlines circa 1954, made the merger with Republic, then retired at merger time with Northwest Airlines or shortly after.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/ 
Survived by his wife Nancy personal condolences may be sent to their home at
6901 W 84th St. Apt 160  ,  Minneapolis  MN 55438-1224  ...  (952) 426-0151 
Corrections are welcomed...should we receive additional information, we can then update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Thank you,
~ Carol 
Obituary for Raymond William Kelly  ..............
Kelly, Raymond W. age 86, of Bloomington, passed away 4/18/14. Preceded in death by brother Paul. Survived by loving wife, Nancy; daughters, Kathleen (Randy) Hedlund, and Mary (Mark) Kelly; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Ray was a pilot for 36 years, retiring as Captain from Northwest Airlines. He cherished time with family and friends, golfing, tennis, and telling good stories. Services will be held Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. 

www.Washburn-McReavy.com  Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sonny James Tipton, son of DL Capt. Pat & Trish McGirl

Sonny James Tipton, son of DL Capt. Pat & Trish McGirl
January 6, 1965 - April 14, 2014

Sad news has been received with the passing of Sonny Tipton, age 49, the son of DL Captain Patrick and Patricia McGirl.  After many weeks of hospitalization and complications with a blood bacteria, Sonny passed on the morning of April 14th.  Sonny was a professional Stunt Coordinator.  As well as his parents and three children, he leaves many devoted friends and members of the stunt industry to mourn his passing. 
Online notes of sympathy may be offered at this funeral home website 

Arrangements under the direction of Centurion Memorial Society, Bakersfield, CA.
Personal condolences may be sent to the McGirl family at 
3016 Hawksdale Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89134-8966
Email:  patsqd@aol.com 
We have not yet seen an obituary in print and services have not been advised. 
Should we receive additional information, we will be sure to update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Thank you,
~ Carol 
Sonny James Tipton, 49, Tehachapi, April 14. Mish Funeral Home.
From: THFoster6@aol.com Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:52 PM  To: death@pilotcommunication.net
Subject: Sonny Tipton passed (son of Capt. Pat McGirl)
Sonny Tipton, son of Pat and Trich  McGirl , has passed from heart failure and a blood bacteria on 14 April 2014.  He had been hospitalized for 8 weeks. He was a Stunt Coordinator in Hollywood. Sonny was 49 and the father of three children.
Retired DAL Capt. Pat McGirl was based in MSY for much of his career.
Pat's email address is  patsqd@aol.com
Travis Foster

WA/DL Capt. William Guy Givens

Vietnam war veteran, WA/DL Capt. William Guy Givens
November 29, 1938 ~ April 11, 2014
Word was received last week with the passing of WA/DL retired pilot Captain William ‘Bill’ ‘Will’ ‘Billy Guy’ Guy Givens.  Born/raised in Ardmore OK, Captain Givens was 75 years of age at the time of his passing.  He graduated from Ardmore High School with the class of ‘56 and attended the University of Oklahoma.  Captain Givens was an Air Force veteran.  He joined Western Airlines 01-27-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines 12-01-1998, based 030/DFW. 
We have not yet seen an obituary in print, arrangements to be advised when known.  Survived by his wife Marideth personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1241 OTTINGER ROAD  ,   KELLER  TX  76262-7363  ..  (817) 379-9276

 Thank you/Carol

From: Dick Deeds   Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:07 PM     pilots@wallybird  Subject: Passing of Bill Givens
Thanks to Taft Weaver for this sad news.
I Thought  you’d like to know that Capt. Billy (Will) Givins passed away on Friday the 11th.
Taft Weaver
From: dickdeeds   Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:30 AM    Subject: Bill Givens
Received this sad news from Dale Sticka
-------- Original message --------
From: Dale Sticka   Date:04/11/2014 6:40 PM (GMT-08:00) Subject: More sad news
I regret that I must inform you and the group of the sad final approach the William (Bill) Givens is currently on.  He had a ruptured aorta almost a week ago and has failed to be able to fight off all the negative things as they continue and thus will be leaving us sometime tonight.  No real plans yet but I am going to give his address for those who would like to write his wife Marideth a note>  1241 Ottinger, Roanoke, TX 76262.  Another sad day for our group of pilots.  I will let you know more when plans have been made.  With tears:  Dale Sticka

NWA Capt. Duane Jean Hoff

NWA pilot Duane Jean Hoff
June 26, 1941 ~ April 16, 2014

Last week we received word that NWA pilot Duane ‘DJ’ Jean Hoff was found in his home deceased due to an apparent heart attack.  Born/raised in Minnesota Captain Hoff was 72 years of age at the time of his passing.  He served in the military and joined Northwest Airlines 11-06-1967.  He officially retired with Northwest in 1996.  Captain Hoff was well respected by his peers....always professional, upbeat and was a good friend to many.  Duane was widowed in 2003 with the death of his wife Diane neĆ© Davis, his lifelong sweetheart since third grade.  They married in April 1964.  Duane and Diane are survived by their children Holly and Corey.   
Captain Hoff had most recently resided at
5473 Turnberry Pl SW  ,  Port Orchard  WA 98367-9177.
We have not seen an obituary in print yet but we have been advised that services for Captain Hoff will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church located at  129  29th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.
Should we receive additional information, new postings will be made available on our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Duane Hoff

Details of Duane Hoff’s funeral service

Duane Hoff is survived by his daughter Holly and son Corey.  His wife Diane (and lifelong sweetheart since third grade) passed away ten years ago. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church: 129 29th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Bill Day
Contrails Obituary Editor

From: William & Lynn Day    Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:03 PM    Subject: Death notice - Duane Hoff

NWA Captain Duane J. Hoff passed away last week due to an apparent heart attack. Duane was 72 years old, hired by NWA in November of 1967 and officially retired in 1996. Duane was a favorite of many crew members. He was ever the professional, always upbeat, and would respond to challenges with a quirky smile.  Duane had the personality and social skills for meeting and becoming friends with interesting people all over the world. Few knew that Duane was also a serious golfer.  He was a regular at the Dean-Ludwigsen Invitational until arthritis ruined his game

Duane is survived by his daughter Holly and son Cory.  His wife passed away a few years ago.  No information yet on service arrangements.


Bill Day

From: William & Lynn Day   Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:56 AM    Subject: Former NWA pilot Duane Hoff

NWA pilot Duane J. Hoff passed away due to an apparent heart attack.  Duane was 72 years old and was hired by NWA in November of 1967.  He officially retired in 1996. Duane was a favorite to work with on the line  He was accomplished at meeting and becoming friends with interesting people all over the world.
The following message originated with his friend, NWA/Delta pilot Marv Peterson........................ 
Bill Day
I am sorry to have to send this message, but my daughter, Ginger called to let me know DJ was found dead Wednesday morning from an apparent heart attack. His daughter Holly had not heard from him since Saturday so she asked DJ's neighbors to check yesterday..................
When I get more
information I will share.

Diane Hoff: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) - Friday, December 19, 2003


Diane Hoff

Feb. 28, 1941 - Dec. 16, 2003¹

Diane Margaret Hoff, 62, of Port Orchard died Tuesday of cancer at her home.
She was born in Minneapolis to Raphael and Margaret (Ritten) Davis. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in Minneapolis in 1959.
On April 22, 1964, she married Duane Hoff.
Mrs. Hoff was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Port Orchard and the Children's Hospital Guild. She was a longtime PTA and school volunteer and a former board member of the Kindering Center for disabled children (ages birth to 3 years) in Bellevue.
Survivors include her husband; her mother, now of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; a son, Corey Hoff of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a daughter, Holly Hoff of Seattle; two brothers, Robert Davis of Brooklyn Center and James Davis and his wife, Laura, of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; three sisters, Patricia Armstrong and her husband, Patrick, of Corcoran, Minn., Judith Peacha and her husband, James, of Hastings, Minn., and Kathleen Dickinson and her husband, Gary, of Rogers, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. Her father preceded her in death.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 9460 NE 14th St. in Bellevue.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rill Chapel's Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard. An online memorial can be seen at www.rill.com 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diane Hoff Children's Book Fund at any branch of U.S. Bank. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mrs. Angela 'Kiki' Koch, widow of DL Capt. Harry S. Koch III

~ In Memory ~
Mrs. Angela K ‘Kiki’ Koch, widow of DL Capt. Harry S. Koch III
April 16, 1938 - April 14, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of Kiki Koch, widow of DL Capt. Harry S. Koch III.  Captain Koch, born 12-10-1934 and passed on 03-06-2009.  He joined Delta Air Lines 12-17-1962 and was based MSY.  Mrs. Koch was nearing her 76th birthday at the time of her passing April 14th. The family invites friends and family to attend a reception following services on the 26th at the home of their daughter Katie.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family c/o Katie Saintcross, 9 Tara Place , Metairie  LA 70002-1559.

Arrangements under the direction of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, Metairie, LA.
Visitation:  Saturday, April 26, 2014  from  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home
(504) 835-2341
Memorial Service:  Saturday, April 26, 2014  at  3:00pm
Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home
(504) 835-2341
Angela "Kiki" Koch died April 14, 2014 at the age of 75. With the loving support of Lakeside Hospice, she was able to be at home with her family. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband of 45 years, Harry S. Koch III. She is survived by her daughter, Katie Saintcross, husband Cullen, her son Harry S. Koch IV, wife Angela, and their son, Brady Alexander, her ultimate joy.
Kiki had many loving friends who supported and cared for her. We are indebted to two beautiful women, Annaliza Borja and Dawn James for their unwavering commitment to her for the past several years. They had many laughs together.
Kiki had an incredible desire for knowledge and understanding and was always exploring the internet, books and newspapers. One of the people she admired most was Albert E. Einstein and his quoted words: "There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
She was funny, smart, gregarious, generous and exceptionally loving. She exercised daily, attended ceramics regularly, loved going out to lunch or dinner and had become an exceptionally skilled knitter. Her death was a surprise to all who knew her and she will be missed dearly. We are grateful for the memories and she will live on eternally in our hearts and minds.
A brief service will be held at Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. at 43rd Street, Metairie, LA on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Kiki was also an exceptional host and loved to care for others and would welcome your presence at the reception following at her home.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in her honor to Animal Rescue New Orleans, www.animalrescueneworleans.org  , or the charity of your choosing. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com  Information 835-2341.
From: THFoster6@aol.com Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:26 PM
To: death@pilotcommunication.net   Subject: KIKI KOCH PASSED
Angela Karagias Koch, widow of Capt. Harry Koch III (3/6/2009), has passed. Kiki's daughter Katie Saintcross lives at 9 Tara Place, Metairie, La. 70001 which is where the reception will be held. Kiki also has a son living in Metairie, Harry Koch IV (also known as Fritz).
Travis Foster

From: kksaintcross@gmail.com   To: thfoster6@aol.com
Sent: 4/20/2014 9:34:40 A.M. Subj: Kiki
I wanted to let you know that my mother passed away suddenly. The funeral is next Saturday the 26th from 1-3 at Tharp Sontheimer and we arr having reception following at our home.
The obituary will be in the paper and on NOLA.com on Wednesday and Friday of next week.

PAA Capt. Maurice Proctor

WWII veteran, PAA Capt. Maurice Ammons Proctor
July 16, 1915 - April 3, 2014
A tribute to Captain Proctor, good friend and one of this country’s Greatest Generation.....
        DL Captain Doyle Braswell writes:

To: PCN_Carol Faulkner    From :  Doyle (ODBDAD@aol.com)

 Death of Pan Am Captain Maurice Proctor 

Below is the obituary of a dear friend and former neighbor, Maurice Proctor.  Maurice began flight training with the US Army Air Corps at the beginning of WWll and later joined Pan American for a successful 33 years of service.  When not flying Maurice's favorite past time was fishing in the Gulf Stream and playing bridge.  He took great pleasure in taking kids of deceased father's fishing.  Maurice was definitely of the Greatest Generation. 
 After retiring from Pan Am in 1975 Maurice moved to The Redlands near Homestead, FL and farmed avocados.  A graveside service with military honors was held in Benson, NC April 9,20114.

Doyle Braswell
Captain, MIA
South Dade News Leader, Obits
Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Maurice Ammons Proctor
July 16, 1915 - April 3, 2014

  Maurice Ammons Proctor, 98, of Panama City, FL died April 3, 2014. The youngest of nine children, Maurice was born July 16, 1915 in Conway, SC to Ansel Lawrence Proctor and Donella (Ammons) Proctor.
  Retired Captain for Pan American World Airways and was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  His aviation career began in 1941 with the Captain Civilian Pilot Training Pro-gram in Wilmington, NC at Pennington Flying Service for private pilot's license. Secondary at Piedmont Aviation, Winston Salem, NC in 1942. Maurice received advanced training with AWTI (Advanced War Training Institute) conducted by the CAA Standardization Center at Houston, TX for instrument-link and multi-engine training.
  Maurice joined Pan American in December, 1942 at Dinner Key, Miami, FL, where for the first few months he flew navigation flights - training Air Force and Navy Aviation Cadets using the Commodore and Sikorsky S-40 Seaplanes equipped as flying classrooms. His flying career advanced on to the DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8; Convair CV-240; Lockheed Constellation and Boeing 727 until he retired at the mandatory age of 60.
  Air travels with Pan Am covered most of the world. He was based in Brazil, Rio, New York, London and Miami. His late wife of 60 years, Miriam, shared all this - with so many fond memories.
  He is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Ted) Zangwill and Valerie Proctor; his grandchildren, Maurice (Kim) and Chris Jones; his great-grandchildren, Justin Jones, Miriam (Abby) Jones, and David Zangwill; and his great-great-grandchild, David Lewis Zangwill.
  Burial will be in Benson, NC.

Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WA/DL Capt. Peter D. Buck

Vietnam war veteran, WA/DL Capt. Peter D. Buck
May 8, 1942 ~ April 11, 2014                      

News has been received with the passing of WA/DL Captain Peter Daniel Buck, age 71.
Captain Buck joined Western Airlines 01-29-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines , based 030/SLC.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at https://www.meldrummortuary.com/ 
or  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=Peter-Buck&pid=170716566  Arrangements were entrusted to Meldrum Mortuary, Mesa AZ.
Captain Buck had most recently resided at 7229 E. Quince St., Mesa AZ, up until last summer when health issues dictated his moving to the Eden Adult Care Facility in Mesa.
Should we hear more we will be sure to update our blogspot.
Thank you, Carol 
Peter Buck passed away on April 11, 2014 at the age of 71 due to natural causes. Peter served two tours as a Navy Lt. on aircraft carriers during Vietnam, and retired as a pilot from Delta Airlines. Peter was born in Mesa, AZ to Alfred Buck and Melpha Shill. He was a long time resident of Mesa, and leaves behind nephews: Wade Carter, Jeff Carter and Tom Leveen; nieces: Lesley Carter-Chauarria and Julie Harris; five great nephews and best friend and confidant, Don Carter.
  .Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

DL F/A Mary Rose O'Neill


DL  F/A  Mary Rose O’Neill  (08-31-1988 survivor)

May 9, 1931 ~ April 21, 2014

Mary Rose O'Neill
A Funeral Mass for Mary Rose O'Neill, 82, of Heath will be held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 1:00 P.M., Monday, April 21, 2014, with Rev. JCP Sullivan, Parish Priest as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Mary Rose, a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, died at the Chapel Grove Inn on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was born in Newark, Ohio on May 9, 1931 to the late Phillip J. and Irene (Coward) O'Neill.
Mary Rose was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School and studied music at St. Mary's of the Spring. She worked for a period of time at Kaiser Aluminum until she joined Delta Airlines where she worked as an airline stewardess for 33 years until her retirement. Mary Rose was a survivor of the flight that crashed in Dallas, Texas on August 31, 1988.
Mary Rose, the last of her immediate family, is survived by her sister-in-law, Betty O'Neill of Newark; longtime friend, Carol Taylor of Texas; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and William O'Neill; and her sisters, Frances Irene Stare Holmes and Margaret Smith.
Friends and family may call from 11-12:45 P.M, Monday April 21, 2014 at the REED-EGAN FUNERAL HOME, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark.
The family requests that memorials in Mary Rose's name be made to a charity of one's choice.
To share your memory of Mary Rose or leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.reedegan.com 
.Published in the Advocate on Apr. 18, 2014

The aircraft was a tri-engined Boeing 727-200 Advanced, registration number N473DA................

The flight crew consisted of Captain Larry Davis, 48; First Officer Gary Kirkland, 37; and Flight Engineer Steven Judd, 31. The cabin crew consisted of four flight attendants: Dixie Dunn, 56, Diana George, 40, Rosilyn Marr, 43, and Mary O'Neill, 57.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NC/RC/NWA pilot Sherman B. Cornell


NC/RC/NWA pilot Sherman B. Cornell

June 29, 1935 ~ April 10, 2014


Notification with the passing of NC/RC/NWA pilot Sherman Bruce Cornell, age 78.  Private services were held last Sunday April 13th. 


Survived by his wife Roberta ‘Robbie’, personal condolences may be sent to their home at

743 Pleasant Ave.,  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-3842  ...  (630) 469-9170  (630) 469-9123 


Should we receive any further information, we will be sure to post the updates to our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner,
PCN death notice communicator
 death@pilotcommunication.net http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/


Obituary: Sherman B. Cornell


Sherman Bruce Cornell, age 78, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield, IL. Sherman was born on June 29, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland, raised in Flint, Michigan, and lived in Glen Ellyn for the past 53 years. He was life-long aviator who began flight lessons at 12 years old. He was a retired airline pilot having flown with North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines for 35 years. He was an avid world traveler who loved gourmet cuisine, bawdy humor and fly fishing. Most of all, he loved, and is beloved, by his devoted family. Sherman is survived by his wife, Robbie, of 53 years; daughter, Colleen of Glendale Heights, IL; son, Scott (Rhonda) Cornell of Wrightwood, CA; son, Brian (Wioletta) Cornell of Shelby, MT; and grandchildren, Michael (Varinia), Silvia (David), Hunter, Tanner, McKenzie and Payton. A small private memorial service was held on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DL F/A Brooke Phillips Ziegler, wife of DL Capt. Robert W. Ziegler

In Memory of  Brooke Elizabeth Ziegler

December 4, 1953 - April 14, 2014

Brooke Elizabeth Ziegler, age 60, of 6815 Barkworth Drive, Dallas, TX, adored wife of Bob, and beloved mother of Rob, Claire and Gayle, passed away after bravely battling leukemia on April 14, 2014.

Brooke was born in Lansing, Michigan on December 4, 1953 to Robert Phillips and Dorothy Richardson Phillips. Brooke grew up in Fort Wayne and Muncie Indiana and graduated from Muncie Northside High School in 1972. In 1978 she graduated from Ball State University. During this time Brooke developed a love of travel and this passion led to her life-long career at Delta Airlines where she was hired in June, 1979 as a Flight Attendant. In 1983 Brooke went on a Delta Learn To Ski week in Copper Mountain, Colorado with friends and met the love of her life and future husband, Bob Ziegler, a Delta Pilot. Bob lived in New Orleans, LA while Brooke was based in Chicago and in August 25, 1984 they were married and settled in Dallas, TX. Together they raised three children, Robert (Rob) William, Claire Jacqueline, and Gayle Theresa, the lights of their lives.

As a devoted parent, Brooke dedicated herself to her children. She was a member of the Prestonwood Elementary, Parkhill JH and Pearce HS PTA. She attended and actively participated in all of her children's sports and school activities. While raising her children, Brooke introduced them to world cultures through international travel. Frequently her family accompanied her on "Delta Dream Vacations" throughout Europe and abroad.

Brooke's love of life and passion for adventure was infectious. Everyone she came in contact with enjoyed and appreciated her honest and frank nature. Brooke's numerous community involvements included Troop Care (sending care packages to our troops overseas), Pearce Women's Community League and the Richardson Junior League. After 9/11 Brooke collected and donated funds to the NYFD which she personally hand delivered in NYC. Brooke was diagnosed with AML leukemia 5/17/13. The following September, to pay it forward, she and her family organized a "Be The Match" drive at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas. Her efforts and notoriety resulted in a substantial increase of awareness in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Brooke derived joy, peace and satisfaction from being with friends, especially her Bunko group, her extended family, book club, bible study group, exercising, biking, walking, and playing golf.

In addition to her husband and children, Brooke is survived by her siblings: Tracy Hayse, her husband Richard, Mark Phillips, his wife Sue, Coby Odom, Jake Phillips, and his wife Val. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Seth and Heather Hayse, Aaron and Logan Hayse. Jake, Sam, Emily and Rachel Phillips, Caitlin and Luke Odom, Kelsey and Kenzie Phillips. Her in-laws included: Linda and Ed Gomez and family, Jill and Peter Corr and family, Jack and Carol Ziegler and family. Others include countless friends and extended family.

She was predeceased by her infant son Luke Thomas (March 9, 1988) and parents Robert (1986) and Dorothy Phillips (1989).

A Rosary will be recited on Monday, April 21 at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX at 6:00 PM immediately followed by a Celebration of Life. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas TX 75248, at 11:00 AM. A Reception will immediately follow in the Parish Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to www.bethematch.org  in Brooke's memory.

To send the Ziegler family an online condolence or to view Brooke Ziegler's online video tribute, please visit www.teddickeywestfuneral.com 


ATL F/A Brooke Phillips Ziegler

December 4, 1953 ~ April 14, 2014

With saddened hearts, we regret to inform you of the passing of ATL-based flight attendant Brooke Ziegler passed away on Monday, April 14, after a long illness. Brooke, age 60, lived in Dallas, TX and was a devoted flight attendant for Delta for the past 35 years.

Brooke was born December 4, 1953, in Lansing, MI and is survived by her husband Robert Ziegler, Jr., three children: son Robert Ziegler, daughters Claire  and Gayle Ziegler.

Services for Brooke are as follows:

Visitation: April 21st ~ 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Ted Dickey Funeral Home, 7990 George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX 75252

Memorial Service: April 22nd ~ 11:00am at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Dr., Dallas, TX 75248

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Brooke’s family at Bob Ziegler and Family, 6815 Barkworth Dr., Dallas, TX 75248

Please keep Brooke's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Warmest regards,

Raul Alvarez

From: Terry Boland <Flyer48@bellsouth.net Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 10:15pm

Brooke Phillips Ziegler (seniority date 3/4/80) lost her battle with Leukemia early this morning surrounded by family and friends. Please keep her family and loved ones in prayer.

Cards can be mailed to Bob Ziegler and family, 6815 Barkworth Dr., Dallas, TX 75248-1403

No memorial details as of yet.

Subject: Brooke's legacy 

Dear Friends,

As I have thought about our friend Brooke over the past few days, it is her children that come to the forefront of my mind.  It is painful to think that they may not know the Brooke that we had fun with when they were growing up and the younger Brooke from high school and college.

I have decided to put together a book comprised of individual submissions from anyone who will participate in hopes of giving her children a glimpse of their mother from the eyes of her peers and young friends.  Our memories can give them laughter and a history of the mother who left too soon.  They can share this with each other and their future families as they grow older in hopes of introducing the next generation to the Grandmother that they will never have an opportunity to meet in person. 

It is my  hope that this effort can take on momentum by asking each of you to post and spread the word in any media outlet you have to alert anyone who may want to share a story or photo for this book.  I have created an email to submit photos and stories. It is my vision to chronicle her life and give her children more than simple well wishes.   If possible please send your memory in a word document.  I am going to put a deadline of December 1st with a goal of having a Christmas gift that will make the holidays brighter for Brooke's family. I will include my address in the event her parent's friends, much like my own mother, would prefer the mail.

Please give this your consideration and thought and SPREAD THIS AROUND. We can make this a lasting legacy.

Send all submissions to  brookesmemory@gmail.com 

Julie Nudo
3764 Park Place
Addison, Texas 75001