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Friday, May 30, 2014

PAA/DL Capt. Mark A. Mischker

Vietnam war veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Mark A. Mischker
March 8, 1950 ~ March 11, 2014
Noted in the recent issue of the Alpa magazine, this is belated notification with the passing of Captain Mark A. Mischker, age 64.  Captain Mischker’s obituary notes that he began his commercial aviation career with Frontier.  He joined Pan American 04-15-1987 and retired with Delta Air Lines, and was based 030/MCO.  He is survived by his wife V. Sharon Mischker. 
To view the online obituary and please visit the funeral home website at http://www.afcfcare.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/976925/obit/Mark-A-Mischker 
I believe Captain Mischker had most recently resided at
201 Glengarry Ave.,  Melbourne Beach  FL 32951-3138
Should we hear more information we will be sure to update our blogspot at   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Melbourne Beach, FL
Mark A. Mischker, 64, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Mark was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 8, 1950.
He was a Marine Corps Captain in Vietnam, flying C 130 planes. He was a broker for Dean Witter and Senior Vice President of First Interstate Bank in Denver, CO. His greatest joy in life was flying international routes as an Airline Captain for Frontier Airlines, Pan Am and Delta. He was Chairman of the Retirement and Investments Committee for Delta Pilots for many years and was active on the board of the Airline Pilots Association. He enjoyed doing union work for over 20 years.
Mark leaves his beloved wife, Sharon, who was his “bride” for 44 years; his sons, Erik Mischker and Ryan Mischker; daughter-in-law, Ann Elise Mischker; his grandchildren, Baeta, Maggie, Grace and Ellie; and his parents, Ralph and Nina Mischker.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Mischker and sister, Nancy Mischker.
With great love, Mark always referred to Sharon as his “bride”. He was “Poppy” to his adored ballerinas, as he called his four granddaughters; he loved being “Poppy”.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
Where never lark or even eagle flew
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne 724-2222. Share memories and sign the family guestbook at www.afcfcare.com 
Funeral Information:  A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Donations Information:  Donations are requested to Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, West Melbourne, FL 32904.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PAA/DL Capt. Robert J. Durant

Navy veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Robert J. Durant
July 7, 1938 ~ May 21, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of PAA/DL Captain Robert Joseph Durant, age 75.  Captain Durant joined Pan American Airways 05-08-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1998, based New York QNY/030.  Captain Durant had many interests among them radio operator Call Sign KC2FXH, writer, actor, UFO researcher (*Roswell? YES! ) ... just to name a few.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website http://www.wilsonapple.com/obituaries.aspx  or  www.nj.com/timesobits  
As was Captain Durant’s wishes there were no formal services.
Survived by his wife Mauricette personal condolences may be offered via email at
 MauricetteD1@aol.com  or their home address of  
106 Hessian Hill Drive , Pennington  NJ 08534-1901  ... (609) 737-0696 
Thank you,
~ Carol 
Robert Joseph Durant was born on July 7, 1938, in Akron, OH, to Ronald Joseph and Mary Linnane Durant. He passed away peacefully at home on May 21, 2014, following a 2-1/2 year struggle from the effect of a stroke.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Mauricette; son Stefan R. Durant, and daughter Jennifer L. Mohr, wife of R. Colin Mohr, and granddaughters, Lilian Durant Mohr and Marin Mohr.
He is also survived by a sister, Mary Dianne Durant, and a brother, James Michael Durant, and his nephews, Christopher and Jeremy Durant.
Bob graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, OH, in 1960 with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy as a naval aviation cadet and following flight training was commissioned a lieutenant, flying Sikorsky helicopters in various international locations.
Upon discharge, he joined Pan American Airways in 1967 as a pilot, rising to the rank of captain. Bob continued flying internationally with Delta Airlines, retiring in 1998.
Bob was a man of many interests. He was a licensed ham radio operator proficient in Morse code. He enjoyed writing and was actively involved in UFO /Remove Viewing studies.
A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be sorely missed.
Per his wishes, no religious services will be held but a visitation with be conducted at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer County Area, 437 East State St., Trenton, NJ 08608 or Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer St., Trenton, NJ 08611.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.wilsonapple.com  
Sign Guest Book at www.nj.com/timesobits
*Review:  "One of the best films I've ever saw regarding Roswell" --Director Steven Spielberg
About the Actor:  Robert J. Durant, former Navy pilot, spent 31 years flying international routes for a major airline before his recent retirement. Durant has studied UFO phenomena since the 1950s and is a well-known author in the field. In recent years he has specialized in what he calls The Holy Grail of Ufology Roswell.
About the Director:  Karl Petry Born in Newark, New Jersey and a big fan of the paranormal and unusual, Karl has directed and produced many outstanding films including, "The Ironbound Vampire," "The Ghosts of Angela Webb," "Dear Diary"and "The Larksville Ghost"
Product Description:  The question of what happened in Roswell, New Mexico July 1947 has baffled researchers for years. Robert J. Durant carefully examines the evidence...his conclusion: Roswell?, YES!
Roswell? YES! (2002 documentary)  you can watch it on youtube   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo8lfkozLBk  
Other movies... Mirage Men  and  Best Evidence
Robert J. Durant, an actor known for Mirage Men (2013), Roswell? Yes! (2002) and Best Evidence (2007).
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Hoover <totally.retired@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, May 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I am sorry to inform you that I received the below email from Bob Durant’s wife, Mauricette, this morning informing that Bob had passed away.  We lose another great guy and a tireless worker for many of us through the years.
Bill Hoover
From: MauricetteD1@aol.com Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:31 AM
Dear Friends,
I am sad to inform you that Bob passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday May 21 th. There will be a time for family and friends visitation on Wednesday May 28 th. at Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08434, between the hours of 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
There will be no formal service and in lieu of flowers we suggest a donation to Bob's favorite charities : Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, 437 East State Street, Trenton NJ 08608 or Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer St Trenton NJ 0851.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at MauricetteD1@aol.com

DL Capt. Joseph A. Iervolino Sr.

WWII veteran, DL Capt. Joseph Anthony "Jumpin Joe" Iervolino 
August 4, 1920 ~ May 25, 2014


Notification with the passing of DL retired pilot and Delta Golden Wings member Capt. Joseph Anthony Iervolino Sr., age 93.  Captain Iervolino joined Delta Air Lines 09-15-1949 and retired in 1980, based Miami.  Captain Iervolino was widowed in 1999 with the passing of his wife Paula.  He had most recently resided at
23800 SW 167th Ave.,  Homestead  FL 33031-1326.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.vanorsdel.com/obituaries/Joseph-Iervolino/  or 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-Iervolino&pid=171160960   Services will be held tomorrow Friday May 30th at 10:00 AM at the 
Van Orsdel Kendall Drive Chapel, 11220 N. Kendall Drive, Miami FL.
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Joseph Anthony "Jumpin Joe" Iervolino
IERVOLINO, JUMPIN JOE, "Renascence Man" of Homestead, Florida, passed away Sunday, May 25, at the age of 93. Joseph Anthony Iervolino was born in New York City August 4, 1920. Jumpin Joe graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics and later obtained his law degree from the University of Miami. Jumpin Joe was a pilot instructor for the Air Force during World War II. He later became a captain for Delta Airlines for 30 plus years. He and his wife Paula had a passion for art and travel. They incorporated that passion into an art gallery and a travel agency that they ran out of Chicago. Joe, an avid animal lover was always surrounded by one of his many dogs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula, his son, Joseph, Jr. and both parents, Anthony and Rose. He is survived by his daughter-n-law Mary Iervolino, his grandson Nick Iervolino, his granddaughter Stephanie Iervolino, his sister Rose Miller, a niece and two nephews. The viewing will be held this Friday, May 30th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by the funeral at Van Orsdel. The Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, for donations to be made in Joe's name to the SPCA, or the  charity of one's choice.
  .Published in Miami Herald on May 29, 2014.

Iervolino, Paula: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Miami Herald, The (FL) - Friday, October 15, 1999

Deceased Name: Iervolino, Paula

Iervolino, Paula, 86, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 11 a.m. to services noon Monday, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Van Orsdel Kendall Drive Funeral Chapel.

Joseph Anthony Iervolino, Jr.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Tulsa World (OK) - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Deceased Name: Joseph Anthony Iervolino, Jr.

Joseph Anthony Iervolino, Jr, was born on October 4, 1953 in Coral Gables, FL to Joseph Anthony Iervolino and Betty Joy (Longacre) Iervolino. Joe passed from this life on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 59. Joe received his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and retired as an Intake Counselor for the Tulsa Juvenile Court. He was preceded in death by his mother and his son, Paul Charles Iervolino. He is survived and will be missed by his wife, Mary Kathryne "Becca" Iervolino, of the home; a daughter, Stephanie Iervolino and a son, Nicholas Iervolino, both of Tulsa and his father, Joseph Iervolino, of Homestead, FL. Trisagion service 6:00 P. M. Tuesday at Ninde Brookside Chapel. Funeral liturgy Noon, Wednesday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1222 S. Guthrie, Tulsa, OK 74119. Ninde Brookside Chapel 918-742-5556. www.ninde.com This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 4/2/2013.

DL Capt. Herbert Summers

DL Capt. Herbert Summers
May 16, 1935 ~ May 27, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot and Delta Golden Wings member Captain Herbert ‘Herb’ Summers, father of DL F/O Donald Summers.  Born May 16, 1935 Captain summers had just reached his 79th birthday at the time of his passing May 27th.  Captain Summers joined Delta Air Lines 04-17-1961 and retired in 1995, based 031/ATL.  Survived by his wife Jane Harris Summers, personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
320 Birkdale Drive, Fayetteville  GA 30215-2720  ...  (770) 461-4648  ... (770) 632-2616
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/  
Memorial services for Captain Summers will be held this Friday, May 30th at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home. Visitation with be Thursday evening prior from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral home  www.mowellfuneralhome.com , Fayetteville GA.
Thank you,
~ Carol
Life Legacy...............................
Herbert Summers, 79, passed away May 27, 2014. He was born May 16, 1935 to H. L. Summers and Kate Summers in Atlanta, GA. The family moved to Mississippi near the end of WWII. He graduated from high school in Meridian, MS in 1953. He entered Air Force Aviation Cadet Training in 1954 where he received Air Force wings and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1956. He graduated from the University of South Mississippi in 1959 and worked full-time with the Mississippi Air National Guard. for a few years before applying for a pilot position in 1961. He flew numerous aircraft with Delta and flew special flights during the introduction of the B767 and B757 for Delta. He was very proud of flying charters in support of bringing our troups home from Iraq during Desert Storm in 1991. The last 5 years was all international flying on three different long range Delta aircraft, B767 ER, MD11, and L1011-500, flying to Europe and Asia. His retirement flight was to Dublin, Ireland, and back to Atlanta on May 12, 1995, prior to his 60th birthday.
Mr. Summers is survived by his wife of 49 years Jane Harris Summers; sons Steve (Cathy) Summers and Donald (Jennifer) Summers; grandchildren Josh, Emily, Blake and Grant.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to The American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org/donate  or The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Carl J. Mowell & Son Fayetteville Chapel www.mowellfuneralhome.com
From: DONALD     Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:43 PM     Subject: Herbert Summers

Could you please put the word out to the group that my father Herbert Summers passed away on Tuesday May 27 at the age of 79.  He was with DL from April 61 to May 95. Visitation will be Thursday May 29 at 1700 hrs at Mowell's funeral home in Fayetteville, GA with funeral services also at Mowell's Friday at 1100.  The family is requesting a gift to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.  A full obituary will also appear in The Citizen and AJC on Thursday.
Donald Summers   dhsummers@comcast.net    

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RW/NWA Capt. Norman Lee Lindley

RW/NWA Capt. Norman Lee Lindley
January 18, 1937 - March 14, 2014
Belated notification with the passing of RW/NWA Captain Norman Lindley....Captain Lindley’s obituary notes that he was a  “Commercial Airline Pilot for Northwest Airlines by merger of Republic Airlines and Northwest; and Hughes Airwest by merger of West Coast, Pacific and Bonanza Airlines”.  Obituary also notes that he is survived by his wife Liliane. 
I believe he had most recently resided at
305 Ridgeway St.,  Sutherlin  OR 97479-9811 ... (541) 459-1844
Arrangements are not known.  If anyone has more information to share, please let us know and we can update our blogspot 
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
death@pilotcommunication.net http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/  
Captain Norman Lindley’s obituary   http://www.hughesairwest.com/Obits/Lindley_Norman.htm  and
Norman Lindley was born Wallace Lindley Groves to the late Wallace Groves, Wall Street financier and Monaei Lindley, an actress of the 1930’s. After a life time known as Norman Lindley he changed his name legally to Norman Lee Lindley at the age of 31. He grew up in Nevada on the Shadow Ranch located in Sparks, Nevada.
Norman experienced life through a variety of jobs and careers. The following is a partial list of careers and jobs practiced by him.
Construction laborer, truck driver and oiler. Magazine route man. Locomotive Fireman and Engineer, Southern Pacific Railroad (10 years). Door to door direct sales. Used car sales (Stan Ton Sales). Cowboy and feedlot rider (Winnemucca Ranch Company). Contract hauling and delivery in connection with railroad shipping. Cowboy and ranch hand (Pat Sanford Ranch). Estimator and General Manager for Piazza Tile Company (4 years). Commercial Airline Pilot for Northwest Airlines by merger of Republic Airlines and Northwest; and Hughes Airwest by merger of West Coast, Pacific and Bonanza Airlines.
Norman also ran and owned a long list of business including the following: Norm Lindley Rifles, Lindley Construction, Lindley Sporting Goods, Lindley Tile and Marble, Constock flights, Lindley Ranch Company, Lindley Custom haying, Ranch Real Estate Inc., Miller’s Motel, Steptow Enterprises, Cononelos Dry Goods, Great Basin Safaris, The Steptoe Valley Inn, Lindley Livestock Transportation and Contours Express.
Known as a marksman with wins in many shooting competitions, Norman was a hunter noted in the record books of North America and Africa for the trophy’s he claimed.  He enjoyed many blue water fishing experiences both in the Pacific waters off Kona, Costa Rica and Atlantic waters off Florida fishing large pelagic species. As a custom gun smith he gathered notoriety for the specialized guns he created.
Surviving Norman are his wife, Liliane; his children, David, Debbie and Ron; and his grandchildren, Linsey and Ryan.
May my father stay busy creating and doing in the heavens above.
David Lindley

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NWA F/A Chrysmarie Isaacson, wife of NWA Capt. William D. Isaacson

NWA  F/A  Chrysmarie Janet neé Sherwood Isaacson, wife of NWA Capt. William D. Isaacson
October 24, 1949 ~ December 11, 2013
Word has been received with the passing of NWA F/A Chrysmaire Isaacson, wife of retired NWA pilot and RNPA member Captain William David Isaacson.  It was just a year ago that Chrysmarie along with family and friends threw a surprise parade and motorcycle escort for decorated Vietnam veteran Captain William ‘Willie’ Isaacson, a belated welcome-home celebration for her husband.  Chrismarie, with the aid of the Yellow Ribbon Alliance of the Lower St. Croix Valley, planned for many weeks to pull off the surprise event. 
Born/raised in Minnesota Chrysmarie was 64 years of age at the time of her passing.  A memorial service for Chrysmarie will be held on Friday, May 30th at 11:00 AM, Valley Baptist Church in Lakeland MN.
Survived by her husband Captain Bill Isaacson personal condolences may be sent to
15616 Upper 34th St. S. , Afton  MN 55001-9743
Should we hear of any changes or corrections to our information, we will be sure to post it on our blogspot at
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
death@pilotcommunication.net http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
From: RNPA News Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 3:10 PM   Subject: Chyrs Isaacson's Obituary. Wife Of Captain Bill Isaacson.

Chrysmarie J. Isaacson

Isaacson, Chrysmarie J. age 65 of Afton, MN, passed away December 11, 2013. Wife of Bill, 18 year flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. Memorial service Friday, May 30, 2014, 11 AM at Valley Baptist Church, 860 St. Croix Trail S, Lakeland, MN 55043. Reception to follow at Afton House Inn. Memorials to American Humane Society. No flowers.
Published on May 28, 2014

ISAACSON Chrysmarie Janet: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - Sunday, December 15, 2013

Deceased Name: ISAACSON Chrysmarie Janet

Passed away Dec. 11,2013 Preceded in death by parents Kenneth and Evelyn Sherwood. Survived by husband, William "Willie"; sisters Patricia Larson and Virginia (Robert) Rheintgen; brother Kent (Maridel) Sherwood; many nieces and nephews. Memorial service to be announced at a later date. Memorials preferred to Humane Society of the United States. "

ISAACSON, Chrysmarie: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Tampa Bay Times (FL) - Sunday, December 15, 2013

Deceased Name: ISAACSON, Chrysmarie

ISAACSON, Chrysmarie, 64, of Oldsmar, passed away on Dec. 11, 2013. She is survived by her husband, William Isaacson. Neptune Society
Nearly 50 years after returning from Vietnam War, Afton man receives a homecoming
By Mary Divine
Posted:   05/07/2013 
Marine Corps veteran William Isaacson didn't get a parade or a hero's welcome after Vietnam.
The decorated combat pilot said only one person met him when he returned home to Minnesota in 1966.
"My brother Bob. That was it," he said.
Friends and admirers made up for that oversight Tuesday, May 7, by throwing him a surprise parade and a motorcycle escort to a welcome-home celebration in his honor in Afton.
"I'm shocked," said Isaacson, 70. "I can't believe it. Can you believe it?"
Isaacson, who spends the winter in Oldsmar, Fla., flew home to Minnesota with a friend Tuesday afternoon. Isaacson's wife, Chrysmarie, who had driven back from Florida two weeks ago, met them at the airport to make the trip home to Afton.
Isaacson flew more than 150 combat missions during the Vietnam War and earned 11 commendations, including a Silver Star for heroic action. He said he didn't know what was going on when he saw dozens of motorcycles, a fire truck and TV news crews parked alongside Washington County 18 in Lakeland........................................................

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Michael Leighton Phillips, son of DL Capt. Bill Phillips

Michael Leighton Phillips, son of DL Capt. William ‘Bill’ & Sharon Phillips and grandson of C&S/DL Capt. George L. Phillips
September 7, 1982 ~ May 18, 2014

Michael Leighton Phillips passed away at the age of 31 on May 18th, 2014, of an aneurysm, at his residence in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Covington, LA on September 7th, 1982 to William and Sharon Phillips. He graduated from Mandeville High and received an academic scholarship to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. Michael is survived by his parents, retired Delta Air Lines Capt. Bill and Sharon Phillips of Mandeville, his brother, Brian Phillips of Brooklyn, NY, his maternal grandparents, Betty and Al Torricelli of Mandeville, two aunts, Vicki Townsend (Charles) of St. Rose, LA, and Bridget LeBlanc (Dalton) of Mandeville, and an uncle, retired Admiral Rick Phillips, USN (Julie) of Prince Frederick, MD, along with numerous cousins. Services will be held at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home in Covington on Friday, May 30th, with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and a mass following. Michael was a gentle soul who loved all creatures, great and small.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your local animal shelter.
  .Published in The Times-Picayune from May 27 to May 30, 2014

Michael Leighton Phillips, son of DL Capt. William ‘Bill’ & Sharon Phillips and grandson of C&S/DL Capt. George L. Phillips

Sad news has reached us with the unexpected passing of Michael Leighton Phillips, youngest son of retired Delta pilot Captain William L. & Sharon Torricelli Phillips.  Michael was also the grandson of the late C&S/DL Captain George Lester Phillips who passed in October of 2004.   The Phillips family writes that Michael died of an apparent aneurism on May 17th.  Michael was just 32 years of age at the time of his passing.   We understand that services will be private for family only. 
For those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, the mailing address for Captain Bill & Sharon Phillips is    
8071 Winners Circle , Mandeville  LA 70448-7509. 
Captain Phillips may also be reached via email at 
Should we hear more we will be sure to post further news on our blogspot at  http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 

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

Friday, May 23, 2014

C&S/DL Capt. Loyd J. Cox

WWII veteran, C&S/DL Capt. Loyd J. Cox
March 16, 1924 - May 20, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of C&S/DL retired pilot Captain Loyd J. Cox, age 90.  Captain Cox joined Chicago & Southern 03-06-1953, just prior to the C&S/DL merger.  Captain Cox was based Chicago for most of his career and transferred to the ATL base in 1975.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/  
Survived by his wife Beulah Casey Cox, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
  2753 Turner Road,  Williamson  GA 30292-3316  ...  (770) 228-9367
Visitation will be tomorrow evening May 23rd with graveside services May 24th in Griffin GA.
Thank you,
~ Carol 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Obituary for Loyd J. Cox
Mr. Loyd Junior Cox, 90, of Williamson, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He had been in declining health for many months. He was born in Carterville, Illinois, March 16, 1924 to the late Loyd and Velma Cox. He was also preceded in death by his sister, LaVeeta Thompson.
After graduating high school he entered the US Army in 1943 and trained as a tank commander with the Fourth Armored Division. This Division, part of General Patton's Third Army, spear-headed the attack on Bastogne, Belgium during the Christmas holidays of 1944. This attack resulted in some of the worst fighting during the Battle of the Bulge. Marching through deep snow and extreme cold temperatures, units of the Fourth Armored Division covered 150 miles in nineteen hours to beat back the German drive toward Antwerp and relieve the besieged 101st Airborne Division, trapped in Bastogne. For their actions the Fourth Armored Division received a Presidential Citation for extraordinary accomplishment against enemy forces. A few weeks later Sergeant Cox was severely wounded by a German mortar shell while leading his squad against a German counter attack near Bastogne. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He returned to the states and was sent to Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battlecreek, Michigan where he was cared for by Second Lieutenant Beulah Casey from Ramsey, Illinois. They fell in love and a year later were married and started a family.
Loyd began aviation training after World War II, earning his aircraft mechanic licenses and flight instructor rating. In 1953 he was hired by Chicago and Southern Airlines which shortly thereafter merged with Delta Airlines. He was based in Chicago most of his career, which included several years as an instructor pilot. In 1975 Loyd transferred to the Atlanta crew base and his family moved to Williamson in December of that year. He retired in 1980 to enjoy a variety of hobbies and activities with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Beulah; his daughter Gail Godley and her husband Vincent of Williamson; two sons, Randy Cox and his wife Mary of Senoia, and Keith Cox and his wife Denise of Griffin; brother Tom Cox and his wife Betty of Belleville, Illinois; sister Donna Crain of Herrin, Illinois; five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mr. Cox will be Friday evening, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 24 in the Westwood Memorial Gardens on Everee Inn Road, Griffin. Dr. Ed Hoard will officiate.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home , 1891 W McIntosh Rd.,  Griffin, GA, US, 30223
(770) 227-2300   cwfhobits@bellsouth.net
From: Ron Alexander Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:07 PM   To: death@pilotcommunication.net
Subject: death of retired pilot Loyd Cox
Retired Captain Loyd Cox passed away on Tuesday May 20th.  He was 90 years old.   Loyd was a WWII veteran who received the Purple Heart at Bastogne.  He was hired by Chicago and Southern Airlines in 1953.  He was based in Chicago most of his Delta career  and in 1975 transferred to Atlanta crew base.  Visitation for Loyd will be Friday evening May 23rd from 7 to 9 PM at Conner Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, Georgia.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday May 24th in the Westwood Memorial Gardens on Everee Inn Road Griffin, GA.

Deceased full name     Loyd Cox
 Date of Birth     3-16-1924
 Date of Death     5-20-2014
 Relationship     Pilot
 Active Retired     Retired
 Domicile     ATL
 Age at death     90
 Cause of death     natural causes
 Living Spouse     Beulah
 Address      City     Williamson  GA   1 30292
 Airline    DAL
 Guestbook URL   
 Comments Obit     Retired Captain Loyd Cox passed away on Tuesday May 20th.  He was 90 years old.   Loyd was a WWII veteran who received the Purple Heart at Bastogne.  He was hired by Chicago and Southern Airlines in 1953.  He was based in Chicago most of his Delta career  and in 1975 transferred to Atlanta crew base.  Visitation for Loyd will be Friday evening May 23rd from 7 to 9 PM at Conner Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, Georgia.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday May 24th in the Westwood Memorial Gardens on Everee Inn Road Griffin, GA.
 Contact Name     Ron Alexander
 Contact Email    
 Contact Phone     7704681534

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NA:/PAA F/E Raymond 'Ray' F. Merrill

USAF veteran, NAL/PAA pilot Raymond ‘Ray’ Frederick Merrill
June 8, 1929 ~ April 22, 2014
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ocala/obituary.aspx?n=Raymond-Merrill&pid=170986066  or http://www.hiers-baxley.com/obituaries/Raymond-Merrill/  Ray was retired Air Force and joined National Airlines 09-09-1968.  He was widowed in May of 2005 with the passing of his wife Joan Edith Merrill.  Ray had most recently resided in Ocala FL.  Services for Ray Merrill were held May 16th in Florida.  Interment was at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell FL.   
Raymond Frederick Merrill, 84, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2014. He was a proud member of the United States Air Force for 20 years. After leaving the military, he was a proud pilot for National Airlines and he never let anybody forget this with all the stories he told. Raymond Frederick Merrill was a native of Greenport, New York and moved to this area from Miami, FL in 1985.
Survivors include Dennis G. Merrill (son), Gary G. Merrill (son), Diane M. Merrill (daughter), Gayle M. Merrill (daughter), five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and Norman Merrill (brother). He is predeceased by his loving wife Joan of 54 years.
A funeral service will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Ocala on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital .
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com  
.Published in Ocala Star-Banner from May 11 to May 12, 2014
  DATE OF BIRTH: 05/22/1931  
  DATE OF DEATH: 05/26/2005  
  BURIED AT: SECTION 404  SITE 332    
  6502 SW. 102ND AVE. BUSHNELL, FL 33513  
  (352) 793-7740  
From: Steve Mills Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2014 9:09 AM
Subject: Sad News-NAL/PAA Flight Engineer Ray Merrill Arrangement information

Arrangement information has been received concerning Ray Merrill's services which will be held on May 16, 2014 at 1030 AM. Details and a note from his son below.

Mr. Mills
I have sent you the link to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home about my fathers funeral info. They now have his name listed in their obituary section. If you would please let everyone know that the family has asked that the visitation time is only for immediate family. The service will start at 10:30 and anyone wishing to go down to the cemetery is welcome to do so.

Obituary for Raymond Frederick Merrill

Raymond Frederick Merrill went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2014. Raymond Frederick Merrill was a native of Greenport, New York and moved to this area from Miami, FL in 1985. Survivors include Dennis G. Merrill (Son), Gary G. Merrill (Son), Diane M. Merrill (Daughter), Gayle M. Merrill (Daughter), 5 grandchildren, 1 great grand daughter and Norman Merrill (Brother). He is predeceased by his loving wife Joan of 54 years. A Funeral service will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com

 NAL/PAA Flight Engineer Raymond F. Merrill
 DOB June 8, 1929   DOH Sep 9, 1968     DOD April 22, 2014
                            Retired USAF Veteran

News has been received of the passing of FE Ray Merrill April 22nd. His family is planning to meet later this week to make decisions and schedule arrangements. We are assured we will be notified in time to disseminate those details so that any friends of Ray may attend if they wish. Obituary to follow as soon as available.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NWA/DL pilot Christopher Marc Bellino

Bellino, Christopher Marc: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) - Sunday, June 15, 2014

Deceased Name: Bellino, Christopher Marc

Of Lakeville, MN. Long time pilot for Northwest / Delta Airlines.Survived by daughters, Danielle and Nicole; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bellino; brother, Dr. Michael Bellino (Pam); sister, Claudia; 1 nephew, 4 nieces; and the mother of his children, Kari Bellino. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, June 22, at 2 PM with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at Hosanna! Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville, MN. Memorials preferred for his daughters' education.

NWA/DL pilot Christopher Marc Bellino
September 28, 1961 ~ went missing July/Aug. 2012

Please note corrections to information:  
Christopher is survived by his parents Dr. Joseph & Mrs. Clarice Bellino, and his daughters Nicole and Danielle.   Christopher Marc Bellino joined Northwest Airlines 08-17-1984. 
News articles note that he was last seen when he went to dinner with his daughters on July 29, 2012. He was reported missing four days later by his mother.  News articles report that at the time of his disappearance, police described Bellino as an "endangered person," which means that due to any number of circumstances a law enforcement official had determined that he was at risk of injury or death.  Until the autopsy results come in, no official cause of death is known. 
Should we hear more as to arrangements we will be sure to pass the information along.  Please follow us on our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
Personal condolences may be sent to the Bellino family c/o Dr. & Mrs. Bellino at 435 Tumble Creek Lane,   Fallbrook CA 92028-2558.
The Bellino family appreciates your support and thanks you for your prayers and concern during this difficult time.  
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Bones found in Lakeville park identified as man missing since 2012
        By Site Editor on May 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm
Human remains discovered May 15 in Ritter Farm Park have been identified as belonging to a 50-year-old Lakeville man missing since 2012.
Christopher Marc Bellino was last heard from on July 29, 2012 when speaking to relatives by cell phone. His vehicle was found across I-35 in the Lakeville Target parking lot on Aug. 28, 2102, according to Lakeville police.
Lakeville police Cptn. Kevin Manias said at a May 17 news conference Lakeville high schoolers found a skull in a remote, wooded area in the northwestern area of the 340-acre park while taking part in a field orienteering exercise conducted by the Minnesota Army National Guard.
He said police found multiple bones within 50-200 feet of the skull, but not clothing or other articles of evidence after responding to the scene at around 2 p.m. May 15, cordoning off the area and conducting a grid search using a metal detector.
Manias said Bellino had no known health problems, but wore a leg brace that was not found at the scene.
He said the bones were spread out, and appeared to be scattered by animals.
“We have not uncovered any information that indicates foul play,” Manias said.
He added the report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office indicating a cause of death will help direct their investigation. — Laura Adelmann, Sun Thisweek

From: RNPA News  Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:18 AM
Subject: RNPA News: Marc Bellino Has Flown West

LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Police in Lakeville have identified the person whose remains were found in a remote area of a popular park Thursday.
Investigators say a group of students from LakevilleHigh School were conducting an orienteering exercise in Ritter Farm Park Thursday just after 2 p.m. when one of the students found a human skull.
A group leader called police, who arrived and began canvassing the area. Those searching found a number of human bones that were associated with the skull.
"The skeletal body is not in tact. It's spread over an area so the assumption that comes to mind is that there was animal contact ... Could they have moved those items? Possibly," said Cpt. Kevin Manias of the Lakeville Police Department.
"I don't want to comment on what each bone was that was located, but there were a significant amount located," Manias added.
The remains were sent to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office, and late Friday morning the remains were identified as belonging to Christopher Marc Bellino, 50, of Lakeville, who was reported missing in August 2012.
Police say Bellino was last seen making a purchase at a Marshalls store in northeast Lakeville.
At this point there is no official cause of death but Lakeville Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play on the scene.

Remains found in Lakeville park ID'd Christopher Bellino, 50, vanished in July 2012. No sign of foul play. : Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Deceased Name: Remains found in Lakeville park ID'd Christopher Bellino, 50, vanished in July 2012. No sign of foul play.

Local authorities confirmed Friday that the skeletal remains found in a popular Lakeville park are the body of a 50-year-old man who vanished nearly two years ago.
Lakeville police said the man was Christopher Bellino, of Lakeville, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office. His remains were found Thursday near a picnic area in Ritter Farm Park.
A group of high school students out on a "field orienteering exercise" found the man's skull in "fairly remote section" of the 340-acre park, said Capt. Kevin Manias, a Lakeville police spokesman.
In a subsequent search of the area, investigators found "additional skeletal bones believed to be associated with the skull," police said.
"Everything we located was surface, or covered by vegetable material," Manias said at a news conference on Friday. "The area that we searched, there were [bones] located probably 100 to 200 feet away from where the skull was at."
Bellino was last seen when he went to dinner with his daughters on July 29, 2012, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Database. He was reported missing four days later by  his mother.
His car was discovered on Aug. 26 of that year in the parking lot of the Target in Lakeville, less than two miles from where his remains were discovered, Manias said.
At the time of his disappearance, police described Bellino as an "endangered person," which means that due to any number of circumstances a law enforcement official had determined that he was at risk of injury or death.
An autopsy was performed Friday, the results of which have not yet been released, the police captain said. There was no indication of foul play.
"Until we've received a formal report from the medical examiner's office," Manias said, "in terms of manner and cause of death, I'm not going to speculate."
Libor Jany • 651-925-5033 • @StribJany

former NWA CEO Steven G. Rothmeier

Vietnam war veteran, former NWA CEO Steven George Rothmeier
October 4, 1946 ~ May 15, 2014
Born/raised in Minnesota, the oldest of three sons born to parents Edwin G. Rothmeier and Alice Joan neé Johnson Rothmeier.  A graduate of St. Agnes High School, the St. Agnes School in Minnesota has the Steven G. Rothmeier Scholarship which is given annually to a male student at St. Agnes for academic and athletic achievement in addition to character and citizenship. The scholarship was set up by Mr. Rothmeier who is a St. Agnes benefactor. 
Mr. Rothmeier joined NWA in 1973 as a corporate financial analyst. He later became the director of economic planning in the Regulatory Proceedings Division. He continued to rise in the company until he was named CEO and chairman in 1985. In 1985 he negotiated the merger with Republic Airlines.  Mr. Rothmeier was with NWA until 1989.
Career Bio:  Mr. Steven George Rothmeier serves as the Chairman of Great Northern Asset Management, Inc. Mr. Rothmeier served as the President of a Twin Cities venture capital and merchant banking firm.  He served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at NWA Inc. and Northwest Airlines Inc.  Mr. Rothmeier served as a Director at Precision Castparts Corp., until August 13, 2013. He is a trustee emeritus of the University of Chicago, a member of the Council on the Graduate School of Business, and University of Chicago. He served as Director of Waste Management, Inc. until June 22, 2012. He served as an Independent Director of Meritor Inc. until December 31st 2011. Mr. Rothmeier is a former Chairman of The Lumen Christi Institute, past Director of the American Council on Germany, a former Trustee for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and former Vice Chairman of the U.S. - China Business Council. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
(funeral arrangements are pending)

Obituary: Steven Rothmeier, former NWA CEO, dies at 67
Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
Updated: May 17, 2014 - 12:07 PM
Steven Rothmeier, the no-nonsense executive who remade Northwest Airlines in the 1980s only to lose control of the company to a debt-fueled buyout, died Thursday in a Florida nursing home.
Rothmeier, 67, had suffered from Lewy body disease, a type of progressive dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, which he’d struggled with for several years, said his brother Michael.
Jay Rothmeier, a brother and business partner, confirmed the death Friday.
Rothmeier joined Northwest in 1973 after a stint at General Mills. He was a decorated infantry officer in Vietnam and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Rothmeier became part of a longtime Northwest management group that focused on keeping a strong balance sheet, safe operations and staying profitable during a time when many competitors, freed by deregulation to choose their own routes and fares, got into financial trouble.
In 1985, at age 38, Rothmeier was named Northwest’s CEO. The next year, he engineered the merger of Northwest with Twin Cities-based Republic Airlines. At the time, the deal was the largest-ever airline combination. Through it, Rothmeier added new routes, new hub cities in Detroit and Memphis, and gave NWA one of the broadest reaches among airlines, with service from Europe, across the United States to the Pacific Rim.
“Steve was one of the brightest guys I ever worked with or for and he was a strong leader,’’ recalled John Horn, a retired Northwest senior executive. “He took what [former CEOs] Donald Nyrop and Joe Lapensky gave him and grew it successfully. And then we got caught in the takeover game.’’
While the Republic deal was a strategic success, its execution proved chaotic for passengers and employees. Rothmeier was criticized for a style that some called too strict, too focused on lean operations, and inattentive to customer service.
By 1988, Rothmeier was appearing in ads saying the carrier could do better and announcing new customer perks. But his days as CEO were numbered.
Within a year, Gary Wilson, a Northwest board member, stepped down and joined with California financier Al Checchi to lead a debt-heavy buyout of what had been a conservatively financed NWA. Rothmeier stepped aside by late 1989.
The debt load imposed on NWA nearly bankrupted it in the early ’90s. But the routes and hubs that Rothmeier added remained key strengths until NWA merged with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines in 2008.
Rothmeier could be brusque, but usually not intentionally so, associates said.
Brent Baskfield, a Northwest executive who served under Rothmeier, recalled that he often concluded employee meetings with a wave and the admonition, “Work hard.” Once, a ticket agent in Los Angeles broke down in response, saying she was working as hard as she could. Rothmeier wrote her a note of apology, saying he appreciated her hard work, Baskfield said.
“He never concluded another meeting saying, ‘Work hard,’ ” Baskfield said.
“Steve Rothmeier was an academic success in graduate school, a war hero and a great industry leader,” he added.
Rothmeier also had a dry sense of humor, said Tim Thornton, a onetime Northwest general counsel who became Rothmeier’s attorney after they both left the airline. In 1988, Northwest settled labor contracts with its pilots before the same task could be accomplished by rival Steve Wolf at United Airlines — a CEO often viewed as more charismatic and better with people than Rothmeier.
“Steve Wolf is going to throw up in his wastebasket when he reads about this contract,” Rothmeier quipped, according to Thornton.
The oldest of three sons, Rothmeier came home from the University of Notre Dame to run and sell the family propane business in Faribault after his father was killed in a car crash (Feb. 1967). Rothmeier later returned to graduate from Notre Dame.
After leaving NWA, Rothmeier started a St. Paul investment firm, Great Northern Capital.
A bachelor and conservative Catholic, Rothmeier was a member of St. Agnes Church, a predominantly working class parish in St. Paul’s Frogtown area known for its Latin high mass. He was a donor and former volunteer football coach at St. Agnes High School.
For years Rothmeier cared for his mother, who lived with him at his Bavarian-style compound in Eagan, complete with a chapel. Last year, Rothmeier put the property up for sale.
His family plans to announce funeral arrangements at St. Agnes next week.
Neal St. Anthony • 612-673-7144


Homegazing: Fantasy castle in Eagan

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune          Updated: May 11, 2013 - 3:55 PM
A castle in Eagan includes a carriage house, courtyard and its own Bavarian chapel.
It’s been almost 30 years, but architect Tom Blanck of St. Paul still remembers the call that launched his biggest residential project.
The caller introduced himself as Steve Rothmeier, president of Northwest Airlines, but Blanck didn’t believe him.
“I said, ‘You’re not the president of Northwest Airlines — [M.J.] Lapensky is. I do read the newspaper,’ ” Blanck recalled. The caller informed him that he was, indeed, the airline’s president and had recently replaced Lapensky.
Blanck soon found himself working with Rothmeier on a most unusual home. “He said he wanted a Germanic castle, with a circular entry turret,” Blanck said. “Steve had just rediscovered his German ethnicity.”...................