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Thursday, July 10, 2014

NWA Capt. Robert D. Kehs

From: RNPA News
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:10 AM
Subject: RNPA News: Bob Kehs Obituary.

Robert Dale Kehs

Kehs, Robert Dale age 78 of Rosarito, Mexico; formerly of Eden Prairie, MN died peacefully on July, 9 2014. Bob was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 21, 1935 and grew up in Buffalo, NY. He joined the US Marine Corp and was commissioned as Captain and piloted the A-1 Skyraider before his 35 years of service to NWA. He was well known among pilots for his love of flying and his dedication to the Air Line Pilots Association. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia Dombrosky, children Kevin Kehs, Kathy (Jim) Strahan and Matthew Kehs, grandchildren Lucas Kehs, Maxwell Kehs, Marcus Kehs and Lily Strahan. A celebration of his life was held in Baja Mexico. If you wish to make a contribution in Bob's memory, his charity of choice is the Flying Samaritans, P.O. Box 439030, San Diego, CA 92143.
Published on July 27, 2014

From: RNPA News
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:04 PM
Subject: RNPA News: Bob Kehs Update.
Many of Bob's friends and family said goodbye to Bob yesterday afternoon as his ashes were spread over the Pacific.  At the same time  over the waters of Cancun, a Volaris Airline's Captain, a friend of Bob's and unable to attend his send off, received permission to descend to 10,000 feet  to honor Bob by doing a fly over, after advising the passengers of its purpose.  Thought you might like to hear the end of Bob's story.  

NWA Capt. Robert ‘Bob’ D. Kehs
November 21, 1935 ~ July 9, 2014
We wish to inform friends and colleagues of the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Robert Dale Kehs, age 78.  I believe he was born/raised in Pennsylvania.  Captain Kehs joined Northwest Airlines 04-23-1959 and retired in 1995.  The first ever ALPA Dave Behnke Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Captain Kehs aka. ‘Dr. Strike’ in October of 2000.....read more below.  Captain Kehs is survived by Eileen Sylvia Dombrosky.  He had most recently resided at
591 Telegraph Canyon Road , Chula Vista  CA 91910-6436  ...  (702) 951-7578
Should we hear more as to arrangements we will be sure to update our blogspot at  http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
David Behncke Lifetime Achievement Award
Monday, October 16, 2000
The first ever Dave Behnke Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Robert Kehs from Northwest.
The United MEC recommended Captain Robert D. Kehs, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot, to be considered as the first recipient of the David Behncke Life time Achievement Award. This award was established by the Executive Council to give special recognition to ALPA members who, during the course of his or her career, have made an extraordinary contribution to the Association, its members and to trade unionism. Nominations for this award are made to the Executive Council by any MEC other than the one the nominee is employed by. This nomination must then be unanimously approved by the Executive Council before it is bestowed on the individual. 
Year 2000: The ALPA Board of Directors presented the first David L. Behncke Lifetime Achievement Award to Capt. Robert Kehs (Northwest, Ret.) for his efforts on behalf of all ALPA members during and beyond his flying career. Capt. Kehs’s experience and expertise in collective bargaining and his tenacious manner during strike preparations provided invaluable help to numerous pilot groups who have, as a result, achieved stronger, more enforceable contracts.
From: RNPA News    Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 5:38 PM    Subject: RNPA News: Bob Kehs Has Flown West.

This message came to RNPA News from Bill Iams.

Though Bob was not a great correspondent, your address was the one he kept in his address book. And so, you are the one to whom he wanted  to say good-bye when he passed. He died as he lived his life on his own terms without causing too much of a fuss. He didn't wish a grand funeral with a lot of empty talk, rather he asked that you raise a glass of your favorite beverage in a toast to him and wish him a swift journey. He was exceptionally proud of the work he did with ALPA during his career and cherished the award he received.  
November 21, 1935- July 09, 2014
Sylvia Dombrosky

Philip E Hallin
Email:  pehallin@blackhole.com
H 952-474-9111
C 612-710-5608

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