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Monday, September 29, 2014

NWA Capt. Lawrence H. 'Larry' Smalley

NWA Capt. Lawrence ‘Larry’ H. Smalley
March 24, 1941 - September 26, 2014
Notification with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Lawrence H. Smalley, age 73.  Captain Smalley joined Northwest Airlines 06-06-1966 and retired with Northwest in 2001 at the mandatory age 60.  Captain Smalley’s obituary notes that he is survived by his wife Janice Cox. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mmsfuneralhomes.com/   (note....their website currently shows a date of birth discrepancy)  Services for Captain Smalley will be held tomorrow morning in Claremore OK with visitation this evening.  To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
20684 E. 410 Road , Chelsea  OK 74016-3227  ...  (918) 341-1168 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Lawrence "Larry" Smalley: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Claremore Daily Progress, The (OK) - Sunday, September 28, 2014
Deceased Name: Lawrence "Larry" Smalley
Funeral service for retired airline Captain, Lawrence "Larry" Smalley, will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at House of Prayer Holiness Church, north of Claremore. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; family will receive visitors from 6-8. Larry went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 73.
Larry was born on March 24, 1941 in Powell, Wyo., to Wayland Eli and Barbara (Barkwell) Smalley. Captain Larry Smalley retired from Northwest Airlines in 2001. He continued his involvement with breeding and raising thoroughbred race horses and custom hay bailing until health challenges forced him to retire once again in August of this year.
He is preceded in death by his parents, former wife Carol Smalley and his sister-in-law, Kathy Smalley. Larry is survived by his wife Janice Cox of the home; his brother Myron Smalley of Riverton, Wyo.; his sons and daughters-in-law Wayland and Marci Smalley of Chelsea, Jeff and Sandy Smalley of Olympia, Wash., and Niel Clark of Billings, Mont.; his step-daughter, Lynda Rice of Claremore and step-son, Martin Rice of Jacksonville, N.C.; his grandchildren Rachael and Nathan; his step-grandchildren Alanna, Jess and Benjamin; his step-great grandchildren Aiden and Dani.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Larry's name. Leave you memories of Larry and view his tribute at www.mmsfuneral homes.com
Smalley, Lawrence H. "Larry": Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Tulsa World (OK) - Saturday, September 27, 2014
Deceased Name: Smalley, Lawrence H. "Larry"

73, retired Northwest Airlines pilot, died Friday. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Monday, MMS-Payne Funeral Home, and service 10 a.m. Tuesday, House of Prayer Holiness Church.

SO (NWA) Capt. Howard Joseph Landis

WWII veteran, SO (NWA) Capt. Howard Joseph Landis
June 1, 1921 - September 26, 2014
Notification with the passing of WWII veteran retired pilot Captain Howard J. Landis, age 93.  Captain Landis’ obituary notes he retired with Northwest but from what I could find I believe his commercial career would have been with Southern Airways and that he may have retired prior to the various airline mergers.  Captain Landis is survived by his wife Delores.  
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.haistenfunerals.com
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Memorial Service:  Tuesday, September 30, 2014   from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Locust Grove First United Methodist Church
Peeksville Road  ,    Locust Grove   GA 30248
Mr. Howard Joseph Landis, age 93 of Jonesboro, Georgia passed away September 26, 2014. He was born in Columbus, North Carolina, the youngest of five children to the late John Irvin and Lottie Ruth Kinsey Landis. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Howard retired from Northwest Airlines after over 30 years. He was a member of the Locust Grove First United Methodist Church and the American Association of Variable Star Observed (AAVSO) where he was a Committee Head for 25 years. He enjoyed astronomy and was very scientific. Survivors include his wife, Delores Landis of Jonesboro; son, Michael and Rosemary Landis of Tyrone; grandchildren, Michele Spack and Steven Landis; two great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, three step children, three step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm from the Locust Grove First United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Buckman will officiate. Friends may visit the family Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Palms at Lake Spivey Community Room. Contributions are asked to be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Mr. Landis. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com 
Haisten Funerals & Cremations

1745 Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253 | 770-914-8833

DL Capt. Robert J. Overton

Air Corps veteran, DL Capt. Robert Joe Overton
November 2, 1924 - September 25, 2014

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired DL pilot Captain Bob Overton, age 89.  Captain Overton joined Delta Air Lines  9-02-1952 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1984, based Atlanta.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.shlagrange.com    or click on at   
Captain Overton’s obituary indicates that services were held today in Greenville GA.
Survived by his wife Lauren ‘Dusty’ Lane Overton, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
127 Loretta Lane ,  Luthersville  GA 30251-2108  ...  (770) 927-6295 
If anyone has more information to share, please let us know and thank you very much,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Robert (Bob) Overton passed away September 25, 2014, shortly before his 90th birthday.
Bob was born in Fort Worth, TX to the late Modrell Reese Overton and Loneta Charlene Russey. Bob served in the Air Corp in World War II in the Pacific. He was a cattle buyer in Fort Worth, until he joined Delta Airlines as a pilot in 1952. Bob retired from Delta in 1984 as a L-1011 Captain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steve Overton.
He survived by his wife of 41 years, Lauren "Dusty" Lane Overton; daughter, Cherry Overton Haymes (David); son, Robert Randall Overton (Pilar); brother, Jerry Reese Overton; grandchildren, Brandon Reese Overton and Haley Haymes; great granddaughter, Kinsey Lauren Overton; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 29, 2014 at Greenville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Amy Arnold officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenville Presbyterian Church, Gentiva Hospice Care or MEDS for Africa.
Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DL Capt. Jack S. Van Zante


Jack Stewart Van Zante of Granbury, 76, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Granbury.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at Acton Cemetery.
Jack was born March 5, 1938, in Seattle, Wash., to Ellsworth Arthur Van Zante and Helen Marjorie Stewart Van Zante. He served as a U.S. Naval Aviator from 1958 to 1966. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines from 1966 to 1997 and was a member of the Delta Golden Wings.
Survivors: Wife, Charlotte Van Zante; son, Craig Van Zante; daughters, Karen Gernhofer and husband, Bob, Holly Spragins and husband, Jeff; granddaughter, Ashley Green; grandsons, Tyler Gernhofer and Aiden Tyler.


DL Capt. Jack S. Van Zante
March 5, 1938 ~ September 21, 2014
News has reached us with the passing of Navy veteran and Delta Golden Wings member Captain Jack Van Zante, age 76.  Today I called the funeral home as I had not seen an obituary online and they informed me that privates services for Captain Van Zante were held yesterday the 24th in Granbury TX.
Born/raised in Washington state, Jack Stewart Van Zante attended West Seattle High and Washington State College.  Ens. Jack Van Zante and Charlotte Anne Allen were married in Texas in October of 1961.  Jack joined Delta Air Lines 04-11-1966.  He spent the majority of his commercial flying carrier based Dallas.  The April 1996 issue of DeltaDigest notes his 30th year anniversary as  Ln. Ck. Airman DFW/030.  The May 1997 DeltaDigest notes his retirement, based 030/LAX. 
Arrangements were entrusted to Wiley Funeral Home of Granbury TX.....    (817) 573-3000
Survived by his wife Charlotte personal condolences may be sent to the family at
7316 Ravenswood Road,  Granbury  TX 76049-4739  ... (817) 573-9301 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site at
        Thank you,
            ~ Carol for the PCN
From: ROBERT GOULD    Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 3:38 PM
Subject: Final Flight West for Retired DFW Capt. Jack Van Zante
Charlotte, Jack's wife, just phoned and informed my wife and I that Jack passed away around 10:30PM last night after a long courageous battle with a lengthy illness.  The family has made arrangements with Wiley's Funeral Home in Granbury, TX for a private graveside service for family members only.     http://www.wileyfuneralhome.com/

For anyone that would like to send condolences, their address is:
7316 Ravenswood Rd.
Granbury, TX 76049

Thank you,
Capt. Robert H. (Bob) Gould, Ret.
From: RICHARD STEARNS     Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 4:49 PM
To: PCN    Subject: Death of Jack VanZante - Captain retired
This will be just a short note to let the members of the 60th Bum Group know that Captain Jack VanZante passed away last night after a long battle against cancer.  He made his final flight west and will be remembered fondly by those of us who knew him as a friend.  I have no additional information about what arrangements will be made by his family.    Richard Stearns - Captain retired

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SO (NWA) Capt. Dean A. Hammond Sr.

WWII veteran, Southern Airways (NWA) Capt. Dean A. Hammond Sr.
   May 27, 1919 - August 24, 2014

Notification with the passing of WWII veteran Captain Dean Arthur Hammond Sr., age 95.  Captain Hammond’s obituary notes that he retired with Northwest but from what I could find, I believe he flew for Southern Airways and was retired before the various mergers took place with Northwest.  Always interested in flying, Captain Hammond earned his pilot’s license while still in high school. He  served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.  He married  Mary Margaret McGuire in August 1943.  Captain Hammond’s obituary notes his commercial flying career began in 1955 when he would have joined Southern Airways and was based out of Memphis.  Captain Hammond was widowed in November of 2007 with the passing of his wife Mary.  
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.memorialparkfuneralandcemetery.com/ 
 Services for Captain Hammond were held on September 2nd in Memphis.
Captain Hammond had most recently resided at 
7997 Neshoba Road  ,  Germantown, TN 38138-3027
Please let me know if you have any other additional information...updates and corrections are always appreciated.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Obituary for Dean Arthur Hammond Sr...........................
Heaven welcomes one of the few remaining members of the Great Generation. Captain Dean Arthur Hammond, Sr., 95, passed away peacefully at his home on August 24, 2014. Born May 27, 1919 in Winfield, Kansas, to Dr. Roscoe Brant Hammond and Pearl Inez Hammond, Dean was the youngest of three children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret McGuire Hammond. Their love for the Lord and for one another continues in the legacy of their family. They have three children—Deidre Curtis, Barbara Owen and Dean Hammond, Jr., 9 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Dean’s love of flying has provided him with an adventurous and accomplished life. He served his country as a volunteer pilot and charter member of Group 10 of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) from October 1942 to August 1943, in Beaumont Texas. The pilots of Group 10 successfully provided vital air coverage for the oil tankers leaving the refineries of Port Arthur and Beaumont. Their mission was to escort American oil tankers safely around the tip of Florida and into the open sea, protecting them from German U-boats and submarines. American merchant ships were being attacked by the submarines at the rate of one a day.
The CAP awarded 50 Air Medals to these brave men for their outstanding performance of duty protecting the Gulf of Mexico. Colonel Hammond of the CAP flew over 350 hours and was one of those brave men who earned the Air Medal for this significant contribution to the war. He continued to serve his country in the Army Air corps until 1945.
In civilian life, Mr. Hammond was a pilot for private corporations until 1955 when he was employed as a commercial pilot. Captain Hammond retired from Northwest Airline in 1980. In 2006, Mr. Hammond was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration for over 50 years of flying without an incident. Less than 900 of these awards have been presented by the F.A.A. Captain Hammond stopped logging his flying hours at 25,000 hours.
In his retirement years, Dean enjoyed a different aspect of flying. The ground always looks normal to a pilot when he is looking down on it. At age 92, he had outlived most of his flying buddies, so he joined the Memphis Soaring Society. He spent hours sharing his flying experiences with the younger pilots while he took lessons to learn to soar in gliders.
Dean’s first love was for his Jesus and the Word of God. He was an active member of the Young at Heart Ministry at Kirby Woods Baptist Church. A man of many facets, mentor, friend, and wonderful husband and father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be sorely missed, not only by his loving family, but by countless others whose lives he has touched.
In spite of his many accomplishments on this earth, Dean realized that only two things make it into heaven…the Word of God in your heart and the souls of men. His earthly gifts supported both. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that Memorial Contributions be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators or the Warrior Center, a ministry of Bellevue Baptist Church.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862
Enclose a note that the gift is in Memory of Dean A. Hammond, Sr. for the support of Durk Meijers, a friend of Dean’s who is serving in South Africa..
The Warrior Center
634 Semmes Street
Memphis TN 38111
You may donate online
All services for Dean A Hammond Sr. will be conducted at Memorial Park Funeral Home 5668 Poplar Avenue Memphis Tenn 38111 (901-767-8930) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM with Reverend Joe Jernigan of Bellevue Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 10:30 AM prior to the service.
Those who wish may view the Memorial Page and sign the online guest book on this site.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119, "Behind the Stone Wall."
CAPTAIN DEAN ARTHUR HAMMOND, 95, passed into the arms of Jesus Sunday, August 24, 2014. Born in Winfield, KS, he retired from Northwest Airways as a captain. Dean enjoyed a long and distinguished career in aviation. He received the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award from the Federal Aviation Administration and an honorary award with the rank of colonel for his service during WWII. He is preceded in death by Mary Margaret Hammond, his beloved wife of 64 years. He is survived by three children, Deidre Curtis, Barbara Owen and Dean Hammond, Jr., nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services for Captain Dean A. Hammond Sr. will be conducted at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 2. The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m. prior to the 11:30 a.m. service with Reverend Joe Jernigan of Bellevue Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com       Memorial Park Funeral Home (901) 767-8930
MARY MARGARET HAMMOND, "Mickey", 84, died Thursday, November 22, 2007 at her home in Germantown, Tennessee. A visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Services will be held Monday, November 26 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mickey was born November 14, 1923 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a dedicated wife and homemaker for 64 years and a long-time member of Bellevue Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano and gardening throughout her lifetime. She is survived by her husband, Dean Arthur Hammond of Germantown; three children, Deidre Hammond Curtis of Cleveland, Georgia; Barbara Jean Harris of Memphis, Tennessee; and Dean Arthur Hammond, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers and one grandson. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial Park Funeral Home     901-767-8930   www.meemorialparkonline.com   

Monday, September 22, 2014

NWA/DL pilot USMC Major Richard M. Thomas

NWA/DL pilot USMC Major Richard M. Thomas
September 30, 1957 ~ August 16, 2014
Belated notification with the passing of Marine Corps Major NWA/DL pilot Richard McMahon Thomas, age 56.  Major Thomas joined Northwest Airlines  7/6/1990.  As of October 2008 and the merger he was flying FO757 for Delta Air Lines, based MSP.  The online death notice may still be viewed at
http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2014/09/08/richard-thomas/  The obituary below notes that Major Thomas is survived by his wife Kathleen. 
To the best of my knowledge, the family’s contact would be
(808) 261-5895  ...1446 Aalapapa Drive , Kailua  HI 96734-3208
Please let me know if you have any other additional information...updates and corrections are always appreciated.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Richard Thomas: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) - Monday, September 8, 2014
Deceased Name: Richard Thomas
Aug. 16, 2014
Richard "Dick" Thomas, 56, of Kailua, a Marine Corps major and Delta Airlines pilot, died in Kailua. He was born in Massachusetts. He is survived by wife Kathleen, daughters Jacqueline and Katie, mother Helen Novack and sister Cathy. Inurnment: 9:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Donations suggested to Katherine A. Thomas Lifetime Care Trust, P.O. Box 1563, Kailua, HI 96734.
Inurnment.........Punchbowl, Hawaii
  DATE OF BIRTH: 09/30/1957  
  DATE OF DEATH: 08/16/2014  
  BURIED AT: SECTION C12TT  ROW 300  SITE 329     
  (808) 532-3720


WC/RC/RW (NWA) Capt. Leo R. Olbu

Navy veteran - Berlin Airlift
Captain Leo Raymond Olbu

July 17, 1926 - September 15, 2014

Please visit  http://www.flintofts.com/   to view/sign the online guestbook and to view the family photo gallery.  Survived by his wife Dolores ‘Dee’,  personal condolences may be sent to the family at    4535 Providence Point Pl SE Unit 305  ,  Issaquah  WA 98029-6816  ... (425) 557-8477 
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home of Issaquah WA.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Capt. Leo Raymond Olbu

Spokane, WA
Resided In: 
Issaquah, WA
September 26, 2014

Leo Raymond Olbu lived a full and active 88 years and passed quietly in his home on September 15, 2014.  He was the only child of Zola Mae Garnsey and Adolph Victor Olbu, born July 17, 1926, and he lived his entire early life in Spokane, WA.

An excellent student, Leo attended Gonzaga University where he joined Navy ROTC in 1944.  He became a Navy pilot, starting his flying career in a Stearman biplane and qualified as a carrier pilot in the F4F Wildcat.  Transitioning to patrol and supply aircraft, Leo flew for four decades for the USNR.  When the Russians blockaded Berlin, he answered the call of duty and flew essential supplies to the people of Germany during the Berlin Airlift.  One of his warmest memories was the reunion journey to Berlin in 1999 to be honored with his fellow pilots for their service during this critical time of the Cold War.  He continued his Navy career in the reserves until he retired as Commander of the Whidbey Island Transport Squadron, VR-61T1.

While stationed at Sand Point Naval Air Base in Seattle in 1951, Leo joined a group of Naval officers who escorted the Seattle Seafair Princesses during the coronation.  Princess Dee Barbour saw the tall, dark handsome naval aviator across the room, walked up, linked her arm through his and said, “I think YOU are my escort tonight!”  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage, two children and three grandsons.

While finishing his college education at the University of Washington, Leo began a weekend job as a pilot for West Coast Airlines.  This turned into a 35-year career in the airline industry.  West Coast merged to become Air West, which became Hughes Airwest, which merged to become Republic Airlines.  After logging over 32,000 hours as an airline and naval pilot, he retired at the mandatory age of 60. His airline has since become Northwest Airlines and now Delta Air Lines and  Leo commented that, “Soon I’ll have worked for as many airlines since I retired as I did when I was flying.”

Retirement was a whirlwind of activity.  He often wondered how he had ever found time to go to work.  He and Dee were busy travelling, boating, biking, skiing and enjoying adventures with the family.

More recently, Leo could be found at computer classes, water aerobics and playing “Words with Friends” with his friends and family.  He served his community on the Citizens’ Emergency Response Team.’’

Leo was passionate about his sports teams.  Through the decades he religiously followed the ups and downs of his beloved UW Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Seattle Mariners, Supersonics and Rainiers.  Always loyal during the many years of losing seasons, the year 2014 was a highlight for him when his Seahawks won the Superbowl!

First and foremost a family man, Leo loved his wife Dee, children Leilani and Leo, their spouses Mark and Laura, and grandchildren Christopher, Justin (wife Alisha) and Kiehl.  He especially enjoyed following the journeys of his grandsons into adulthood.  They will always have a special place in their hearts for their beloved Gramps who was so supportive, kind and loving.  “Anyone can be a Grandfather, but it takes a special person to be a Gramps.” He will be greatly missed.

Arrangements were entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.   

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Velora LaMunyon, wife of NWA/DL Capt. Wayne J. Anderson

Velora LaMunyon, wife of NWA/DL Capt. Wayne J. Anderson
October 26, 1938 ~ September 9, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of Velora Ellen LaMyunyon, wife of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Wayne J. Anderson.  Velora was 75 years of age at the time of her passing September 9th.  Please see information below as there will be a memorial service and celebration of Velora’s life in Spokane on October 11th.  The date for a memorial gathering this winter in Arizona is yet to be determined.  To view the online obituary please visit http://www.dailyinterlake.com/community/obituaries/velora-ellen-lamunyon/article_bff52b26-3ac4-11e4-9f2e-1f7981a2bb09.html    Arrangements have been entrusted to Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispell MT     http://www.buffalohillfh.com/ 
To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to Captain Anderson and their family at their winter address:
7771 E. Golden Eagle Circle , Gold Canyon  AZ 85118-1717
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Velora Ellen LaMunyon, 75, died Sept. 9, 2014, in her Montana home surrounded by her family.
Velora was born to Dillard and June LaMunyon in Woodward, Okla., and lived in many places throughout her life.
Velora attended high school in Great Falls and then graduated from the University of Montana. A lifelong learner, she later attained two postgraduate degrees, Master of Education and Master of Business Administration. Velora was the director of the EWU Small Business Development Center and later was the manager of the Incubation Kitchen Center. Among her most rewarding professional accomplishments was her role in paving the way for so many women to become small business owners.
Velora was an accomplished golfer, an elegant skier, a stylish dresser, a talented photographer and an enthusiastic traveler. She was a gardening perfectionist and as a photographer had a real eye for capturing the essence of the moment. Her adventuresome spirit led her to travel the world and at one time or another to live in Montana, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and Hawaii.
Velora cherished her family. She leaves behind her loving husband, Wayne Anderson, who was her best friend and soul mate; her children, Ginnette and Wynn Kearney, and their children, Nichole, Mellisa, Brandon, Rochfort and Robert of Mankato, Minn.; son, Mike and Linda Sinclair, and their children, Colby, Stephanie, Christopher, Sydney and Ryan of Seattle; daughter, Ann and Clay Damon, and their children, Austin, Laina, Maxwell and Jake of Spokane; son Sigurd and Kelly Anderson, and their children, Boden and Elsa of San Francisco; and Eric and Debra Anderson, and their children, Hayden, Lyndy and Nolan of Edina, Minn.
Velora’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Spokane at Life Center Church on Government Way. There will also be a celebration of Velora’s life at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Arizona this winter.
Memorials are requested to the Flathead Lake Biological Station (406) 982-3301 or the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation.
To send a note of condolence to the family, please visit www.buffalohillfh.com  Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
From: William & Lynn Day Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 9:01 PM

Velora Ellen LaMunyon, age 75, the wife of Delta/NWA captain Wayne Anderson, passed away on September 9th in her Flathead Lake, Montana home surrounded by her family.
Velora suffered for three years of colon cancer. Her husband has been closely at her side during the many tests, chemotherapy regimes, and surgeries. The price in suffering was considerable and yet.....“She once told some friends that many others had it much worse, and that this was just a bump in the road”
A Montana native, Velora attended high school in Great Falls, graduated from the University of Montana, and compted two postgraduate degrees, (M.Ed and MBA.) “Among her most rewarding professional accomplishments was her role in paving the way for so many women to become small business owners.”
Velora’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 11th in Spokane, Washington at the Life Center Church on Government Way. There will also be a celebration of Velora’s life at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, in Arizona, this winter. Memorials are requested to the Flathead Lake Biological Station (406-982-3301) or the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation.
Additional details at: www.waynevelora.com

Reported by William Day, NWA retired.  

DL Capt. Joseph K. Graves

Vietnam war veteran, DL Capt. Joseph K. Graves
    April 16, 1938  -  September 14, 2014
Notification with the passing of DL Captain Joseph Keogh Graves, age 76.  He joined Delta Air Lines 08-15-1969.  Captain Graves was based MIA during the earlier part of his career, and then ATL.  At the time of his retirement he was based ATL/030.   Survived by his wife Martha personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
100 Rosemont, Peachtree City  GA 30269-1453   ...  (770) 631-1185  (770) 681-0913
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1407734  The obituary notes that services were held today in Peachtree City GA.  Should we hear further news we will be sure to update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Born: April 16, 1938
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death: September 14, 2014
Occupation: Pilot
Life Legacy:  Joseph K. Graves, 76, of Peachtree City, passed away September 14, 2014. He served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force and later was a pilot for Delta Airlines.
He is survived by his wife Martha; sons Brandon and Devon Graves; sisters Barbara Glaser, Martha Moore and Betty Backfield; brother James Graves and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 o’clock at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday at Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City- www.mowellfuneralhome.com   

NEA/DL Capt. Ronald B. Appel Jr.

NEA/DL Capt. Ronald Beams Appel Jr.
November 18, 1933 ~ July 9, 2014

Belated notification ... we have just heard of the passing of NEA/DL Captain Ronald B. Appel Jr., age 80.  Captain Appel joined Northeast Airlines 11-13-1958 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based Boston.   Captain Appel’s obituary may still be viewed online at  http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/ronald-appel-jr/37004  as well as at http://www.hallfuneralhomes.com/book-of-memories/1906176/Appel-Ronald/index.php 
Survived by his wife Estelle personal condolences may be sent to the family at
24 Appel Lane , Boothbay  ME 04537-4820
Phone numbers :  (207) 633-4825  (207) 235-2821  (207) 633-2083 
Should we hear more we will be sure to update our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Ronald Appel Jr., 80, of Boothbay died peacefully at home July 9, 2014 after a long period of failing health.
Born in Staten Island, N.Y., Ron was the eldest son of Virginia Emde and Ronald Appel Sr. Growing up he attended the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. and Trinity Pawling, Pawling, N.Y.
After attending the University of Maine, Ron was selected for the Air Force Cadet program. Upon completion he returned to Maine as part of the 132nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Bangor. Ron was very proud that in 1974 his 101st Wing won first place in the “William Tell” aerial weapons competition at Tindal AFB in Florida, making the wing “Top Gun” of the Guard while also beating all the Air Force teams. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1976.
Simultaneously, while living in the north shore Boston area, he flew with Northeast Airlines (Yellowbirds) and then Delta Airlines, upon their merger. Ron flew commercially for 35 great years, logging a total of over 30,000 hours of flight time — over four years in the air!
In 1977, he and his surviving wife, Estelle, moved to Boothbay and built the home where he flew to retirement and lived out his life.
Ron excelled in many areas. He was an extremely accomplished pianist and talented in sports, especially tennis and hockey. He especially loved his ski trips to Sugarloaf. His hobbies included building museum quality models, collecting miniature electric train sets, and cultivating bonsai. But, most of all, he loved a good party with lots of food, drink, and great jazz to share with his family and friends. He was quick with a joke and a smile and loved a good story.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Estelle Townsend Appel; a daughter, Judith White of Dublin, Ga., a son, Richard and his wife Betsy of Hampton, N.H.; a brother, Jon and his wife Dawn of Yorba Linda, Calif., and their family; grandchildren, Caroline Remley, Leila, Elizabeth and Richard Appel; and great-grandson, Kievan Jones.

The family will host a celebration of life on a date to be determined.

DL Capt. Richard H. 'Dick' Williamson Jr.

We have received additional information regard services for Captain Dick Williamson.  For information/directions, McDonald & Sons Funeral Home may be contacted by email at  info@mcdonaldandson.com  or phone (770) 886-9899.   Or contact Captain Williamson’s family at  kfmallory1@gmail.com   or  tripwilliamson@hotmail.com  
Please take a moment to share your story.....send your remembrances of Captain Williamson to his daughter Kristen at kfmallory1@gmail.com 
The family thanks you and looks forward to hearing from you!
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 
From: Kristen Mallory   Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:32 AM    Subject: Dick Williamson  

Good morning everyone,

I am Dick Williamson's daughter, Kristen Mallory and would like for you to know that a celebratory church memorial is planned for my dad, Captain Dick Williamson for Friday October 17th at 1:00 pm at McDonald & Sons Funeral Home Chapel,
150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming Georgia 30040.  770-886- 9899.  The service is presided by North point Community Church.
We Williamsons are so very blessed that so many people share our love for dad and can't wait to hear their stories and celebrate his life.
Kristen Mallory


From: trip williamson   Sent: Friday, October 03, 2014 7:04 AM
Subject: Service for Dick Williamson
Good Morning Everyone,

Dick’s memorial service is scheduled for 1:30PM on Friday, October 24th, 2014, at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

When you arrive at the Georgia National Cemetery, drive to the rear of the Public Information Building and look for the lane marked “Williamson” for the procession.

Information about the Georgia National Cemetery:

1080 Scott Hudgens Drive
Canton, GA 30114

(866) 236-8159 or (770) 479-9300


Carole and family would like to thank all of you for your thoughtful emails about Dick.  We miss him every day.  I personally know Dick would be so humbled by all your kind words.  I am proud to learn more each day of the ever expanding circle of such good caring people he had along with him through his journey in life.

Trip Williamson
404-275-0474 cell

Navy veteran, DL Capt. Richard H. ‘Dick’ Williamson
December 27, 1941 ~ September 12, 2014

We now have more information as to arrangements for DL Captain Richard Howard Williamson Jr. who passed away September 12th at the age of 72.  Captain Williamson joined Delta Air Lines 09-12-1969 and I believe he was based Atlanta his entire career.  Captain Williamson was a Flight Instructor during the mid ‘80s and into the ‘90s.  He retired as a Line Chk. Pilot based 031/ATL with 32+ years of service, his retirement date noted as 01-01-2002.
The online obituary for Captain Williamson may be viewed at
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/announcements/obituaries/6111251   where it indicates that a celebration of his life is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Byars Funeral Home.... their website is  
http://www.byarsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/   and their phone contact is   (678) 455-5815. 
Survived by his wife Carole personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1595 Blenheim Place , Atlanta  GA 30350-4538   ...   (770) 393-0787
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
       Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 

Richard Howard Williamson Jr.
Dec 27, 1941 - Sep 12, 2014
Dunwoody Ga.
Richard Howard Williamson Jr. passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Dick, as most people knew him, was born Dec. 27, 1941, in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital. He spent his early childhood years in East Aurora, N.Y., with his mother and maternal grandparents while his father, a doctor aboard the USS Waller, was in the Solomon Islands during World War ll. After the war, the family moved to Huron on Lake Erie, where Dick was among the first to master slalom skiing.
In high school, Dick excelled in athletics such as wrestling, tennis and football. He went on to Ohio Wesleyan University, where he pledged Phi Kappa Psi and graduated in 1963. He was commissioned an officer in the Navy, where he earned his wings and joined VA176, an attack A-1 squadron. He flew missions over Vietnam on two deployments.
Dick was married to Carole Ann Ford on Dec. 29, 1966; they were married for 47 years.
Dick made the cover of Navy Magazine when he and his brother John flew on a training in Pensacola, Fla. After Dick finished his Navy duty, he had a brief employment as a pilot for Mac Trucks before joining Delta Airlines in 1969.
He was an active and loving father to daughter Kristen, born in 1968, and son Richard lll (Tripper), born in 1972.
Dick was a charismatic man with a lightning wit whose movie-star good looks could easily have him mistaken for Robert Redford. Whether tackling major home projects, restoring cars with his son, cooking amazing meals with his daughter or teaching his beloved granddaughter how to swim, there was very little that Dick couldn’t do. Everything he did was done with his signature style.
He loved his family, friends and pets — especially his German Shepherd, “OZ,” whom he lost five months before his own passing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Janet Addington Williamson, in 1993, and his father, Richard Howard Williamson, MD, in 2004.
In addition to his wife, son, daughter-in-law (Emily McMahan Williamson), daughter and son-in-law (Joseph Gordon Mallory), Dick had four cherished grandchildren: Bryn, Macie, Owen and Bennett. He is survived by two brothers and a sister: John Charles Williamson, MD, of Austin, Texas; Ann Lynn Williamson Meier of Sylvania, Ohio; and Thomas Bruce Williamson, MD, of Huron.
A celebration of Dick’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Dick Williamson to the German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia, P.O. Box 785, Roswell, GA 30077-0785 or via Paypal by visiting  gashepherd.org/make-a-donation.html    ( http://www.gashepherd.org/make-a-donation.html )
From: PCN Dir Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 9:07 PM
Subject:  Death of Delta Captain Dick Williamson
Subject: Delta Captain Dick Williamson  - INITIAL NOTICE, MORE TO FOLLOW.

I wish to thank Julian Black for sharing this initial notice about the sad news concerning Dick.  We will post more info when received and publish the final notice on Flight West soon. 
Our long time friend, Dick Williamson, pass away this morning (Friday Sept 12th 2014). Some of the information is in the email below.
Julian Black
From: Dave Eberle <jde310@gmail.com>
Subject: Dick Williamson
Date: September 12, 2014 at 2:14:43 PM EDT
It's with a heavy heart that I send this e-mail telling you that Dick passed away this morning.  Gaylord has been a good friend, a great aviator and a solid Thunderbolt.  He lost his struggle with a heart infection and I'm pretty sure that right now he's up there in that 176 Ready Room in the sky with the others that have gone before him getting ready for Friday Happy Hour.
Yesterday I flew to Atlanta and John Sherrill and I visited Dick at the hospice where they've been taking really good care of him.  Dick's son Tripper joined us and we got to say our final good byes to Dick - he wasn't able to speak to us but I'm pretty sure he knew we were there and heard our words of farewell. 
As soon as Carole and Trip plan arrangements for Dick, John or I will let you know. 
I'll add Trip to our 176 roster and I hope both Carole and Tripper will join us at our next reunion.  You'll really enjoy meeting Trip and he's been a steady strength for Carole during Dick's illness.  BTW, Tripper is a carbon copy of Dick - they could have been twins.

Mark Sztanyo

Friday, September 19, 2014

WC/RC/RW (NWA) Capt. Lawrence J. Schmitz

WWII Veteran

Captain Lawrence Joseph Schmitz

May 26, 1923 – September 7, 2014

Lawrence Joseph Schmitz

Larry Schmitz, was born in Big Stone City, South Dakota May 26, 1923. He was one of six children of William and Tillie Schmitz. He graduated from Osmond Community Schools in Osmond Nebraska in 1941. After returning from WWII Larry attended the University of Washington.

On January 3rd 1943 Larry married Virginia May Talbott in Seattle WA. After 63 years of marriage Virginia died on November 3rd, 2006 while the two resided at Horizon House Retirement facility in Seattle. The couple had two daughters Kathleen Ann and Stacey Lee who are deceased and a surviving son Steven.

Larry learned to fly in the Army Air Corps and served time in WWII. He used his like for flying to launch a 37-year career as an airline pilot and retired from
Republic Airlines in 1982. This career gave Larry and Virginia many domestic and international travel opportunities. (WCA, AW, HAW)

Larry enjoyed the many activities at Horizon House including several years of service in the Monday Market. As a gentle person he was a lover of people and relationships. He valued his friendships with many and had a generous heart.

Larry is at peace now, reunited with the loved ones who have preceded him. A memorial for him will be held at:
The Performance Center in Horizon House
900 University Street, Seattle
October 2, from 2:00 to 4:00.

Donations may be forwarded to the Lawrence Joseph Schmitz Scholarship c/o: Ms. Jane Brummels, Elementary Principal

Osmond Community Schools #42R,

Box 458, Osmond, NE 68765
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2014