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Sunday, November 23, 2014

NWA Capt. John L. 'Jack' Casey

NWA Capt. John L. ‘Jack’ Casey
December 17, 1937 ~ November 21, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain John Lawrence ‘Jack’ Casey, age 76.   Captain Casey joined Northwest Airlines 09-13-1965 and retired with Northwest in 1997.  Captain Casey was widowed with the passing of his wife Andrea in March of 2012.  The Caseys had most recently resided at
3620 Archer Lane N.,  Minneapolis  MN 55446-2685  ...  (763) 553-1140 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.gearty-delmore.com/obituaries/detail?id=1512 
Services for Captain Casey will be held tomorrow November 24th in Wayzata, Minnesota.  The church website can be found at  https://www.hnoj.org/ 
For more information you may contact the church at 763-473-7901.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Obituary  .............   John "Jack" Casey
Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Andrea; parents, William and Jane; and brother, Robert.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Cathy (Paul) Decelles, Lorraine (Michael) Glennon, and Sarah Casey; grandchildren, Claire and Olivia Decelles, and Caitlin and Elizabeth Glennon.
After a brief tour in the marines perfecting his flying skills, he went on to spend his entire career with Northwest Airlines retiring after almost 30 years as a 747 captain.  He was a longtime supporter of Hammer Residences, Smile Train and his church.  He was a devoted father, grandfather and his family and friends will miss his integrity, compassion, sense of humor and unconditional love.
Interment Holy Name Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hammer.
Visitation :   Monday , November 24
Time:  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus
Funeral :   Monday , November 24
Time:  11:00 am
Location:  The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus
155 County Road 24, Medina
Casey, Andrea
Birth:  11 Jan 1940
Death:  14 Mar 2012
Casey, Andrea, Age 72 of Plymouth passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 14, 2012 after a long illness. She is survived by her loving husband, John; daughters, Cathy (Paul) Decelles, Lorraine (Michael) Glennon and Sarah Casey; grandchildren, Claire & Olivia Decelles and Caitlin & Elizabeth Glennon. Throughout her life, she was active with her church, involved with education issues and special needs causes. Most importantly, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday at the Church of Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Rd. 24 in Medina. Visitation 4-6 PM Sunday at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 15800 37th Ave. N. at Vicksburg Lane and 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Holy Name Cemetery. Gearty-Delmore 763-533-1411
From: RNPA News Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:48 AM   Subject:  Jack Casey Has Fown West.
Jack Casey passed away Thursday November 21st.  Obituary will be in Sunday's Star Tribune and services will be Monday morning.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

RC (NWA) Capt. Robert M. Westergard

WWII veteran, RC (NWA) Capt. Robert Merle Westergard
May 22, 1921 - November 19, 2014

Notification with the passing of WWII veteran retired WI/NC/RC (NWA) pilot Captain Robert M. Westergard, age 93.  Following his military service, Captain Westergard’s obituary reads: “Shortly after becoming a pilot with Mid Continent Airlines, Bob joined Wisconsin Central Airlines on April 16, 1952, which later became North Central Airlines, then Republic Airlines, then Northwest Airlines, and Delta Airlines today. Captain Westergard retired from Republic Airlines on May 21, 1981.”  Captain Westergard had most recently resided at
402 N Hill St.,  La Crescent, MN 55947-1050    (507) 895-3513 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2815685&fh_id=14573 
Captain Westergard was widowed in May 2010 with the passing of his wife Mary Irene neé Smith Westergard.  He is survived by their children and grand children.  Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o daughter Jane Diaz at 402 N Hill St.,  La Crescent, MN 55947-1050.   
Services will be held for Captain Westergard on Wednesday, Nov. 26th in La Crescent, Minnesota.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
               Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Robert Merle Westergard, 93 of La Crescent, MN passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Brookings, SD on May 22, 1921 to Peter W. and Clara M. (Borstad) Westergard. During his high school and college years in Brookings, he was an accomplished athlete – captain of his basketball team, South Dakota state champion swimmer, and won many medals in track. Bob began his career in aviation when he obtained his pilot’s license in 1940. He joined the Marines in 1942 and flew PV-1’s in the South Pacific with the First Marine Night Fighters Squadron VMF(N)531 in World War II. Bob met Mary Irene Smith while he was a student at South Dakota State University. Bob and Irene were married on August 14, 1943 in Cherry Point, NC where Bob was stationed. Following the war, he returned to civilian life, completed his education, and in 1946 he and Irene were the first married couple to graduate from SDSU. Bob became a high school teacher for one year and then deciding his future was in aviation, he returned to the Marine Corps for a three-year tour of duty. Shortly after becoming a pilot with Mid Continent Airlines, Bob joined Wisconsin Central Airlines on April 16, 1952, which later became North Central Airlines, then Republic Airlines, then Northwest Airlines, and Delta Airlines today. Captain Westergard retired from Republic Airlines on May 21, 1981. Bob and Irene raised their children in Bloomington, MN and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1977. In 2001 they moved to La Crescent, MN to be closer to family. Throughout his life Bob enjoyed bird hunting, golfing (2 handicap!), spending time with his family, and spending many hours studying and investing in the stock market. Bob is survived by his four daughters, Becky (Jack) Elder of Benicia, CA, Kathy (Greg) Schmoll of Sycamore, IL, Jane Diaz (Joe Augustino) of La Crescent, and Stacy Dawson (Scott Minegar) of La Crescent; thirteen grandchildren, Dustin (Ramona) Elder, Nathan (Kris) Elder, Tara (Mark) Shamia, Sarah Schmoll (Jeremy Liebhaber), Mary (Matt) Hall, Andy Schmoll (Colleen Edwards), Jack Schmoll, Tasha (Fred) McCormick, Corey (Danielle) Diaz, Kendra Diaz, Cody Dawson, Rylee Dawson and Kennedie Dawson; and seventeen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Richard Westergard, a sister-in-law, Kay Westergard, his sister, Bonnie Snyder, and a brother-in-law, Leon Snyder. Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Prince of Peace Church, 21 N. Hill St., La Crescent, MN with Pastor Mike Woods officiating. Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time the service. Military honors will follow the service. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Mary Irene neé Smith Westergard
November 20, 1921 ~ May 29, 2010
Mary Irene (Smith) Westergard, 88, of La Crescent passed away at her home on Saturday, May 29, 2010, after having a severe stroke. Irene was born in Forest City, S.D., on Nov. 20, 1921, to Frank V. and Margie L. (Gates) Smith.
She graduated from All Saints High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. She continued her education at Grinnell College in Iowa.
On Aug. 14, 1943, Irene married Robert M. Westergard in Raleigh, N.C. Robert was stationed in Cherry Point, N.C., where he was a Marine night fighter pilot.
Irene graduated from South Dakota State University in 1946 with a degree in economics. Irene and Bob were the first married couple to graduate from SDSU at the same time.
They raised their family in Bloomington, Minn., where Irene was an avid golfer and bridge player, a Sunday school teacher at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, a member of AAUW, and worked for Cargill for a short time. They moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1977, where Irene was an active docent at the Scottsdale Center for the arts. In 2001, they moved to La Crescent.
Irene is survived by her husband, Bob; and four daughters, Becky (Jack) Elder of Benicia, Calif., Kathy (Greg) Schmoll of Sycamore, Ill., Jane Diaz of Tampa, Fla., and Stacy Dawson of La Crescent; 13 grandchildren, Dustin (Ramona) Elder, Nathan (Kris) Elder, Tara (Mark) Shamia, Sarah Schmoll, Mary (Matt) Hall, Andy Schmoll, Jack Schmoll, Tasha (Fred) McCormick, Corey Diaz, Kendra Diaz, Cody Dawson, Rylee Dawson and Kennedie Dawson; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Norma Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Martin Smith and Bob Smith; and a sister-in-law, Arlys Smith.

She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and kitty.

NWA Capt. Paul A. Hamilton

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. Paul A. Hamilton
February 6, 1935 ~ November 15, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Paul Albert Hamilton, age 79.  Captain Hamilton joined Northwest Airlines 04-23-1959 and retired in 1995.  Services for Captain Hamilton were held this past Thursday in Bloomington, Minnesota. 
Captain Hamilton’s obituary may still be viewed online at http://www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/Paul-Hamilton-5/#!/Obituary  
He is survived by his wife Lois.  Whitepages lists the Hamilton’s Minnesota residence as  
9700 Russell Ave S.,  Bloomington  MN 55431-2438  ...  (952) 881-4480  (561) 691-6997 
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
               Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
From: RNPA News Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:04 AM
Subject:  Paul Hamilton Has Flown West.

Paul A. Hamilton

Hamilton, Paul A. age 79 of Bloomington, MN passed away on November 15, 2014. Preceded in death by daughter, Laura Bishop, parents, Arthur and Mildred and brother, John. Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Lois; son, Mark (Kris); daughter, Karen Hamilton-Pollock; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Kathleen (Kenneth) Wedul; 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Paul served in the US Navy as a Naval Aviator for 6 years. He retired from Northwest Airlines after 35 years of service as a pilot. Memorial service 11 AM Thursday, November 20 with visitation from 10-11 AM at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave S, Bloomington. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WA Capt. Trevelyn G. 'Jerry' Keeley

WA Capt. Trevelyn Gerald 'Jerry' Keeley
August 13, 1918 ~ November 14, 2014
Word has reached us with the passing of retired Western Airlines pilot Captain T. G. ‘Jerry’ Keeley, age 96.  Jerry was a member of the Delta Pioneers, the Delta Golden Wings and the Western Silver Chiefs.  Jerry joined Western Airlines 01-01-1941 and retired 06-01-1972, based LAX.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Daly Leach Chapel of Hamilton, Montana.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.dalyleachchapel.com/ 
Captain Keeley had most recently resided at 1180 Pine St., Apt. A, Hamilton MT.  He was widowed in 2002 with the passing of his wife Bobbie.  Captain Keeley is survived by his companion Katie Jenkins, and his children and many extended family members.
The Keeley family may be reached c/o son Wesley at
2525 Park Ridge Lane N , Billings, MT 59106-4702  ...  (406) 655-0506 
Services for Captain Keeley are planned for tomorrow November 21st in Hamilton, Montana.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
               Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Trevelyn Gerald “Jerry” Keeley, 96, of Billings, (formerly of Hamilton) took his “final flight west” on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Jerry was born Aug. 13, 1918, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Ernest Wesley and Myrtle Viola Shane Keeley.
His family moved to Long Beach, Calif. in 1923, where Jerry was educated. He started flying planes in 1935, at the age of 17. He drove trucks while earning his private pilot’s license in 1937. To build his flight time, Jerry performed exhibition parachute jumps and attempted to break the light plane endurance record by staying in the air for eight days. Soon after, he earned his commercial pilot’s license and started flying for Western Airlines in 1941. Jerry married Barbara “Bobbie” Doyle July 13, 1947 in North Hollywood, California. The couple retired to Hamilton, in 1972, spending time in Montana, California, and Hawaii. Jerry’s stewardess and sweet bride passed away in December 2002. Mending his broken heart and putting a spring back in his golf game, Jerry later met Katie Jenkins.
Jerry was a member of Delta Pioneers, Delta Golden Wings and the Western Airlines Silver Chiefs. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Parish, The Elks Lodge, and the Hamilton Golf Club and never missed a Saturday night dinner at BJs or a Wednesday at the Elks while living in Hamilton. Jerry enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, fishing and golfing.
Jerry never went anywhere without gold dollar coins, which he would give out generously to children both family and strangers alike, a tradition carried on from his mother. He lived the example of putting family first and encouraged his children to do the same. He had a heart of gold and a “thumbs up” for everything he liked.
Surviving include his sister, Virginia Houchin; children, Shirley and husband, Dick Payette, of Baxter, Minn.; Nancy Keeley and husband Jonathan Williams, of Ashland, Ore.; Wesley and wife, Mary Keeley, of Billings; Mary and husband, Dan Driscoll, of Sumner, Wash.; his sweetie, Katie Jenkins; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kathleen; brothers Jack and Bernard; and wife, Bobbie, in 2002.
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Jim Connor officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
The family suggests memorials be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, Billings, MT or a charity of your choice.
Have a tedious flight – We Love You!
Barbara F. ‘Bobbie neé Doyle Keeley
    Name: Barbara F. Keeley
    State of Issue: Missouri
    Date of Birth: Sunday  April  14, 1918
    Date of Death: Monday  December  16, 2002
    Age at Death: 84 years, 8 months, 2 days
From: Dick Deeds Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:40 AM
Subject:  Trevelyn Gerald 'Jerry' Keeley

Jery was one of the original "good guys".
Dick could you please pass this on.
With a heavy heart I am writing to let you know that my Dad Jerry Keeley took his final flight West.
He woke up Friday morning and was excited that they where serving sausage and eggs for Breakfast. While getting ready in the bathroom he fell and broke his hip. The trauma to his 96 year old body was to much and he passed away about 12 hours later at 2030 mst. I was fortunate that I wasn't on a trip and my sister and I where there with him as he slipped the surly bonds of earth. So now he is with my Mom resting comfortably in Heaven.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NWA Capt. Harlan G. Knauf

NWA Capt. Harlan G. Knauf
March 7, 1923 ~ November 15, 2014
Notification with the passing of NWA pilot Captain Harlan George Knauf, age 91.  Captain Knauf also was a master mechanic, crew chief, and flight engineer with Northwest.  Records indicate his hire date with Northwest Airlines as 11-07-1949 and retirement date as 06-30-1986.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.gillbrothers.com/obituaries/harlan-george-knauf  Services for Captain Knauf are planned for tomorrow November 20th at 11 AM, Bloomington Covenant Church in Bloomington MN, with visitation one hour prior to services. 
Captain Knauf is survived by his wife Dolores.  The Knauf’s residence is listed as 
 1220 Glenwood Drive , Mount Pleasant  MI 48858-4328  ...  (989) 775-8014 
Gill Brothers Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
               Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
“I slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.”
KNAUF, HARLAN GEORGE; was born March 7, 1923 in Alexandria, MN; and entered into heaven November 15, 2014 in Mt. Pleasant MI. He was a pilot in the Navy during WWII and continued his career with Northwest Airlines as a pilot. His last plane was the 747 and his favorite flight of destination was Hawaii. Harlan had a strong faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was an Elder at Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. Harlan is survived by his wife, Dolores; son, Keith; and daughters, Joy and Kim.
.Published in Heritage Newspapers on Nov. 19, 2014
Harlan George Knauf was born March 7, 1923 in Alexandria, MN and entered into heaven November 15, 2014 in Mt. Pleasant MI. He graduated from Brown Institute and attended St. Olaf. He was a pilot in the Navy during WWII. After the war he worked for Northwest Airlines as a Mechanic, Flight Engineer and retired as a Pilot. His last plane was the 747 and his favorite flight of destination was Hawaii. Harlan had a strong faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was an Elder at Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. Harlan is survived by his wife, Dolores, of 65 years, son, Keith (Ida) Knauf grandchildren LaWonna and Matthew, Vacaville, CA; daughter Joyanne (Rudy) Hamilton and grandchildren Tina, Martin and Sonta, Shageluk, AK; and daughter Kimberly (Jeffrey) Voigt and grandchildren Brigham, Landon and Mackenzie, Mt. Pleasant, MI. and six great grandchildren; Ethen, Adam, Ava, Emily, Sydney and Ryder. He is preceded in death by his loving parents George and Meta Knauf of Pengilly, MN.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 20, at 11 AM, at Bloomington Covenant Church, 10150 Xerxes Ave. S., Bloomington. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at the church. Interment at Dawn Valley Memorial Park.

www.GILLBROTHERS.com      Bloomington 952-888-7771

DL pilot Michael C. Lydon

USAF veteran, DL pilot Michael C. Lydon
September 4, 1963 ~ November 7, 2014

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Michael C. Lydon, age 51, his death due to a climbing accident in Bell Canyon, Utah. 
Following a 20-year military career, Michael joined Delta Air Lines 02-04-2000.  I wasn’t able to determine his current status with Delta. Michael is survived by his wife Jill and their children Sean and Caileigh. 
His obituary notes that services were held last Friday, November 14th in Park City.  
The last known address that I was able to locate shows the Lydon’s residence at  
6 Payday Drive , Park City  UT 84060-6701.
If anyone has more information, please advise and we will update our memorial site at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Michael Lydon, age 51, of Park City, Utah, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, in a climbing accident in Bell Canyon, Utah. Adventure was in Mike's soul. He took every opportunity to climb, hike, backcountry ski, and travel around the world for work or with his family.
Mike was born in Massachusetts, and grew up in Spokane, Washington. He went to college in Seattle at the University of Washington where he studied aerospace engineering, and then went on to get his Masters at CU Boulder. He had a 20-year career in the military, including teaching at the Air Force Academy, working at the Pentagon, and flying a C-130 around the world. He also flew commercially with Delta Airlines.
But what meant the most to Mike was his family and close friends and spending time together. His community was widespread, and he took every opportunity to stay connected. He was a deeply engaged husband and father. He shared his love of the outdoors with his wife and kids, and regularly set aside time for travel and individual adventures with each member of his family.
He pushed everyone he knew to be their best and to use their minds to think critically. His daughter, Caleigh, published a piece about their family's dinnertime conversations, writing how Mike encouraged everyone to share their opinions with thoughtful reasoning and a sense of humor while "passing the salt."
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jill, his two children Sean (age 13) and Caileigh (age 15), parents Francis and Mary, sisters Cheryl, Lisa, and Patricia, and many friends and extended family in all corners of the world. He will be greatly missed but remembered by all whenever in the mountains. As one climbing buddy said, "I will listen for Mike's quiet demeanor on the other side of that ridgeline this winter."
Services are planned for Friday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Park City Community Church, 4501 N. Highway 224, Park City, Utah 84098, with a celebration of Mike's life to follow. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a college fund for Caleigh and Sean. Please send donations to Mountain America Credit Union at 1672 W. Newpark Blvd. Park City, Utah 84098, c/o the Lydon College Fund Trust #9959328. The family is collecting pictures and stories of Mike's adventures with his friends. If you have a photo you would like to contribute, please bring a copy with a brief description of your adventure with Mike written on the back to the memorial service or send an electronic version to Cheryl Lydon at scigal_sea@yahoo.com
  .Published in The Park Record from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, 2014
Related news articles: 
 http://fox13now.com/2014/11/07/2-people-stranded-in-bell-canyon-1-believed-to-have-serious-injuries/     ....Police have identified a man who fell to his death in Bell Canyon Friday evening.  Police received a call from stranded hikers just before 5 p.m., and the men were in a portion of Bell Canyon with steep cliffs.  A hiker reported he and a friend had been rappelling when 50-year-old Michael Lydon of Park City fell and suffered a head injury. The hiker who called police was stranded on a rock face and he reported that his friend had been injured.  Crews searched for several hours and were able to locate the men, at which time it was determined that Lydon was deceased. Crews helped the other hiker to safety and recovered Lydon’s body......................
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615071/Park-City-man-dies-from-fall-in-Bells-Canyon.html?pg=all  ............................Lydon was one of two men climbing or rappelling on a remote rock face known as Bells Beast. Unified Police said the area is meant for experienced climbers.  It is believed that Lydon fell a "considerable distance," according to police, and his climbing partner, 33-year-old Chris Wood, of Midvale, was left hanging by ropes on the rock wall for several hours. Wood called for help at around 3:30 p.m. Friday and rescuers reached the duo at about 7 p.m., according to police............................
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/accident-in-bells-canyon/109684465     .....................He was leading easy terrain at the very top of the climb. He had not placed any protection after leaving the belay. It is unclear why he fell. He took a long factor two fall onto the belay. His climbing partner performed a very well executed self rescue in an attempt to render aid. Myself and another rescuer will be writing up a long accident report after we interview parties involved and examine the gear recovered.....................

http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2647342;page=unread  ..................An old friend and climbing partner passed away Friday after he fell while leading the finishing pitch on Bells Beast in Bells Canyon, Utah. He was leading on easy terrain and fell................    http://www.deseretnews.com/...in-Bells-Canyon.html

DL Capt. Robert Alan Austin

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Robert Alan ‘Bob’ Austin
September 22, 1949 ~ November 14, 2014

Notification with the passing of retired DFW based Delta pilot Captain Robert Alan Austin, age 65.  Captain Austin joined Delta Air Lines 08-28-1978 and I believe he retired just a couple of months ago.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.daltonandson.com/obituaries/Robert-Austin-6/#!/Obituary  Survived by his wife Sue, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
 4201 Crown Knoll Circle , Flower Mound  TX 75028-8501  ...  
 (972) 724-1909  (940) 728-0150 
Memorial services for Captain Austin are planned for this Friday, November 21st at 2:00 pm,
Denton Bible Church located at 2300 E. University Drive, Denton  TX 76209.
Corrections and/or additional information is always appreciated.  Should we hear more we will update our memorial site at  http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Obituary for Robert Alan Austin...............
Robert Alan Austin, age 65, went to be with The Lord, on Friday, November 14, 2014. Known as “Bob” to those who knew and loved him, Mr. Austin was a resident of Bridlewood in Flower Mound and previously of Bedford, Texas.
Born September 22, 1949, in Washington, D.C. to William Charles Austin and Marilyn Quigley Austin, Bob is a 1967 graduate of Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia and attended Clemson University where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Engineering. Upon graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. where he earned his pilot’s license and flew C130 planes until 1978 when he was hired by Delta Airlines. Bob loved flying and continued to pilot several different aircrafts until he retired 36 years later as a Boeing 777 Captain.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sue Austin and their two daughters, Maili Ramirez (husband Mauricio) of Lantana and Kristi Brockett (husband Trenton) of Flower Mound. He is also survived by his mother Marilyn Austin, his brother, Steve Austin (wife Shirley) both of Charlottesville, Virginia and nephews John (wife Erin) and Jason Austin. Bob also leaves behind many who loved him from his wife’s family in Taiwan. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Lt. Colonel William “Bill” Austin.
Bob was blessed with 5 grandchildren who were a very important part of his life. Known affectionately to them as “Pa”, Bob leaves behind a legacy of love to Rachel Elizabeth, Ella Caroline, Jacob Robert, Kendall Noelle and Leah Claire. Bob was a member of Denton Bible Church and loved The Lord with all his heart (Proverbs 3:5) and his faith in Jesus Christ was the driving force behind his strength and character. A memorial service celebrating the life of Bob will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at Denton Bible Church. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Denton Bible Church in Bob’s name.
From: BCMallam .    Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 7:39 AM

I don't know if you have received this notice yet but Bob Austin DFW died Friday the 14th of Nov. This is all the info I have.
BC Mallam    bcmallam@gmail.com

WA/DL Capt. David M. Coombs

USAF veteran, WA/DL Capt. David Marvin Coombs
March 29, 1937 ~ November 14, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of USAF veteran retired WA/DL pilot Captain David M. Coombs, age 77.  Captain Coombs joined Western Airlines 10-07-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in June 1996 as Ln. Ck. Airman based 030/SLC.  Funeral services for Captain Coombs will be held this Friday, November 21st at 1100 , West Mtn. 3rd Ward in Payson UT.  Prior to services, viewing will begin at 0900.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook please visit the funeral home 
Captain Coombs is survived by his wife Sigrun Jankowsky Coombs.  Whitepages lists their Utah address as  
9242 S 4350 W  ,  Payson  UT 84651-9725
Walker Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

Captain David Marvin Coombs died on November 14, 2014 at his home in Payson, Utah as a result of brain cancer.
He was born March 29, 1937 in Alamosa, Colorado. His parents Marvin Stevens Coombs, Malinda Thomas Coombs, and Vernal David Coombs were blessed to raise an industrious and ambitious young man. David’s father Marvin died when David was just 7 years old.
David graduated from Sanford High School in 1955, where he played football and basketball. He then worked on the railroad and attended Colorado State University. He served for 2 years in the Gulf States Mission from 1958-1960. Upon his return to Colorado, he attended Adams State College during the summer. During that time he met his sweetheart, Sigrun Jankowsky, who had immigrated from Austria. They were married on September 1, 1960 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and were married for 54 years.
David graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management in 1963, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force upon graduation.  He served in the Air Force as a pilot for 6 years, traveling extensively throughout the world.  He served in the Vietnam War for 1 year, where he was awarded many air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
Following the Air Force, David’s career as a commercial airline pilot took him to Western Airlines, and later Delta Airlines. He flew for 28 years, retiring in 1995 as a Captain.
During their time in the Air Force they lived in Fort Walton Beach Florida, Del Rio Texas, Oklahoma, Tacoma Washington, Sanford Colorado, and San Antonio Texas. His career took them to Torrance California for 2 years until settling in Camarillo California to raise the family. They moved to Utah in 1982 and have spent the last 5 winters in Arizona.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held numerous leadership positions including High Councilman, counselor in several bishoprics, and Bishop in the West Mountain 3rd Ward, from 2000-2005. He and Sigrun served a full-time mission at the Provo Missionary Training Center from September 1997-November 1998.
He was an advocate of the Scouting program. He served as Cub master, Scoutmaster and earned the Silver Beaver Award, one of Scouting’s highest honors.
He spent time with his family traveling, camping, and doing projects.  He also enjoyed his hobbies. Their large family of animals included dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, and turtles. David always enjoyed the upkeep and hard work of a farm. He loved working outdoors, driving motor vehicles especially tractors, flying, and reading good thrilling stories.
David and Sigrun enjoyed trips/cruises to Alaska, and a cruise to the Panama Canal. He was always a fan of travel and seeing and experiencing new cultures.
David is survived by his wife Sigrun, four children Steven David Coombs, John Mitchell Coombs, Lisa Coombs Hancock, Gina Coombs and M. Scott Taylor, his grandchildren, and siblings Kathleen and Warren Reed, Curtis and Betty Coombs, Shelly and Larry Mortensen, and Robert and Vonnie Coombs. David was preceded in death by his parents Malinda, Marvin and Vernal and his brother Richard.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21st. A viewing will take place from 9:00 a.m. till 10:30 a.m., with the funeral at 11:00 a.m. at the West Mtn. 3rd Ward, 902 W 400 N, Payson, Utah.
Memorial donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionary fund.
Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery.
Thank you all who came to visit and helped with David’s care for the last 8 months.
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From: Buford Ness  Date: 11/18/2014 6:19:04 PM   Subject: David M. Coombs
Passing of David M. Coombs - Retired 1995.

Blessings to you,

Buff Ness
UPT Classmate of David and Retired Delta 1997

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kevin Boyd Nickell, son of DL Capt/Mrs Boyd 'Nick' Nickell

From: BTNICK1@aol.com  Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:50 PM
To:  PCN

A Memorial Service will be held for Kevin Boyd Nickell (son of retired Capt Boyd Nickell and Pat Nickell) on Dec 6 at 2:00pm at Powers Ferry United Methodist Marietta, Ga.  Your thoughts and prayers have been a great source of comfort to us.

Kevin Boyd Nickell, son of DL Capt. & Mrs. Boyd T. ‘Nick’ Nickell
September 24, 1970 ~ November 13, 2014
News has reached us with the unexpected passing of Kevin Boyd Nickell, 44 year old son of retired Delta pilot Captain and Mrs. Boyd T. Nickell.  Services for Kevin are yet to be determined and will be advised when known.  For those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, the Nickell’s  mailing address is
3216 Brookview Road SE ,  Marietta  GA 30067-5430  ...  (770) 952-4856 

Thank you to Captain Bob Wallace for advising our group of this sad news.  Should you have questions or concerns, you may contact Captain Wallace by email at 
bobwallace@mindspring.com   or  (770) 971-4980.
Should we receive more information as to arrangements we will be sure to pass it along.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/

From: Homestead Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:07 AM

A visitor to your Web site has filled out the form located at:

A Deceased full name    1 Kevin Nickell
B Date of Birth    
C Date of Death     11/13/2014
D Relationship     Pilot family member
E Active Retired     Retired
F Domicile     Atl
G Age at death    
H Cause of death     Unknown
I Living Spouse    
J Address     3216 Brookview Rd
K City     Marietta
L State     GA
M Zip     30067
N Airline    DAL
O Guestbook URL    
P Comments Obit     Kevin Nickell, son of Delta Retired Captain and Mrs. Boyd T. (Nick) Nickell passed away unexpectedly on 11/13/14. A memorial service is planned at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Capt and Mrs. Nickell at 3216 Brookview Rd, Marietta, GA 30067.
Q Contact Name     Capt. Bob Wallace
R Contact Email     bobwallace@mindspring.com
S Contact Phone     770-971-4980

Monday, November 17, 2014

DL Captain LCDR (Ret) Hartwell H. Hubble

DL Captain LCDR (Ret) Hartwell H. Hubble
November 29, 1952 ~ November 8, 2014

Belated notification with the passing of DL Captain LCDR (Ret) Hartwell H. Hubble, age 61.  Captain Hubble joined Delta Air Lines 11-14-1988.  His obituary notes that he was with Delta for 18 years.  Services for Captain Hubble were held November 15th in Alabama.
Sorrells Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. To sign the guest register you may visit their website at www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com
Captain Hubble is survived by his wife Gail Fairchild Hubble.  Whitepages lists their home address as   
115 Saint Andrews Place ,  Enterprise  AL 36330-2385.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Hubble, Hartwell H.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Enterprise Ledger, The (AL) - Thursday, November 13, 2014

LCDR (Ret) Hartwell H. Hubble, 61, of Enterprise, Alabama took his final flight to his eternal resting place Saturday, November 8, 2014. He was 61. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in the Chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Enterprise with Reverend Jim Duhaime officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5:00 until 7:00. Hartwell was born in Albany, GA on November 29, 1952 to the late Hartwell H. and Raynell Hubble. Upon graduation from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, Hartwell was accepted to Warrant Officer Flight School at Fort Wolters, TX. Following primary, he completed his training at Fort Rucker, AL, receiving his wings April 16, 1973. Hartwell then married the love of his life, Gail Fairchild Hubble. With his wife by his side, he continued his military service, completing 6 1/2 years in the US Army before transitioning directly to the US Navy. He was commissioned in the US Navy at Pensacola, Florida and went on to receive his Wings of Gold in Kingsville, TX. He served as an S-3 Anti-Submarine Warfare Aviator off USS Lexington, USS Forrestal, and USS Saratoga, retiring with 20 years active duty service in 1990. After serving in the military, Hartwell was employed by Delta Airlines for 18 years, retiring as a Captain. He was owner and operator of Ordnance Depot in Daleville, AL. He was an avid reader, and his various hobbies included firearms, motorcycles, and sports cars. Hartwell was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed. Preceding him in death were his parents, Hartwell H. Hubble, Sr. and Frances Raynell Hubble. Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Gail Fairchild Hubble of Enterprise, AL; his brother, William (Bill) Hubble of Albany, GA; his sister, Elizabeth (Babe) Faircloth of Albany, GA; parents-in-law, Hazel L. and Francis M. Fairchild, Sr. of Daleville, AL; brothers and sisters-in-law: Francis M. Fairchild, Jr. (Charlotte) of Daleville, AL, Terry L. Fairchild (Laura) of Gonzales, LA, and Annette Thorpe (Rick) of Tuttle, OK; many nieces and nephews. Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory 334-347-9598 is in charge of arrangements. To sign a guest register visit www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com   Sign the guest book at www.eprisenow.com

NWA/DL pilot Wells W. Whitney Jr.

USAF veteran, NWA/DL pilot Wells W. ‘Skip’ Whitney Jr.
May 8, 1955 ~ April 25, 2014

Belated notice with the passing of NWA/DL pilot Wells W. Whitney Jr., age 58.  USAF Captain Whitney joined Northwest Airlines 03-30-1984.  His obituary notes that his passing had come after an extended illness.
He is survived by his wife Toni Kaminski Whitney.  The family address is listed online in Whitepages as  
10257 NE 62nd St.,  Kirkland  WA 98033-6929  ...  (425) 828-6436 
Should we hear more we will be sure to pass it along.
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Wells W. (Skip) Whitney, Jr. died on April 25, 2014, age 58, after a long illness, in the loving arms of his wife, Toni, and surrounded by family and dear friends. Skip grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a member of the ski racing team and an accomplished drummer in a band. He joined the Air Force Reserves and completed jet training at Vance Air Force base in Enid, Oklahoma, becoming a Captain. He went on to become a C141 Aircraft Commander in the United States Air Force 732d Military Airlift Squadron out of McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey spanning 10 years. He flew NATO missions during peacetime and served in Operation Desert Storm, receiving a Commendation Medal for his recognition as a superior officer and earning an Air Medal Award for Meritorious Achievement in Aerial Flight under extremely hazardous conditions. Skip became a pilot for Northwest Airlines and had a distinguished career where every day was a joy to fly. His adventurous spirit, love of life, genuine heart, and sweet soul earned him trusted friends and the love of his life, Toni. He was an accomplished skier, musician, woodworker, scuba diver and loved to cook, flyfish and go sailing with longtime friends. Skip and his wife traveled the world together and were completely devoted to each other. He gave freely of his time to help others in any way he could. He and his wife became active with Dahn Yoga which brought him such peace in these last years. The family would like to thank all of the generous, wonderful people at the Dahn Yoga centers in Seattle and Kirkland, where he attended, for their amazing support and caring. The family would also like to thank Dr. Ben Chue and the exceptional staff at Lifespring Cancer Treatment Center in Seattle for giving Skip the best care possible and extending his life well beyond what others could provide. Skip is survived by his wife, Toni, her sisters, Patricia Kaminski and Linda Kaminski; his mother, Thelma Whitney, and father, Wells Whitney and his wife Gloria; brothers Christopher Whitney and wife Andrea, David Whitney, Scott Whitney and wife Kristyn; sisters Julie Whitney, Jennifer Abrahamson and husband Peter, Mary Elizabeth Whitney; 11 nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held in Seattle and Rhode Island.
  .Published in The Republican from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NWA Capt. Thomas Colby Christian

Vietnam war veteran, NWA Capt. Thomas Colby Christian
April 11, 1940 ~ November 5, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Tom Christian, age 74.  Captain Christian joined Northwest Airlines 06-03-1968 and retired with Northwest in April 2000.  Captain Christian’s obituary notes that there will be a celebration of his life on November 22nd in Seattle WA. 
Survived by his wife Susan personal condolences may be sent to the family at
4527  102nd Lane NE  ,  Kirkland  WA 98033-7645  ...  (425) 242-0261  (425) 298-4080 
Thank you,
        ~ Carol for the PCN
                Memorial blogspot   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/ 

Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:10 PM        Subject: Passing of retired NWA pilot Tom Christian
Thomas Colby Christian, age 74, retired NWA captain and RNPA member; died peacefully at home on November 5, 2014.
Tom was born on April 11, 1940 to Blaine and Gladys Christian and was raised in Portland, Oregon. His childhood was full of the NW outdoors, where he achieved Eagle Scout and graduated from Wilson High School.  He went on to Oregon State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and met his beloved wife Susan Odmark. Tom graduated in 1964 in Forestry.

Tom and Susan began their marriage in Pensacola Florida, where he joined the Navy flight program. After training, he served two tours in Vietnam, while based on Whidbey Island.

In 1968, Tom and Susan moved to Minnesota, where he began a 32 year career with Northwest Airlines. They welcomed their son Matthew, soon followed by their daughter Dana.

While raising his family in Bellevue, Tom enjoyed working on projects at home and in the yard.  He played golf, read for hours and walked in nature with his dog. Tom had the unique ability to strike up a friendship or conversation with ease.  The last fourteen years were enjoyed with family and friends at the cottage on Whidbey Island.

Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan, son Matt (Marci), daughter Dana (Jay) and four wonderful grandchildren, Christian, Carly, Ava and Amanda, and brother, Blayne.

Tom led life with passion and his legacy lives on in all those he touched. 

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for all the medical care and friendship offered to Tom during his nine year fight with Multiple Myeloma.

A celebration of his life will be held on November 22, 2014 at 2pm at Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle.
Donations may be sent in Tom's memory to:  
www.mmore.org  (Multiple Myeloma Research) or