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Saturday, December 6, 2014

NWA pilot Douglas L. McAninch

WWII veteran, NWA Flt. Eng/pilot Capt. Douglas Lewis McAninch
May 18, 1920 - December 2, 2014
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Douglas Lewis McAninch, age 94.  After serving in the military, Doug joined Northwest Airlines 08-15-1946 and retired with Northwest 06-30-1986.  Records indicate he was a Master Mechanic, Crew Chief, and Flight Engineer.  Doug was widowed in November 2011 with the passing of his wife Adelphia ‘Dell’.  He had most recently resided at
5300 Oak Grove Pkwy N. Apt. 209  ,  Minneapolis  MN 55443-4049
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gearhart Funeral Home of Coon Rapids MN.
Doug’s obituary notes:   “There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11:00 in the chapel at St Therese Oxbow Lake at 5300 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park MN. Visitation with the family will be after the service”.
Should we hear more we will be sure to update our memorial blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/  
    Thank you,
            ~ Carol for the PCN
Doug was born in Seattle and spent his early years there until the family moved to Spokane. His favorite childhood memories revolved around frequent visits to his Hightower/Daugherty grandparents' farm in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. He enlisted in WWII the day after Pearl Harbor. He was proud to have served in England in the Army Air Corp. Immediately after the war he married the former Adelphia "Dell" Feldt. They were married for 66 years until she passed away in November 2011. They had three children who were waves I, II and III of the baby-boom generation. Doug worked for Northwest Airlines as a mechanic, then a flight engineer and then a pilot. He raised his family in Seattle until 1962 when he brought them to Minnesota when Northwest moved its headquarters to Bloomington. He worked hard and provided well for his family. His talents and interests included woodworking, building, mechanics, politics, sports (go Huskies!), fishing and music. When he retired, they moved up to Round Lake near Aitkin where he was active in the Lions and in their Methodist Church.
Doug was generous. He was especially fond of the organization Boys Town. He was poor as a kid and his heart ached knowing that to this day deep need still exists for kids. When a community swimming pool was built in our neighborhood, it required a modest membership fee. Doug knew one neighboring family would not be able to afford it, so he and Dell anonymously covered the fee for them. Doug and Dell were allied in their values and they taught and modeled hard work, generosity, responsibility, open-mindedness, and a large worldview. Doug loved music – the full range – classical to the Son's of the Pioneers. He woke the kids up one night to hear a new, silly song – "Purple People Eater." He bought them their first Beatles album. Recently his daughter Susan put on a 1940s swing CD and they (and his walker) be-bopped around the living room.
In addition to their three children, Susan, Ginny and Doug (Marie), they were blessed with five grandchildren: Krisie, Heather, Beth, Rick and Annie; and 10 great grandchildren: Hanna, Lily, Alex, Logan, Jack, Sasha, Marissa, Sofia, Sasha, and Kaitlynn.
He was a smart, funny, strong, dependable, caring soul. He had a full and interesting life. He passed away suddenly after a short battle with pneumonia. It was a peaceful passing with Ginny holding his hand. He was deeply loved and will be missed by friends and family. There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11:00 in the chapel at St Therese Oxbow Lake at 5300 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park. Visitation with the family will be after the service.
In lieu of flowers, please support your local food shelf or your local nonprofit serving families.
Gearhart 763-755-6300    www.GearhartFuneralHome.com
Adelphia ‘Dell’ McAninch, wife of NWA Douglas L. McAninch
July 19, 1922 - Nov. 12, 2011

Born Adelphia Justine Feldt in Des Plaines, IL, Dell grew up poor but remembered more happy memories than sad. Her compassionate nature led her to comment that it was easier to be poor then because "everyone was poor." She had an independent childhood with her 2 sisters, biking everywhere, including the Chicago World's Fair. She met a young serviceman, Douglas McAninch of Spokane, WA, in Grant Park in 1942. They dated for a few weeks while he was in training but most of their courtship was by mail while he served in the Army Air Corps in England. When he was discharged in 1945, he hurried back to Des Plaines and married Dell. They drove to Spokane in their 1937 Ford over the Rockies in the winter snows. Doug remembers thinking, "if we make it through this trip, we will make it in our marriage." They were blessed with 3 children, Susan, Ginny and Doug (Marie); 5 grandchildren, Kristine, Heather, Beth, Rick and Annie; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hanna, Lily, Alex, Logan, Jack, Sasha, Marissa, Sofia, Sasha and Katie. Dell was a stay-at-home mom of the 1950's - home perms, Brownies and Girl Scouts, coffee klatches, bowling and bridge club, room mother and chauffeur. She was a loving daughter to her mother, opening their home to her and lovingly tending to her there and then in a nursing home. The family lived in Seattle and then moved to Bloomington, MN in 1962. Dell was always happiest when family was around. The grandchildren have many happy memories of their overnight stays with their Grandma and Grandpa. In 1985, she and Doug moved to Round Lake in Aitkin where she was active as a Lioness and in 1991 she was voted Lioness of the Year. They moved back to the Twin Cities in 2002 and settled into St. Therese of Oxbow Lake in 2005. Dell is survived by her loving husband, Douglas; and 3 generations of family who love her deeply and grieve her passing. There will be a celebration of life Friday, Nov. 18 at 11:00 AM, with visitation at 10:00 AM at Brooklyn Methodist Church, 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Allina Home Hospice, 1055 Westgate Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55114. www.gearhartfuneralhome.com

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