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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NWA Capt. Richard D. Haddon

....correction with my sincere apologies.....
some miscommunication here on our end ....
memorial services for Captain Haddon are to be private...family only please!
            Thank you very much!

                ~ Carol for the PCN
NWA Capt. Richard 'Dick' D. Haddon
January 6, 1934 ~ February 21, 2015
Word from family has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Richard D. Haddon.  Born in California to parents George and Edna Haddon, Richard Dixon Haddon was 81 years of age at the time of his passing last Saturday the 21st.  Captain Haddon joined Northwest Airlines 04-04-1959 and I believe he retired in August of 1983.  Dick and Marjorie were to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this May. 
Survived by his wife Marjorie personal condolences may be sent to the family at  PO Box 496 , Manchester  WA 98353-0496  ...  (360) 871-9712 
Arrangements entrusted to Haven of Rest Funeral Home of Gig Harbor WA.  http://www.havenrest.com/  (253) 851-9991
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:01 AM
Subject: NWA pilot Dick Haddon has flown West.

..............just got this notice a few minutes ago, confirmed it...................

Retired Delta/NWA pilot Richard D. Haddon passed away February 21, 2015 after a very short battle with a brain tumor. Dick was an active RNPA member.

There will be a service at 2:30 pm, March 15, at The Haven of Rest Funeral Home.....8503-Wa.16..Gig Harbor, WA. 98332.  Phone 253-851-9991. A  reception will follow at 4:00 at The Inn at Gig Harbor...3211-56th St.N.W. Gig Harbor, Wa. 98335. Phone 253-858-1111

There will be an open mike as many of you will have stories about Dick to share.

He is survived by his dear wife Marge; son Brad of Ellensburg,WA; daughter Laurie and her husband and two  grandsons.

Requesting thoughts and prayers for the family,

William ‘Bill’ Day
Obituary Editor Contrails
Ferndale, Washington

Monday, February 23, 2015

WA/DL Capt. H. Warner Stokes

WA/DL Capt.  H. Warner Stokes
July 15, 1931 ~ November 6, 2014
Belated notification with the passing of WA/DL retired pilot Captain Howard Warner Stokes, age 83.  Captain Stokes joined Western Airlines 05-20-1959 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1991, based LAX.  
Captain Stokes had most recently resided at 
25698 Elena Road , Los Altos Hills  CA  94022.   An alternate contact perhaps would be Sharon at 676 Camellia Way,
Los Altos, CA 94024-3116  ..  (650) 209-5953  ..  (
650) 964-7736
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:01
Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff

Howard Warner Stokes, 83, of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2014 after a long illness. He was born July 15, 1931 in Santa Monica, California, the only child of Howard Benjamin Johnstone Stokes and Josephine Warner Stokes. The family lived in West Los Angeles where Warner attended University High School, Santa Monica College and UCLA. After college he joined the Navy, receiving his wings as a U.S. Naval Aviator May 8, 1956. He served on the USS Kearsarge, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, in 1957. In 1959, after the service, Warner joined Western Airlines, which later became Delta Airlines. He was promoted to captain in 1968 and retired in 1991.
Warner met Sharon Lee Christopher, and they married in June 1959. The couple lived in Los Angeles, and had three children — two daughters and a son. The family moved to Los Altos Hills in 1969. They became members of the Los Altos Country Club, where Warner was an avid tennis player for many years.
He is survived by his ex-wife Sharon Stokes of Los Altos; daughter Shelly Stokes Mogensen and husband Craig Mogensen of Denver, Colo.; daughter Kristy Corah of Granite Bay, Calif; and son Jeffrey Lee Stokes and wife Dianne Stokes of Saratoga, Calif. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Troy and Jodie Mogensen; Tyler, Ryan, and Morgan Corah; and Travis, Kylie, and Payton Stokes.
A private family memorial was held Nov. 7. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any Armed Services organization.

Dorothy Bundy Cheney, widow of WA Capt. Arthur Cheney

interesting article...Dorothy 'Dodo' Cheny, widow of WAL pilot Capt. Arthur C. Cheney who died in 1982
Dorothy Bundy Cheney, widow of WAL Capt Art Cheney

September 1, 1916 ~ November 23, 2014

Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney: Tennis player who reached world No 6, carried on into her nineties and won a record 391 US national titles.....
Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney knew that she would never scale the same heights as her mother, who was the first American woman to win Wimbledon, but she made her mark on tennis in other ways.
Cheney, who has died at the age of 98 after a brief illness, won a total of 391 national titles in the US, nearly three times as many as the second player on the all-time list.
Cheney was a fine player at her peak and reached No 6 in the world rankings, but it was in her latter years that she earned her greatest fame. She entered tournaments on all surfaces, indoors and outdoors, at junior, amateur, professional and senior levels. The last title she won was in the 90-and-over doubles at the national senior women’s hard-court championships only two years ago. It was a wonder that she found time for anything else, but she raised three children, loved fishing and was a keen gardener and sharp poker player.
Cheney, who was called Dodo after a younger brother struggled with her first name, was born into what became known as the “First Family of American tennis”. Her mother, May Sutton, won the US Championships in 1904 and Wimbledon in 1905 and 1907 before marrying Thomas Bundy, who was runner-up at the US Championships in 1910 and won the national doubles title in 1914 and 1915. Three of Cheney’s sisters were also good players.
Having taken up the sport at the age of eight, Cheney won her first trophy, at the Southern California Junior Championships, when she was 11. She played in the Wightman Cup at 20 and in 1938 became the first American woman to win what is now the Australian Open. She won her first US title, the indoor doubles, with Pauline Betz in 1941 and three years later claimed her first national singles title at the clay-court championships.
In 1946 she married Art Cheney, who was a pilot for Western Airlines. They had three children, but there was no way that family life was going to get in the way of her tennis. Art set her up with a lifetime pass on Western Airlines and for the next 50 years she travelled to tournaments all over the country.
She could doubtless have won even more titles if she had entered more tournaments for her own age group. In search of better competition, however, she often preferred to play against younger opponents. In her most productive year, 1981, she won a remarkable 13 national titles. Cheney was only 5ft 1in but had a strong forehand and a fine touch. Quick and athletic, she had a reputation for chasing shots down and sneaking into the net, where she would finish off points with clever angles and drop shots. Her only fitness problems were calluses caused by lengthy gardening sessions and arthritis in her fingers, which she treated with home-made remedies.
However, it was her competitive streak that was perhaps Cheney’s greatest quality. “I tell you, she’s the competitor from hell,” her regular doubles partner, Corky Murdoch, told the Los Angeles Times. “No matter how far behind she gets, she’ll always come back because she doesn’t know when to give up.”
Cheney was always meticulous in her appearance. She made her own tennis clothes, which were adorned with lace, and wore a pearl necklace in matches. “The girls today don’t look like girls when they’re on court, they look like men,” she once told Sports Illustrated. “The players look too tough. For me, there’s never too much perfume or lace.”
In 2004 Cheney was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport, Rhode Island. She was introduced at the enshrinement ceremony by John McEnroe, who later had a hit with her on the Hall of Fame’s grass courts. She was 87 at the time.
Dorothy Bundy, tennis player: born Santa Monica 1 September 1916; married 1946 Arthur Cheney (three children); died Escondido, California 23 November 2014


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Margaret Kelly, widow of DL Capt. George B. 'Jack' Kelly

.....belated notice.....
Margaret 'Maggie' Davis Kelly, widow of DL Capt. George B. 'Jack' Kelly
June 13, 1922 - July 3, 2014
Belated notice with the passing of Clipped Wings and Delta Golden Wings member Margaret Davis Kelly, widow of DL Captain George 'Jack' Kelly.  Margaret had most recently resided in Marietta GA.  Predeceased by her husband George B. Kelly (1921-1989), Captain Kelly was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran.  He joined Delta Air Lines 11-21-1947 and retired in 1981, based Atlanta.
                Margaret's obituary is still available online at 
Thank you,
                    ~Carol for the PCN
Margaret Davis Kelly, age 92, of Marietta passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Funeral Services will be held 2 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Family Lounge at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
 Mrs. Kelly was born in Aurora, IL and lived in Tyrone, GA before moving to Marietta 20 years ago. She was a member of Delta Golden Wings as well as Delta Clipped Wings. She was a homemaker and preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kelly in 1989.
 Survivors include children: Jim and wife, Pam Kelly of Dallas, Anne Kelly of Marietta and Sally and husband, Alan Rogers of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Heath Kelly, Brian and Alexandria Rogers, Kelly and Josh Davis.
 Donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Margaret Kelly’s name. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home. Online guestbook @ www.westcobbfuneralhome.com 
Margaret Davis Kelly: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - Sunday, July 6, 2014
MARGARET DAVIS KELLY Margaret Davis Kelly, 92, of Marietta passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Funeral Services will be held 2 pm on Tuesday, July 8 at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Family Lounge at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kelly in 1989. Survivors include children: Jim and wife, Pam Kelly of Dallas, Anne Kelly of Marietta and Sally and husband, Alan Rogers of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Heath Kelly, Brian and Alexandria Rogers, Kelly and Josh Davis. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 until 8 pm at the funeral home.
Online guestbook @ www.westcobbfuneralhome.com 
George B. Kelly: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: George B. Kelly
State of Issue: Georgia
Date of Birth: Tuesday  June  07, 1921
Date of Death: Saturday  October  21, 1989
Age at Death: 68 years, 4 months, 14 days

From: Anne Kelly   Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: Delta Golden Wings, Inc. 2015 Dues Past Due

I'm sorry to let you know that my mother, Margaret Kelly (Mrs George B (Jack) Kelly) passed away last year on July 3. I'm sorry that I didn't inform you earlier.
Anne Kelly


NEA/DL Captain Charles B. Smith

NEA/DL Capt. Charles 'Chuck' B. Smith
January 28, 1932 ~ February 15, 2015

News with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Charles Buford Smith has been received.  Captain Smith was 83 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Smith joined Northeast Airlines 08-12-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in January 1992.  He was based DFW for much of his career, then PDX at the time of his retirement.  Captain Smith is survived by his wife (F/A) Mary Shutt Smith.  As was Captain Smith's wishes, there were no services.   Online condolences may be shared at https://www.localcremation.com/obituaries-details.php?ID=555
I believe the Smiths had resided at 1718 Pilots Loop, Forestburg TX 76239-3284 .... PO BOX 384, FORESTBURG  TX 76239-0384.... (940) 964-2420  ..  business phone c/o Marshall Smith  (940) 964-2500  ..  but I was not really able to verify the family's contact. 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to post an update on our blogspot.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Charles B. (Chuck) Smith, 83, of Forestburg, Texas, died Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Denton, Texas.
Born in Wrightsville, GA, January 28, 1932 to S.J. and Mae (Davies) Smith. He  was a pilot with Northeast and Delta Air Lines for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Smith, daughter, Shelley Hackett and son in law, Dan Hackett of  Coral Springs, FL; daughters Valerie Hackett of Toluca Lake, CA and Michelle Smith of Austin, TX; son Marshall Smith and daughter and daughter in law. Janelle, Smith of Forestburg, TX; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren ,, and his brother, Randall Smith of Metaire, LA.

Preceded in death by his son, Christopher Louis Smith; his brother, S.J (jim) Smith and his sister, Betty Jean Goodrich.
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 1:20 PM   Subject: Death of retired Captain C.B. "Chuck" Smith 
Carol, I just received this notice from a retired DFW pilot, who's on the LINK.................. 
Hi Carole, I just got word that C.B. SMITH (Chuck), passed away today (2/16) and that he did not want a funeral service. His wife’s name is Mary. She was a Flight Attendant. I don't know any other details. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

DL Capt. Robert V. Studer

WWII Air Corps veteran, DL Capt. Robert V. Studer
June 22, 1921 ~ November 22, 2014
Belated news has reached us with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Robert 'Bob' Studer....
the second of five children born to parents John/Jack & Viola Studer, Robert Vernon Studer was 93 years of age at the time of his passing last November.  He joined Delta Air Lines 08-30-1950 and retired in 1981, based Atlanta in the early years and then DFW for most of his commercial career.  As I was reading some of Captain Studer's history I discovered his father was a WWI veteran, brother Gale was a WWII veteran, and younger brother Bill is a veteran and retired commercial pilot as well.  I also found an interesting article dated November 1947 that made many of the newspapers at that time ... the heading reads:  Transport Lands on Ice to Rescue Army Corporal ... 'Mission Double Dare' successful despite odds against plane's crew... see below. 
Captain Studer had most recently resided at 1274 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad CA .... (760) 720-1506.  
Should we receive more news we will be sure to pass it along.  Additional information/corrections are always appreciated.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Robert Vernon Studer obituary....................
CARLSBAD, Calif. — At the age of 93, Bob passed away surrounded by family in Carlsbad, Calif. He was born in Wesley, Iowa. He served in the Air Force during WWII as a pilot flying 32 missions over Germany out of England. He was a Delta Airlines Pilot for 31 years. He is survived by his three children: Michael Studer, Shawn Studer and Tracy Nichols (Chuck); his sister: Jeanine Ackerson; and his brother: Bill Studer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He delighted in his two grandchildren, Carlisle Studer and Dane Studer. A celebration of life memorial was held by his immediate family members in San Diego, Calif.
.Published: Thursday, December 18, 2014
WESTOVER FIELD, MASS.--(UP)  - The story of how an heroic army air force crew landed and took off again in a C-47 transport on ice only 20 inches thick to rescue a stricken soldier far above the Arctic Circle was disclosed by officials of the air transport command. The rescue was called "mission double dare" because of the almost impossible conditions under which it was carried out, took place on Nov. 11th the officials said.  Cpl. Jean J. Harter of Fort Wayne, Ind., had been stricken with a dangerous jaw infection while stationed at a remote ATC weather outpost in the River Clyde area of ice-locked Baffinland.  With Harter's condition growing steadily worse, the 1383rd Air Force base unit at Goose Bay, Labrador, was alerted for the rescue flight and a plane piloted by Lieut. Robert V. Studer of Wesley, Iowa "took off for the roof of the world" in an attempt to save Harter's life. Aboard in addition to the crew were Capt. R. J. Hall, base surgeon on Goose Bay, and a medical party, all prepared to parachute down to give immediate medical aid to Harter if conditions did not permit a landing. After locating a lake which had been picked for the evacuation operation, Studer made two passes at the icy runway before making a trial landing on the third pass. All onboard the plane were told to stand by for a crash landing.  The fourth attempt to land was successful however, and the plane rolled to within a few yards of Harter, who had been carried four miles by dog sled for the evacuation. The return flight, hundreds of miles to the south, was made under extremely bad weather conditions and the pilot had to bring his plane into Goose Bay on instruments. But Harter, who according to Capt. Hall might have died if his evacuation had been delayed, was saved...........
From: "Homestead" Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 1:21 PM
to death@pilotcommunication.net

>  Deceased full name     robert studer
>  Date of Death     nov 22
>  Relationship     Pilot
>  Active/Retired     Retired
>  Domicile     DFW
>  Age at death     94
>  Airline    DAL
>  Contact Name     George Berg
>  Contact Email     berg1108@aol.com
>  Contact Phone     940-464-3352

DL Capt. Richard Lee Chappelear

DL Capt. Richard 'Rick' Chappelear
September 30, 1937 ~ February 18, 2015
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Richard Lee Chappelear, age 77.  Captain Chappelear joined Delta Air Llnes 11-16-1964 and was based Atlanta.  Captain Chappelear had resided in Hartwell GA but perhaps more recently at 1220 Satellite Blvd NW , Suwanee  GA 30024-3223  ...  (706) 376-7696  ...  (678) 731-7361.  Another possible contact would be c/o daughter Cheryl at
5960 Vista Brook Drive , Suwanee, GA 30024-3353.... (678) 417-1260.
Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.
Should we receive additional news we will be sure to pass it along.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN   
Obituary ...................... 
Richard Lee Chappelear passed away Wednesday, February 18 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Dixon, Illinois, Rick moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1950. After graduating from St. Petersburg High School in 1955, he joined the Navy, serving in the Submarine Service, then transferred to Navy Flight School. Upon graduation, Rick accepted a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and flew jet fighters. Upon completing active service in 1960, he continued to serve as a Fighter Pilot in the USMC reserves. After graduating from Florida State University in 1964, Rick was hired by Delta Air Lines as a pilot and enjoyed flying until he retired as a B-767 Captain in 1997. Upon retirement, he moved from Sandy Springs, Georgia, to Lake Hartwell where actively participated in the Golden K Kiwanis Club, putting his woodworking skills to use by building wheelchair ramps throughout the community. Rick is survived by daughters Cheryl Chappelear Cunningham and Christy Chappelear Andrews, grandchildren Sara, Chap, & Kyle Cunningham, and Porter Andrews, all of the Atlanta area, and ex-wife Charlyne Chappelear Steele of Jasper. Donations can be made in Rick's memory to the Hart County Golden K, to continue the efforts of the wheelchair ramps to which he was so dedicated--P.O. Box 832, Hartwell, GA 30643. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770-448-5757
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 20, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NEA/DL Capt. Gerald L. Giroux Sr.

NEA/DL Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' L. Giroux Sr.
August 3, 1937 ~ February 11, 2015

News with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Jerry Giroux has reached us.  Captain Gerald Lloyd Giroux Sr. was 77 years of age at the time of his passing on Wednesday, February 11th.  Captain Giroux joined Northeast Airlines 03-06-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997.  He was based Miami and Atlanta, then 030/PDX at the time of his retirement.  Captain Giroux had most recently resided at   
4470 Reidsboro Road , Williamson  GA 30292-3470   ...  (770) 229-4045.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit Moody-Daniel Funeral Home's website at http://www.moodyfuneralhome.com/  or  http://www.pikecountytimes.com/   
Services for Captain Giroux were held yesterday February 14th in Zebulon, Georgia.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Jerry Giroux
Mr. Gerald Lloyd “Jerry” Giroux, Sr., age 77, of Williamson, passed away February 11, 2015 at Spalding Regional Hospital. He was born in Michigan, son of the late Lloyd Giroux and Rosanna Murphy Giroux. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 30 years before retiring. In his early years, he was a general contractor. Jerry was a member of the Griffin Moose Lodge and enjoyed building and working on aircraft. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel.
He is survived by his children and their spouses: Karen and Greg Smith of WA, Charlotte and Rick Hall of Cleveland, GA, Janet Arnold of Woodstock, GA, Gerald Lloyd (J.R.) and Virginia Giroux of Coral Springs, FL and Catherine Giroux of Norcross, GA; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, Judith Giroux of Williamson; and a sister: Carol.
Friends may visit the family on Saturday, February 14, from 1-2 p.m., at the funeral home. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Moody officiating.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jerry's name to the American Cancer Society.
Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

-------Original Message-------
From: CaptGrumps@aol.com   Date: 2/15/2015 2:59:02 PM
To: misc@pilotcommunication.net   Subject: Obit
I found this obit on a local website in Zebulon, Georgia. He lived in Williamson, Georgia and was ex-Northeast.................Capt Doug Rounds, retired
 Mr. Gerald Lloyd “Jerry” Giroux, Sr., age 77, of Williamson, passed away February 11, 2015 at Spalding Regional Hospital. He was born in Michigan, son of the late Lloyd Giroux and Rosanna Murphy Giroux. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 30 years before retiring. In his early years, he was a general contractor. Jerry was a member of the Griffin Moose Lodge and enjoyed building and working on aircraft. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Karen and Greg Smith of WA, Charlotte and Rick Hall of Cleveland, GA, Janet Arnold of Woodstock, GA, Gerald Lloyd (J.R.) and Virginia Giroux of Coral Springs, FL and Catherine Giroux of Norcross, GA; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, Judith Giroux of Williamson; and a sister: Carol.
For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DL Capt. Robert A. Hillegas

Update:  Lots of nice family photos have been added to the photo gallery on the funeral home website ...please visit 
 to view the photo tribute....  thank you/ ~ Carol

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Robert 'Bob' Hillegas
October 22, 1947 ~ February 13, 2015

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Robert Alan 'Bob' Hillegas, age 67.  Captain Hillegas joined Delta Air Lines 01-24-1977 and retired in 2005, based Atlanta.  Obituary details note that there will be a visitation Monday evening, February 16th at Northside Chapel in Roswell GA. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 17th at 11am, at the Chapel at Roswell United Methodist Church.  To sign the online guestbook please visit Northside Chapel's website at http://www.northsidechapel.com/   or
Survived by his wife Cathy McMillan Hillegas, personal condolences may be sent to the family at 295 Spring Creek Road , Roswell  GA 30075-2525  ...  (770) 992-4373  (per whitepages listing)
Should we receive more information we will be sure to post an update.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Robert HILLEGAS Obituary...................

Robert Alan "Bob" Hillegas, age 67, of Roswell, Georgia, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015. Bob was born in Akron, Ohio on October 22, 1947 to the late Russell and Zellah (Hensal) Hillegas. Bob graduated from Buchtel High School in 1966, attended Miami of Ohio for 2 years and transferred to Kent State where he graduated with an Aeronautic Degree in Aviation. He received his Commission into the Air Force in 1971 and attended Flight School at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama. He was stationed at Norton Air Force Base where he flew the C141 and was involved in Operation Baby Lift, which involved evacuating children orphaned by the Vietnam War, and the evacuation of Saigon prior to the invasion of the North Vietnamese. Bob was hired by Delta Air Lines in 1977 and retired in 2005 as an International Captain on the 777. He loved playing golf and was a member of the North Fulton Master Gardner program. Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cathy (McMillan) Hillegas of Roswell, Georgia; his two daughters and their husbands, Jeremy and Annie Hitt of Savannah, Georgia, and Steven and Jessie Henry of Augusta, Georgia; and brothers Jon (Marge) Hillegas of Phoenix, Arizona, Jim (Carol) Hillegas of Asheville, North Carolina, and Dick (Ginny) Hillegas of East Aurora, New York. There will be a visitation on Monday, February 16 from 4pm - 6pm at Northside Chapel, 12050 Crabapple Road Roswell, Georgia. The funeral will be on Tuesday, February 17 at 11am, at the Chapel at Roswell United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Roswell United Methodist Church Foundation, 814 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, Georgia.
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 14, 2015
Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Inc., 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell  GA 30075
 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-HILLEGAS&pid=174149184#sthash.61oK9lL0.dpuf

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PNA/WA Capt. Roy G. Utter

Roy G. ‘Skip’ Utter
April 12, 1924-Jan. 12, 2015
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 1:36pm
Roy G. “Skip” Utter died peacefully Jan. 12, 2015, in Murrieta, Calif.
Skip was born April 12,1924, to parents Leonard and Alice Utter in Big Pine, Calif., and grew up there with brothers Bud and Dick on beautiful ranch land in the Owens Valley. The freedom of a boy’s life growing up in those times set forth a foundation of adventure that Skip was happily able to pursue for all of his life.
California history forced the family to move south, to Los Angeles, but not before an extraordinary encounter with actor Wallace Berry, who was filming a movie in the Black Hills area of the Southern Owens valley. Wallace was a pilot, and in 1934 flew into the valley close to where Skip and a friend were playing. Upon landing, he saw the boys, and asked if they wanted to go for a ride. Skip jumped at the chance, while his buddy fled for home.
On this day, Skip found the passion for flying that would stay with him all the rest of his life. From that point on Skip dedicated his life to flying aircraft of all kinds, and during World War II, his advanced skills put him in a position to instruct many young pilots. After the war, he found his way to Alaska, where he had his own flying school and an operation flying in the Alaska bush. In 1951 he was hired by the young and fledging airline, Pacific Northern, thus ushering in his participation in the modern commercial airline industry. P.N. Air became Western Airlines in 1967, and Western became Delta Airlines.
After accumulating more than 35,000 hours of career flight, Skip retired on his 60th birthday in 1982.
Skip was a homesteader and longtime resident of Homer, along with his beloved wife, Helen. Alaska, and in particular, Homer, most duplicated the boyhood freedom he experienced growing up in the Owens Valley. He loved Alaska, and all his friends and neighbors in Homer.
Skip was preceded in death by Helen, and is survived by his brothers Bud and wife Billy, and their wonderful families, and Dick and his family; his life friend Mary Oldham, and George and Jimi Wilson.

Contributions in memory of Skip’s incredible life can be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City CA 91614-5001, or garysinisefoundation.com 

WWII veteran, PNA/WA Capt. Roy 'Skip' Utter
April 12, 1924 ~ January 12, 2015
Please forgive this late posting with news of the passing of PNA/Western retired pilot Captain Roy Gorden Utter, age 90.  I was not able to locate an online obituary or guestbook but did find some family information online.  Roy was the middle child of three sons born/raised in California to parents Alice and Leonard Utter :   ..............  
    "Roy Gorden Utter comes into the family on April 12, 1924. Both sons enjoy playing and using their imaginations around the farm. They would  make wooden airplanes and get in them and try to fly them off the house's roof. During the hot summer time down in the valley the family would set up camp on Big Pine creek 12 miles up the mountain where it was cooler. Here they would fish, hike the trails and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Leonard helped work on the aqueduct that was to bring water into the Los Angeles area. As the great depression was coming disaster hit the Utters. The banker in Bishop had left town with all their savings. Times were hard so they sold their land and moved the family to the big city of Los Angeles sometime in 1928. In a small town and part of the LA area called Hawthorne is where the made their new start. Land was cheap so Leonard bought a couple of lots. Now a third son was born..........Roy Gorden Utter was also called into service and served in the Army Air Corp. After the war Roy continued flying airplanes and was a bush pilot in Alaska and then a commercial airline pilot. He married Helen Jane Smeigh December 8, 1952 in Anchorage, Alaska."  http://cagenweb.com/inyo/pdf-files/UtterFam.pdf   
Captain Utter was widowed in November of 1997 with the passing of his wife Helen.  Perhaps the best contact for personal condolences would be c/o daughter-in-law Jimi (George) Wilson at (509) 763-3445.   Whitepages lists the Wilson address as   15440 Cedar Brae Road ,  Leavenworth  WA 98826-8725.  Please see information below for a celebration of his life planned for February 22nd in Murrieta CA.
Should we hear more we will be sure to pass along the information.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

 From: Ssserval@aol.com    Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 8:56 AM
Subject: : Passing of PNA/WA/Delta Captain Roy "Skip" Utter, age 90
 We're sorry to report to the passing of retired PNA/Western/Delta captain Roy "Skip" Utter. Skip died January 12, 2015, in Murrieta, California. He had retired from Delta in April of 1984 and had homes in Homer, Alaska, and Valley Center, CA. Skip was the first line Captain to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a major airline, serving on the board of Western Airlines.   
A gathering to remember Skip will be held 11:30AM to 3PM on Sunday, February 22nd, at the Clubhouse at The Colony on Jackson Avenue in Murrieta. To get there: Take I-15 to Murrieta, take the California Oaks exit, drive East on Califonia Oaks about 1/2 mile, turn left on Jackson Avenue and the Colony is on your right about 1/4 mile ahead.  
Jimi Wilson, daughter-in-law to Skip
Telephone 509-763-3445 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DL Capt. Don J. Teeple

DL Capt. Don J. Teeple
May 2, 1935 ~ February 8, 2015

Friends and family have advised us of the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Donald Jefferys Teeple, age 79.  Captain Teeple joined Delta Air Lines 09-10-1956 and retired with Delta in 1995, based 030/DFW.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stewart Family Funeral Home located at 
 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy in Tyler TX 75703  ...  (903) 581-2008   ...  www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com 
Survived by his wife Chris personal condolences may be sent to the family at 4930 W. Twin Lakes Dr., Tyler TX 75704-5430 ...  (903) 592-3394 ~ chrishteeple@aol.com  Chris writes, "I cannot begin to tell you what your cards, calls and visits meant to him and even though I had known he was well-liked, I think I was surprised at just how much he meant to you.  For that, Amy and I thank you and are comforted by your love for him. 
Thanks and love, Chris".
Visitation will be held this Thursday evening, February 12th from 5:00-7:00 PM with services the next day Friday at 2:30 PM at Stewart Family Funeral Home of Tyler TX.  Burial and graveside service will be at a later date in the family cemetery in Georgia.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

In Memory
DFW Captain Don Teeple
Services for Donald Jefferys Teeple, 79, of Tyler, will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Rev. Lanny Bridges and Dr. Aubrey Sharpe officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Burial will be held at a later date in the Arabi Cemetery in Cordele, GA.
Mr. Teeple was born in Niagra Falls, NY, on May 2, 1935, to Nelson Saville and Helen McLean Teeple. The family moved to Dallas TX in 1944, where Don lived until he began his professional career. 

Don attended a number of schools in Dallas, Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, and SMU in Dallas for a short period of time. He never received a high school diploma, a story which he relished telling in later years. When he developed his interest in what would be a most rewarding career of commercial aviation, he decided to attend American Flyers in Fort Worth where he earned his private pilots’ and commercial aviation certificates. In 1956, he was hired by Delta Air Lines, one of the youngest pilots hired. He had an unblemished and distinguished career which ended in 1995 when he retired holding the distinction of being the number one Captain worldwide on Delta’s Pilot Seniority list.

In the early 60’s, Don and his best friend from childhood, also a Delta pilot, became cattle ranchers in NW Arkansas, running a very successful and productive operation, the Cloud Nine Ranch, for a number of years. After the sale of the ranch, he fostered his interest in the restaurant business by becoming an investor/owner in a number of restaurants in Texas, Missouri and North Carolina. Don had an instinctive ability to sense good investments, becoming as successful in his retirement as he was in the choice of his life’s work.

His love for NW Arkansas remained for many years and he and his wife, Chris, continued to own property on Beaver Lake with the idea of retiring and “splitting time” with their home in Rockport, Texas. However, a visit to Tyler with friends led them to move to Tyler in 1999 where they truly felt at home.  In Tyler, he was a supportive member of the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum. He was also a member of Willowbrook Country Club and the Cascades Club. 

Along with his wife of 47 years, Chris Hamilton Teeple, he is survived by his beloved daughter, Amy, and her husband, Gary Nelson; two grandsons of whom he was immensely proud , Daniel and Noah Nelson, all of Frisco, TX. He is also survived by one sister, Nancy (Wendell) Faeh, of Central City, NE; two brothers-in-law whom he felt were his brothers, Earl (Mary Garland) Hamilton and Herbert (June) Hamilton of Cordele, GA. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews as well. In additional to the family, as evidenced by the recent visits, phone calls, and cards, he leaves a large group of very devoted friends and business associates from all across the country.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. J. R. Pope, Ray Barber, Wayland Brooks, James Salzmann, Charles Parmley and Ben Lester.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

From: Jim Salzmann Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:11 AM
Don Teeple’s daughter just called me to let the Delta pilot group know that Captain Don Teeple passed away peacefully early this morning with his wife, Chris and daughter, Amy at his bedside. Her message to us follows:
After a day and night of labored, rattling breathing, Don died quietly and peacefully at 5:45 this morning.  Amy arrived last night and we were together.  Gary had cancelled his trip to Colorado last night to stay with the boys in order for Amy to come be with her dad.
We will be making arrangements later today, but tentative plans are for a service here in Tyler, with a graveside service in my family cemetery in Georgia.  (He thought it was ironic that I was finally getting him to reside in my beloved Georgia!)
I will try to let you know of our plans, but please pass the information along in case I missed someone in this e-mail.
Many of us will very much miss Don, but he has left us with many good memories of a very good man with a wonderful wife and family.
Don was employed with Delta [DFW] on September 10, 1956 and would have turned 80 years old in May.
Our thoughts are with his family,
Jim Salzmann

2/8 …  After struggling with his "rattling" breathing yesterday and last night, Don quietly took his last breath at 5:45 this morning.  Amy had come last night and she and I were with him.  It was finally peaceful for him.
We will have a service here in Tyler later this week.We are meeting tomorrow morning to finalize plans and I will take him to Georgia to be buried with my family.  (He finally agreed to  move to my beloved Georgia!)
I cannot begin to  tell  you what your cards,  calls, and visits meant to him and  even though I had known he was well-liked, I think  I was surprised at just how much he meant to you.  For that, Amy and I thank you and  are comforted by your love for him.
Thanks and love....Chris 

NOTE: a memorial gift will be sent to the Roanoke Food Pantry from the LINK

2/1 …  I haven't sent an e-mail recently as Don has remained the same until yesterday.  Apparently, according to Bryant, our caregiver during the week, he did not sleep at all Friday night and was very disoriented and lethargic yesterday.  After our night sitter arrived last night, I was in the kitchen and thought I heard something and went in to check only to find that Don had fallen while trying to get back in bed from the bedside commode.  Fortunately, our friends from Arkansas, Mary Ann and Johnny, are here.  Johnny, Jamar (our sitter) and I finally managed to get him back in bed with only a scraped arm.

I had removed the phones and the TV controls from the room, closed the blinds, and he managed to sleep about 6 hours yesterday.  During the night, however, he has been restless and has not slept well. Johnny (a retired cardiologist) thinks that Don is dehydrated so we have been trying to increase his fluid intake as well as urging nutritional drinks. 

I was aware of some activity in his room during the night and Jamar just told me that he has had a very restless night.  Since I had removed the phones, controls, etc., he has just been fidgeting with anything he touches...but at least doesn't have the TV on to distract him.

I don't know how to ask you to pray but I know that you will find the words, know our needs, and petition our Father for what He knows we need and can handle.  The one thing I will ask is that you pray Don settles and rests, as I know he is exhausted.  

Will try to do a better job of keeping you informed.....Love, Chris

1/3 … I thought you would perhaps like an update on Don and how he is faring at home.  The Hospice nurse visited yesterday and we are expecting a Hospice Home Health Aide today.  The Aide is set to come 3 times a week, the nurse once a week.  I also have a sitter, Bryant,  from Visiting Angels here at night from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.  which has been the MOST tremendous help as I am finally sleeping at night....evidently I slept through a thunderstorm last night after going to bed at 8:30!

Don is still pain-free, alert, but weaker.  We have his hospital bed set up right in front of his big screen TV, which pleases him very much, and everything needed is right beside his bed.  He can move, with Bryant's assistance, to a recliner sometimes during the night if he wants to be moved.  

Yesterday, with directions from Don in the media room, I was in his office "taking care of business" and that may have attributed to my exhaustion!  BUT, as he said, I have already learned something. (His bookkeeping method is a lot different from what I did when I had my business!)

One thing I have learned about at-home illness is the isolation we feel.  While he is not up to much or long visiting, he has enjoyed the phone calls and e-mails.  Our world now revolves around the care he needs, though he is not demanding at all.  I have a sitter coming for an "interview" on Monday and if that works out, it will give me time to go to the grocery store, drug store, or even meet someone for lunch....a much-needed balm!  The requirement most needed in a "sitter" is that he/she be trained as a CNA.  I do not need someone who just "sits and knits" as the saying goes. 

I hope this gives you an idea of how things are here...as I said earlier, we are okay as long as we have the assistance we have now.  When you say your prayers, please include Bryant, the young man who comes to be with us at night, as this has to truly be a calling for him...not just a job!  

Please keep in touch....you are our links to the outside world!  Love…Chris  

12/31 from Chris Teeple… Tomorrow, we are moving Don home from Hospice Homeplace.  He will remain in Hospice care but will be at home in a hospital bed in front of his big screen TV, which he has missed terribly! 

I have a sitter lined up for tomorrow night (8 p.m.- 8 a.m.) and will be setting up a schedule so that he has relief from me and I can become more familiar with WalMart, the cleaners, the grocery, Sam's, the hardware store. Tractor's Supply, etc....well, you get the picture! Needless to say, he is looking forward to being at home and we are praying that this "lull" continues for a while.  He is experiencing swelling in his left leg due to a blockage and we hope that it does not put additional pressure on his kidney.  

It seems that we walk a tight rope of balance these days.  He remains in good spirits with only mild discomfort and no real pain.  The doctors caution us that the bleeding can resume at any time so we are grateful that has not happened yet.

As long as Don is able to roll over by himself, I think i can manage his care with some assistance.  He is making a real effort to eat once again, which he had not done for the last couple of weeks...with the exception of ice cream.

All that to say...he has come a long way but is, by no means, healthy.  We are just praying for continued reasonable comfort and no pain.  Feel free to call him if you would like....preferably on his cell phone as it is more easily reached.  Will try to keep you updated!  Love…Chris