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Sunday, May 31, 2015

NEA/DL Capt. Vincent N. Franco


Obituary....................................................
Franco, Vincent N.
Vincent N. Franco, 87, of Southport, CT, and formerly Plymouth, MA and Westport, CT, died at home surrounded by family on May 25, 2015. He was born December 21, 1927 in New York City, son of Vito and Carmella Franco. He is survived by his daughters, Jeanmarie Klitzner and her partner Robert Pyne of Vienna, VA and Elaine Williamson and her husband Daniel Williamson; his granddaughters Sydney Klitzner and Jennifer Heatly; great-grandchildren Landon, Pace, and Campbell; and his brother Joseph Franco and sister Eva Giambolvo. The son of immigrant parents from Italy, Vinny grew up in New York City during the Great Depression; those early years instilled a strong work ethic that would remain key to his character throughout his life. Working his way through high school, he wanted to pursue an education and become a university professor. Accepted into Columbia University, he attended classes there but left the university to enlist in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the 437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Otis Air Force Base where he flew the F-94C Starfire under the command of Chappie James. Returning back home on leave in 1952, he married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life Mary Coulter. The next few years saw him stationed at different bases across the United States and Japan as he and Mary welcomed their children into the world: Robert was born in NYC; Jeanmarie was born in Pocasset, MA; and Elaine was born in Westport, CT. Honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1956, he flew for Capitol Airlines (United Airlines), and then moved on to Northeast Airline, which later became part of Delta Air Lines. Delta could not have been better suited to Vinny, a company that embraced its employees as valued family members and, in turn, elicited the ultimate of loyalty. Finally settling in Westport, CT in 1959, Vinny and Mary raised their family amongst their large extended Italian family, most settled in the immediate area. In 1974, after Delta closed its NY base, Vinny transferred to the Boston base and he and Mary moved from Westport to Plymouth, MA. Vinny remained with Delta until the company's mandatory age of retirement. And with similar dedication and devotion, upon retirement, he pursued the game of golf with energy and tireless enthusiasm. Vinny moved to Southport, CT in 2008 where he lived the remainder of his life surrounded by family. His work ethic, love of family, and loyalty imbued his life. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. All are invited to join the celebration of his life at Assumption Church in Westport, CT on Saturday, June 6th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Vinny's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
  .Religious Service Information :
Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 6880
 .Published in Westport News from June 3 to June 5, 2015
- See more at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/westport-news/obituary.aspx?n=Vincent-Franco&pid=175001204#sthash.cs2hZjPw.dpuf

~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt. Vinny Franco
December  1927 ~ May 25, 2015

Word from family has been received with news of the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Vincent N. Franco, age 87.  Captain Franco joined Northeast Airlines 06-26-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1987, based Boston.  He was widowed in February 2010 with the passing of his wife Mary.  Formerly of Plymouth MA, Captain Franco had most recently resided in Southport CT.   
Daughter Jeanmarie writes:  " It is with a sad heart that I share with you my father's passing.  Dad died at home on Memorial Day; he was comfortable and peaceful to the end with the family around him.  His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 11:00am at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave, Westport, Ct.  The service will be followed by a luncheon at one of his favorite places, The Red Barn at 292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880.  Everyone is welcome.  Please, no flowers.  If you would like to do something, a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project would be generous gesture to his memory.  It was one of his favorite charities."
Daughter Jeanmarie can be reached at (703) 861-2755.
Perhaps an alternate Connecticut listing where you may reach family would be (630) 850-6985.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blogspot at
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
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~ IN MEMORY ~
Mary Franco, 1928-2010
Mary Wilhelmina Franco, formerly of Plymouth, Mass., died peacefully Friday, February 19, 2010 in Southport. Mary, 81, was born July 20, 1928 in Duluth, Minnesota. She was the wife of Vincent Franco, and daughter of the late Sadie and Holbrook Coulter. Mary leaves two daughters, Elaine Williamson and Jeanmarie Klitzner; and a son, Robert Franco. She also leaves two granddaughters, Sydney Klitzner and Jennifer Heatly; three great-grandchildren, Landon, Pace and Campbell Heatly, a brother, Daniel Coulter; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was a gentle, calm, and charming woman who was liked by everyone. She met the man who became the love of her life in grammar school and they began dating as teenagers. She found him to be handsome, intelligent and as funny, as Jerry Lewis. A firm believer that a woman should experience life, travel and know herself, she was finally ready to marry at 25. Mary and Vin celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last summer. They shared a great love, enjoyed each others company, and played tennis, sailed and raised a family together. She was an extraordinary Mother and Grandmother who was able to both shower love and acceptance while providing firm guidance. Mary showed great strength throughout her life starting with the death of her father at the age of 13 when she went to school and worked to help her Mother with the household bills and raising her brother. Her sense of humor, wisdom and kindness made her popular with family and friends. She enjoyed children immensely and worked to brighten and enrich their lives as a Mother, GrandMother, Girl Scout Leader, founder and director of the Youth Museum in Westport and as a Sunday School teacher. She guided children to find God throughout all nature and found many ways to share her love for the Animal Kingdom. Mary was an active member of the Plymouth Spiritualist Church for 35 years where she never missed a class and tended the gardens to make the church beautiful. She also served as Secretary for 10 years and as Treasurer for 15 years. An avid spiritual and metaphysics reader, Mary especially loved the work of Deepak Chopra, and in her later years found great joy in sharing passages from How to Know God, The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries with her daughter Jeanmarie. Mary was also a stylish dresser and loved shopping for new outfits. When her closet became too full, she would invite her daughters to find new outfits at "Mary's Fine Department Store," (also known as her closet) so that she could make room for something new. Her explorations into gourmet cooking and good eating fueled a family interest in cooking. During her time in Southport she enjoyed the gourmet delights prepared by her daughter Elaine, an excellent chef and family authority on all good eats. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Mary at Christ and Holy Trinity, 75 Church Lane, Westport, Connecticut on Saturday, February 27th at 1p.m.

From: George Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:24 AM   Subject: Vinny Franco

All,

It is with a sad heart that I share with you my father's passing.  Dad died at home on Memorial Day; he was comfortable and peaceful to the end with the family around him.  

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 11:00am at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave, Westport, Ct.  The service will be followed by a luncheon at one of his favorite places, The Red Barn at 292 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880.

Everyone is welcome.  Please, no flowers.  If you would like to do something, a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project would be generous gesture to his memory.  It was one of his favorite charities.

Vinny's Daughter,
Jeanmarie Klitzner
703.861.2755

Friday, May 29, 2015

WA/DL Captain James William Kirk

~ IN MEMORY ~
WA/DL Capt. James W. Kirk
March 13, 1931 ~ May 21, 2015
 

Friends have contacted us with this news that retired WA/DL pilot Captain James William Kirk has passed away.  I believe Captain Kirk was born/raised in New Jersey.  After completing his schooling and military service, he joined Western Airlines 06-22-1959.  Captain Kirk retired with Delta Air Lines in 1991.  I believe he was based Los Angeles for most if not all of his commercial airline career. 
The last known address and phone contacts that we have for Captain Kirk are : 
(931) 484-6536   (
561) 795-7438138 Canterbury Drive , Crossville, TN 38558-7094
However, friends write that he had been living in Fern Glade TN most recently.   
Our information is limited and arrangements are not yet known.  Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

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From: "Dick Deeds" dickdeeds@pacbell.net   Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 6:20 PM    Subject: Passing of WAL pilot Captain Jim Kirk

> Don Stevenson has contacted you via the website on 3:23 pm Fri May 22
> First Name: Don    Last Name: Stevenson
> E-Mail: stevenson55@roadrunner.com
> Home Phone Number: 760-771-4988
>
> Comments: Dick, wanted to let you know that Jim Kirk died yesterday May
> 21, 2015. He was living in Fern Glade , TN. DS

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEA/DL Capt. Frank C. Triolo

~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt. Frank C. Triolo
July 10, 1938 - May 21, 2015 
 
 
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Frank C. Triolo, age 76.  Captain Triolo joined Northeast Airlines 09-03-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1998.  He was based Miami, Atlanta, then 031/JFK at the time of his retirement.  Captain Triolo's obituary below notes that a memorial service will be held for him on July 13th at 1:00 PM, at the Wheel House Restaurant at the Marina, 4425 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers FL.  Survived by his wife Vicki personal condolences may be sent to the family at
4855 Dockside Drive Apt 203 , Fort Myers, FL 33919-4660   ...  (239) 481-5015
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blogspot.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
 
 
Obituary.......................................
Frank C. Triolo, 76, of Fort Myers, FL died on May 21, 2015 at his home under the care of Hope Hospice. He was born on July 10, 1938 in Tuxedo, NY, a son of Carmelo J. and Marie C. (Crisci) Triolo.
 
Frank was a resident of Florida since 1983. After college Frank worked as a musician before pursuing his love of flying. He then became a commercial pilot with Northeast Airlines. Frank flew for a Japanese Airline before the merger of Northeast and Delta Airlines. He retired from Delta Airlines in 1998. During his years as a pilot, Frank went back to school and earned his MBA, was then certified as a CPA and also earned his doctorate of law degree. He worked as a CPA and Attorney in Ft. Myers.
 
After his retirement, Frank flew for Net Jets, a private ownership airline. He was a member of Quiet Birdman (Q.B.'s), as well as an honorary member of Special Forces Motorcycle Club. His love of Martial Arts earned him a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.
 
Frank is survived by his wife of 39 years, Vicki (Landry) Triolo, his brother, Joseph (Annabella) Triolo of NJ. His sisters, Marianne (Joseph) Downs of NJ and Phyllis (John) Merchek of CA, along with nieces and nephews.
 
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Wheel House Restaurant at the Marina, 4425 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com 
 
From: "Frank Caruso" <mapleosb@comcast.net>  Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00 AM
To:
death@pilotcommunication.net    Subject: Frank Triolo NE/DAL

Carol,

I found this on another web site and don’t know if you had gotten notice of it yet.

http://www.horizonfunerals.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3119155&fh_id=13241

Frank Caruso
mapleosb@comcast.net

Monday, May 25, 2015

WA/DL Capt. William H. Lynn

~ IN MEMORY ~
WA/DL Capt. William H. Lynn
February 12, 1935 ~ May 3, 2015
 
Notification with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain William Hendren Lynn, age 80.  Captain Lynn joined Western Airlines 08-29-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1995.  Captain Lynn had most recently resided at 1586 Harbor Blvd.,  Belmont, CA 94002-3709  ...  (650) 591-8887
 
 
The online obituary reads:  "We will celebrate Bill's life with a gathering at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on June 18th, 2015 at 2pm located at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025. If you would like to offer condolences to Bill's family, or share memories please send to 1586 Harbor Blvd. Belmont, CA. Also family pictures are posted privately on celebratebilllynn@gmail.com  "
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
 
William Hendren Lynn  obituary.........................
William died from a long decline due to Alzheimer's on May 3, 2015 at the age of 80 years old. Bill was the beloved husband of Marla (McDonald), and father to his children Kelly Lynn, Kirsten Yankish and Jon Conrad Lynn and stepfather to Herbert E. Bowen IV. He is survived by his grandchildren Rose and William McLean, and Keegan and Dylan Lynn. He is predeceased by his father and mother William and Kathleen Lynn, his brother Robert Lynn, and Marla's parents Mack and Fran McDonald. Bill was born on 2/12/1935 to William and Kathleen (Hendren) Lynn in Detroit, Michigan. After high school he graduated from San Jose State University with Bachelors in Art. He graduated a four year ROTC program in college and became a Captain in the United States Air Force. He entered the career of Fighter Pilot earning rewards and recognition of First Lieutenant flying F-100 at Williams Air Force Base Arizona in 1960. Marla's dad Mack McDonald was Bill's flight instructor in the T-33 Trainer Fighter Jet. He was also stationed in Libya for 6 months training. In 1964, he was stationed in the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall, England and Lakenheath, England flying the F-100. He continued his military career until 1966 at which time he entered the field of Commercial Pilot flying for Western airlines. Western later merged into Delta Airlines and he continued his career earning his Captain's Bars. He retired from his flying career in 1995 with full honors. Bill was an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and took his beliefs to the people. He supported a Vietnamese family, their kids and grandkids as well as extending a helping hand to the Indian children in need on the reservation. Bill was a loving generous man who will be deeply missed by his friends, family, relatives and colleagues. We will celebrate Bill's life with a gathering at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on June 18th, 2015 at 2pm located at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025. If you would like to offer condolences to Bill's family, or share memories please send to 1586 Harbor Blvd. Belmont, CA. Also family pictures are posted privately on
celebratebilllynn@gmail.com.

.Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 24, 2015
- See more at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=William-Lynn&pid=174923633#sthash.DFZEgo70.dpuf 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NWA Capt. David R. Peterson


~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA Capt. David R. Peterson
October 17, 1937 ~ May 19, 2015
 

Word has been received with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain David Robert Peterson, age 77.  Captain Peterson joined Northwest Airlines 11-21-1966 and retired December 31, 1992 as is noted in his obituary.  The online obituary may be viewed and condolences may be offered at http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/81994/?fullname=david-r-peterson 
Survived by his wife Lillian personal condolences may be sent to the family at 12873 Falcon Drive , Apple Valley, MN 55124-5079  ... 
(952) 953-6435  (480) 941-5726
Captain Peterson's obituary reads: "A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124 on Thursday, May 28th at 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior. All are invited to join a motorcade processional leaving the church at 12:45 PM to attend the ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the service."
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
 

From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:33 AM   Subject: RNPA News: Dave Peterson Obituary. Yes, this is THE Dave Peterson.

David R. Peterson

·      
Peterson, David R. Age 77, of Apple Valley, passed away peacefully at home on May 19, 2015, surrounded by family. Born on October 17, 1937. Dave grew up in Zumbrota, MN and graduated in 1959 from St. Olaf College where he sang in the St. Olaf choir. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force. He was on active duty in the Air Force for eight years, and continued his service in the Minnesota Air National Guard until 1982 when he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He also flew as a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 26 years, retiring as a Captain on the DC-10 on Dec. 31, 1992. Dave enjoyed golf, reading, Barbershop quartets, his shared ownership of Dakota Slew (1986 MN race horse of the year), a vacation home in Arizona, and his cat, Mayday. He especially enjoyed spending time with friends at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club and celebrating holidays with his extended family. Dave will be greatly missed by his wife of 55 years, Lillian; daughter Ann (Greg) Hupperts; son Rob (Tracy) Peterson; grandchildren Alecia, John Hupperts; sisters Helen Nerison and Shirley (Fritz) Rodde; sister-in-law Barb Peterson; nine nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers Thomas, John and Herbert. A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124 on Thursday, May 28th at 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior. All are invited to join a motorcade processional leaving the church at 12:45 PM to attend the ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the service. Memorials: Shepherd of the Valley Church or charity of your choice. Condolences: startribune.com/  …
Published on May 24, 2015

 

From: RNPA News   Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 1:27 PM   Subject: RNPA News: Dave Peterson Memorial Service.

Lil Peterson asked me to pass the following on:
 Dave Peterson memorial service and burial on Thursday 28 May at
Shephard of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnney Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN
0930 Visitation
1030 Memorial Service
1130 Lunch served
1245 Leave for Fort Snelling
1330 Burial
 

From: RNPA News Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:08 PMSubject: RNPA News: Dave Peterson Has Flown West.


Jim Bestul reports. 

From Dave Peterson's wife, Lil: Dave passed away Tuesday.  Obituary will probably be in Sunday's Star Trib

Jim Bestul

Friday, May 22, 2015

WA Capt. John Malcolm Tara

update/services:  www.coffeltfuneral.com

From: Dick Deeds Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:48 AM
I found this on the web.  There are several Western guys living in the ATL area who might want to attend the services.  
'Scotty' C.G. Scott

John is taking his final flight from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Atlanta, this week, where he will be buried next to his beloved wife. 

Services will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at Ivie Funeral Home, 1053 S Elm St., Commerce, GA at 2 p.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Following the service, burial will be at the Homer Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Homer, GA. Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements. 
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~ IN MEMORY ~
WWII veteran, WAL Capt. John Malcolm Tara
February 11, 1921 ~ May 6, 2015

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings and Delta Pioneer member retired Western pilot Captain John Malcolm Tara, age 94.  Captain joined Western Airlines 06-06-1949 and retired with Western in 1981, based LAX.  He was widowed in August of 1999 with the passing of his wife Lois Coker Tara.  Captain Tara had resided near Draper, Utah....POBox 157, Draper UT  840020-0157....and most recently in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o of his daughter Anne Tara Carter, 1770 S Idaho Club Drive , Sandpoint, ID 83864-6059  ...  (801) 572-7829
To view the complete obituary and to sign the online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.coffeltfuneral.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3095541&fh_id=10979
             Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
John Malcolm Tara, 94: Newspaper Obituary ...............................................
Bonner County Daily Bee (Sandpoint, ID) - Wednesday, May 20, 2015
John Malcolm Tara was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015, in Sandpoint, Idaho, at the age of 94.
John was born in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 11, 1921, to John Tarabochia and Margaret E. Crandell. When John was a young child, his greatest dream was to fly airplanes and to experience all of the freedoms the skies had to offer.
John was attending college at the University of California Berkeley when World War II broke out on Dec. 7, 1941. He enlisted shortly after in 1942 and completed his flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, and at the Marine Air-Infantry School in Quantico, Va., in 1943.
He was accepted by the Marine Corps and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was assigned to a Marine Corps Dive Bombing Squadron in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1945.
Following the end of the war, John remained in the Marine Corps Active Reserves as a USMC fighter pilot from 1946-1963 where he was a commanding officer and a chief operations officer. He retired as a full colonel in 1973. Our family is very honored and proud of his military career and accomplishments. He was a highly decorated officer and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.
John returned to USC following the end of the war and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.
John continued his love of flying after finishing college, and became a pilot for Western Airlines (now Delta Airlines) from 1949 to 1981. He loved every minute of his career as a pilot. At the time of his passing, John was an active member of Delta Airlines Pioneers, Delta Golden Wings and the Western Airlines Silver Chiefs.
He married the love of his life, Lois Coker of Homer, Ga., on Jan. 26, 1946. They were married for 53 wonderful years.
During John's years with Western Airlines, he and Lois lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for 35 years where they raised their two children, Paul Donald Tara and Anne Tara Carter.
During John's spare time, he coached the Lunada Bay Little League Pirates for 20 years, and had many championship teams during the years he coached.
Following his retirement from the airlines, John and Lois resided in Hamilton, Mont., for 10 years where John owned a ranch. He had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed taking camping trips with his family. They moved to Sandy, Utah, in 1994 to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
John moved with his daughter and her husband to the Idaho Club in Sandpoint in 2013 where he enjoyed the beauty of northern Idaho during his later days.
John is survived by his daughter, Anne (Rick) Carter of Sandpoint; three grandchildren, Jason (Nicole) Tara of Martin, Ga., and Tara (Nick) Shreeve and Christopher Carter of Salt Lake City, Utah,; four step-grandchildren, Sherry Tara, Regina Caudell, Marcia Walker and Gwen Whitehead; three great-grandsons, Hunter Paul Tara, Liam Nicholas Shreeve and Owen Carter Shreeve; a sister, Thelma Tarabochia Gianunzio; a brother, Henry Tarabochia; his sisters-in-law, Jessie Westbrooks of Homer, Ga., and Sonja Baugh of Haines City, Fla.; and his dear friend, Lieselotte Barnes of Salt Lake City, Utah.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois Tara; a son, Paul D. Tara; and a sister, Mary Delucchi.
John is taking his final flight from Sandpoint to Atlanta, Ga., this week where he will be buried next to his beloved wife in Homer.
Family and friends are invited to sign John's online guest book at www.coffeltfuneral.com 
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service of Sandpoint.
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~ IN MEMORY ~
Lois Coker Tara
September 29, 1921 ~ August 21, 1999
Obituary: Lois Coker Tara: Newspaper Obituary ..............................

Lois Coker Tara, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away on August 21, 1999 at Alta View Hospital from stroke-related complications.
Lois was born on September 29, 1921 to Henry and Genie Hill Coker in Homer, Georgia. She graduated from Banks County High School and attended Toccoa Falls College. Lois married John Malcolm Tara in California on January 26, 1946. They lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, California for 35 years. Following her husband's retirement from Western Airlines, she resided in Hamilton, Montana for 10 years, moving to Sandy, Utah in 1994 to be near their daughter and grandchildren. Lois was a devoted wife and mother. She was very kind and generous and dedicated many years of service to the National Charity League in Palos Verdes, California. She was a wonderful homemaker, loved to cook, garden and crochet, and was an avid reader. She liked to travel, and one of her greatest joys was being with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years; two children; Anne (Rick) Carter, Sandy, Utah, and Paul (Karen) Tara, Homer, Georgia; and three grandchildren; Tara and Christopher Carter, Sandy, Utah and Jason Tara, Homer, Georgia. Lois is also survived sisters, Eloise Mann, Ruth Parsons, Marietta, Georgia; Jessie Westbrooks, Homer, Georgia; Gloria Cotton and Sonja Baugh, Haines City, Florida; brother, Eugene Coker, Alto, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents; two sisters, Guynelle Coker and Ruby Coker; and a brother James Coker preceded her in death.
The family wishes to express a special "Thank You" to the staff at Alta View Hospital, Alta Ridge Assisted Living Center and neighbors in Pepperwood for the loving and compassionate care and support during Lois's illness.
Funeral services were held on August 26th, in Homer, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Red Cross in Lois's name, P.O. Box 3836, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-3836.

NWA Capt. Vernon F. Dehmer

~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA Capt. Vern Dehmer
May 29, 1927 ~ May 19, 2015
 
News has reached us with the passing of NWA Captain Vernon Francis Dehmer, age 87.  After his military service, Captain Dehmer hired on with Northwest Airlines as a mechanic.  He retired in 1987 as a Captain. Captain Dehmer was widowed in December 2007 with the passing of his wife Aggie.  He had most recently resided at 
418 Halsey Ave SE , Buffalo, MN 55313-4654  ...  (763) 477-4601
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.evansnordby.com/ 
Captain Dehmer's obituary notes visitation will be Monday, May 25th from 5-8 PM, Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 34 2nd St. NE, Osseo MN and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11AM Tuesday, May 26th, The Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Ave., Brooklyn Park MN, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:14 PM   Subject:  Vern Dehmer Has Flown West



Vernon Francis Dehmer    
·      

·          
Dehmer, Vernon Francis Age 87 of Buffalo, formerly of Osseo, passed away May 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Agnes "Aggie"; son, Robert "Bob"; and granddaughter, Robyn. He is survived by his children, Jerold (Brenda), Richard (Nancy), and Dale (Darlene); daughter-in-law, Deb; grandchildren, Derick, Chad, Kathleen, Mitchell, Trevor, Tami, Craig, and Lindsey; great-grandson, Donovan; and other relatives and friends. Vernon served in the United States Army in the 511th PIR, 11th Airborne. Following his service, he began working as a mechanic with Northwest Airlines in 1950. He then became a flight engineer in 1956, a co-pilot in 1964, and became a captain in 1970, a position he retired from in May of 1987. Vernon also served two terms on the Osseo City Council, and was a long-time member of the Brooklyn Park Rotary Club and Osseo American Legion. Visitation 5-8 PM Monday, May 25th, Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 34 2nd St. NE, Osseo. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Tuesday, May 26th, The Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Ave., Brooklyn Park, with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Breast Cancer Society or Brooklyn Park Rotary. Evans-Nordby 763-424-4000 evansnordby.com
Published on May 21, 2015


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~ IN MEMORY ~

 Mary Agnes Dehmer: Newspaper Obituary 
October 3, 1931 ~ December 10, 2007

A memorial mass for Mary Agnes "Aggie" Dehmer, 76, of Osseo was Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park.
...........Mrs. Dehmer died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. She was born Oct. 3, 1931.
She was a No. 1 sports fan/grandma and a fabulous baker and cook.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Vernon; children, Jerold (Brenda), Deborah (daughter-in-law), Richard (Nancy) and Dale (Darlene); grandchildren, Tami (Ben) Reiners, Derick, Chad, Lindsey, Craig, Kathleen, Mitchell and Trevor; great-grandson, Donovan Reiners; brothers, sisters, other relatives, and friends. Mrs. Dehmer was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Annie Greninger; son, Robert; and granddaughter, Robyn.....................

NEA/DL Capt. Walter F. Fieldsa

~ IN MEMORY ~
NEA/DL Capt. Walter 'Walt' Fieldsa Sr.
March 16, 1922 ~ May 16, 2015
 
Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired NEA/DL Captain Walter Franklin Fieldsa Sr., age 93.  Captain Fieldsa joined Northeast Airlines 07-10-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1982 and was based Miami at the time of his retirement.  He was widowed in December 2012 with the passing of his wife Doris.  Captain Fieldsa had most recently resided at  10401 Roosevelt Blvd N Apt 110 , Saint Petersburg, FL 33716-3831  ... 
(727) 851-9200  (727) 517-3223
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.andersonmcqueen.com/obituaries/  Captain Fieldsa's obituary notes that visitation will be tomorrow Saturday, May 23rd from 12:30-1pm with funeral services starting at 1pm, both at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Street N., St. Petersburg FL with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: JON J MAYNARD    Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 9:32 AM   Subject: Passing of Captain Walter F. FIELDSA Retired NEA/DL NYC/BOS DGW


Walter F. FIELDSA

FIELDSA, Walter F.

93, of Largo, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 at home in his sleep. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris A. Fieldsa; sons, Kevin and Keith; son-in-law, Ira M. Seidler. Walter is survived by his children, Karen Seidler, Wayne (Robin) and Walt Jr. (Karen); grandchildren Colin, Doug, Laura, Eric, Dyer, Noah, Walter and Andrew; great-grandchildren Mya and Andr, and 13 nieces and nephews. He was a member of Delta Golden Wings, Mensa, Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Miami and New York Board of Realtors. Walter left the University of Miami in 1942 and was accepted into OCS in the US Army Air Corps. After serving as a lieutenant flying C46s in North Africa and Asia, in 1945 he was honorably discharged to become one of the founding Ethiopian Airline (EAL) pilots in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He met his wife Doris on her first flight as a stewardess for EAL. They married in 1946 and returned to Miami in 1948. His love of aviation led him back to commercial flying in 1954 for EAL. He was hired by Northeast Airlines (NEA) in 1957 and moved to New York. In 1970 Walter was appointed check pilot of F227 aircraft and moved to Boston for NEA. Subsequently he became a regional chief pilot for NEA in Boston. During the 1970s, Walter was a check pilot on the Boeing 727, which he flew for 14 years. He delivered the first stretch version of that aircraft to NEA. In 1972, NEA merged with Delta Airlines where he continued as captain on the Boeing 727 until he retired in 1986. Walter and Doris designed and built their home in Brasstown, NC and then in Cleveland, GA. In 1997 they moved back to Florida residing in Plant City and then Sand Key. Wherever they lived, family and friends were always encouraged to come and visit. Grandchildren especially loved visiting and playing with grandma and pop pop. Walter will be fondly remembered for the twinkle in his eyes, quick wit, sound advice and his ability to recognize the strengths of each member of his family and encourage them to follow their dreams. He wants us all to remember the selfless service of the men and women of the Armed Forces. There will be a visitation on Saturday, May 23, 12:30-1pm with his funeral service starting at 1pm both at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Street N., St. Petersburg with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Alzheimer's Association or American Diabetes Association . Visit the personalized online guestbook at www.AndersonMcQueen.com.
 
Captain Walter F. FIELDSA was hired by Northeast on 07/10/1957 and retired from Delta in April 1982

Funeral Home :  Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 822-2059
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 22, 2015

Jon J Maynard , President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers

Delta Employee and Retiree Care Fund  , (H) 617.787.2620 , (E) jjmaynard@usa.net

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~ IN MEMORY ~

        Doris A. Fieldsa
           February 17, 1926 - December 6, 2012
 

DL Capt. Hugh B. Craig IV

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Hugh B. Craig IV
August 4, 1958 - May 18, 2015
 
Notification with the passing of Delta Captain Hugh Boyd Craig IV, age 57.  Captain Craig joined Delta Air Lines 08-11-2008 and was based ATL.   
Services were held yesterday May 21st in Hoover, Alabama.  The online obituary and guestbook for Captain Craig may be viewed at
Survived by his wife Stacey personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1189 Hibiscus Drive , Hoover, AL 35226-5096  ...  (205) 985-8844
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary............................
Hugh Boyd Craig IV, beloved father, husband, son, brother, and friend died suddenly on Monday, May 18, 2015. Hugh was born in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from John Carroll High School and the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980 . He served with distinction in the United States Air Force as a pilot for 7 years. Hugh was employed as an commercial airline pilot for Delta Airlines where he attained the rank of Captain.  He is survived by his wife Stacey Cocoris Craig, his children Constance LaRue and Joseph William Craig, his parents and step-parents LaRue and Karl Thallner and Carol and Hugh B. Craig III, his brother Mark Craig, his sister Caroline Craig Martin, his parents-in-law, his sisters- and brothers-in-law, and many nieces, nephews and innumerable friends. Hugh loved his family above all else, and his happiest times were spent with his children both at home and through his involvement in the Prince of Peace Catholic School. Visitation will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 4:00 until 6:00 at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. A funeral mass will immediately follow the visitation. A private interment will take place at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions in Hugh's name to the Prince of Peace Catholic School scholarship fund.
 

Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.

Monday, May 18, 2015

DL Capt. Jack P. Smith

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt Jack P. 'Possum' Smith
November 9, 1920 ~ May 7, 2015
 

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired DL pilot Captain Jack Phillip Smith, age 94.  Captain Smith joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1945 and retired in 1980, based DFW.  Captain Smith was widowed in February 2008 with the passing of his wife LaVoe Taylor Smith.  They had most recently resided near Euless TX.  Services for Captain Smith were held May 12th in Colleyville TX.
 
 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blogspot.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
 
Obituary..................................
Jack P. Smith, 94, peacefully passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. He joined his wife, LaVoe, of 66 years of marriage. Jack was a retired Delta Airlines Captain with 37 years of service.
 
Services: Funeral service, Tuesday May 12, 12:30PM at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Visitation prior to service from 11-12:15PM at Bluebonnet Hills. Interment to follow in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
 
Survivors: son, Mark Smith (Gale); daughter, Sheldra 'Shelly' Grant (Ric); three grandchildren - Phillip Smith (Sara), Nicole Smith Derrick (Chris), Summer Grant Kelner (Jeremy); and five great grandchildren - Jackson Derrick, Michael Kelner, Alexander 'Lex' Kelner, William Kelner, and Justin Kelner.
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LaVoe Taylor Smith  obituary  ,  1922-2008

LaVoe Taylor Smith, 85, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed peacefully from this life Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at her home.
LaVoe was born June 23, 1922, in Colfax.
Survivors: Her husband, Jack P. Smith; son, Mark C. Smith and wife, Gale; daughter, Sheldra "Shelly" Grant and husband, Ric; grandchildren, Phillip M. Smith and wife, Sara, Nicole R. Smith and husband, Chris, Summer L. Grant and fiance, Jeremy; great-grandson, Jackson Derrick; extended-family members; and a host of friends.
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home , Colleyville , 817-498-5894

NC/NWA Capt. John D. Andrews

~ IN MEMORY ~
NC/NWA Capt. John Dee Andrews
January 22, 1944 ~ May 11, 2015
 
 
Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain John D. Andrews, age 71.  Captain Andrews' obituary notes that he joined North Central Airlines in July of 1972, made the various mergers and would have retired with Northwest Airlines.
 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.wcfish.com/  or click on at http://wcfish.tributes.com/obituary/show/John-D.-Andrews-102465339 
Services for Captain Andrews were held May 14th in Austin TX. 
Captain Andrews had most recently resided at  5406 Marsh Creek Drive , Austin, TX 78759-6220   ... (512) 327-3777
 
Should we receive more details we will be sure to pass the information along.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
 
 
 
ANDREWS, John D.: Newspaper Obituary ............................
    John D. Andrews, born on January 22, 1944 in Burnet, Texas to Myrtle Elvin Taylor, passed away on May 11, 2015 after a tremendously courageous and long battle with cancer.
    John D. grew up in Marble Falls, and during his early years he enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with his grandfather, John Taylor, a renowned state game warden. He spoke often of the remarkable times he spent with his grandparents, and the love he had for them. John eventually moved to Waco and graduated from Waco's University High School in 1962. Thereafter, he attended Temple Junior College and earned his Associates Degree. Shortly after college he followed through on his dream and moved to Alaska in 1964 with his dog, Chinook. Upon arrival in Alaska, he worked on an over 110' WWII submarine chaser the "Air Quail", which had been converted to a commercial fishing vessel. During this time he commercially fished and thinned out the overpopulation of spotted seal and sea lion with the supervision of the U.S. government. Thereafter he and Bill Hammerly continued to fish and hunt from the boat throughout Prince William Sound, the Aleutian Islands to Umank. It was during this period, he would discover his passion in life when he flew in Bill's Aeronica 7AC.
    His passion for aviation returned him to Texas and he bought his first airplane, a Cessna 140A in 1965 in Austin. During this period he worked at Robert Mueller Airport where he started his instructing and teaching ground school and kept an office in the Robert Mueller Tower for the Longhorn Flying Club. John went on to become a civilian flight instructor for the Air Force in Laredo. After leaving this position he took a job as a pilot for Schlumberger on a Falcon Fan jet and an Aero Commander jet as a private pilot for the president of the company. His travels took him all over the United States and Mexico during his employment with Schlumberger until 1969.
    In 1969, John entered into his career in the commercial airline industry with Texas International as a co-pilot on Convair 600's, but was laid off in 1970. At this time, John returned to Alaska. He flew for Alaska Air Guides as a bush pilot flying throughout Alaska on wheels, floats, and skis, making many trips to Mt. Alyeska until spring of 1972. John returned to Texas in 1972 wherein he did freelance flying out of Houston and was hired as a private pilot for then Texas Lt. Governor William T. Hobby.
    John was hired on with North Central Airlines on July 7, 1972 which then become Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines and eventually Delta Airlines. In 1980 he checked out as Captain for the DC-9 aircraft. In total, John served 33 years as a commercial pilot, of which he was Captain for 24 years. He checked out as Captain on both the DC-9 and MD-88 and trained for the DC-10 during his last years of commercial flying. During his spare time, he flew as part of the Confederate Air Force in San Marcos, Captaining the "Yellow Rose", a B-25 Bomber. In total John
D. records an astonishing 30,815 hours of flying time or the equivalent of over 3.5 years of continuous flying with a spotless record.
    John loved to travel and sail. During his career as a seaman he owned a 30' Catalina sailboat named after his daughter, the "Jamie D" and a 37' Tayana, the "Chinook Wind". His passion for sailing was equal to that of flying and his love of Lake Travis never left.
    John was reared to Master Mason in Minnesota, Lodge #337 and later moved his membership to the Hill City Masonic Lodge #456 where he has been a member since 1973. John D. was also a member of the Airline Pilots Association for 32 years, a member of Riverbend Baptist Church, and a past member of the Hill Country Street Rod and Longhorn Corvette Clubs. He was and remained throughout his life passionate about his planes, boats, hot rods, and corvettes.
    John is survived by his daughter Jamie Andrews Davis of Lancaster, Kentucky, her husband, Chris, and their children Cyndi and Cayden; his life partner and special care giver, Dianne Andrews, who devoted the last four years of her life taking care of John, and aunt Jane Wagonfuhr and husband Ray of Austin. He is preceded in death by his mother, Myrtle E. Andrews.
    During the last five years of his life, little Cyndi was his reason for living. She brought light into his life and gave him the will to fight. No person could love a child as much as he loved Cyndi. Despite being terminally ill, John spent a tremendous amount of time with Cyndi and showed her a large part of the US with their many travels, just as he had with his daughter. By far, John's greatest accomplishment was as a father and grandfather.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Netaji of Texas Oncology, along with his staff, for the excellent care and support.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the Smith Chapel of Riverbend Church. Interment was held at 2:00 p.m. in the Marble Falls City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks the contributions be made in memory of John to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (512) 452-8811. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com 
Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Marble Falls City Cemetery.

NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Alton G. Graham

~ IN MEMORY ~
NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Alton 'Al' Graham
September 8, 1941 ~ April 22, 2015  
 
Notification with the passing of NAL/PAA/DL Captain Alton Gregory 'Al' Graham, age 73.  Captain Graham joined National Airlines 08-28-1967, made the merger with Pan Am and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2001.  He was based NYC then 030/ATL prior to his retirement.
To sign the online guestbook please visit http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?pid=174769873 
Survived by his wife Diana personal condolences may be sent to the family at
8836 Neumann Drive , Elberta, AL 36530-5518   .... (251) 987-1315
Service arrangements to be advised at a later date.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
 
 
  
DOH Aug 28, 1967     
U.S.M.C. Veteran


This ran in the MOB Press-Register in memory of Al on 05/03/15. 
The F-8 Crusader flew it's first flight 03/25/55.  Al was 13 going on 14. 




Alton G. Graham
September 8, 1941   -   April 22, 2015

Alton Gregory Graham passed away quietly on April 22, 2015.  He was born in Fairhope, AL and grew up in Summerdale.   As a young boy Al dreamed of flying the F-8 Crusader jet.  He made that dream come true as a U.S.M.C. fighter pilot.  He served in Viet Nam as well as other bases worldwide.  As a former fellow fighter squadron pilot recently said “Al made that plane do things it was not supposed to be capable of”.  Al was a career airline pilot having flown for National Airlines, Pan American Airways and Delta Airlines.   
He is survived by his wife Diana (Armstrong) and his son.  Al is most proud of that amazing son Major Christopher Armstrong Graham, U.S.M.C. and his beautiful family; wife Tricia (Smith) and his “little man” Conor. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Lorene (Morgan) and Alton Dewey Graham as well as his brother Norman.  Al is survived by his brothers; Nathan and A.D. Graham, his sisters-in-law Barbara (Brown) and Kathy, his brothers-in-law Bill and Thomas Armstrong (Karen), as well as his beloved “second mother” Aunt Euvada (Morgan) and Uncle Dick Steffler along with his Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. 
Al will no doubt be remembered as a gentle, kind man who loved aviation and could fly anything.  He will be dearly missed by his many friends in and outside of aviation as well as his neighbors who could always count on him for a favor, a smile or his wry wit. 
 GOD’s grace was evident in all aspects of Al’s life.   He worked to achieve and live his dreams.  And, while we did not get the miracle we were all hoping for there can be no denying the many miracles of grace, goodness and kindness surrounding him in his last days.  He lived a beautiful life.  He was a beautiful man. 
Many, many thanks to the staff of South Baldwin Hospital and Hospice.
Final arrangements will be announced at a later date.