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This page is produced by the PCN and is designed to be respectful and an honor to those from among us whom have made their final Flight West. When the PCN receives notices, all families agree that address info will be included (unless requested otherwise) on this semi-private web page. Contributor contact info is removed before posting (unless requested otherwise).


Monday, June 29, 2015

NWA Capt. O. Stewart Schroeder

NWA Capt. O. Stewart 'Stew' Schroeder
October 16, 1942 ~ June 29, 2015
Please see information below ... news with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Orville Stewart Schroeder, age 72.
Captain Schroeder joined Northwest Airlines 12-06-1965 and retired in 2002. 
Arrangements are pending and will be advised when known.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

From: RNPA News   Sent: Monday, June 29, 2015 2:08 PM   Subject:  Stew Schroeder Has Flown West.

Doug Harrison writes..................I received this message  this morning.................... 
From Stew's daughter Stephanie Martin: 
Good morning. Dad passed away at little after 3 am   PDT this morning. I was able to make it to Sandpoint by about 1 a.m. so was here. No plans as of yet, most likely later in the summer or early fall for a gathering.  
Stephanie has put up a Caring Bridge Site for anyone might want to convey a message. The address is :   http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stewschroeder 

Caringbridge site read :
Stew passed away a little after 3a PDT today in Sandpoint, ID. He was diagnosed with mixed/Alzheimer's dementia in 2008 and moved to Idaho full time in 2011. A memorial will be scheduled for later this summer or early fall. Please feel free to share your 'Stew Stories' here and check back for more information. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

RW/NWA Capt. Francis 'Frank' J. Polvino

BO/RW/NWA  Capt. Frank Polvino
November 7, 1936 ~ April 5, 2015
Noted on the Hughes AirWest memorial site, the passing of retired pilot Captain Frank Polvino:  "Frank had been on hospice and passed away of heart failure on April 5th.  No further details available."  Captain Francis 'Frank' John Polvino joined Bonanza Airlines 01-05-1967 which became AirWest/Hughes AirWest, and would have retired with Northwest Airlines.  He is survived by his wife Kathleen and had most recently resided in the Prescott AZ area. 
Captain Polvino's online obituary notice can still be found at
~ Frank John Polvino      Posted on April 10, 2015
Frank John Polvino of Prescott Arizona passed away on April 5, 2015.  Frank was born on November 7, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to John and Anne (Sabato).  He is survived by his wife Kathleen.  No services are scheduled at this time.
Arrangements entrusted to Davids Desert Chapel Funeral Home  http://www.davidsdesertchapelfuneralhome.com/
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN   

RW/NWA Capt. Dwight R. Sissell

RW/NWA  Capt. Dwight R. Sissell
March 3, 1943 ~ June 25, 2015
Word has been received with the passing of retired pilot Captain Dwight Roger Sissell, age 72.  Information is limited but I believe Captain Sissell was born/raised in California.  He may have first flown for Bonanza which became AirWest/Hughes Airwest and would have retired with Northwest Airlines.  Survived by his wife Roxanne personal condolences may be sent to
100 SUNRISE CLIFFS CT.,  SEDONA, AZ  86336-3400 .... (928) 282-4387
Additional information and/or corrections are always appreciated....please do let us know so that we can update our memorial site.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN
-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Huffmaster Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:51 AM  Subject: DWIGHT SISSELL
As many of you already know, Dwight passed away this past Friday after a long illness!
Sympathy cards can be sent to his wife & retired flight attendant, Roxanne Caserta Sissell
Roxanne's address is:  Roxanne Sissell,  100 Sunrise Cliffs Court,  Sedona, Az.  86336
No services are planned
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:20 AM
Subject: Captain Dwight Roger Sissell
fw from Jim G...
This is what I sent to be posted on the Hughes Air West Memory blog..
~ Roxanne Sissell 
Captain Dwight Roger Sissell

Dwight was born March 3, 1943 to Lloyd and Lucille Sissell in Bell, California. Passed away June 25, 2015 at home in Sedona, Arizona.
    Dwight graduated from Whittier High School, (California) in 1960.  He then joined The United States Army and graduated Officers Candidate School in March 1963, Fort Benning, Georgia.
    Received his certificates of flying from The United States Army Aviation School.  Relocated to Arizona in 1965 where he attended Arizona State University and was with The Arizona National Guard.
    May 20, 1968 started ground school for Bonanza Airlines, achieving his dream career as a commercial airline pilot.  Retiring March 3, 2003 with Northwest Airlines.
Dwight and Roxanne were married February 1975.  Together enjoyed the great outdoors, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, sail boating, ranching, motorcycle riding, and competition shooting.
Dwight loved woodworking and could design and build anything.
His presence with-- his hat and aviator glasses-- will be dearly missed forever.

PAA/DL Capt. Ralph M. Shape

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Ralph M. Shape
April 12, 1936 ~ June 21, 2015

From: David L. Roberts   Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:39 AM  Subject: Death of retired PAA/DL Captain Ralph M. Shape

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to Mrs. Judie Shape for sending the obituary of the death of her husband, retired PAA/DL Captain Ralph M. Shape, 79.  Ralph was a classmate of mine in Air Force Pilot Training Class 61-Delta in 1959-60.  After pilot training we went our separate ways then met again at Delta at JFK after the PAA/DL merger in 1991.  He was hired by PAN AM 6/20/1966.  She writes that his cause of death was unsuccessful heart valve replacement and (leiomyosarcoma) prostate cancer.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to the Shape family at 3757 South 194 St., Seattle, WA 98188, phone 206-592-8270 and email < judieshape@hotmail.com >.  Please keep the Shape family in your thoughts and prayers.  Dave


Captain Ralph M. Shape - Northwest native Graduate of Univ. of Washington, and Air Force Veteran.  Flew with PanAm (1966-1991) and Delta (1991-2004).  He received his license for Lear jets, owned and leased his own plane out to the TV weatherman.  He shared his travels with his wife of 56 years, Judie.  Witnessed up close the downing of the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet Union.  He semi retired to his home on Angle lake.  He volunteered to drive the seniors van and graduated to Mayor in a town (SEA-TAC) that includes an international airport.  Rather than relaxing in his retirement, he spent eight years of active service on the Council.  Elected as Mayor in 2008 where he dedicated himself to driving positive change and innovation on behalf of his community.  His hobbies and interests were diverse and his passions included staying active in the Cascade Treasure Club, The Federation of Metal Detecting Clubs (Treasurer) and the Magic Lantern Society (President).  He held the Seattle Museum of Flight in highest regard and he loved to visit and share the history there with his friends and family.  Ralph passed on Father's Day, June 21st, 2015.  He is survived by his wife Judie and their children, Martin Shape and Lori and Michael Spencer and grandchildren, David and Stefany Spencer.
Obituary will be in the Seattle Times this Sunday, 6/28/15


Ralph M. Shape

1936 - 2015 | Obituary   
Ralph M. Shape

Ralph Moritz Shape was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936 in Seattle, Washington to parents John and Esther Shape. He passed away Sunday, June 21st, 2015. Graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Washington. He worked at Boeing Texas and flight school in the US Air Force. Following eight years of military service, he continued his love of flying with Pan American, flying all over the world for 25 years. That included 7 years in Berlin, Germany witnessing the fall of the wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. With the demise of Pan Am he continued his flying, now, with Delta Airlines. They built their home at Angle Lake where they could see airplanes take off and land and could walk to the airport. Following retirement Ralph ran for SeaTac City Council and served in that capacity for eight years which included two as Mayor. Travel stayed on the agenda as well as some winter time spent in Arizona. Ralph is survived by his wife of 56 years Judie; son Martin of Puyallup, daughter and son-in-law Lori and Michael Spencer, two terrific grandchildren, Stefany and David; brother and sister-in-law John and Donna Shape; sister Ann Morrison; and his best friend KuKu. Interment will be at Washington Memorial Park in SeaTac. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Museum of Flight or to your favorite charity [] .
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=ralph-m-shape&pid=175177818#sthash.IXltOj1K.dpuf

DL Capt. Jerry A. Church

Update:  family address

From: David L. Roberts Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 5:39 PM   
Subject: Death of retired DL Capt. Jerry A. Church

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to Mrs. Carol Faulkner for forwarding the obituary of another of our classmates, Jerry Anderson Church, 78.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his wife Linda at 5284 Sea Chase Drive, Unit 3, Amelia Island, FL 32034-5852, phone 904-321-4356.   Please keep Linda and her family in your hearts and prayers.

From: Carol    Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015 11:33 PM   
Subject: passing of DL Capt. Jerry A. Church , age 78

DL Capt. Jerry A. Church
February 24, 1937 ~ June 17, 2015

Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain Jerry Anderson Church, age 78.  Captain Church joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1967 and retired in 1997, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Linda Stone.
Captain Church's obituary notes that a memorial service will be held at a later date.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Jerry Anderson Church, 78, of Amelia Island, FL and Atlanta, GA, passed away on June 17, 2015. He was born in Valdese, NC on February 24, 1937 to John G. Church and Clara Pritchard Church. After his childhood in Valdese, Jerry attended North Carolina State University, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked at Douglas Aircraft Company for two years and then entered the US Navy's aviation program. Following his Navy service, Jerry flew for Delta Airlines for 30 years until he retired as a Captain in 1997. Jerry loved his flying career and often regaled his family and friends with fascinating Navy and Delta anecdotes. For many years, when not flying, Jerry was sailing. He, his children and friends sailed widely throughout Biscayne Bay and the Caribbean and up the Intra-coastal Waterway to Chesapeake Bay and New York. Sailing his boat into the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in New York Harbor was one of his best-loved trips. Upon retirement, Jerry focused on his two favorite activities: travel and learning. In 18 years, he and his girlfriend, then wife, Linda, explored six of the seven continents. They hiked, drove, flew, biked, rode trains and cruised to enjoy the world's beauty, history and diversity. When not traveling, Jerry was learning. Whether it was science, history, economics or genealogy, he was constantly researching on-line, reading a book or watching an educational DVD. Jerry will be remembered most for his kindness, welcoming smile and loving heart. He was devoted to his family, spending many months caring for his parents in their final years. Always generous with his time, knowledge and affection, Jerry was a loyal and steadfast friend. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Linda Stone, his son, Scott Church of Lakeport, CA, his daughter, Sarah (Chuck) Israel of Miami, FL, his adored grandsons, Austin and Cameron Gray of Miami, FL, his sister and brother-in-law, Gwen and Sam Eason of Orange Park, FL, his uncle, C. Willard Church of Valdese, NC, and his mother-in-law, Charlotte Smithloff of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves three nieces and several cousins who were very dear to him. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 28, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=Jerry-Anderson-Church&pid=175174501#sthash.sG8YQbds.dpuf

PAA/DL Flt Instructor Stephen James 'Jim' Mecsery

PAA/DL Flight Instructor Stephen James 'Jim' Mecsery
July 18, 1946 - June 21, 2015
Notification with the passing of PAA/DL Flight Instructor Jim Mecsery, age 68.  Please see obituary below for information. 
To share online condolences and to view the family photo gallery, please visit  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Stephen-Mecsery&lc=4879&pid=175140863&mid=6492648 
Our information is very limited....should we receive more news we will be sure to update our blog sites.
Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.... 31 Arch St., Greenwich, CT 06830 | 203-869-1513
Stephen James Mecsery (Jim) son of Stephen and Shirley Mecsery of Cos Cob, passed away on Sunday June 21, 2015 of heart failure at Yale Hospital in New Haven, CT at the age of 68. Born in Greenwich, Jim attended the Greenwich Public Schools and later went on to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He began his career in flying at the age of 15 as a U.S. Air mail employee.
Jim was a flight instructor for Pan AM and Delta Airlines, and an engineer with Atlas Air flying 747 aircraft. Although his distinguished career as a pilot took him to all corners of the world, it was his home in Cos Cob that made him the happiest.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Sheila of 45 years and his two sons, Stephen James of Los Angeles, California, and Michael Richard of Cos Cob . He is also survived by his siblings, Sean Mecsery of Stamford, and his family, Sandy Kamen of Fl, and her family, and niece Stacy Collins and her family of Riverside, CT. He is predeceased by his sister, Stacey's mother, Diane Fowler.
As a lifelong resident of greenwich Jim was well known to everyone in town. His warm personality, love of a good story and sense of humor was adored by all who knew him.
Jim was a family man beyond anything else.
He had a passion for restoring old cars and at any given time an old car was waiting for him in his garage. He loved trains, but most of all Jim enjoyed being with his friends and family. He loved walks and picnics at Todds Point and enjoying time at the North Mianus River Club. To know Jim, was to love Jim!
Friends may call at the Gallagher's Funeral Home in Greenwich on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. A service will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 A.M. at the Diamond Hill Methodist Church in Cos Cob.
.Published in GreenwichTime on June 24, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NWA/DL pilot Thomas Joseph Easterbrook

NWA/DL pilot Thomas Joseph Easterbrook
July 9, 1957 ~ June 21, 2015

Notification with the passing of Northwest/Delta pilot Thomas Joseph Easterbrook, age 57.  Tom is survived by his wife Selsy Alvidrez Easterbrook.  Please see obituary below for services and information.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blog sites.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
On Sunday June 21 our beloved Son, Husband, Brother, and Father passed from this world. Tom is survived by his mother Joan Harrison Easterbrook, his wife Selsy Easterbrook, and his children Robert Easterbrook, Jim Easterbrook and Kaitlyn Easterbrook. Additionally Tom has three siblings. Sister Erin (Boyd) Easterbrook, Mark Easterbrook and Matthew Easterbrook.
Tom experienced an eventful life. He served honorably for the Fresno and Tulare county Sheriffs departments. Tom became a pilot early in the 80's and amassed many flight hours working for security air transports. He soon piloted private concerns for many corporate clients. In time his commercial experience put him to work for Northwest and Delta Airlines flying his beloved 757 aircraft.
Tom was a Jack of all trades and a master of many! A brilliant marksman, an accomplished swimmer and weightlifter, Tom was just special! He lifted the spirits of so many around him. He solved problems and saved lives. He was a beautiful Man, Son, Father, Husband and brother. He always said "if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem"! You can't be either if you don't care and Tom did. He was my Brother!
Rosary TBD see Welch Ryce Haider wrhsb.com.   http://www.wrhsb.com/ 
Funeral Mass at 10 am Wednesday July 1, 2015 at Saint Raphael's church, Hollister Ave.

 : St Raphael's Church , 5444 Hollister Ave.,  Santa Barbara, CA 93111
.Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from June 27 to July 1, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newspress/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-joseph-easterbrook&pid=175170696#sthash.8K0AI8GS.dpuf

DL Capt. William L. Daye

DL Capt. William L. 'Bill' Daye 
July 7, 1956 ~ June 23, 2015
We have received notice that Delta Captain William Lamar Daye passed away unexpectedly late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning after having suffered a heart attack.  Bill joined Delta Air Lines 03-28-1986.  Formerly based Miami and 052/ATG, Bill more recently was a Simulator Instructor for Delta Global Services.  He is survived by his wife Farah.  The family advises us that there will be a Celebration of Life memorial service for Bill the afternoon of Saturday July 11th in Jensen Beach, Florida at Indian Riverside Park from  2-6:00 pm.  
        Indian Riverside Park ,  1707 NE Indian River Drive , Jensen Beach, FL 34957
To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at
        4140 NE Savannah Road, Jensen Beach, FL  34957  ...  (772) 232-1033
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blog sites.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Friday, June 26, 2015

NEA/DL Capt. Charles W. Horton III

Update with obituary:  To view Captain Horton's obituary and to sign the online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website at
            November 14, 1937 - June 25, 2015  

BIOGRAPHY.............Mr. Charles Horton, III, age 77, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 14, 1937 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charles and Catherine Fox Horton.
Mr. Horton was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. He served in the United States Army, United States Army Reserve and National Guard as Rotary and Fixed Wing Pilot, retiring after 42 years. He was also a pilot for Delta Airlines for 29 years.
Mr. Horton is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Holly Ann Horton.
Mr. Horton is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Susan Horton of Santa Rosa Beach; two sons, Charles W. Horton IV, of Fayetteville, Georgia and Rhett Horton and wife Melissa of Broomfield, Colorado, and one brother Kim Horton of New York.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.
NEA/DL Capt. Charlie Horton
November 14, 1937 ~ June 25, 2015
News has reached us with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Charles W. Horton III, age 77.  Captain Horton joined Northeast Airlines 09-03-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997, based 030/ATL. 
Survived by his wife Susan,
personal condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are pending and will be advised when known. 
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN

Monday, June 22, 2015

PAA/DL F/O Joseph J. Bloyder

USAF veteran, PAA/DL  Capt. Joe Bloyder
December 3, 1939 ~ June 13, 2015

Notification with the passing of retired Pan American/Delta pilot Captain Joseph John Bloyder, age 75.  I believe Captain Bloyder joined Pan Am 03-25-1968.  He retired with Delta Air Lines in December 1999 as F/O based 030/SLC.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.michelottisawyers.com/obituaries/ 
Captain Bloyder's obituary notes that services will be held tomorrow June 23rd in Montana.   
Whitepages lists the family's address in Arkansas as
11 Blue Jay Way, Conway AR 72032-8816 ...  (501) 327-0576
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
-----------------------  obituary------------------------

Joseph John Bloyder, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2015.

Joe was born on Dec. 3, 1939, in Bayonne, N.J., to Joseph F. and Estelle Bloyder. He had one older sister, Irene. Joe's intelligence showed up at a young age when he graduated with honors from Saint Peter's Prep High School in Jersey City, N.J. At a young age, Joe had a passion for aviation and wanted to be a pilot. He graduated from St. Louis University Parks College with an aeronautical engineering degree in 1960 and went directly into the United States Air Force and pilot training. He flew F-102 jets, which he loved, and then, upon leaving the USAF, he flew commercially for Pan American Airlines, was chief test pilot for Falcon Jet Corporation and finished his flying days with Delta Airlines. Joe retired at age 60, after 39 years of living out his passion of being a pilot.
Joe was a true Renaissance man, speaking several languages, playing multiple musical instruments, having poetry published and writing a children's book.
Joe loved aviation, his country and, most of all, his family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Murphy Bloyder; daughter Jessica Royer; son-in-law Nate Royer; son Joseph Bloyder; daughter-in-law Shannon Bloyder; and granddaughters Mikayla, Lexie, Delaney and Ela Bloyder.
Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m., June 23 at Yellowstone National Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Hilands Golf Club.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.michelottisawyers.com  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NWA/DL Capt. C. Jay Baldwin, Lt. Col ret. Air Natl Guard

SERVICES: C. Jay Baldwin: Newspaper Obituary 

Brattleboro Reformer (VT) - Saturday, June 20, 2015

C. Jay Baldwin went to be with his Lord on June 04, 2015 as a result of a tragic ground accident in his beloved "bush" in Alaska. At the time of Jay's death he was on a touring expedition and attempting to stop a nearby parked plane that had jumped it's chock, was struck by the prop of his own plane when the moving plane nudged Jay's and changed the position of Jay's aircraft...........................Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 1 to 5 p.m. in AKDT at Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla, Alaska.  Instead of flowers please donate to the VALLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST: church@akvcoc.com  building fund in care of Robert Kuenning. Jay's heart was deeply involved in this project and it would honor him to know other's appreciated his interest.

NWA/DL Capt. C. Jay Baldwin, Lt. Col ret. Air National Guard
November 21, 1952 ~ June 4, 2015

Notification with the tragic accidental death of NWA/DL pilot Captain Clark Jay Baldwin, age 62.  Captain Baldwin joined Northwest in 1989 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2013 as is noted in his obituary.  After retirement the family moved to Alaska where Jay established the Alaska's Cub Training Specialist program....you can read more about the Baldwin's venture at  http://youflyalaska.com/  or 
Survived by his wife Sandra 'Sandy' and their children, personal condolences may be sent to
2770 S. Sky Ranch Loop, Palmer  AK 99645-9004  or 
6252 E. Beechcraft Circle Ste. 1 , Wasilla  AK 99654-9371.
Services will be held Saturday June 20th in Wasilla, Alaska...please see obituary below for arrangements.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
C. Jay Baldwin went to be with his Lord on June 4, 2015, as a result of a tragic ground accident in his beloved "bush" in Alaska. At the time of Jay's death, he was on a touring expedition and in attempting to stop a nearby parked plane that had jumped it's chock, was struck by the prop of his own plane when the moving plane nudged Jay's and changed the position of Jay's aircraft. Jay was born on Nov. 21, 1952, in Brattleboro, Vt. He grew up in the "little" outdoors of Dummerston, Vt., learning, hunting and fishing. In 1970, Jay graduated from Brattleboro Union High School and started his journey and lifelong goal to be a pilot when he was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. While at the Academy, he was involved in glider flying. Upon graduating from the Academy with a degree in Astronautical Engineering, he attended pilot training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, Texas. He returned to Reese and became a much loved T-37 and Academics instructor. During is six year commitment to the taxpayer for providing him his education, he met the love of his life, Sandy. They married on Nov. 27, 1981, and decided to move to Great Falls, Mont., where the "Big Sky Country" provided him a place to play, as well as a job with Montana Air National Guard. C. Jay Baldwin's family grew to seven and for 15 years Jay flew and honed his piloting skills, piloting T-33s, F-106s and F-16s. In 1989, Northwest Airlines hired Jay to fly the Boeing 727 and 747. Being an incredible husband and a loving father to five children, flying fighters and holding down a fulltime airline job, Jay still managed to explore the wilds of Montana and pass on his love of hunting and fishing to his kids. He opened his heart to the Lord and obeyed the gospel call with his family church at Central Avenue Church of Christ. On retirement from the National Guard with the rank of Lt. Col., Jay took his family north to the "Last Frontier." There, due to his desire to teach "Survival Flying," he established the Alaska's Cub Training Specialists, an instructional and touring business using his beloved PA-18 Super Cubs. In 2013, Jay retired from Northwest, which had become Delta, and dedicated his time to his true passion teaching others to fly. Jay's life was devoted to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He planted many seeds living the life of a man dedicated to God. He joined the Valley Church of Christ family in Wasilla, Alaska, where he grew as well as mentored those around him for Christ's cause. If Jay could voice his feelings he would say, "It is well with my soul, hug your loved ones and if you are a pilot, keep flying!" Jay spent his life doing what he loved. He radiated happiness, everyone was his friend and no one was a stranger. He was much loved and will be even more missed. Jay is survived by his wife, Sandra M. Baldwin; son, Robert J. Baldwin; son, Steve J. Baldwin; daughter, Jamie M. Geis; daughter, Kimberly Fierstos; son, Mark Apuna; father, David H. Baldwin; brother, Scott D. Baldwin; sister, Donna D. Berera; and sister, Diane L. Post. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. in AKDT at Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. Instead of flowers please donate to the Valley Church of Christ ( church@akvcoc.com ) building fund in care of Robert Kuenning. Jay's heart was deeply involved in this project and it would honor him to know others appreciated his interest.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Mat-Su Funeral Home, 6901 E. Blue Lupine Drive, Wasilla, AK  99654 ... (907) 745-5477.
.Published in Alaska Dispatch News on June 17, 2015
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary.aspx?n=C-Jay-Baldwin&pid=175093905#sthash.oDXI5VWf.dpuf

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DL Capt. Robert L. Boniol Jr.

06-17-2015...adding obituary & Picture ...Cf
In Memory of Robert Louis Boniol Jr.
April 20, 1931 - June 12, 2015


Robert (Bob) Louis Boniol, Jr, son of the late Robert (Bud) Louis and Opal Boniol, born in Merced, CA on April 20, 1931, went to be with our Heavenly Father on June 12, 2015. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his three children Michele Boniol Bratton, Bridget Boniol and Robert Franklin Boniol, his 6 grandchildren Brian, Tyler and Jason Bratton and Ashley, Abbey and Robby Boniol, and great grandchild Kayleb Brayden Olszewski. Bob was raised in Kamay, TX, attended the University of North Texas at Denton where he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Finance. He went on to serve in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander Naval Aviator from 1951 - 1955, followed by a 34 year career with Delta Airlines as an L-1011 International Captain. He earned his way to become a Certified Licensed Underwriter in the Life Insurance industry and was a realtor in De Cordova Bend Estates and Pecan Plantation. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed. The family would like to extend heartfelt love and gratitude to Ms. Beatrice Thairu, who was his devoted, compassionate personal caregiver for 15 years. You brought such Joy and Quality beyond measure to his life during those critical years, Beatrice ~ we love you. A Memorial Service will be held to honor Bob's life at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 2:00 PM, to be followed by a reception at the same location: 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX, 75225.
DL Capt. Robert Louis Boniol Jr.
April 20, 1931 ~ June 12, 2015
News has reached us with the passing of Navy veteran retired Delta pilot Captain Robert L. Boniol, age 84.  Captain Boniol joined Delta Air Lines 04-30-1956 and was flying international routes prior to his retirement.   He is survived by his wife Kathleen 'Kathy' and their children. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the Boniol family at 
6828 Midcrest Drive , Dallas, TX 75254-7944   ...  (972) 239-4014
Arrangements have been entrusted to
Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park,
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225  ...  (214) 363-5401 
which should take you directly to Capt. Boniol's guestbook.  Services for Captain Boniol are planned for June 18th at 2:00 PM, Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home of Dallas TX. 
            Thank you, 
                ~ Carol for the PCN

From: Mary Richards    Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 9:49 AM    Subject: Bob Boniol's death

I would like the pilots to know that a long time friend Bob Boniol died last Friday.
Bob had been disabled for over twenty years. His wife, Kathy, would like to notify the pilots who knew Bob.
His service will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest in Dallas on Thursday June 18th at 2:00 P.M.
Thank you,
Mary Richards

Virginia Edson, widow of WAL Capt Norman Edson & mother of WA/DL Capt. Bob Edson

Mrs. Virginia Edson, widow of WAL Capt Norman Edson and mother of WA/DL Capt Robert A. Edson
October 20, 1913 ~ June 14, 2015
News with the passing of Mrs. Virginia Edson has reached us...she was 101 years of age at the time of her passing on June 14th. 
Virginia is survived by her sons and daughters and their families.  
Capt. Bob Edson writes that services will be held for his mother on June 19th in Parker CO...please see information below.
Captain Edson can be reached by email at capn.bob65@yahoo.com 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
On Jun 16, 2015, at 3:35 PM, Robert Edson <capn.bob65@yahoo.com> wrote:A memorial service for Virginia will be held on Friday June 19 in Parker, Colorado.  All are welcome. Details listed below. 
In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations to the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter at the address listed below.
Service will begin at 1030 AM with a reception to follow at the church. 
Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 9030 Miller Road, Parker, Colorado 80138.
    Directions:  From Parker Road into downtown Parker. 
    East on Main Street to the stop light, right turn continues Main Street.
    About 2 miles east look for Ave Maria Catholic Church on the hill directly ahead.
    Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church shares the same Miller Road but on the hill to the right.
Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter455 Sherman St. Suite 500Denver, Co. 80203
In the name of Virginia Edson
17288 Trailmaster Drive
Parker, Colorado 80134
Please let us know if you will be attending the service so we can prepare to welcome all.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support, our family appreciates your caring.
Bob Edson
WAL Captain Norman Arthur Edson
August 7, 1913 ~ June 19, 1991

Norman A. Edson, longtime pilot for Western Airlines who made headlines in 1960 when he safely landed a crippled DC-6 at Stapleton Airport, died June 19 in Presbyterian Aurora Hospital. He was 77. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today, June 22, in Fairmount Mortuary. The body was cremated. Mr. Edson began his career as a Western Airlines pilot in 1942, flying northern routes from Canada to Alaska during World War II. He retired in 1973. On Aug. 29, 1960, Mr. Edson was pilot of Western Flight 50 from Denver to Great Falls, Mont. Upon taking off after a stop in Casper, Wyo., the wheel of the left main landing gear fell off the 4-engine DC-6 and Mr. Edson was forced to return to Denver to attempt a landing where more safety facilities were available. After dumping more than 1,300 gallons of fuel northeast of Denver, Mr. Edson brought the plane and its 23 passengers down safely, using the entire length of the 6,745-foot runway. The landing was so perfect that none of the remaining tires blew out. Born Aug. 7, 1913, in Omaha, Mr. Edson took aviation courses from the University of Omaha. He was a member of Western Silver Chiefs, El Jebel Shrine in Denver and Masonic Lodge 807, Cinema Grotto and Xerxes Grotto in California. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia; three sons, Robert of Parker, Norman of Littleton and Lee of Newberry Park, Calif.; three daughters, Lois Clark of Omaha, Debra Hall of Denver and Gwenn Breeden of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and 10 grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DL Capt. Phillip D. Sabin, Lt. Col USAF (ret.)

Noted in the April ALPA publication, the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Phillip Daniel Sabin, age 66. 
Survived by his wife Joyce, whitepages lists their current residence address as
4860 Cornerstone Trail ,  Yellow Springs, OH 45387-9760   ...  (937) 767-1124
Captain Sabin's obituary and online guestbook may still be viewed at http://www.littletonandrue.com/_mgxroot/page_10718.php 
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN   
DL Capt. Phillip D. Sabin, Lt. Col USAF (Ret) 
January 10, 1949 - January 12, 2015

Phillip D. Sabin, Lt. Col USAF (Ret), 66, a precious child of God, joined hands with his Savior on January 12, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born January 10, 1949 to Harry W. and Frances M. (Register) Sabin in Michigan City, Indiana.
After graduating from Pontiac Twp. High School, Pontiac, IL, Phil earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Illinois and in 1973 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Phil was a command pilot on the T-37, C-141, C-135 and C-137. He received his Master's Degree from AFIT in 1981 and finished his distinguished career in 1993 at Andrews Air Force Base where he flew Air Force Two. He continued his love of flying as a commercial pilot, retiring in 2013 from Delta Airlines. He traded his wings for wheels and was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling the Alcan Highway to Alaska. Truly, it was "A Wonderful Life."
Phil is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-two years, Joyce (Tarlton) Sabin; four sons; Jeremy (Sherel) of Westminster, CO, Jason (Serena) of Ft. Collins, CO, Jake (Nickole) of Yorktown, VA and Jared (Krista) of Dover, DE; nine grandchildren, Jackie, Jocelyn, Josh, Jonathan, Brandon, Matthew, Brianna, Parker and Lila and one great-grandson, Tristen; one brother, Tim (Barb) Sabin of Elizabeth, IL; three sisters, Patricia (Jim) Brubaker of Coal Valley, IL; Nancy (Hal) Herweck of O'Fallon, MO and Mary Beth (Bob) Augspurger of Chenoa, IL; three sisters-in-law, Sue Cutlip and Bobbi (Ted) Kaiser both of Springfield and Sandra Sabin of Centerton, AR and father-in-law, Donald Tarlton, also of Springfield, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday January 17, 2015 in the Grace Community Church, 5001 Fishburg Road, Dayton, Ohio 45424, with a celebration of Phil's life to begin at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bob Foote officiating.  
Private burial will take place at a later date in Dayton National Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grace Ellen Helker, wife of WA/DL Capt. Harlen J. Helker

Grace Ellen Helker, wife of WAL Capt. Harlen Jim Helker
May 4, 1933 ~ June 6, 2015
Notification with the passing of Grace Ellen Helker, age 82, wife of retired WAL/DAL pilot Captain Harlen J. Helker.  Captain Helker joined Western Airlines 03-15-1962 and was based Denver for much of his career.  Memorial services for Grace will be held Sunday the 14th of June at Conifer Community Church in Conifer, Colorado.  Always very active in their community, Grace is survived by their many friends as well as many family members.  Personal condolences may be sent to Captain Helker and his family at12479 S. Foxton Road , Conifer  CO 80433-7737  ... 
(303) 838-4999  (303) 279-3447
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Grace Ellen Helker, 82, was born May 4, 1933, in Oakland, Calif., and was raised in Concord, Calif.
She married Harlan Jim Helker on Sept. 8, 1952, and they were married 62 years.
A Conifer resident for 50 years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, who was a pilot for Western Airlines, and joined him in places such as Honolulu and Anchorage. She also took several trips to Europe.
She was very involved in the Conifer extension of the Salvation Army, a Girl Scout leader, a 40-year member of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce a volunteer for the Kiwanis Golden K Club, and she helped organize the Conifer Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband, Harlan; two daughters, Lois Helker and Carol Helker Lyons; son Scott Helker; two granddaughters, Desiree Sky Maranda and Eleanor Helker; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John Leng Monday and Chris Peter Monday.
She was preceded in death by her father, George E. Monday, mother Maplet Leng Monday, sisters Delitha Gardner and Margaret Jane White, and brother Donald K. Monday.
A memorial service for Grace is planned on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Conifer Community Church, 9998 Havekost Road, with a reception following.
.Published in High Timber Times from June 10 to June 16, 2015.

PAA/DL Capt. Edward A. McKay

PAA/DL Capt. Edward A. McKay
December 23, 1934 ~ May 15, 2015

News has reached us with the passing of retired Pan Am/DL pilot Captain Edward Allen McKay, age 80.  Captain McKay joined Pan American 01-31-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines at the mandatory age 60, based NYC/031.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.wilkinsonbeane.com/  or http://www.wilkinsonbeane.com/Obituaries.html  
Memorial Services were held for Captain McKay last month in Gilford, NH. 
Survived by his wife Chris personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
 17 Morgan Way , Gilford  NH  03249-6562  ...   (631) 544-4790
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blogspot.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Edward A. McKay, 80, of Gilford NH, died on Friday, May 15, 2015.
Ed was born on December 23, 1934 in Somerville, Mass., the son of Louis and Elizabeth McKay. Ed moved to Medford in 1942. Graduating from Medford High in 1953, he went on to graduate from Wentworth Institute in Boston and worked for the McKay Fuel Company, the family business.
Ed knew at an early age that he wanted to fly and earned his Pilot’s license before his driver’s license, at the age of seventeen. Ed bought his first plane at an early age and flew everything from a Stearman Biplane to a super 747 Jumbo Jet. He flew to six continents as a commercial pilot for 33 years with Pan American World Airways and later Delta Airlines. Following his retirement from Delta, he moved to Gilford, NH with his wife Chris. There, Ed continued his passion for flying and could be seen flying his Bonanza Beechcraft A36 above the clouds over Laconia, NH.
Ed’s other hobbies include his love of cars, motorcycles, skiing, playing Cribbage with his beloved nephew Scott, and spending time outdoors enjoying nature. In the fall, Ed could be seen sporting the McKay Clan plaid at the annual Scottish Highland Games at Loon Mountain.
Ed is survived by his wife Chris McKay; sons, Allen McKay and wife Patty, Kenneth McKay and wife Krisanne, and Stuart McKay and wife Karen; step-daughter Katiana Dillon and her husband, James; sister, Carrol Stephens; ten grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his son, Andrew McKay and his brother, Louis Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill, Road, Gilford, NH.
Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to Supportive Living, Inc., Douglas Stephens Memorial Fund, 400 West Cummings Park, Suite 6100, Woburn, Mass.,01801, or www.supportivelivinginc.org 

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services , 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com  

From: Browne-Fleck, Karen, DALMEC  Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:07 AM
Subject:  passing of Delta Captain Edward A. McKay, 80

 Karen L. Browne-Fleck, CEBS, PHR
Senior MEC Benefits Specialist
Delta MEC
100 Hartsfield Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354
Fax 404-763-4976

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NWA Capt. Marvin Banks Ritchie Jr.

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Marvin Banks Ritchie Jr.
November 5, 1936 ~ May 17, 2015 
Notification with the passing of USAF veteran RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Marvin Ritchie, age 78.  Captain Ritchie joined Northwest Airlines 05-23-1966 and retired in 1996.  He is survived by his wife Susan Clagget Ritchie and their children.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 401, Grapeview WA 98546-0401  ...  (360) 275-6154
From what I could determine online, private services will be at a later date.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Marvin Banks Ritchie Jr., 78, died in Bremerton on May 17, 2015. He was born in East Bend, North Carolina, Nov. 5, 1936, to the late Marvin Banks Ritchie and Mary Williams Ritchie. He died after a short illness complicated by the effects of Agent Orange to which he was exposed while serving in Vietnam. Banks grew up in Yadkinville and Greensboro, North Carolina, becoming an outstanding athlete for the Greensboro Senior High School Whirlies. In 1954, the Greensboro Senior High Whirlies were the undefeated state champions in football and he was named a Wig-Wam All-American football player. Banks played in the Shrine Bowl game in Charlotte that year. In 1955, he entered Duke University on a football and academic scholarship. After finishing at Duke, he entered the USAF pilot training program in 1959 and earned his wings. He flew multi-engine aircraft during his time in the Air Force. In 1964, he met Susan Claggett at an event held for tall people and they were married Oct. 24, 1964. In 1966, Banks went to work for Northwest Airlines. There he flew a variety of aircraft. At the time of his retirement, he was a captain on the 747-400. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, cooking and sports. Banks will be remembered for his stories of flying, for his snappy comebacks, and as a great friend. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan Claggett Ritchie of the home; one son, Samuel Todd Ritchie and wife, Elena, of Seattle; one daughter, Sarah Brooke Ritche, in Geneva, Switzerland with the U.S. State Department; and one brother, William Joseph Ritchie and wife, Judy, of Glade Valley, North Carolina. The family requests any remembrances be made to one's favorite charity in his name. The home address is P.O. Box 401, Grapevine, WA 98546.  A private scattering of ashes will occur later this summer.