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Thursday, July 30, 2015

NWA Capt. John Robert Bean

NWA Capt. John Robert Bean
February 14, 1918 ~ July 28, 2015
News with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain John Robert Bean has been received.  John was born in Illinois but by 1920 was living with his family in the Winona MN area where he grew up.   John's wife Jeanne DesBrisay Oskamp was born in Winona in 1922, they were married March 24, 1943.  John was a student pilot in November 1940 when he was nominated along with his instructor for the Carnegie Medal for heroism having assisted those stranded during the great Armistice Day blizzard (see details below).  He joined Northwest Airlines 04-08-1942 and retired with Northwest in 1978.  John and Jeanne were the parents of five children.  They had most recently resided in Rochester MN.  John was widowed in November 2011 with the passing of his wife Jeanne (partial obit below).  He is survived by their children and grandchildren. 
Should we receive more news as to arrangements, we will be sure to pass along that information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News    Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:30 AM   Subject:  Bob Bean Has Flown West.

With regret I inform you of the passing today, July 28, 2015, of NWA pilot John Robert Bean. Bob Bean, age 97, died of congestive heart failure. He was known to many as an instructor pilot on many NWA aircraft and had a gift for generating excitement about his subject. His career at NWA spanned 36 years.
Further details will be shared when available.  
Bill Day 

  • http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79907072      
    ..................Jeanne Oskamp Bean died November 2, 2011, at Samaritan Bethany Home, Rochester, MN.
    Jeanne D. Oskamp was born in Winona on November 27, 1922, to A.M. “Mike” and Eleanore (Baumann) Oskamp. She attended Madison and Winona High Schools and Stephens College.  On March 24, 1943, she married Northwest Airlines Captain John R. “Bob” Bean of Winona. She mothered their five children and enjoyed camping, gardening, their cottage at Grand Rapids MN, community activities and travelling. They lived many years in Minneapolis and then in Port Townsend, WA, where she authored a local history book “Marrowstone”. Her recent years were spent in Rochester and in spite of a succession of health problems she enjoyed their family and especially the eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She is survived by children: Robert (Cynthia) Bean, Michael (Joy) Bean, Susan (Bean) Sauter and Richard Bean; brother, A.M. ”Sandy” Oskamp, Buffalo City, WI, and husband of 68 years, J.R. Bean. Her sister, Marian O. Brehmer/Britt and son, Thomas, preceded her in death. A family funeral service and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at a later date. ===============================================================
  • The morning of 11 November 1940 brought with it unseasonably high temperatures. By early afternoon temperatures had warmed in lower to middle 60s degrees Fahrenheit. As the day wore on conditions quickly deteriorated. Temperatures dropped sharply, winds picked up, and rain, followed by sleet, and then snow began to fall. An intense low pressure system had tracked from the southern plains northeastward into western Wisconsin, pulling Gulf of Mexico moisture up from the south and pulling down a cold arctic air mass from the north. The result was a raging blizzard that would last into the next day. Snowfalls of up to 27 inches, winds of 50 to 80 mph, 20-foot snow drifts.
    Along the Mississippi River several hundred duck hunters took time off from work and school to take advantage of the ideal hunting conditions. Weather forecasters had not predicted the severity of the oncoming storm, and as a result many of the hunters were not dressed for cold weather. When the storm began many hunters took shelter on small islands in the Mississippi River, and the 50 mph winds and 5-foot waves overcame their encampments. Some became stranded on the islands and then froze to death in the single-digit temperatures that moved in over night. Others tried to make it to shore and drowned. Duck hunters constituted about half of the 49 deaths in Minnesota. Those who survived told of how ducks came south with the storm by the thousands, and everybody could have shot their daily limit had they not been focused on survival. Casualties were lessened by the efforts of Max Conrad, a pioneering light plane pilot and one of his students (John R. Bean) both based in Winona, Minnesota, 25 miles upriver from La Crosse. They flew up and down the river in the wake of the storm, locating survivors and dropping supplies to them. 
  • http://ngsforums.com/forums/index.php?topic=51.400335;wap2  
    Both men were nominated for the Carnegie Medal for their heroism.
  • NWA Capt. Richard Harris Suhr

    UPDATE...note date of death July 22, 2015

    Richard Harris Suhr
    April 17, 1933 ~ July 22, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Captain Richard 'Dick' Suhr, age 82. Dick was born in Sheridan Wyoming in 1933, and was the only child of Victor and Nena Suhr. He was raised in Buffalo, Wyoming. As a child, he was adept at catching trout in the local creeks, which were welcomed at the dinner table. He learned early on to hunt small game, and in due time was taking pack horses and his faithful dog into the mountains to hunt deer. He graduated from Johnson Co. High School in 1952, after which he attended and played baseball for the University of Wyoming. An accomplished pitcher, Dick played American Legion ball as well as on the Sheridan and Buffalo town teams. In 1954, he signed on with the Pittsburgh Baseball Org. and played for the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League in 1954. However, he left his baseball dreams behind when, in 1955, he enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in Pensacola, FLA. By 1956, Dick was a Commissioned Naval Aviator assigned to VW-12 in Barbers Point, Hawaii. As a Naval Aviator, Dick flew the following aircraft: SNJ, T-28-SNB P2V, Lockheed Constellation WV-2, VF-1 (3A-16). He spent several years in Japan, and by the time of his discharge from the Navy in Oct. 1958, he was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan.

    In 1959, Dick was hired by Northwest Airlines, beginning his 35-year long career as a commercial pilot. Originally based in Minnesota, he met and married Cynthia Nimmer in 1963. They had two daughters, Nicole and Jolie, and the family transferred to Seattle in 1971. During his time with Northwest, Dick captained both trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights on the DC 6 and 7, the L-188, the B-727, 720, and 320, the DC 10 and the B -747.

    Dick and Cynthia parted ways in 1980, and Dick continued to fly and pursue his love of boating. As a member of the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club, he met Linda Gaylord. They married in 1983 and enjoyed many boat trips throughout the San Juan Islands and Alaska over the ensuing years, always with their stalwart sea-faring cats along for the ride. Dick retired from Northwest Airlines in 1994, after which he and Linda continued to go boating, play golf, and travel both locally and abroad. For the last 15 years, they have enjoyed the "snowbird" lifestyle, spending summers in Semiahmoo, WA and the winter months in Scottsdale, AZ.

    Dick was very loved by his family, and will be greatly missed. His grandchildren were a special source of joy for him. Dick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Suhr; daughter Nicole and granddaughter Simone; daughter Jolie and granddaughter Lucie.

    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dick's name to your local Humane Society or ASPCA.
    Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 13, 2015

    - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=175821573#sthash.iVT5Sj8l.dpuf

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    NWA Capt. Richard 'Dick' Suhr
    April 17, 1933 ~ July 22, 2015
    Word has been received with the passing last week of retired NWA pilot Captain Richard Harris Suhr, age 82.  Captain Suhr joined Northwest Airlines 03-13-1959 and retired in 1993.  He is survived by his wife Linda Gaylord Suhr.  Linda can be reached at  (425) 941-9856. 
    Arrangements are not yet known.  Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 

    From: William Day    Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 1:28 PM   Subject: Dick Suhr has flown west

    It is my onerous duty to inform you that retired NWA Captain Richard (Dick) Suhr, age 82, passed away this past week. Dick succumbed to prostate cancer after a long complex struggle. He was hired by Northwest in March of 1959 and retired in 1993. Further information is still pending. Dick and Linda Suhr lived seasonally in Arizona and Washington State.

    Bill Day


     From: RNPA News    Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 4:24 PM   Subject: RNPA News: Dick Suhr Update.

       Got this from Linda yesterday. You may know that he was having stomach issues the last couple of years. He was in 
    the hospital for an extended period of 
    time in 2013 I think it was.  Played golf with him twice  this past winter. He made it through nine the first outing but
    all eighteen in early April. 
      I don't have his email address.
    Linda's number is 425-941-9856.

    Bill Fellinger

    ------ Original message------
    From: Linda Suhr    Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2015 1:13 PM   Subject:Dick is in hospice care

    It is time to let you know that Dick is in hospice care at an assisted living home here in Scottsdale.
    He is not in  pain and is comfortable.  If you wish to call him - 425 941 9841  I bring the computer to him several times a week so he can answer his email. 

    Linda Suhr

    WA/DL Capt. William 'Bill' J. Bird

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    WA/DL Capt. William J. Bird
    April 6, 1941 ~ July 27, 2015 
    News has reached us with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain William J. 'Bill' Bird, age 74.  Born in Barraquilla, Colombia,
    William John Obregon Bird became a citizen of the United States in 1957.  Raised in the San Diego area, Capt. Bird joined Western Airlines 02-24-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2001, based 030/LAX.   He is survived by his wife Mary.  Arrangements have been entrusted to England Family Mortuary....their website should be updated soon to allow for online condolences www.EnglandFamilyMortuary.com 
    Friends and family will gather August 8th to remember and celebrate Bill ... please see information below.  
    For more information, you may contact Bill's wife Mary at  BILLERICCAYE3@YAHOO.COM  or  951-304-3037. 
    Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
    30271 Fetzer Circle , Murrieta  CA 92563-6895. 
    Our thanks to Capt. Bill Stedfield ( bsted23@verizon.net )  for keeping us informed.  Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial blog site.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 

    From: bsted23@verizon.net   Date: 07/29/15 20:16:12
    Subject: Passing & memorial service for Western & Delta Airlines pilot Bill Bird
    ...........I am sorry to report that Bill Bird, retired Western Airlines/Delta Air Lines pilot, passed away on July 27, 2015.  A memorial service for Bill will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at England Family Mortuary in Temecula, CA.  There will be an open house at the Bird residence after the service.
    England Family Mortuary
    27135 Madison Ave.
    Temecula, CA 92590
    The mortuary web site should soon have further information and directions as well as a place for friends to leave remarks and/or to post pictures.
    The Bird home is at:
    30271 Fetzer Circle
    Murrieta, CA 92563
    Bill's passing is difficult for all of us but we would appreciate your getting the information out to Bill's many friends.
    Bill Stedfield
    WAL/DAL Retired

    From: Dick Deeds    Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:09 AM   Subject: Passing of Bill Bird

    Thank you so much for posting Bill Bird's passing.  I'm his wife Mary.  I will have more information soon in regards to his upcoming  service . If you could ask anyone who would like to send email please do so to  BILLERICCAYE3@YAHOO.COM.

    Thank you.  We've all lost a very special man.

    Mary Bird
     Bill Bird passed away early Monday morning 7/27/2015. His family was with him and he went west peacefully . I will let you know the arrangements when they are available. The only email I have is one that Bill used; b1rd2@verizon.net . Bill’s wife Mary will check that email address.

    Jack Bush

    From: Dick Deeds    Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 10:09 AM   Subject:  Well wishes for Bill Bird

    Hi Dick, in an effort to get the most up to date on Bill's progress, I thought you may want to pass along Mary's phone (Bill's current wife) to fellow pilots  ( 951-304-3037 ).Again ,thanks so much for all you do for us, it is very much appreciated, Leo 
    Subject: Well wishes for Bill Bird
    Leo, Mary Bird said she appreciates the interest & support from Bill's fellow pilots but she has learned that several calls have gone to Bill's ex-wife.  Anyone who wants to inquire or leave messages should contact Mary at her home:   951-304-3037.
    As of today, 7/20.  Bill has made very little progress since entering the hospital just over a month ago tho some days are slightly better than others.  He is essentially unconscious & unresponsive most of the time. 
    Would be great if you could forward Mary's request to Dick Deeds & thx for your continued interest.

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    DL Capt. Craig Dana Cleveland

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    USAF veteran, DL Capt. Craig Dana Cleveland
    March 21, 1951 ~ July 22, 2015

    Notification with the passing of DL Captain Craig Dana Cleveland, age 64.  Captain Cleveland joined Delta Air Lines 09-12-1980, based 030/DFW.  He is survived by his wife Janice 'Jan'.   
    Whitepages lists the family address as
    203 S. Haswell Drive ,  Bryan  TX 77803-4755  ...  (432) 331-9997
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN
    Craig Dana Cleveland Obituary .......................
    Craig Dana Cleveland, 64, of Bryan, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Bryan.
    Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. today (July 27th) at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
    He was born in Grants Pass, Ore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a co-pilot and captain for Delta Airlines. He was also an electrician and worked for Apple Electrical in Odessa.
    SURVIVOR Wife, Jan Cleveland; daughters, Paige Perez of Bryan and Amelia Senneff and Erin Ray, both of Houston; parents, Scott and Berniece Cleveland of Azalea, Ore.; brothers, Stephen Cleveland of Goodyear, Ariz., Jeff Cleveland of Hillsboro, Ore., Randy Cleveland of Ashland, Ore., and Phil Cleveland of Amarillo; sister, Pamela Hoffman of Odessa; and five grandchildren.
    Craig Dana Cleveland, 64, departed for his heavenly home on July 22, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
    Craig was born to Scott and Berniece Cleveland in Grants Pass, Oregon, on March 21, 1951. He was active in the Boys Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Azalea, OR, where he was raised. He also participated in numerous sports, including football, basketball, and wrestling. Craig graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in 1969 and was appointed to the Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in geography. He served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1979, flying C-130s in Texas, Europe, and the Far East. He then achieved his dream of flying commercial airplanes as a co-pilot and captain for Delta Airlines until he retired in 2005.
    Craig was blessed with a loving family. He met speech therapist Janice Sue Corley while based at Dyess Air Force Base, and they married on August 14, 1976, in Odessa. The Clevelands raised their three daughters in Odessa and Weatherford, TX, and Craig was always a devoted, loving, and patient father willing to do anything for his girls. Craig and Jan moved to Bryan, TX, in the fall of 2014 to be close to their daughters and grandchildren. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator.
    Craig is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughters and their husbands, Paige and Joe Perez of Bryan, Amelia and Daniel Senneff of Houston, and Erin and James Ray of Houston; his grandchildren, Alana and Flossie Perez, and Jude, Luke, and Juliana Senneff; his parents, Scott and Berniece, of Azalea, OR; his brothers and their wives, Stephen of Goodyear, AZ, Jeff and Pam of Hillsboro, OR, Randy and SuAnne of Ashland, OR, and Phil and Melanie of Amarillo, TX; sister-and brother-in-law, Pamela and Richard Hoffman of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks and love are extended to his niece, Courtney Barner of Odessa, who employed her expertise as a nurse to ensure his care and comfort to the very end.

    The service and interment will be held at the Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Odessa, TX, at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 27.

    RW/NWA Capt. Richard 'Dick' Furrer

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    RW/NWA Capt. Richard 'Dick' Furrer
    April 14, 1933 - July 22, 2015
    San Mateo, California | Age 82
    Richard "Dick" Furrer passed away at his home in San Mateo on July 22nd. He was 82 years old. Born April 14, 1933 in San Mateo to Lou and Mary Furrer, Dick attended St. Catherine's Grammar School and Junipero Serra High School. He attended College of San Mateo until football season ended. He then enlisted in the Army where he was stationed in Okinawa. He learned to fly on the G-I Bill and wooed his bride by flying her to Carmel for a Coke.
    Dick is survived by his children Mark (Gina), Noelle, Sally (Annette), Suzy, and Kristy (Reese dec.) and his beloved and adored grandchildren: Elise "Shug" Armanino (Joey), Kristy "BK" Engemann, Kevin "Larry" Crouch, Marie "Monrie" Crouch, Devin "Placerville Pete" Furrer, Lucas "Cool Hand Luke" Furrer, Anne "Curley" Crouch, Kieran "Spike" Engemann, Pilar "Little Person" Ortega and Brett "Hurricane Joe" Furrer. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Sue (see below), brother John 'Jack' (also a pilot, see below) and son-in -law Reese.
    Dick was proud of his career as an airline pilot, initially working for a regional airline and finished his career flying international routes.
    (Pacific, AirWest, Hughes Airwest, and Northwest)
    Dick coached countless teams in many sports but his coaching passion was in track and field. In 1972 Dick coached his first track team at St. Matthew's Catholic school in San Mateo, winning the first of seven consecutive Spirit Festival Track Championships. He continued his passion for youth track by serving as Track Commissioner for the PPSL while coaching at St. Catherine's.
    An incurable optimist, Dick rarely came across a problem he did not think he could solve or a group of kids who could not be champions. He took risks, tested the rules and enjoyed life. He always had a project in the works whether it was building a sailboat, restoring a '47 Mercury convertible, or racing a mini-stock car. He built the family cabin at Donner Lake fifty years ago. Dick was happiest at Donner surrounded by his grandchildren, making pancakes on the porch and barbequing hot dogs on the beach.
    From his time in the skies, on the track, in the garage or at the cabin, Dick celebrated life. We will miss listening to his stories and sharing a cup of coffee.
    Keep your wings level and true, Captain.
    Funeral Mass will be at 4:30 pm, Wednesday July 29th, at St. Catherine's Church in Burlingame. Reception to follow.
    If you wish to make a donation, the family suggests Saint Catherine's grammar school in Burlingame, Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo or a children's athletic program of your choice.

      His older brother Jack passed away in 2013.
    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    Pacific/RW/RC/NWA  Capt. Louis John Furrer Jr.
    August 28, 1928 – September 28, 2013

    Furrer, Louis John Jr. was born August 28, 1928 in San Mateo, CA. He started his early love of flying by soloing in June 1946 in a 65 horse power Taylor Craft and ended his career in an 80,000 pound thrust B-757. He was hired as a Flight Purser by Southwest Airways in 1948. He served in the USAF from 1950 to 1954 as an Electronic Counter Measure Operator on the RB-36. Returning to SWA, he was hired as a pilot in 1955. Rapid expansion led to his promotion to DC-3 Captain in 1959, then on to the M-404, F-27, DC-9 and B757. Southwest became Pacific Air Lines, Air West, Hughes Air West and Republic Airlines. Over the years he held various management positions, Chief Pilot in San Francisco and Denver, Regional Flight Manager and Director of Flight Operations. Overseas assignments for Hughes Air West included Air Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia and Ghana Airways in Accra Ghana. He is survived by his loving wife Margaux, brother Richard, son David and daughter Julia Panelli, two step sons Earl and Robert Norwood, 3 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Jack flew the last leg of his trip on September 28th at 8:15 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe, visit www.carrtenneymortuary.com to leave condolences and memories for Jack's family.
    Suzanne (Sue-Sue) Mullany Furrer
    9/4/35 - 2/2/11
    Passed away at home at the age of 75 of cancer.
    Carrying her memory are her loving husband of 54 years, Richard Furrer; her devoted children Mark (Gina), Noelle, Sally (Annette), Suzy (Martin), Kristy (Reese); and her delightful grandchildren Elise (Shug), Kristy (BK), Kevin, Devin, Marie, Lucas, Anne, Kieran, Pilar, and Brett. Also missing her dearly is the large Mullany clan that includes her brothers and sisters Frank, Mary, Nancy, Dinny, Noelle, John and Gerry. Proud to be a native San Franciscan, Sue was born to Hazel and John Mullany. She attended St. Emydius Grammar School and Presentation High School. She then moved with her family to San Mateo and finished her high school education at Mercy Burlingame. Sue enrolled in St. Mary's School of Nursing and received her RN degree in 1956. In addition to her degree, Sue developed life-long friendships with a close group of nurses who have loved and supported each other for over 50 years. After her children were born, Sue was an active member of St. Matthews' parish in San Mateo for many years, attending countless basketball, baseball, volleyball games and track meets. Her greatest joys were her career in nursing, trips to the cabin in Donner Lake, taking walks, creating extraordinary needlework, laughing with her brothers and sisters, getting together with her nurse friends, and of course her children and grandchildren. With the next generation of Furrers she had again begun attending the endless rounds of recitals, sporting games, and grandparents' days at her grandchildren's schools. They will remember her as their biggest cheerleader and provider of chocolate chip cookie dough. The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Brown and Amy McDevitt, RN for all their care and support. A private burial service was held. "A Celebration of a Life Well Lived" will be on Friday, February 11 at 4:00 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Avenue, Burlingame. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers for Sue, send a bouquet to someone you love. Donations can also be made to Mission Hospice, 1670 South Amphlett Blvd, #300, San Mateo, CA 94402. There's a mother's heart in the heart of God. Godspeed Sue-Sue. obitncrosby.jpg
    San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Monday, February 7, 2011  

    NEW/DL crew scheduler Bill Crotty

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    BOS  NEA/DL crew scheduler William L. 'Bill' Crotty    
    March 24, 1932 ~ July 25, 2015

    CROTTY, William L. “Bill”, of Winthrop, July 25, 2015. Beloved husband of Joan M. (Daigle) Crotty. Devoted father of Donna M. Crotty and her husband James Ponsetto of Marblehead, Linda A. Crotty of Winthrop, twins William J. Crotty and his wife Leslie of Watertown, CT, and Robert M. Crotty of Winthrop, and Diane M. Hennessy and her husband Michael of Reading. Adored grandfather of Jamie and Andrew Ponsetto, Billy Jr, Hanna, Shana, and Samantha Crotty, Robert, Austin and Sydney Grace Crotty, and Shea Hennessy. Dear brother of Alice and Joseph Crotty of Winthrop and the late Leo J.and Andrew J Crotty. Funeral from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. WINTHROP, on Weds, July 29, at 9am. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10am. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery-(Belle Isle Section). Visiting hours will take place in the funeral home on Tues, from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cottage Park Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program 1 Baker Sq. Winthrop, MA 02152 or to the Chelsea Soldiers Home Patient Recreation Fund 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA, 02150. Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Suffolk University. Bill was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club and the Pleasant Park Yacht Club. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Delta Airlines for over 40 years as a Crew Scheduler and was a member of the Delta Pioneers. For guestbook and directions, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com 
    Both Bill & Joan have been long time members of the Yellowbird Chapter of  the Delta Pioneers. 
    Condolences may be sent to his wife at: 

    Joan Crotty
    26 Wilshire Street
    Winthrop, MA  02152-1918


    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    WA/DL Capt. William A. Cooper

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    USAF veteran, WA/DL Capt. William A. Cooper
    November 15, 1942 ~ July 15, 2015
    Notification with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain William Alvin Cooper, age 72.  Captain Cooper joined Western Airlines 04-25-1972 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Diane. 
    To view the obituary and to sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mayeswarddobbins.com/ 
    For those wishing to send personal condolences, Whitepages indicates the family address as
    2170 Kensington Gates Dr NW  ,  Kennesaw  GA 30152-4774.
    Captain Cooper's obituary notes that services will be held on Monday, July 20th at First United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia.
                    Thank you,
                        ~ Carol for the PCN
    William A. Cooper, 72, of Kennesaw, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Dorothy Cooper, who moved from California to Cobb County after their retirement. While saddened by his physical absence, Bill's family rejoices in the knowledge that he is present with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bill was born in Pasadena, California on November 15, 1942. He attended the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). While at Cal, Bill was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, as well as the ROTC. Upon graduation from Cal in 1964, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he became an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He left the Air Force in 1970 and took a job as a pilot with American Airlines. He then moved to Western Airlines and ultimately became a pilot for Delta Airlines. The job with Delta brought him to Cobb County where he resided for the past 27 years. In 1990, despite being a newcomer to Cobb County, the voters elected Bill as the Cobb County Western District Commissioner. Bill became a Captain with Delta while still serving as a commissioner. Bill served as a commissioner until 2000, when he was appointed to be the CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. He was the CEO of the Cobb Chamber until 2010, when he retired to spend time with his family and friends. During his retirement, Bill began attending the Links Bible Study taught by Pastor Tom Gray at the Marietta Country Club. Participation in this Bible Study transformed his spiritual life and brought him to his saving faith in Jesus Christ. He spoke often of his love and respect for Tom and the members of this Bible Study. Bill is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diane Cooper; his sister, Carole Simpson, her husband Howard and their three children, Jess, Barbara and Lindy; his son Lance and daughter-in-law Sonja, of Powder Springs, Georgia; his daughter Laurie Aitken and son-in-law Darren Aitken, of San Juan Capistrano, California; his son Scott and daughter-in-law Marlo, of Irvine, California; his stepson Bill Cody of San Diego, California; his stepdaughter Denise Cody of Charlotte, North Carolina; his 17 grandchildren (who affectionately know him as their "Grandpa Bill") - Rachel Hebert, married to Michael Hebert, Rebekah, Michelle, Asa, Aaron, Amanda, Christopher, Hannah, Gavin, Grace, Kylee, Colleen, Haley Diane, Cody, Austin, Juliana, Paige, and many friends and colleagues. The memorial funeral service will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Marietta. Dr. Sam Matthews and Rev. Tom Gray will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to the Wellstar Foundation, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30066 or online at wellstar.org/foundation
    Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta will be in charge of the arrangements.
     www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770-428-1511
    .Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 18, 2015

    WA/DL Capt. John R. Theorell

    Update Aug. 11...
    From: "Dick Deeds" <dickdeeds@pacbell.net>
    Sent: Saturday, August 08, 2015 5:24 PM  Subject: Klris Theorell information
     I received an email from you to Bill Rand requesting my contact 
     information.  I would be happy to respond. 
     Kris Theorell
     1000 Cabin Creek Lane S.W.
     Issaquah, WA 98027 
     Cell:  425-449-9310

     I was so pleased that Bill could spend some time with John before he 
     passed away.  Bill was a special friend of ours and we appreciated Bruce 
     Cowee reading  Bill's message at John's Celebration of Life service.  It 
     was wonderful to see so many of John's Western pilot buddies, many of 
     whom I knew as well, who traveled great distances to attend the 
     service.  It was so heartwarming and such a blessing to have them all 
     there to honor John and tell some fun stories.

     I also know that John was very appreciative of your great efforts Dick, 
     to maintain the WAL website.  I would love to be able to access it so 
     that I can keep track of folks.  If that's appropriate, perhaps you can 
     share with me how to do that.  We attended the WAL reunion at Gary and 
     Rose Guiliot's home last year and had a wonderful time connecting with 
     folks.  I was surprised to see so many of my flight attendant colleagues 
     there as well.  It was fun!

     Take care Dick and I will look forward to hearing from you soon.



    From: Dick DeedsSent: Monday, July 20, 2015 7:39 AMSubject: Memorial service for John Theorell

    Hello everyone,
    The children and I have finalized a date for John's service and we wanted to let you know the details.
    There will be a memorial service at our church, Evergreen Covenant Church on Mercer Island on Wednesday, July 22.  The service will begin at 7:00 pm.  The address and phone number are as follows:
    3200 78th Ave. S.E.
    Mercer Island, WA 98040
    Phone: 206-232-1015
    There will be an opportunity to share your thoughts and meaningful stories at the service if you would care to.

    There will be a graveside ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thursday for family members when John will be laid to rest.  We will need to wait until Monday to determine the time.
    Again, thank you all for your mighty prayers and abundance of love.  We know that John is in the loving arms of Jesus and celebrating with those who have gone before him.
    Thank you for lifting me and our family up in prayer these last two years during John's illness....it has meant a great deal to all of us.
    Blessings and love,
    Kris, Jeff, Kate, Matt, Olivia
    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    WA/DL Capt. John R. Theorell
    January 7, 1942 ~ July 16, 2015

    Captain John Richard Theorell, age 73, joined Western Airlines 04-25-1972 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2002, based 031/JFK.
    Captain Theorell is survived by his wife Kristine 'Kris'.  Arrangements are not yet known
    As we learn more we will be sure to pass the information along to you.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN   

    From: Dick Deeds Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 10:53 AM  Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain John Theorell

    From: Kris Theorell <kwtheorell@gmail.com>    Date: July 17, 2015 
    Hello dear family and friends,
    On Thursday, July 16th at 3:40 pm, my dear John went to be with the Lord.  I was with him when he passed and I was so glad to be by his side. Each of the children had just stepped out to refresh themselves after a 10 day vigil of being with Dad around the clock.  They were puzzled why he left while they were gone and I was the only one there, but I think it was just time for the two of us.  John passed peacefully and we are so grateful for this.  He did not have any pain and we feel he was comfortable the entire time he was making his transition.
    John was a life force...a man's man who lived more of life than most of us. He took risks that no one would dream of taking and lived to tell about it.  He loved his family very much and more than anything, he loved the Lord. We will miss him terribly but we have great comfort knowing that he is with our heavenly Father.
    Thank you Lord for this wonderful man who loved us and challenged us, and helped to make us better human beings.
    Thank you dear friends for your love and support and how you cared for John and for us.  We love you all.  I will let you know about John's celebration of life after tomorrow.
    With Blessings and love,
    Kris, Jeff, Kate, Matt, and Olivia

    From: Dick Deeds Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:25 AM Subject:  Hubby update re: John Theorell
        From Bill Rand..............
    I am forwarding an email (with her permission) that I received from KrisTheorell. Use it as you see fit.  I happened to be in Seattle for the past few days, and went to visit John in hospice. He is very weak and having breathing difficulties. He is unable to answer any phone calls, but I'm sure Kris would love to hear from any old friends............ 

    Here is the info I have on John from the database.
    John Theorell
    4331 Lake Washington Blvd. NE Apt. 7107
    Kirkland, WA 98033

    Subject: Hubby update
    Hello everyone,
    Tomorrow will one week at hospice.  The care here is wonderful...such special caring individuals who truly have a calling to love and minister to their patients.
    Yesterday, John declined significantly, mostly sleeping with very little kidney function and scant food intake.  We were reminded that trying to get the patient to eat isn't a good idea as it can cause certain problems.  Essentially, if they wake up to eat, fine.  If not, let them sleep.  The children and I were prepared for the page to be turned this morning.  At 10:30 this morning, John woke up and asked when he ate last and said, "I'm hungry!  Someone order my breakfast!"  He had lots of company today and stayed up for hours visiting. It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride.
    The MD states that John is very fragile, but in order to meet Medicare criteria, he would need to decline in order to remain here.  We are excited for his occasional spurts of energy and appetite, which you may know are not so unusual as we journey toward the end.  I will be meeting with the social worker tomorrow to continue to discuss the options for John.  Please pray about this as we would like to see John remain here at hospice.  We would not like to see him transition to a skilled nursing facility for comfort care.  There is a possibility of going home with hospice, but John really did not want this option.  The kids and I are prepared to do whatever we need to in order to meet John's wishes.
    Thank you to the dear friends and relatives who have come to visit, call to check in and regularly pray for us.  Your uplifting prayers are a continual blessing to us.  We are so grateful for you all and praise God for your love and friendship.
    Blessings and love,
    Kris, Jeff, Kate, Matt

    WA/DL Capt. William John Donnelly III

    Update:  From: "Dick Deeds" <dickdeeds@pacbell.net>
    Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 2:05 PM
    Subject:  John Donnelly Memorial Service
    ................. with regard to the Memorial Service for John Donnelly.
     9-11-2015, 12 PM
     Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service
     Runyan Stevenson Chapel
     6625 West Alameda Avenue
     Lakewood, Co. 80222

     Burial at 2 PM
     Ft. Logan National Cemetery
     3700 South Sheridan Blvd.
     Denver, Co. 80236

     Thank you.


    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    WA/DL Capt. William John Donnelly III
    January 25, 1936 ~ July 16, 2015

    Word has been received with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain W. John Donnelly, age 79.  Captain Donnelly joined Western Airlines 05-26-1969 and I believe he was based 030/DFW at the time of his retirement with Delta Air Lines.
    Arrangements are not yet known but clicking on this link should take you to the online guestbook  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Donnelly&lc=2160&pid=175305318&mid=6521282  Survived by his wife Cynthia 'Cindy', personal condolences may be sent to the family at 3011 S. Rosemary St.,  Denver  CO 80231-4186.
    Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Lakewood, Colorado.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 

    From: Dick Deeds   Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:04 PM  Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain John Donnelly

    Another good friend has gone west. John was our MEC chairman during the merger.
    As soon as I get any other info I'll Pass it along.
    I am very sorry to have this sad news to pass on:  WAL/DAL Capt and ALPA workhorse John Donnelly passed away early this morning (Thursday, 7 - 16 - 2015) peacefully in his sleep.  I spoke with his wife, Cindy, and she is somewhat overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, so I would not recommend phone calls.  Her address is:
    Cindy Donnelly
    3011 S. Rosemary St.
    Denver, CO 80231-4186
    Plans are pending at this point......................
    Very sadly yours,
    KB Clark

    DL Capt. John Birchel Barnes

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    DL Capt. John Birchel Barnes
    January 5, 1934 ~ July 6, 2015
    Friends and co-workers write of the passing of Delta Captain John Birchel Barnes, age 81.  Captain Barnes joined Delta Air Lines 09-03-1957 and retired with Delta in 1994, based 031/ATL. 
    To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.horizonfunerals.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3236287&fh_id=13241   Captain Barnes' obituary notes that interment services with military honors will be held Saturday, August 1st in Decatur, Georgia.  Please see correspondence below for more information.  The last known address that I could find for Captain Barnes was at 9370 Triana Terrace in Fort Myers FL...no other address is known. 
    Should we receive a family address we then will be able to update our memorial site.
                        Thank you,
                            ~ Carol for the PCN
    John Birchel Barnes, 81, of Fort Myers, FL died on July 6, 2015 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL.
    Survivors include 2 daughters Jody Barnes of Sarasota, FL and Jackie Ann Walls of Woodstock, GA; son Robert H. Barnes of Griffin, GA and a brother Robert Barnes of Ft. Myers, FL.
    Interment services with full Naval honors will be held on Saturday August 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Decatur Cemetery, 299 Bell Street (Section 12N, Lot 22 & 23), Decatur, GA 30030.
    Family request in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
    Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.horizonfunerals.com 

    From: Julian Black   Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2015 6:04 PM   Subject: The passing of a legend, Skipper John Barnes 

    From: E Neal Gray [mailto: gray5659@bellsouth.net ]
    Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 4:21 PM  Subject: The passing of a legend, Skipper John Barnes
    On Friday, July 10, 2015 3:59 PM, E Neal Gray <gray5659@bellsouth.net> wrote: 

    Robert, This is what I meant when I said that I was not around when John had the highlights of his career . This man can do a great job for that audience of old friends..... Neal
    On Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:54 AM, John Cooper <johncooper2@bellsouth.net> wrote:

    I have received news that our beloved Skipper Emeritus John Barnes passed away last Saturday, July 6th. John passed away from complications resulting from pneumonia. As many of you are aware, John has been suffering from the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease and has been in a memory care facility in Fort Meyers, FL for some time.

    John was VA-205's first Commanding Officer flying the A-4L Skyhawk. He had flown among other aircraft the F7U Cutlass ("Ensign Killer") in the fleet and the F-8 Crusader at NAS Atlanta in the Reserves. John will be fondly remembered as a truly unique individual. Some of the memories and sayings of John that have been passed on to me in the past few days include:

    "...the end of an era and the passing of another true legend"
    "RIP Skipper"
    "You know he'll make it, cause he always does"
    "He was the inspiration for so many happy memories"
    "...like a pig looking at a wrist watch"
    "there's trees in those clouds"
    "Trust Me"
    "Anyone who can walk away from a F7U crash and CQ 20 years later flying the A 4 will not have a problem with the "Pearly Gates"
    "Capt Carl Cockhammer inspired and entertained us all whether at the NAS or on the ski slopes. He will be missed."
    When there was talk of night carrier quals and pointed out to John about the seriousness and danger involved, his response was "Well I haven’t landed on a ship in over 20 years and it doesn’t scare me!”
    When VA-205 had just won the Noel Davis award and it didn’t even make it into the base rag, John was so PO'ed at the base PAO officer that when the guy wandered into the bar at happy hour, John announced rather loudly that “THERE’S THE ONLY PAO OFFICER IN THE US NAVY THAT COULDN’T GET WORLD WAR II IN THE NEWSPAPERS.!”
    In my own case, I recall fondly as a new engineer flying with John in the CV-880 the many hours spent in the cockpit and on layovers as he quizzed me endlessly on the weapons and flight characteristics of the A4 aircraft.

    Jackie Carr, wife of DL Capt. Gerald E. Carr

    ~ IN MEMORY ~
    Jacqueline 'Jackie' Carr, wife of DL Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' Carr
    August 9, 1927 ~ July 15, 2015
    News has reached us with the passing of Jacqueline Carr, wife of retired Delta pilot, Delta Pioneers and Delta Golden Wings member Captain Gerald E. Carr.  We understand that Jackie had colon surgery on Monday but was unable to recover.  Jackie passed away Wednesday morning July 15th.
    To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.mowellfuneralhome.com/ 
    Survived by her husband Jerry personal condolences may be sent to the family at
    201 Crosstown Dr. Apt. 1070  ,  Peachtree City, GA 30269-3459  ...  (770) 487-9862. 
    It appears that this is an address change from a previous address we had on file:   116 Tamerlane, Peachtree City GA.
    Jackie's obituary notes that services will be held tomorrow July 18th in Peachtree City, Georgia.  Should we receive further information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
                    Thank you,
                        ~ Carol for the PCN 

    Mrs. Jacqueline Saunders Carr of Peachtree City, GA, died July 15, 2015.
    Mrs. Carr was born in Goldsboro, NC, and was a 1944 graduate of Goldsboro High School.
    After graduation, she attended Mrs. Crumpers Secretarial School and worked
    as a secretary for Signal Radio Supply before her marriage to Gerald E. Carr of Youngstown, Ohio.
    She was an active member of Evergreen Church in Peachtree City, GA.
    Mrs. Carr is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gerald Carr; two sons,
    Michael J. Carr and wife Kristy of Sanford, NC, and Chris B. Carr and
    wife Kari of Cornelius, NC; daughter Patricia Bragg and her husband Kenneth,
    Jr. of Peachtree City, GA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She
    is also survived by a sister, Sandra Harrington of Hellertown, PA; a brother,
    Leland Garris of Portsmouth, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree
    City Chapel, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 4:00 PM.  Dr. David Miller will be officiating.
    The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
    Interment will be at Westminster Memorial Gardens in Peachtree City.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Evergreen Church,
    400 Windgate Road, Peachtree City, GA  30269.
    Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City

    ~  Jerry was born 4/10/1928 and hired by Delta 3/5/1956. 
    From: Julian Black  Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:03 PM   Subject: Past DGW President Jerry Carr's Wife Jackie Carr Passes! 

    From: James Pancharian [mailto: jjpan@bellsouth.net ]
    Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:05 PM

    This is to let you know that Jackie Carr wife of Gerald Carr, passed  away this morning. She had surgery Monday & never recovered .She had a blockage & removed 2 feet of her colon............
     ..............Viewing is Saturday July 18th at 3PM  & services at 4 PM at the Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, 200 Robinson RD. Peachtree City