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Friday, October 30, 2015

NWA Capt. Noel L. Smith

NOEL SMITH (1931 - 2015)

Noel Lester Smith On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Captain Noel Lester Smith, 84, went to be with his beloved "Petie" after a 15-year battle with prostate cancer. Noel was born July 19, 1931 in Madison, WI to Genevieve and Charles L. "Les" Smith. Les and his twin brother Lee and older brother Chad were among the first 12 pilots hired by Northwest Airlines (NWA). In his youth in Minneapolis Noel was an acclaimed junior horseman. He earned a degree in animal husbandry and agriculture from the University of Minnesota, and became a Navy carrier pilot. He was stationed with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, and made 128 carrier landings flying the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider. In 1955 Noel was coming home on leave when he met Phyllis Joan "Petie" Peters, who was a NWA stewardess on the flight. Lt. Junior Grade Noel L. Smith and Petie married in 1956, and their first residence was in Northfield, NJ. They moved to Minneapolis in 1957 and Noel became a pilot for Northwest Airlines. During his 30 years with the airline, they also lived in Rosemount, MN, and Honolulu, HI before transferring to the Seattle, WA area in 1972, and eventually retiring in Clyde Hill, WA. Noel and Petie were married for 55 years until her death in 2012. Together they raised five children. Their beloved middle child, Cathy, died in 2007. Noel is survived by four remaining children, Angela (Oscar) Moretti of St. Louis, MO, Michael B. (Christie) Smith of Tacoma, WA, Patricia Doyle (Greg Walan) of North Aurora, IL, and Stone (Samantha) Smith of Bothell, WA. In addition, he is survived by 10 grandchildren, Laura (Grant) Challen, Adrian Moretti, Alison and Adam Smith, Kim Hollins, Erin and Tom Doyle, and Benjamin, Zachary and Samuel Smith, and two great-grandsons, Matthew and Michael Challen. Additional survivors include his younger brother Robert (Diane) Smith of Midway, UT and Scottsdale, AZ. niece Sheryl (John) LaFalce of Golden, CO, and nephew David Smith of Houston, TX. A private funeral service is being planned for summer 2016 at St. Charles parish in Tacoma, WA that will be followed by a ceremony and inurnment of Noel and Petie's ashes at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Dec. 20, 2015

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. Noel L. Smith
July 19, 1931 ~ October 17, 2015

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Noel L. Smith, age 84.  Captain Smith joined Northwest Airlines 08-07-1957 and retired with Northwest in 1987.  He was widowed in February of 2012 with the death of his wife former NWA stewardess Phyllis Joan 'Petie' neĆ© Peters Smith ...... Petie's obituary appears below.  Captain Smith had most recently resided at 7290 Rosemount Circle in Tacoma, Washington. 
Should we receive further information, we will be sure to pass it along and update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: William Day    Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 1:11 PM   Subject: Captain Noel Smith has passed away

NWA Captain Noel Smith, age 84 of Tacoma, Washington, passed away on October 17, 2015. Noel retired as a 747 captain on July 31, 1987. Noel was the son of Les Smith, of the legendary Smith twins of NWA fame. He was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter. A memorial service will be held next summer.

William Day
RNPA Contrails obituary editor

Phyllis J. Smith obituary..................
  Phyllis Joan (Petie) Smith (nee Peters), passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in Naples, FL on February 13th, 2012 while vacationing with her husband. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Noel L. Smith of Clyde Hill and 4 remaining children: Angela (Oscar) Moretti of Houston, TX; Michael B. (Christie) of Tacoma, WA; Patricia J. Doyle of Chicago, IL; and Stone (Samantha) Smith of Bothell, WA. In addition she is survived by 10 grandchildren: Laura (Grant) Challen, Adrian Moretti, Alison and Adam Smith, Kim Hollins, Erin and Tom Doyle, and Benjamin, Zachary and Samuel Smith - and one great grandson, Matthew Challen who was born on her 82nd birthday. Additional survivors include her older brother Warren Peters of Superior WI, brother-in-law Robert (Diane) Smith of Henderson, NV, nephew Kevin Christian (Nancy Love) of Des Moines, WA, Joannie (Gil) Lyons of Redmond, WA and many other beloved nieces and nephews. Petie is preceded in death by her parents and 3 older siblings: Sylvester, Lloyd and Esther as well as her beloved daughter Catherine Ann Smith.
   Petie was born on April 28, 1929, in St. Cloud, MN. Petie was the youngest of 5 children born to Hubert & Abbie Peters (Wocken). She was a graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. Petie was 1 of 5 women among the 115 graduates receiving their B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University in 1951 (Milwaukee, WI).
   As a 'stewardess' with Northwest Airlines, Petie met a passenger who became the love of her life and from whom she was inseparable the rest of her days, Lt. Junior Grade Noel L. Smith. Noel and Petie married in 1956 and their 1st residence was in Northfield N.J. where Noel was stationed as a Navy carrier pilot.
   They moved to Minneapolis in 1957 and Noel became a pilot for Northwest Airlines. During his 30 years with the airline, they also lived in Rosemount, MN, and Honolulu, HI before transferring to the Seattle, WA area in 1972, and eventually retiring in Clyde Hill, WA.
   In addition to being a wonderful wife, homemaker and mother, Petie was giving of her time and talents to her community. She has been an active supporter of Sacred Heart Church, the Overlake Hospital Foundation, and a long time active member of the Overlake Country Club ladies' division. Petie was a member of the Cancer Auxiliary at Overlake Hospital and was an active walker in the Walk for Life program at Bellevue Square. She was also a lifetime member of Marquette University's President's Club and the Evans Scholars Par Club. She also belonged to the Children's Hospital Circle of Care, the Marquette Alumni Club of Western, WA, and the Northwest Airlines Retired Airline Pilots Association.
 Visitation will take place at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th PL SE, Bellevue, WA, on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00pm. The funeral mass will take place Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clyde Hill. Online sentiments may be journaled at www.sunsethillsfuneralhome.com. Sunset Hills Funeral Home of Bellevue, has been entrusted with arrangements.

DL Capt. Eric E. Johnson

DL Capt. Eric E. Johnson
?   ~ April , 2014
As noted in the recent Air Line Pilot magazine's In Memoriam column, belated notification with the passing of Delta Air Lines pilot Capt. Eric E. Johnson who passed away in April of 2014.  If anyone has more information, please advise and we can then update our memorial site. 
Thank you for your help. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   

Air Line Pilot magazine's In Memoriam column. 

     NAME               STATUS  DIED        ALPA   SOURCE  
ALPA Johnson, Eric E.   Captain in Apr 2014 Oct-15 ALPA

DL pilot William Henry Cleino

Military veteran, EAL/Kiwi/DAL pilot William 'Bill' Henry Cleino
January 24, 1949 ~ October 23, 2015

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot William H. Cleino, age 66.  Bill joined Delta Air Lines 07-24-1997 and I believe he retired in 2009.  His obituary indicates services to be held this Saturday the 31st in Alabama. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at   http://drydenfuneralhome.com/  or  http://drydenfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/2276787/Cleino-William/service-details.php 
Survived by his wife Martha 'Sherrell', the Cleino's address is listed in whitepages as
191 County Road 484 , Heflin  AL 36264-5429  ...  (256) 748-2428
    Visitation:  Saturday, October 31st, 2015, from 10:00- 11:00am 
    Memorial Service:  October 31, 2015 at 11:00 am
    Location:  Episcopal Church of the Messiah
                    836 Lakeview Dr., Heflin AL 36264
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
William "Bill" Henry Cleino, age 66, died at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Ala. on October 23, 2015. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Heflin, Ala. on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11 a.m., with The Rev. John Bagby officiating. Visitation will be held in the parish hall of the church one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at the Cleburne Memorial Garden in Ranburne, Ala. with military honors.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Edward Henry Cleino.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 14 years, Martha Sherrell Cleino; his mother, Dr. Elizabeth Cleino; sisters, Dr. Anne Witt, Beth Allaway, Jeanne Perkins (Jerry) and Barbara Cleino; daughters, Carolyn Ezell (Justin), Christine Cannon (Dennis) and Rebecca Hogue (Robert); seven nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Brandon and Charlotte Ezell, Colton and Cody Cannon and Tyler and Kaytlin Hogue; and special friends, Cathy Beasley, Michael Spalding and The Rev. Hoyt Winslett.
Bill was born in Nashville, Tennessee, grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He enjoyed being a member of Theta Tau, Engineering Fraternity and ROTC.
He worked in various positions as a metallurgist for about 12 years. During that period, he was married to Irene Stanton and they raised their three daughters in Anniston and Trussville. Bill began his second career in 1986 as a commercial pilot with Eastern Airlines then with Kiwi International and finally retired at Delta Airlines after 20 years of flying both domestic and international routes.
Bill joined the Air National Guard of Alabama in 1972. He served with the 106th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron located in Birmingham. After 2 years as a Navigator, he completed training as an RF-4C pilot. He also graduated from Squadron Officers School, and Air Command and Staff College and received many honors. He honorably served his country for over 22 years as an F-4 fighter pilot, flying more than 2000 hours and retiring in 1994 as a Command Pilot with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Bill was always a contributing member of society. He completed a Master's degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics at The University of Montevallo in 1992 then taught mathematics at Tarrant Middle School and Heflin High School. He also taught mathematics and electronics (robotics) at Gadsden State Community College. He served as Chairman of the Cleburne County Hospital Board.
 A lifelong Episcopalian, Bill supported the church wherever he lived, often serving on the Vestry. He was an active member of the Cursillo movement.
Bill's interests included hunting, playing golf, flying engineless glider planes, playing the guitar and traveling with the Corvette Club. He was an avid history scholar, a member of the R.E. Rodes Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was presented the Meritorious Service Award by the W.M. Forney Chapter UDC.
He and Sherrell have enjoyed their new Retirement Home at The Villages in Florida. Bill constantly provided love and support to his family and friends and was a shining example of a great friend, mentor, teacher, husband, son, brother, father and grandfather. Bill lived life to the fullest every day.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Church of the Messiah, 836 Lakeview Drive, Heflin, AL, 36264.

.Published in Tuscaloosa News from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2015

NWA Capt. John A. Nevelle Jr.

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. John Adrian Nevelle Jr.
April 20, 1938 ~ October 22, 2015

Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain John Nevelle, age 77.  Captain Nevelle joined Northwest Airlines 04-08-1968 and retired with Northwest in 1998. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=176218556 
As was Captain Nevelle's wishes, no services were held.  The family will gather to celebrate his life at a later date. 
Captain Nevelle had most recently resided at Bellevue, Washington. 
For more information, the family may be contacted c/o Captain Nevelle's son Dirk at cdneve@me.com 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John passed away peacefully with his sons by his side on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. He was 77. John was born on April 20th, 1938 in Beloit, Wisconsin and grew up in South Bend, Indiana where he went to Riley High School. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and then finished his college education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Aviator from 1961 to 1968 where he was based in Patuxent River, Maryland. John flew missions in Vietnam and the blockade of Cuba. In April of 1968, John went to work for Northwest Airlines as a Commercial Pilot where he retired in April of 1998 as a 747 Captain.
In January of 1966, John married Charlene Lewis. Together they had 2 sons and lived most of their years as a family in Bellevue, Washington. In John's later years, he spent time living in Hawaii, Indiana & Arizona where he retired. John moved back to Bellevue in 2011 to be closer to his sons.
John was a very generous man. He was always providing for anyone in need. As a teenager, he spent much time caring for his brothers and sisters. He was as honest as they come, and always left an impression on anyone he met. Dogs loved him and would always put a smile on his face. He loved playing golf and football. At Riley High School he became one of the first football players to make the All State Indiana Team. As a parent, he especially loved watching and coaching his 2 sons who both attended Eastside Catholic High School. He loved his Dallas Cowboys and was always looking to make a bet. John was always up for a good time, even in his later years. John took great pride in being an exceptional Pilot. He wanted to be remembered as a great father and someone who was tough. He wanted his sons to be proud of him.
John was preceded in death by his parents John (JACK) Adrian Nevelle & Agnes (MEMO) Louise Nevelle, as well as his twin brother, Patrick Nevelle, who died at birth. John is survived by his 2 sons John (Kim) Nevelle & Dirk (Michelle) Nevelle; his grandchildren Connor, Adrian, Hope & Noah Nevelle; his 5 siblings Yvonne (Bob) Kenny, Carole (Steve) Pinter, Glenn (Nancy) Nevelle, Frank (Rosie) Nevelle & Tim Nevelle.
At John's request there will be no services. A private family memorial/celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 25, 2015
- See more at:

From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2015 2:03 AM   Subject: John Nevelle Has Flown West.

I have received word that NWA captain John Nevelle passed away peacefully with his sons by his side on Thursday October 22. John was originally from South Bend, Indiana, he attended Florida State on a football scholarship before entering flight training in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for seven years before employment with NWA. John was hired by NWA on April 04, 1968 and retired a 747 captain on April 20, 1998.

At John’s request there will be no services. A private family memorial/celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

John’s obituary will be run in Sunday’s Seattle Times. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/

For further information contact his son Dirk at: cdneve@me.com

Respectfully submitted:

Bill Day
Contrails Obituary Editor

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WA/DL Capt. Robert Schmid Jr.

Korean war veteran, WA/DL Capt. Robert 'Bob' Schmid Jr.
October 10, 1930 ~ October 13, 2015
We received notice of Capt. Schmid's passing last week but only just learned of services last evening.  Captain Schmid was 85 years of age at the time of his passing.  Bob hired on with Western Airlines 06-10-1957 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1990, based SFO and LAX.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth 'Betty' and their children.  Services for Captain Schmid were held today in Jackson, Wyoming. 
To view the online obituary please visit http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Robert-Schmid-102967444 
Bob & Betty moved from Arizona to live full time in Wyoming about 4 years ago.  I believe their current mailing address is P.O. Box 2227, Jackson WY  83001-2227 ... (307) 734-0313
Should we receive any further updates we will be sure to pass the information along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Robert Schmid, Jr. was born on October 10, 1930 and passed away on October 13, 2015 at the age of 85. "Bob" as he was known by family and friends was a resident of Thayne, Wyoming. He is survived by Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Schmid, his wife of 58 years.  He is also survived by three daughters: Lisa Cornelius and her husband, Ralph, of Corvallis, Oregon, Karen Schmid of San Francisco, California and Gretchen Schmid of Jackson, Wyoming, and three grandchildren Randy, Katie & Rhys.  Bob is also survived by two younger brothers, William Schmid and Otto Schmid, both of Minnesota and his beloved dog, Runner.
Born in New York, New York, Bob grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his parents, Daisy and Robert Schmid, Sr.  Bob completed his US Naval Cadet training in 1952, received his wings and then served in the United States Marine Corps (1952-1956) as a fighter pilot in the Korean War and then in the Marine Corp Reserves (1956-1964).  After the military, he became a commercial pilot with Western Airlines for nearly thirty years, and then flew for Delta for another three.  Bob was proud to fly as captain for 23 years of his long commercial airline career, something he had dreamed about since he was seven years old.  
Bob was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fly fish and ski. Bob met his wife, Betty, skiing in Alta, Utah in 1956. Bob and Betty spent their most recent time enjoying the clean air and beautiful scenery of mountain living in Wyoming.
Thursday, October 29 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM     
Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

201 S. Jackson Street , Jackson  WY 83001

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Robert W. Kitchen

Note:  services for Captain Robert Wesley Kitchen will be tomorrow October 22nd at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln, Nebraska.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://wyuka.com/2015/10/20/robert-w-kitchen/ 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
From: Steve Mills Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:53 AM  Subject: Sad News-NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Bob Kitchen

NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Robert W. Kitchen
DOB May 19, 1939     DOH Jan 13, 1969     DOD Oct 19, 2015
USAF Veteran
Our thanks to Captain Norm Reagan for notice of Bob's passing.

http://wyuka.com/2015/10/20/robert-w-kitchen/Robert W. Kitchen
Robert W. Kitchen,  76, formerly of Lincoln and McCook, Neb., passed away on October 19, 2015 in Franklin, Tenn.   Former USAF Pilot, retired PanAm/Delta airline pilot, loving father and husband. Funeral Service at 12:00 noon, on Thurs., Oct. 22, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln.  Burial to follow with Military Honors, Wyuka Cemetery.
Also, see  http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/kitchen-robert/article_40b60559-d27f-5180-9311-3352442330e6.html   

DL/NWA Capt. Douglas Lee Eye

USAF veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Douglas L. Eye
February 4, 1951 ~ October 15, 2015
Notification with the passing of Northwest/Delta pilot Captain Douglas Lee Eye, age 64.  Captain Eye joined Northwest Airlines 09-05-1986 and retired in 2011, based DTW.  A celebration of life memorial will be held in Michigan at a later date.  Survived by his wife Linda personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
PO Box 218,  Stockbridge  MI 49285-0218  ...  (517) 851-8028  
For more family photos and updates please visit http://www.olddogfarms.com/ 
   Thank you,
     ~ Carol for the PCN    

Douglas Lee Eye, 64, of Stockbridge, died Thursday, October 15, 2015 at home, surrounded by loved ones. Doug was a 1969 graduate of Belleville High School and went on to study dairy science at Michigan State University, where he was a recipient of the Michigan Memorial Dairy Scholarship. He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years and flew B-52s and KC-135s, which led to a successful career of more than 25 years as a pilot for Northwest and Delta Airlines. He was a part of the Saline community for many years; while residing there, he was a valued member of the Friends of the Saline District Library and was active in Saline Area Youth Baseball and Softball. Doug's lifelong dream of farming was realized when he and his wife moved to Stockbridge; for more than 10 years they enjoyed the agrarian lifestyle and delighted in sharing the farm with friends and family, especially their beloved grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stelman and Della Eye, brother Dennis Sohn, daughter Christen Merte, and loyal schnauzer, Mosby. He is survived by his wife, Linda Livingstone; his children, Maureen (Kevin) Krause, Sean (Kirstin) Eye, Barry Eye, and Laura (Justin) Walsh; five grandchildren: Brendan, Natalie, and Lacey Krause, and Liam and Drew Eye; a brother, Tim (JoElin) Eye; his former wife, Linda Broslavick Eye; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. John C. Krauss and his team at University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center for their exceptional care. Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Doug's life will be held in Stockbridge at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship. Please visit www.OldDogFarms.com for details and to receive updates on the celebration.
  .Published in Ann Arbor News from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, 2015
- See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?n=Douglas-Eye&pid=176155921#sthash.EnLbki7B.dpuf 

Friday, October 16, 2015

WA/DL Capt. W. C.'Chuck' Rose (1935-1994), Marty Rose (1935-2014)

...belated notice with the passing of Martha 'Marty' Rose, widow of WA/DL Capt. Walter C. 'Chuck' Rose
Martha 'Marty' Rose 
January 14, 1935 - August 5, 2014

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in Santa Cruz for longtime Santa Cruz County resident Martha Rose, who passed away peacefully at her Scotts Valley home. Born in San Francisco, she was 79 years old. Marty, as she was affectionately known to her friends and loved ones, attended Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Menlo Park, and graduated from San Francisco College for Women earning her Degree in teaching. Her family will forever cherish the stories of Marty as a young woman living in San Francisco. She was gifted with a vibrant and outgoing personality, and while attending college, worked as a fashion model. Marty moved to the Santa Cruz area 40 years ago, residing for 24 years in Pasatiempo, and for the last 16 years in Scotts Valley. She was an avid golfer and skilled tennis player while a resident of Pasatiempo. She leaves a host of loving friends and extended family in the teaching community and many organizations that she volunteered her time with.
Marty taught elementary school with San Jose Unified Schools; later with Santa Cruz Unified Schools and as the 4th grade teacher at Holy Cross School in Santa Cruz with a career spanning over 25 years. She volunteered for many nonprofit organizations including Holidaisy, and Dragon Slayers, an organization that offers free animal therapy to the disabled community.
Marty was a talented artist working with both oils and water colors, creating beautiful nature settings. She had a green thumb for all types of flowers and produce which she enjoyed sharing with her family and neighbors. She attended Holy Cross Church and San Agustin Catholic Church in Scotts Valley. The devotion she had to her family, most recently in following all of her grandson's baseball, football and basketball games, regardless of the travel time and location, was another example of her love.
She leaves her beloved daughter and precious grandson, Christine Jensen and Ryan Austin Jensen of Salinas, her brother, Charles Wilson of Clovis, CA; and her cousins, Nancy Martin and Lloyd Free.
The mass will be held at Holy Cross Church (126 High Street in Santa Cruz) on Saturday, August 23, 2014 beginning at 11:00AM. If you would like to share your thoughts and prayers with her family please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com
.Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 17, 2014
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?pid=172109855#sthash.bO64cfRo.dpuf 
WA/DL Capt. Walter C. 'Chuck' Rose
Date of Birth:   January  21, 1935
Date of Death:   March  01, 1994

WAL hire date 08-21-1967 , based SLC/DFW
(Walter Charles Rose and Martha Patricia Wilson were married June 29, 1963 in California)
Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California · Page 8
Publication: Santa Cruz Sentinel Issue Date: Thursday, March 10, 1994
Walter C. 'Chuck' Rose
A celebration of the life of Walter Charles (Chuck) Rose was held privately, according to his wishes. Mr. Rose died at home after a lengthy illness. He was 59. A native of Big Spring, Texas, Mr. Rose lived in California for the past 35 years. He moved with his family to Santa Cruz in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Pasatiempo Golf Club, where he served on the Board of Directors and enjoyed golfing with his many wonderful friends. Chuck served with distinction in the United States Navy for 10 years as a pilot, after which he flew as a commercial pilot for 27 years, first for Western Airlines, then with Delta Airlines. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Marty Rose of Santa Cruz; daughter, Christine Rose of Monterey; two brothers, Dennis Rose of Fort Worth, Texas and Bill Rose of Dallas, Texas; a sister. Norma of Dallas; one niece, Sharon; and four nephews, Larry, Daryl, Dennis and Ralph. Chuck will be held in the hearts of his family forever. May he rest in peace.


DL Capt. Theodore 'Ted' Studley Jr.

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Theodore Studley, Jr.
February 25, 1937 ~ October 15, 2015
To date an online obituary has not been found and services are not yet known. 
As we hear more, we will pass along that news and advise you of arrangements.
Survived by his wife Mina, the Studley family can be reached at
1226 N. Lakeshore Drive,  Niceville  FL 32578-4711   email:   mina.studley@yahoo.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
From: David L. Roberts Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:46 PM   Subject:  Final Flight-Ted Studley

.............Sad to forward the death announcement of retired ATL DL Captain Theodore Studley, Jr., 78, one of my USAF pilot training classmates (of which 21 ultimately came to DL).   Ted was born 2/25/1937 and hired by DL 11/30/1964................... initially based in New Orleans until they closed the base then in ATL until his retirement.  After retirement he and his wife Mina moved to Niceville, Florida and live at 1226 Lakeshore Drive, N., Niceville, FL 32578, email  < mina.studley@yahoo.com >.  Ted had Alzheimer's Disease and had been in a nursing home for the past couple years..........................

Subject: Final Flight-Ted Studley (Bainbridge/Vance)  Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:55:27 -0400
With great sadness do I pass on the death notice of our classmate and good friend Ted Studley.  The following tribute was prepared by Ted's longtime friend, classmate and racing partner.......

We have learned of the passing of my good friend, 61-Delta Classmate Theodore "Ted" Studley (Captain Delta Air Lines, Ret)

Ted trained with 61-Delta at Bainbridge AB, GA, and earned his USAF Pilot's Wings at Vance AFB, OK.
Ted Studley

Captain Ted Studley passed away October 10, 2015 at the age of 78 years.
Following a USAF assignment as a B-47 pilot with the Strategic Air Command (SAC), Ted flew with Delta Air Lines.
He retired as the Delta Captain with the highest number of flight hours in the Delta DC-8 Aircraft.
After retiring from Delta, Ted pursued his dream of auto racing. His goal was to race in all 48 contiguous states.
He succeeded in winning a track championship at the Anderson South Carolina Motor Speedway.
Ted actively raced until Alzheimers took its toll.

Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with Mina and the family. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

EAL/NWA F/O Richard Alan 'Al' Parry

Vietnam war veteran, EAL/NWA F/O Richard Alan 'Al' Parry
June 1, 1942 ~ June 24, 2015

As noted in a recent issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine's In Memoriam column..... 
belated notification with the passing of NWA pilot F/O  Richard Alan Parry, age 73.
    ALPA  Parry, R. Al   F/O   in Jun 2015    Sep-15
F/O Parry's online obituary may still be viewed at http://www.janauglefcs.com/tribute/details/1092/Richard_A_Al_Parry/obituary.html  or  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?pid=175170302  He is survived by his wife Nancy. 
Whitepages lists the Parry address as 104 N Vassar Drive , Quakertown, PA 18951-2214  ...  (215) 536-0737
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary ...........................................
Richard Alan “Al” Parry, 73, of Quakertown, died Wed. June 24th at Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was the husband of Nancy (Bowdler) Parry.
Born in Zanesville, OH, he was a son of the late Richard Andrew Parry and Eloise (Clapper) Carpenter. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a B-52 pilot.
Al was a commercial airline pilot for 31 years with Eastern Airlines and Northwest Airlines prior to his retirement in 2002. Following that, he and his wife Nancy enjoyed many years of RV travel throughout the US and Canada.
He enjoyed many hobbies and was a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Lehigh Valley Woodturners and the Gulf Coast Mineral, Fossil and Gem Club.
Al was also a member of Quakertown United Methodist Church and served on the Endowment Committee.
Surviving with his wife are his son Richard Parry, wife Maureen of Harleysville and daughter, Stacey Parry France of Mount Airy, MD; grandchildren, Jake, Maddie, Emma and Richie; brother, John D. Carpenter, wife Pam of Birmingham, AL. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carole Ann Parry and a sister, Marie A. Spinks.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 30th at Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Rd., Quakertown. Friends may call from 9:30-11:00 AM at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Friends Against Pancreatic Cancer Fund at Jefferson University Hospital: Office of Institutional Advancement, Attn: Lara Goldstein, 125 S. 9th St., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or online at www.Advancement.Jefferson.edu/memorialgiving or the Endowment Fund at Quakertown United Methodist Church.

SO/RC (NWA) Capt. Joe T. Copeland

SO/RC (NWA) Capt. Joe T. Copeland
March 9, 1925 ~ July 7, 2015
As noted in the recent October issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine's In Memoriam column..... 
belated notification with the passing of NWA pilot Captain Joe Thomas Copeland, age 90.  Captain Copeland's obituary indicates his commercial aviation career began with Southern Airways.  He would have retired with Republic Airlines prior to their merging with Northwest Airlines.  Captain Copeland was widowed in December 2004 with the passing of his wife Florence.  Both obituaries appear below, or to view the obituary online please visit http://memphis-mg-poplar.tributes.com/dignitymemorial/obituary/Joe-T.-Copeland-102647447 
Arrangements were entrusted to Memphis Funeral Home of Memphis, Tennessee.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  

Joe Thomas Copeland, 90, of Collierville, TN, passed away July 7, 2015. He was a WW II veteran of the United States Army. His service to his country led him to his passion of flying; and he later became a commercial pilot with Southern Airways / Republic Airlines, retiring after a 34 year career.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Icie Henderson Copeland; his wife Florence Killingsworth Copeland; two sons, Jeffrey Copeland and Freddie Copeland; two grandchildren, Jeff Copeland and Tony Chessor.
He is survived by three daughters, Jill Copeland, Crystal Copeland and Kathy (Tim) Coates; two sons, Tommy (Carolyn) Copeland and Jock (Jhoni) Copeland; eight grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, July 13 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM with funeral services following at 2:00 PM; all in the chapel of Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN.   The family requests memorials to be made to Germantown Baptist Church Worship Arts Ministry.
Florence K. Copeland
Florence K. Copeland, 75, of Memphis, TN, formerly of Aliceville, AL, passed away on December 22, 2004 in Memphis.
Mrs. Copeland was a homemaker and a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church in Memphis.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2004 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Joe T. Copeland; her daughter, Jill T. Copeland of Memphis, TN; her son, Jock R. Copeland of Cordova, TN; two sisters, Mildred Stewart of Spring Hill, FL and Dorothy McCool of Virginia Beach, VA; one brother, Willard Woodrow Killingsworth of Oceanside, CA; and her grandson, Colby Copeland of Cordova, TN.
She is preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey T. Copeland.

The family requests memorial contributions in her honor be made to the Ridgeway Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association. Memphis Funeral Home is in charge of handling arrangements (901) 725-0100.

NWA Capt. Neil E. Potts

additional story item:  

Neil Potts, Pilot and family man 41-year NWA pilot was steady presence in the air, at home

Neil Potts' family keeps memories of their father and husband tucked inside a jar. In the little stories, typed on strips of colored paper, lives the calm, patient man and pilot who adored his wife of 70 years and instilled the values of hard work and responsibility in his three children.

Potts revisited those memories before he died of emphysema on Oct. 6, at home in the presence of his family. He was 93. His daughter Carol Werket, of Hastings, now holds onto the jar of memories.

Potts, born in Illinois to two teachers, was a pilot who kept his family grounded. He flew for Northwest Airlines for 41 years and during World War II worked as a training pilot in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.

During cadet training, he met his wife-to-be, Lorraine. He had first met her in high school; when they met again in 1942, Potts wrote her a letter that said he was going to marry her.

They moved to Richfield from Boston in 1949. While flying for Northwest, Potts flew pregnant cows to Thailand, his wife said. He also worked as director of 747 training.

Potts' passion for flying extended to his personal life. He, his wife and children traveled around the world together, making yearly trips to Europe. He later took his grandchildren on trips, as well.

In 1982, at age 60, Potts was required to retire from Northwest, but he did not want to stop flying. So he and other pilots sued the airline and won. He went back to work until 1990 as a second officer.

Even his second retirement did not stop him from spending time at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Along with his wife, he volunteered for Travelers Assistance for 25 years until he was 91.

When Potts and his wife moved from Richfield to their house on Valley View Road in Eden Prairie, they created decorative gardens in their front yard. Passersby would stop to compliment them.

Werket said her parents had a relationship to look up to. "I don't think I've met two people who got along as well as they did," she said.

Potts' life did not come without turbulence. His son, Randy, now of Eden Prairie, was disabled in a car accident. He spent 15 days in a coma with his dad by his side telling him that he was going to be OK.

"You felt so good in his presence," Lorraine Potts said. "You always felt like everything would be taken care of."

She said before her husband died, he thanked her for their life together. "We've had a wonderful life of 70 years," he said.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Av. S., Edina, with visitation at 2 p.m. In addition to his wife, his son, Randy, and his daughter Carol, he is survived by another daughter, Becky Potts of Boxford, Mass., two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Beatrice Dupuy • 612-673-1707
Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

CITE THIS RECORD   "Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities",

WWII veteran, NWA Capt. Neil E. Potts
September 19, 1922 - October 6, 2015

Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Neil Edwin Potts, age 93.  Captain Potts joined Northwest Airlines 06-27-1949.  He is survived by his wife Lorraine.  Captain and Mrs Potts had most recently resided in Eden Prairie and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
To view the online obituary please visit http://cremationsocietyofmn.com/obituaries/neil-potts/    Perhaps the best contact for personal condolences and to share your memories with the family would be in c/o daughter Becky at  bpotts@carhartt.com 
Becky writes that a Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 22nd at the Cremation Society of Minnesota located in Edina MN with visitation one hour prior to start of service.  
Military honors will be conducted on Friday, October 23rd, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery ....please see obituary below for information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: Becky Potts    Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:18 PM   Subject: Obituary for Neil Potts

Hello PCN Flew West, 
It’s with great sadness that I send you an obituary for my father, Neil Potts, former Captain and Director of 747 Training for NWA. He was truly a great man and respected and admired by his co-workers and friends. We invite you to attend his services and share your stories!
 Thank you,
Becky Potts
PO Box 186 , West Boxford, MA 01885  ...  (978) 994-1469 cell   ... (313) 253-1256 fax  ...  bpotts@carhartt.com   Carhartt Cust. Svc./800-358-3825

Neil Potts, 93, died at home with his family on October 6, 2015. Born in 1922 in Patoka, IL, he was a semi-perfect child, (maybe a tipped outhouse here or there) and high school basketball star who later enlisted in the Naval Air Corp. Through friends, he met his dreamboat, Lorraine in Chicago and after the first date vowed he would marry her. After he was awarded his naval aviator wings, he asked her and she accepted! They had a wonderful, loving and adventurous 70 years together!
Neil loved his 41 years of flying with NWA as a highly respected Captain and Director of 747 Training. For 25 years post-retirement, you could find him at his Travelers Assistance desk at MSP on Thursdays and Saturdays helping lost souls in the airport. He retired from that position at 91!
Neil was a quiet, strong, loving man who commanded attention when he spoke….albeit, which wasn’t often! He loved the kids, grandkids & greats, the garden, fishing, traveling, sweets and vacuuming.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Eva Potts and brother Dick Potts. Neil is survived by his beautiful wife, Lorraine; their three children: Randy Potts of Eden Prairie, Becky (Glendon Ayer) Potts of Boxford, MA and Carol (Jim) Werket of Hastings, MN; sister-in-Law, Winnie Potts of Effingham, IL; grandkids, Neil (Rebecca) Werket and daughter Zoe, all of Cherry Hill, NJ and Eric (McKinze) Werket and sons Carter & Mason, all of Eagan, MN.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, October 22 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina. Visitation 2:00pm and memorial Service 3:00pm. On Friday, October 23rd, you are invited to honor Neil’s service in WW2 with Military Honor Guard Ceremony and flag presentation, followed by interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Ceremony begins promptly at 12:30pm, assembly area number 3.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

PNA/WAL Capt. Virgil C. Fey

PNA/WAL Capt. Virgil C. Fey
August 16, 1929 ~ October 3, 2015

Notification with the passing of retired PNA/WAL pilot Captain Virgil Clarence Fey, age 86.  Captain Fey joined Pacific Northern Airlines 03-20-1957 and retired with Western Airlines in 1985, based SFO.  He was widowed in June of 2013 with the passing of his wife Bertha Mae Fey. 
Captain Fey had most recently resided at 
211 Timothy Lane , Sequim  WA 98382-8365   ...  (360) 681-2455
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Virgil Clarence Fey, 86, of Sequim, Wash., passed away on Oct. 3, 2015. Born in Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 16, 1929, his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1947, and he graduated from Anchorage High School in 1948. He met and married his wife, Bertha Mae Fey, in Anchorage at age 20, and they married on Aug. 16, 1950. The Fey's moved to Bellevue, Wash., in 1971, where they raised their two children: Julie and Gerald Fey. They resided in Bellevue for many years before retiring to Carefree, Ariz., and then moving to Sequim in 1999. Dad flew many aircraft for PNA and Western Airlines and retired from Western Airlines in 1985. Throughout the years Dad and Mom had many adventures by land, sea and air. He loved to travel the Alaska Highway and would take friends and family along whenever he had a chance. Dad belonged to the Queen City Yacht Club, Masons, Shriners, Sequim Valley Car Club and the Quiet Birdmen. He is loved and survived by his daughter, Julie Fey; son, Gerald Fey and his wife Melissa Fey; and six grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Tori, Jordan, Lilly and Allison; and one great-grandchild, Zander. He was the pillar of our family and will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Mae Fey; and parents, Clarence and Winifred Fey.
.Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Oct. 8, 2015
Dec. 12, 1930 ~ June 26, 2013
 Bertha Mae Fey, 82, of Sequim passed away on June 26, 2013.
 Born in Fort Worth, Texas on December 12, 1930, her family moved to Anchorage, AK in 1946 and she graduated from Anchorage High School in 1949.
 She met and married her husband, Virgil Fey, in Anchorage at age 19 and they were married August 16, 1950.
 The Fey's moved to Bellevue, WA in 1971 where they raised their two children, Julie and Gerald Fey. They resided in Bellevue for many years before moving to Sequim in 1999.
 Bertha Mae was a homemaker who took great pride in caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. Over the years, Virgil and Bertha Mae enjoyed flying, boating, RV'ing, touring in classic cars along with numerous Shriner events.   Bertha Mae was the 1st Lady at Queen City Yacht Club in 1983 and was active in boating for many years.

 She is survived by her husband, Virgil Fey, daughter Julie Fey-Emard, son Gerald Fey and his wife Melissa Fey and 6 grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Tori, Jordan, Lilly and Allison. She was the foundation of our family and will be dearly missed.  Bertha Mae was preceded in death by her parents Morris and Dovie Killen.

Monday, October 5, 2015

WA/DL Capt. William J. McKeown

WA/DL Capt. William 'Bill' McKeown
June 23, 1936 ~ September 16, 2015
News has been received with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain William John McKeown, age 79.  Captain McKeown joined Western Airlines 01-15-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines (1995?).  Captain McKeown's obituary may still be viewed online at http://www.hiers-baxley.com/obituaries/William-Mckeown-2/#!/Obituary  ... also at  http://www.villages-news.com/william-john-bill-mckeown/  He is survived by his wife Barbara Lacey McKeown.  
Whitepages lists their residence address as
738 Hammond Place ,  Lady Lake  FL  32162-8744  ...   (352) 750-8042 
Services for Captain McKeown were held in Florida last month September 25th.....arrangements were entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Ocala, Florida.    
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for he PCN 
Obituary for William John “Bill” McKeown ..........................................
William John “Bill” McKeown passed away at home on 16 September 2015 after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. He was born on Long Island, NY, but moved to the Panama Canal Zone with his family in 1939. His grandfather went to Panama during the canal construction days and Bill’s father, one of 11 children, was raised there. Bill went through the Canal Zone school system until ninth grade and then attended St. Leo College Preparatory School in Florida through the 12th grade. After graduating at St. Leo, Bill returned to Panama and attended Canal Zone Junior College where he excelled in sports. After JC, Bill attended Mississippi Southern and graduated in August 1959.
In September 1959 Bill entered naval flight training in Pensacola and was a naval aviator until leaving the service in December of 1967 as a Lieutenant Commander. During his career with the Navy, Bill had the opportunity to do and see many interesting things. He was stationed in Corpus Christi, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Roosevelt Roads, PR; Johnsonville, PA; and aboard the aircraft carrier Kearsarge in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Some of the more memorable experiences he had were flying with the South African Air Force out of Capetown and being in Mercury Control during one of Scott Carpenter’s space missions. He also met most of the Mercury and many of the Gemini astronauts and flew with some of them while stationed at the Naval Air Development Center.
In January of 1968, Bill hired on with Western Airlines as a commercial pilot and flew for the next 17 years. During that time he was based in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. Bill continued flying after Western Airlines merged with Delta and then retired from flying in 1985 as a Delta captain.
Settling in Florida, Bill spent his retirement living in the cities of Seminole, Largo and ultimately The Villages. He enjoyed golfing and his golfing buddies as well as dinking around on the computer. He was an active member of the Madeira Beach American Legion, the Panama Canal Society and the Panama Canal Museum.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Barbara Lacey from Seattle WA, daughters Kathleen Tevis, Corbin, KY and Patty Supnet, Covington, WA, son Michael McKeown, Vonore, TN, stepson Scott Dorn, Seattle, WA, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Timothy of The Villages at 8:30 AM on Friday September 25, 2015. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Bill would be appreciated.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NWA Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' L. Baker

NWA Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' Baker
May 9, 1944 ~ September 24, 2015

News with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Gerald L. Baker has reached us.  Born in 1944, Captain Baker was 71 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Baker joined Northwest Airlines 11-07-1966.  He is survived by his wife Janet.  Captain Baker's obituary indicates that a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, more information to be advised when known.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN    
To view the family photo gallery and to sign the online guestbook please visit  www.never-gone.com
  or  http://www.never-gone.com/Memorials/default.aspx?m=9fW2fyAIfG0jyD%2bK1S0K7Q%3d%3d   
5/9/1944 - 9/24/2015
Location: East Wenatchee, Washington
This memorial was created in honor of Gerald "Jerry" Baker of East Wenatchee, Washington. Gerald was born on May 9, 1944 in Seattle and passed on September 24, 2015. Jerry grew up in West Seattle eventually becoming a stand out athlete for West Seattle High School. Following graduation, he attended Washington State University receiving scholarships for both football and baseball. He then continued his pitching career with a New York Yankee farm team in Sarasota, Florida. Following his baseball career, he was hired as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. Jerry flew for NWA for 38 years reaching the pinnacle of his aviation career as a 747-200 captain....................................
From: "William Day" <wlday@comcast.net>   Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2015 7:11 PM  Subject: Death of NWA pilot Jerry Baker

 Washington newspapers report that Delta/NWA pilot Jerry Baker of East
 Wenatchee, WA passed away on September 24, 2015. Further details at:

Jerry Baker, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away on September 24, 2015 at age  71. Jerry grew up in West Seattle, WA eventually becoming a stand out  athlete in both football and baseball for West Seattle High School. Post  graduation, he attended Washington State University receiving scholarships  for both football and baseball. He then continued his pitching career with a  New York Yankee farm team in Florida. Following his baseball career, Jerry  was hired as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He flew for NWA for 38 years reaching the pinnacle of his aviation career as a 747-200 captain. In  retirement, Jerry enjoyed boating on Lake Chelan, playing softball, golfing, and spending time with those he loved. Jerry is survived by his wife Janet, son Scott Baker (Kathy), daughter Kelly Switzer (Steve), stepchildren Jennifer and Curtis Upshaw and four grandchildren- Ethan, Alec, Brendan and Heidi. Jerry is also survived by his brother Dick Baker (Gwen), sisters Judy McGough (Paul) and Patti Hewitt (Lance- deceased) and many nieces and nephews. His brother Ricky (Darlene) and his parents, Eric and Flora Baker, preceded him in death. The family plans a private celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart
Association . 
Sign Jerry's online guest book at: www.never-gone.com
 .Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 4, 2015

Report by: Bill Day wlday@comcast.net