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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DL Capt. Gary N. Pressler

Update/complete obituary:  This was published today Dec. 13, 2015.

Gary Norman Pressler(1944 - 2015)

PRESSLER, Gary Norman Feb. 6, 1944 Nov. 20, 2015 Gary Norman Pressler, beloved husband, father, grandfather, colleague and friend, died on November 20, 2015, of cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends and in the devoted care of the nurses and staff of the 10th (transplant) floor of the Roberts Building at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. With his characteristic sense of humor, he joked that this was the second best way to go other than after hitting a hole-in-one at the Bridlewood Golf Course. Gary was born in Mobridge, South Dakota, on February 6, 1944, and raised in nearby Selby (pop. 800). He was shaped from an early age by the small-town values that he honored all his life. Great-Grandson of German immigrant farmers, Gary grew up where everyone was a friend and everyone's participation was required. He had a strong tenor voice and loved to sing, in family sing-alongs, high school chorus, college choir, the Naval Air Training Command Choir, the local community choir, and soloing at his older son Adam's wedding. He seldom passed up an opportunity to sing and as an airline pilot for Delta, he was known to lead passenger sing-alongs on Christmas flights. After graduating in a class of 17 from Selby High School where he was a talented athlete, Gary earned a degree in history in 1966 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He married Mary Lee, his college sweetheart, on June 6, 1966, and joined the Navy the following September. After earning his Navy wings in the spring of 1967, he did a tour of duty in Vietnam with the VA-86 Sidewinders, where he flew 130 missions in A-7 aircraft off the USS Coral Sea. During his six years of service, Gary made over 300 carrier landings, earning 13 air medals and a Unit Citation. He was a jet flight instructor with the VT-9 squadron in Meridian, Mississippi, until leaving the Navy in 1972. He then began a 31-year career with Delta Airlines, retiring in 2003 as a captain. He thought he had the best job in the world as a pilot until he became an "Opa" to Grant, Micah and Grace starting in 2003. In 1975, Gary, Mary and the boys moved to Flower Mound, Texas, then a community of about 2,000. From 1976 to 1984, Gary served on the water board, town council, and two terms as mayor. Gary provided leadership and vision that laid the groundwork for the infrastructure that now supports a community of more than 68,000. In 1997, Gary was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an autoimmune disease that had claimed his mother's life. It launched a series of "medical miracles" that included a double lung transplant in 2006. Gary was forever grateful for this life-extending gift, and with his customary graciousness he embraced the family of his donor, Christopher Bonner. He was also grateful to all of the talented and caring medical staff at Baylor Hospital, especially his long-time pulmonologist and friend, Dr. Ken Ausloos. As a transplant recipient, Gary made it his personal mission to advocate for organ donation. He visited transplant patients and spoke to numerous groups, most recently nursing students at Navarro Junior College in Waxahachie in September. His final act of generosity was to donate his body to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical School. Gary was much loved among his friends at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas. A member since 1973, he was active as a church council member, Sunday school teacher and small group leader. His strong community of faith encouraged him in spiritual growth and nudged him out of his comfort zone to embrace all people with equanimity, equality and love. Gary was never afraid of dying, and he never stopped living. He often said the transplant gave him the gift of time to be "Opa" to his much-loved grandchildren and to continue to play golf. And then with a twinkle in his eye, he'd quickly echo a refrain from pilot days, "I love my life; I love my wife." Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Lee Pressler of Flower Mound; his sons Adam and wife Jennifer of Dallas and Noah and wife Ryann of Flower Mound; three grandchildren, Micah, Grant and Grace; brothers Denny Pressler and wife Bea of Eloy, Arizona, and Tim Pressler and wife Becky of Portland, Oregon; brothers-in-law Steve Covalt, Ron Lee, and John Lee and wife Susan; sisters-in-law Evon Lee, Ramona Scarth and Lori Mickelson; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel Emil and Eleanore Kent Pressler, and his sister, Valerie Covalt. Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 28, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwest Transplant Alliance at 5489 Blair Rd, Dallas, TX 75231 or www.organ.org.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 13, 2015

DL Capt. Gary N. Pressler
February 6, 1944 ~ November 20, 2015

Notice with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Gary Norman Pressler, age 71.  Captain Pressler joined Delta Air Lines 11-27-1972 and was based DFW.  
Whitepages lists the Pressler residence as
4713 Skyline Drive , Flower Mound, TX 75028-3923  ...  (972) 724-1873  (636) 390-9809. 
Arrangements will be advised when known.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  

From: Carole Neubrand    Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:21 AM  Subject: Death of retired DFW Captain Gary Pressler

11/24 … Retired DFW Capt Gary Pressler of Flower Mound passed away this past Friday, November 20th with his family at his side.  Pressler, 72, served as Flower Mound’s mayor from 1980 to 1984.  “Flower Mound was a better place because of Gary and his family,” said former mayor Jody Smith. “Gary’s smile, friendly attitude and twinkling eyes will always be remembered.” Details on Pressler’s memorial service are forthcoming. 

Former mayor Gary Pressler remembered for his leadership
• Posted on Nov 21, 2015by Chris Roark
The Flower Mound community is remembering former mayor Gary Pressler for his leadership during the town's early days.
Pressler, who served as mayor from 1980 to 1984, died Friday. He was the town's seventh mayor.

Rick Lust, who was the town's mayor from 1988-1990, said he was friends with Pressler for about 40 years.
“Gary Pressler was one of the finest human beings I've ever known,” Lust said. “He guided his life with a strong moral compass. And he loved to engage people in the discussion, and he wanted to find out people's thoughts. Those things made him a strong leader.”
Lust said Pressler used that strong leadership to guide the town during a pivotal point in its history.

In the early 1970s, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project called Flower Mound New Town was established in what is now east Flower Mound. Flower Mound New Town, led by Edward Marcus, was created to bring in innovative urban and housing design plans.
HUD installed the infrastructure for the development, but New Town lasted only a few years. During Pressler's term, he and the Town Council agreed to take over the debt of the utility district, which at the time was $30 million.

“It was a tough decision, but Gary negotiated with HUD and got the council to go along with it,” Lust said.  With that came what Lust described as a state-of-the-art sewer treatment facility.  “We got the sewer, the water lines and the infrastructure that most towns our size didn't have,” Lust said. “And that was attractive to developers.”  Lust said Pressler's vision was critical for the growth that was about to take place in Flower Mound.“Everyone was nervous [about taking on the infrastructure debt],” Lust said. “But Gary could see beyond that and saw that the growth was coming. And when the developers came, they said, 'This is what we want.' Because we had great infrastructure.” HUD then underwrote the first master plan for the town and Lust said, under Pressler's leadership, more strict ordinances were included, such as those that address signs, landscaping and setbacks.

With Pressler and Lust both being pilots, they had the opportunity to see what types of standards other cities had. “We both traveled around the country, and we saw what worked in other cities,” Lust said. “He adopted the practices that were successful in those cities, and they were things that a lot of our suburbs didn't have. And he led the council in that direction. As the mayor, Gary had the vision to consider these things.”  Lust said his efforts can still be seen today.  “What you enjoy today as you drive through Flower Mound, that foundation was set during his era,” Lust said.

After his time as mayor ended, Pressler stayed involved in the community. Jody Smith, who served as mayor from 2004-2010, said Pressler was a big advocate of organ donation and spoke publicly about the importance of it.  He also assisted in the master plan process in later years. An avid golfer, he was a marshal at Bridlewood Golf Club.
“He was very personable, and he loved Flower Mound,” Smith said. “He was definitely committed to Flower Mound. And he will be missed by many.”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

DL Capt. Troy R. Beatty III

Navy veteran, DL Capt. Troy R. Beatty III
October 17, 1939 ~ November 19, 2015
Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Troy Beatty, age 76.  Captain Beatty joined Delta Air Lines 09-12-1969 and retired in 1999, based 031/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Debra Arnette Beatty.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  www.jeffcoattrant.com/  or click on at 
Captain Beatty's obituary indicates services will be held today Sunday, November 22nd in Auburn, Alabama. 
Whitepages lists the Beatty residence as
366 Bufford Road,  Auburn  AL 36830-1246  ...  (334) 727-1543
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Troy Beatty, III
son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Troy Beatty, Jr. of Memphis, TN died November 19, 2015 at age 76 in Auburn, Alabama after a long illness. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech and entered the Navy as an Ensign upon graduation. He resigned as Lieutenant Commander after 8 years. He then flew for Delta Airlines and retired as Captain in 1999. He was a volunteer Firefighter for the Little Texas Fire Department. He leaves his wife Debra Arnette Beatty, a sister Tina McWhorter of Memphis, TN, a sister Anita Beatty of Auburn, AL and a nephew Eric (Kristen) Price of San Francisco. His funeral will be at Auburn United Methodist Church on November 22, 2015.  Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home Opelika, AL has charge. Memorials may be made to Auburn United Methodist Church, 137 S. Gay St. Auburn, Al 36830.
Funeral Home:  Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home
1500 Frederick Road, Opelika, AL  36801  ...  (334) 749-8700

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DL Capt. Dale A. Barrett

DL Capt. Dale August Barrett
January 6, 1934 ~ November 9, 2015

Friends have notified us that Captain Dale Barrett passed away recently.  Born in Los Angeles and raised in Honolulu, Dale August Barrett was 81 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Barrett joined Delta Air Lines 01-02-1956 and was based Miami, then PDX prior to his retiring.  He is survived by his wife Diane.  Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o son John at barrettj001@hawaii.rr.com  or (808) 797-8689.  The funeral home can be reached at http://www.hawaiianmemorialparkmortuary.com/contact-us/contact-us  or (808) 725-2645.  Should we receive further information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Dale August Barrett
Posted On November 17th, 2015 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Nov. 9, 2015
Dale August Barrett, 81, of Kaneohe, a retired Delta Airlines pilot, died in Kailua. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by wife Diane P., son John and two grandchildren. Private services. Condolences: hawaiianmemorial parkmortuary.com.

From: Larry Whitesell Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:28 PM

I just received the sad news that Dale Barrett flew West a few days ago in Hawaii. ​
He was hired by Delta around 1956-1960 and spent most of his career in Miami. He was an avid sailor having been raised in HNL. He told me he was a young boy, playing in front of his aunt's home when a plane flew overhead and the pilot waived at him. It had a large red spot on the side. It rolled out and dropped a bomb on Kaneohe Bay USMC airbase.
This is the message I received from another pilot, Craig Harndon. Craig was an Eastern pilot.
"I wasn't talking much to Dale either after his daughter died and he and Diane decided to sell their house in Central Fla and move back to Hawaii.
I heard thru the grapevine that Dale had Alzheimers, but never confimed that.
His son's John's email is barrettj001@hawaii.rr.com
Diane can be reached at John number which should be 808 797-8689"
Larry Whitesell - Delta PDX-retired
daughter Dayna Manulani Barrett, born March 31, 1960....passed September 5, 2011 in Florida

DL Capt. Thomas W. Pitcher

Update/correction to date of passing.....a note from Kay Pitcher....
thank you....~ Carol for the PCN 
DL Capt. Thomas W. Pitcher
April 5, 1934 ~ November 14, 2015
From: "Kay Pitcher" <kvpvail@aol.com>  
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2015 4:13 PM  To: <death@pilotcommunication.net>Subject: Tom pitcher

 Thank you for article on Tom. He died 11/14/15 not 11/19/15..
 Kay pitcher

DL Capt. Thomas W. Pitcher
April 5, 1934 ~ November 14, 2015

We have received word from the Pitcher family with news that Captain Tom Pitcher has passed away.  Born in Iowa to parents Walter and Dorothy, Thomas Wayne Pitcher was 81 years of age at the time of his passing.  Tom joined Delta Air Lines 04-01-1963 and retired with Delta in 1994, based 031/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Kathryn 'Kay'.  Whitepages lists their residence address as  
  PO Box 2051  ,  Vail CO   81658-2051  ...  (970)  476-4390
The Pitchers have been very active in the Vail community and especially involved with the Ski & Snowboard Club of Vail.  You can read more below, and if we receive more information as to arrangements we will be sure to advise.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
"While living in Texas, Tom and his family took an unexpected ski vacation in Vail when there turned out to be no snow in Taos.  Loving it, the family spent the next winter here and transitioned to full-time residents the following year. While a pilot for Delta Airlines, Tom’s children ski raced with SSCV and Tom and wife Kay spent every free moment volunteering at the Club.  Whether helping to build the clubhouse, being a race referee or serving as an SSCV Trustee and Board President, Tom’s leadership and commitment left a mark on SSCV/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail". 
Originally from Iowa, Tom joined the military at the age of 19, traveling the world and serving his country as a fighter pilot. Tom later went on to become a pilot for Delta Airlines.
Diverting to Vail in the late 1960s for a family vacation when there turned out to be no snow in Taos, the entire family fell in love with the mountain and the town and decided to spend the next winter in Vail. By the following winter, they were full-time residents of Vail, leaving behind a brand new home they had just finished building in Houston for life in the Vail Valley. Tom continued his career as a pilot with Delta, commuting for assignments and his children went on to ski race with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
Tom and his wife Kay volunteered every free moment they had with SSCV Tom served the Club in many ways. In the early days, he was timing races and rallying athletes from other parts of Colorado to race in Vail. Tom, together with Ed Livran, started the Vail Cup, which exists to this day, attracting racers from across Colorado.
SSCV was like a second career to Tom, something he was fully committed to and engaged with. Tom’s leadership and commitment has indeed left a mark on SSCV.
From: "Tom Pitcher" quamfish@aol.com    
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:39 AM  To: <death@pilotcommunication.net>  
Subject: Captain Thomas W Pitcher
 Notification of the passing of Delta Captain Thomas W Pitcher, age 81. Captain Pitcher joined Delta 4/1/63 and retired 3/27/94. He is survived by his wife Kay and daughter Stephanie.

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NWA/DL Capt. Paul R. Martz

Navy veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Paul Martz
January 14, 1954 ~ November 10, 2015
Notification with the passing of NWA/DL pilot Captain Paul Richard Martz, age 61.  Captain Martz joined Northwest Airlines 10-26-1984 and retired with Delta Air Lines, I believe based DTW.  Captain Martz's obituary indicates that services were held in Florida yesterday November 17th.  He is survived by his wife Donna.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
Our information is limited....if we receive a contact for the family we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Paul Richard Martz  
U.S. Veteran Paul "Magic" Martz passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 61 after a difficult battle with urothelial carcinoma. He is survived by his father, Warren; wife Donna; son Michael and his wife Ashlee; daughter Nicole and her husband Rich Friesen; his sister Melanie and her husband Paul Johnson; his brother Tom and his wife Pam; and his sister Lori and her husband Scott Olson.
Paul was born on January 14, 1954 in Chicago, IL to Warren and Sylvia Martz. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. He married Donna on December 12th, 1981 in Pensacola, FL and they were blessed with a son, Michael, and a daughter, Nicole.
Paul served honorably for 9 years as an active duty Naval Aviator. He flew the F-4 Phantom II, the A-4 Skyhawk, and F-5 Tiger. In 1984, he was discharged from Navy, and he accepted a position as a pilot for Northwest Airlines (later merging with Delta Airlines). For 31 years, Paul flew a variety of passenger aircraft, eventually becoming a captain and fight instructor for the A-330. During Operation Desert Storm, Paul volunteered to fly troops overseas to their deployment stations. In the aftermath of 9/11, Paul joined the Navy Reserves where he served in a variety of roles, including a deployment to Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. He retired from the Navy Reserves as a Commander in 2014.
Paul enjoyed camping, and could often be found canoeing in the Boundary Waters on the northern border of Minnesota. He also loved to snow ski and travel with family and friends. Even though he was a pilot by trade, he enjoyed flying in his down time as well. Paul flew for the Fleming Tigers Fighter Squadron, where he introduced people to simulated aerial combat, and he was a member of the Minnesota Soaring Club where he flew gliders. Paul also enjoyed singing in the barbershop choir, the Minnesota Commodores.
Services will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 17th at Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home in Pensacola, FL. A military burial will follow at 1:15pm at Barrancas National Cemetery located at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements, 124 W. GREGORY ST., PENSACOLA, Florida  ...   (850) 432-6534.

Monday, November 16, 2015

NWA Capt. Gary J. Price

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. Gary J. Price
December 31, 1937 ~ November 12, 2015


Word with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Gary J. Price has been received.  Gary joined Northwest Airlines 05-09-1966 and medically retired in 1975.  He is survived by his wife Joyce.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.morrisnilsen.com/obituaries/  Gary's obituary indicates that services were held today November 16th in Minnesota. 
If further information is needed, you may contact the family through Gary's good friend Capt. Bill Day at (360) 303-6020.
Should we receive more information, we will be sure to pass along the updates.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   

From: RNPA News Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:43 PMSubject: RNPA News: Gary Price Obituary.

Gary J. Price


Price, Gary J. age 77 of Burnsville. He was a Naval Aviator, pilot with

 Northwest Airlines and technical writer for 3M. Survived by wife of 55 years,

Joyce, children, Lynda Smith, Jeff (Tiffany) Price; grandchildren Dayton and 

Elyse Smith, Emma and Julia Price and their mother Beth Price;

siblings Loraine Price, George (Barbara) Price, Leigh (Henry) Hammond; nieces 

and nephews. Preceded in death by son-in-law, Jesse Smith; sister

Annalee Jurczewsky. Funeral service 1:00 PM Monday, Nov. 16 at Hope 

Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave., Richfield. Interment Lakewood.

Visitation one hour before service. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612 869-3226 

Published on November 13, 2015

From: RNPA News Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2015 2:36 PMSubject: RNPA News: Gary Price Has Flown West.

With great regret I inform you that my close friend and retired NWA captain Gary Price has passed away. Gary was hired by NWA on May 09, 1966 and medically retired on August 01, 1975. His medical retirement was due to probable multiple sclerosis. While still physically able, Gary worked for 3M as a technical engineering instructor. He and his wife Joyce resided in Burnsville, MN.  

Funeral services will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, Minnesota on Monday November 16.

Contact me for further details.

Bill Day
Ferndale, WA

Estela Boyar, widow of C&S/DL Capt. Bradford Boyar

Estela Maria Boyar, widow of C&S/DL Capt. Brad Boyar
July 14, 1935 ~ October 31, 2015
Notification with the passing of Estela Maria Boyar, widow of C&S/DL pilot Bradford 'Brad' W. Boyar who passed in April of 2001.  Services for Mrs. Boyar will be held on Sunday, November 22 in Lindale TX.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

Estela Maria (Caballero) Boyar (7/14/1935 - 10/31/2015)

Mass of Christian Burial for Estela Maria (née Caballero) Boyar, 80, will be offered on Sunday, November 22 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindale with Rev. Steven Paradis officiating at 2:00 PM. Visitation and rosary will be Saturday, November 21, at 7:00 PM at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Directors in Lindale. Mrs. Boyar was born on July 14, 1935, in La Habana (Havana), Cuba, and brought into the family of the late Amado Trinidad and Flor Angel Cañizo de Trinidad on the mother's second marriage. Fortified with the Sacrament of the Sick of Holy Mother Church, she died on October 31, 2015. Leaving all belongings behind by order of the Castro regime, Mrs. Boyar immigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1962 and became a citizen. Sponsored by the Methodist Church, she continued to develop her professional expertise as a beautician in Dallas. She was employed in the salon at the Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas and worked her way up to be the supervisor of all the Neiman Marcus salons in the state of Texas. In 1972 Estela married Bradford (Brad) Wesley Boyar, a Delta Airlines pilot and RAF pilot during the pre-US intervention in World War II. She retired from Neiman Marcus in 1995 and moved to Hideaway in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (2001), beloved sister and former editor of the Hideaway News, Nicole Consuelo (Chelo) Rozell (née Trinidad, 2014), and her brother-in-law James Rozell (2009). She is survived by family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 829 Lindale, Texas 75771, or to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, or the charity of your choice .

Funeral Home:  Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Inc.
206 West South Lindale, TX 75771
(903) 882-3141

Boyar, Brad W. Captain , born 30-Aug-1916  , died 14-Apr-2001 , age 84  , based YIP-DFW-ATL  C&S/DL

Bradford W. Boyar: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Bradford W. Boyar
Date of Birth: Thursday  August  12, 1915
Date of Death: Saturday  April  14, 2001
Age at Death: 85 years, 8 months, 2 days

NEA/DL Capt. Robert V. Carroll

NEA/DL Capt. Robert V. Carroll
December 31, 1919 ~ November 10, 2015
Word has been received with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Robert V. Carroll, age 95.  Captain Carroll joined Northeast Airlines in June 1950 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based BOS.  He was widowed in October 1994 with the passing of his wife Ruth.
Captain Carroll's obituary notes that services were held last Saturday, November 14th in Woburn, Mass. 
Captain Carroll had most recently resided at 55 Wedgemere Ave., Winchester, MA 01890-2335
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: JON J MAYNARD Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:12 AM
Subject: Passing of Captain Robert V "Bob" Carroll Retired NEA/DL BOS

Robert V. Carroll Obituary
Robert V. "Bob" Carroll passed away on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at the age of ninety-five following a brief illness. A longtime Winchester resident he was the husband of the late Ruth (Garvey) Carroll. Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary Anne McDonough Carroll. Mr. Carroll grew up in East Woburn where he attended Goodyear School, learned to skate at Walker Pond and caddied at the Unicorn Country Club . A graduate of Woburn High School Class of 1937, he excelled at playing football, baseball and served as captain of the hockey team at Woburn High School. Several years later Bob met the true love of his life Ruth Garvey from the South End of Woburn while ice skating at Winter Pond in Winchester. They would marry and in their 52 years of marriage raise four children, six grand children and seven great grand children. Ruth sadly passed away in 1994. In 1942 Bob Carroll was accepted into the Naval Air Cadet Program. He was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and was designated a Naval Aviator receiving his Wings of Gold in 1943. Graduating at the top of his class, he instructed in Pensacola for one year before checking out in the Navy's newest fighter the F6F Hellcat. Orders in hand in August 1945, Lt. Carroll did not have to deploy to the Western Pacific following the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. Bob became a commercial airline pilot in 1946. He was flying for Panagra Airlines in Lima Peru when activated by the Navy for the Berlin Airlift and later the Korean conflict. Lt. Carroll would spend 21years active and reserve in the United States Navy and retire at the rank of Commander in 1963. Following Korea, he resumed his Commercial career in 1951 with Northeast Airlines flying out of Boston . The Yellowbirds were bought by Delta in the early Seventies. Captain Carroll retired in 1978 with over 30 thousand hours of flight time, with type ratings on over 10 different types of aircraft and was Delta's most senior pilot on their most modern Aircraft, the Lockheed L10-11. Bob and Ruth Carroll moved to Winchester with their three children in 1958. He was an avid golfer and expert skier. A forty year member of Winchester Country Club, in retirement he was a multiple winner of Member Guest, Father Son, Grandfather, Grandson, Senior and Super Senior Golf Championships including his last at the age of 91! Bob continued to golf into October of this year, won his last Scramble in September and parred the last hole he ever played. In addition to his parents, Harry and Mary Anne (McDonough) Carroll Bob was sadly predeceased by his son Robert Emmett Carroll and his siblings Mary Smith, Leo Carroll, Arthur Carroll and Harry Joe Carroll. He is lovingly survived by his children, Roberta Lee (Carroll) Winchester, Stephanie Carroll of New York City, and Robert Carroll, Jr. and his wife Eileen of San Jose CA; his grandchildren,William Rogers and his wife Debra of Vienna, VA, Chris Rogers and his wife Amy of Dana PT, CA, Robyn (Rogers) MacNeil and her husband Doug of Walpole, MA, Robert Carroll III of San Francisco, Michael Carroll of New York City, and Ashley Carroll of San Jose; his great grandchildren, Billy, Carly, Liam, Miley, Luke, Quinn, and Tyler; as well as his brother and sister in-laws,Gerry Cantillon and Bob Garvey of Woburn, and Mary Doucette of Winchester. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, November 14th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Mary Church, 155 Washington Street, Winchester at 11. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Published in The Winchester Star from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21, 2015

Jon J Maynard
President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers
2nd Vice President of Delta National Pioneers
Delta Employee and Retiree Care Fund   
(H) 617.787.2620

Name: Ruth M. Carroll
State of Issue: Massachusetts
Date of Birth: Wednesday  August  08, 1923
Date of Death: Friday  October  14, 1994
Age at Death: 71 years, 2 months, 6 days

NWA Capt. Dean E. Sunde

NWA Capt. Dean E. Sunde
April 18, 1934 ~ November 8, 2015

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Dean Edward Sunde, age 81.   Captain Sunde joined Northwest Airlines 05-08-1959 and retired with Northwest in 1994.  He is survived by his wife Meredith. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.thornhillvalley.com  or  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Dean-Sunde&lc=2397&pid=176450714&mid=6671610&Affiliate=spokesman&PersonID=176450714&FHID=10175  Captain Sunde's obituary indicates that services were held last Sunday November 15th in Washington state.  Arrangements were entrusted to Thornhill Valley Chapel of Spokane Valley, WA.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2509 S. Sunnybrook Lane , Spokane Valley, WA 99037-9451.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary......................................SUNDE, Dean E. (Age 81)
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)
Dean E. Sunde, passed away quietly on Sunday morning, November 8, 2015 in Spokane Valley, WA. Dean was born in rural South Dakota and grew up in the Midwest. After graduation from high school, he briefly attended the University of Minnesota before being accepted into the USAF Cadet Pilot Training program in 1954. Dean had a distinguished aviation career, flying for the United States Air Force (Captain) as well as the Washington Air National Guard 116th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Geiger Field. He also had a career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines (35 years) retiring as a Boeing 747 Captain. Dean devoted much of his life to building projects, woodworking, and hobby farming. He enjoyed spending time with family, lending support when needed, and teaching others some of the many skills and lessons he had learned along life's journey. Loved by all who knew him; Dean will be missed. Dean is survived by his wife, Meredith of 55 years; daughters: Susan (Eric) Merrick, Julie (Todd) Ullrich, Tami (Jeffrey) Duty; son David (Susan) Sunde; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Pauline Sunde; and a daughter, Tracy. The family would like to thank the staff and friends at The Good Samaritan in Spokane Valley, Washington, for all the love, compassionate care and support. A Celebration of Dean's life will be held at Valleyford Community Church, 13015 S. Madison Rd. Valleyford, Washington on Sunday, November 15th at 2:00pm. Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project ( woundedwarriorproject.org ).
.Published in Spokesman-Review from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:  Thornhill Valley Chapel
1400 South Pines Road | Spokane Valley, WA 99206 | (509) 924-2211

DL Capt. Thomas Orrin Pugh

Navy veteran, DL Capt. Thomas Orrin Pugh
June 30, 1941 ~ August 25, 2015
Please forgive belated notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Thomas Orrin Pugh, age 74.  Captain Pugh joined Delta Air Lines 02-13-1970 and was based ORD and CVG.  Survived by his wife Carolyn Sue, the family can be reached at (360) 546-3052.....
15809 NE 29th Ave.,  Vancouver  WA  98686.
Arrangements were entrusted to Evergreen Memorial Gardens of Vancouver, WA 98684  ...  (360) 892-6060
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Thomas Orrin Pugh was born to Helga J. and Gilbert O. Pugh on June 30, 1941, in Kansas City, Missouri.  He died of complications of Parkinson's on August 25, 2015.  We will miss the twinkle in his eyes and his indomitable spirit.
 He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue (Hendricks) Pugh and their children, daughter Kirstin L. Pugh (Scott Romer), and son Michael A. Pugh (Allison Reynolds).  He will be missed by grandchildren Eleanor and Henry and by his brothers, Randy and Dennis, plus many family members and friends.
  Tom had a great childhood and has many lifelong friends from Northeast Kansas City, Missouri.
 He attended the University of Kansas on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated from KU in 1964. 
 Tom was a Vietman-era Navy pilot and a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines.  He was a speaker of Chinese and Japanese, an eager traveler, an observer of all things political, and he loved to engage in discussions.  He was a friend of old people and small children.
  Tom, we will always treasure you.
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Dwight G. Rickman Navy Scholarship Fund at the University of Kansas or to the OHSU Parkinson's Center.

From: "Homestead" <no-reply@hs-support.homestead-inc.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2015 8:28 PM
Deceased full name     Thomas Orrin "Tom" Pugh
 Date of Birth     6/30/1941
 Date of Death     8/25/2015
 Relationship     Pilot
 Active Retired     Retired
 Domicile     ORD & CVG
 Age at death     74
 Cause of death     Stroke
 Living Spouse     Sue
 Address     15809 NE 29th Ave
 City     Vancouver
 State     WA
 Zip     98686
 Airline    DAL
 Contact Name     Chad Ervin
 Contact Email    
 Contact Phone     770-578-9674 

---------- Forwarded message ----------From: "Carolyn Pugh" <carolynpugh@mac.com>  Date: Sep 22, 2015 8:05 PM  Subject: Tom Pugh's obituary ..........  I think many of Tom's friends from his Chicago years are aware of his passing.   However, one of the things on my Delta Survivor checklist is to share his obituary with your readers.   I wrote this a couple of days after he left us and it is a very simple obituary.   We miss his humor and his smile.   I have the links to his memorials, if anyone wants them.   Thanks,  Sue Pugh

Regarding illness of Capt Tom Pugh. 
I wish to thank Ken Thomas and Dave Skjerven for sharing this information about  longtime ORD based Capt Tom Pugh.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and Sue as they deal with this illness.  Mark
From: To: DWSkjerven@aol.com
Sent: 6/22/2013 5:35:06 P.M. Subj: Tom Pugh
Just got off the phone with Tom & Sue Pugh; Not sure if any on the guys have contact with him. Tom has Vascular Parkinson; Sue says he gets around with a walker and they use a wheel chair when getting out; he said his eye sight is being affected. I talked with Tom and ask if he wanted to get on the ORD e-mails list and he did; Sue will retrieve and relate the information to him; I am sure he would appreciate the contact with the guys of his ORD days.  Sue's e-mail address is 
carolynpugh@me.com ; their ph is 360-546-3052.  Ken Thomas=
From: Carolyn Pugh <carolynpugh@mac.com>To: DWSkjerven DWSkjerven@aol.com
Sent: Sun, Jun 23, 2013 9:14 am
Subject: Re: Tom Pugh

Hi Dave,
  This was a kind gesture.  I just wanted to correct the typo on our phone number.  The area code here is 360 so the whole number is 360-546-3052.  Thanks.
  Tom's condition is one of the -isms.  Symptoms like those of idiopathic Parkinson's Disease but without essential tremor.  His neurologist diagnosed "Vascular Parkinsonism" about three years ago, by using MRI results.  I think George Schindelar suffered from the same syndrome.
  We have fond memories of our Chicago years.  Hope you are doing well.  I keep up with some of the Chicago area news via a couple of "facebook friends" who are from our kids' generation.  (Social media for the 70+ generation!  Who knew?)
  I'm sure Tom would enjoy being on the ORD e-mail list.  He may have been on it for a while.  He had an earthlink.net address but no longer uses that address or his office computer - actually cannot even get upstairs to his office.  Guess that's it.  Thanks, Dave.  Sue Pugh
Mark Sztanyo