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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NEA/DL Capt. Joe W. Ozment

Korean war veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Joe W. Ozment
December 7, 1933 ~ March 27, 2016

Family write with news of the passing of Delta pioneer member retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Joe W. Ozment, age 82.  Captain Ozment joined Northeast Airlines 01-17-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines, and was based Atlanta.  We understand that cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held for Capt. Ozment on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM at Tumbling Creek Baptist Church in Gleason TN.  He is survived by his wife Beverly.   
Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home website at
Whitepages lists the Ozment residence address as
1386 Highway 22,  McKenzie  TN  38201-1115.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Williams Funeral Homes' of Greenfield and Gleason, Tennessee
Joe Wade Ozment (Gleason Chapel)
(December 7, 1933 - March 27, 2016)
U.S. Veteran A memorial service for Joe Wade Ozment, age 82, of McKenzie, TN will be held Saturday April 2, 2016 at 1pm at Tumbling Creek Baptist Church in Gleason, TN. Joe is survived by his wife, Beverly Ozment, of McKenzie, TN. Joe is also survived by six children; Brian (Lorraine) Ozment of Peachtree City, GA, John (Laura) Ozment of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Steve Ozment of Pompano Beach, FL, Gina (Lynn) Holton of San Antonio, TX, Andrea Heminger of FL, and Lisa (Rick) Sawicki of Hollywood, FL. He is survived by two step-children; John Barrett of McKenzie, TN and Bridget Cummings of Nashville, TN. Joe leaves behind a brother, John Ozment of McKenzie, TN, sister, Janice Harris of Paris, TN, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Gracie Ozment, brother, Bobby Ozment, and two sisters, Ray Nell Todd and Bonnie Glenn.

From: JOE OZMENT    Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:32 PM   To: PCN DEATH Notice Mgr
Subject: Notification with the passing of Delta pioneer member retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Joe W. Ozment, age 82. Captain Joe Ozment joined Delta Airlines from Northest Airlines. Retired from Delta Airlines on 01/01/1994. Joe passed away on March 27th unexpectdly at his home. He is survived by his wife Beverly Ozment and six children and 2 step children. Brian Ozment, John Ozment , Gina Holton, Andrea Heminger, Lisa Sawicki, Steven Ozment, Bridget Cummings and John Barrett. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born on 12/07/1933 in McKenzie Tennessee. Son of the late Thomas and Gracie Ozment. Joe served in the Army durning the Koren War. Joe belonged to the Fidelity Lodge A.F. &A.M. Melrose Mass. Memorial service are at Tumbling Creek Baptist Church in Gleason Tennessee at 1:00 April 2nd 2016.

Joe Ozment is being cremated. There will be a memorial service held at Tumbling Creek Baptist Church in Gleason Tennessee at 1:00 p.m. Saturday April 2.

WAL/DL Capt. John Albert 'Jack' McCormick JR.

WAL/DL Capt. John 'Jack' Albert McCormick Jr.
January 21, 1927 - February 17, 2016

Notice with the passing of Western Airlines pilot Captain Jack McCormick, age 89.  Captain Jack joined Western Airlines 01-19-1953 (retired 1987?) and was based Los Angeles.  He is survived by his wife Sherma.
To view the online obituary/guestbook please visit http://obits.staradvertiser.com/2016/03/13/john-albert-mccormick-jr/ 
For those wishing to send a note of condolence, the address we have on file is 
583 Kamoku St., #1401  , Honolulu HI  96826-5228  ...  (808) 955-3266
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John Albert McCormick Jr.
...Posted On March 13th, 2016 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
John Albert “Captain Jack” McCormick Jr., 89, of Honolulu, a retired pilot and captain for Western Airlines and Delta Air Lines, died in Honolulu. He was born in Los Angeles. He is survived by wife Sherma W.; daughters Barbara M. Donley, Michelle M. Pratt and Denise A. McCormick; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. No services. Condolences: hawaiianmemorial parkmortuary.com
John “Captain Jack” Albert McCormick Jr.
...Posted on Saturday, 12th March 2016 | Hawaii

John “Captain Jack” Albert McCormick Jr., of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu; he was 89 years old. He was the eldest of three children born to John Albert McCormick Sr. and Sadie Margaret Breining in Los Angeles, California on January 21, 1927. He attended St. Patrick School (Eureka), Judd Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah; then furthered his education at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii. Although he did not earn a degree, he took specialized aeronautical classes and other classes in astronomy and volcanology. After graduation he began his career as a plane mechanic, piloting a mail carrier plane, charter pilot, and then a commercial airline pilot. He was employed with the airline industry from 1982 and after serving 32 years, he retired as a Captain with both Western and Delta Airlines. He lived in Eureka and Salt Lake City, Utah, Los Angeles and Northridge, California, and finally made Honolulu, Hawaii his home. He was married to Sherma West on July 3, 1947 and they had three daughters. He loved and cherished his family and always made sure that they were cared for. With the exception of the love and affection of his family, John’s learning and pursuing a career to fly was his passion. After retirement, they were interested in learning more about their Hawaiian State. John was raised Catholic. He was involved with ALPA, Silver Eagles, and was a member of the Smithsonian; which involved reunion meetings at varied sites around the country. He enjoyed reading and learning more about space, history, astronomy, biographies, and geography. He also enjoyed listening to popular orchestra music and Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way”. Special friends in his life were Dick Bleue and Bill Lobaugh. He is survived by wife, Sherma W. McCormick; daughters, Barbara M. (Robert) Donley, Michelle M. (Donald) Pratt, and Denise A. McCormick; eight grandchildren, Noele (Todd) Salesky, Michelle Donley, Kathleen Donley, Nicole Donley (Michael Scottibelli), Erin (Pete) Montalvo, Shannon Thompson, Elizabeth (Mike) Eakright and Matthew D. McCormick; eight great-grandchildren, Sophia Scottibelli, Andres Lerea, Jakob Stanek, Josephine Montalvo, Isabelle Montalvo, Nicholas Montalvo, Peter Montalvo and Amelia Eakright. John will be remembered as a persistent, determined, and strong willed man. His catch phrase or quote was “Que Sera Sera”. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. No services were held.

NWA pilot William J. Hentush Sr.

Military veteran, NWA Capt. William John Hentush Sr.
September ? 1945 ~ March 21, 2016
Notification with the passing of Northwest Airlines pilot Wlliam J. Hentush Sr., age 70. 
Our information is limited to the obituary below....if anyone has more information to add, please let us know and we then can update our memorial site. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
William J. Hentush, 70, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 at his home. He was a pilot for Northwest Airlines. He was a member of the Elks Club, C.C.C.C. Club, and a member of St. Roman's Catholic Church. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his beloved companion Suzie Anderson of Jeffersonville, IN; his sons: William J. Hentush Jr. and his wife Brenda of Worth, IL and Thomas E. Hentush of Crown Point, IN; his daughter, Janie A. Kwiecinski and her husband Robert of Crown Point, IN; his sister Dorothy Kozlowski and her husband Skip of Orland Park, IL; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter; his extended loving family from Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father William Hentush; his mother, Eleanor (Gorczynski) Hentush. Cremation was chosen by the family.

E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, Indiana in charge of the arrangements.
.Published in The Times on Mar. 25, 2016

DL Capt. Walker Jeter Hester

Military veteran, DL Capt. Walker Jeter Hester
July 26, 1956 ~ March 24, 2016

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Captain Walker Jeter Hester, age 59.  Death was due to an accident while test flying his airplane.  Captain Hester joined Delta Air Lines 08-21-1987 and was currently based 031/ATL flying international routes.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
where you may also view family photos. 
Services for Captain Hester will be held April 1st at Riverside Chapel, Memorial Park, Memphis TN. There will also be a celebration of life held in Atlanta, GA on April 2nd.  Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Walker Jeter Hester, 59, a beloved father, son, brother, Veteran Naval Aviator, and devout Christian, passed away in an accident while test-flying his newest airplane. Born in New England but a true son of the south, he graduated from Germantown High School in 1974. After completing a degree in Journalism at the University of Memphis, he served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator, call sign "Boxer." Following an honorable discharge in 1987, he joined Delta Airlines as a First Officer, progressing rapidly to Captain. Walker's greatest passions were his work in evangelical prison ministries, cheering on the University of Tennessee Volunteers, and traveling to Charleston, SC to spend time with his beloved daughter, Laine. A daredevil at heart, Walker pursued adrenaline pumping adventures from aerial-acrobatics, to motorcycle racing, to powered paragliding. Mourning his loss are his daughter, Laine Hester, stepmother, Deborah Hester Harrison, siblings, Sullivan Hester (Shea) and J Ross Hester, extended family, as well as many friends from his worldly travels. We celebrate his life as he is welcomed into the Kingdom of God and is joyously reunited with loved ones. The service will be held on April 1 at Riverside Chapel at Memorial Park, Memphis, TN. There will also be a celebration of life held in Atlanta, GA on April 2. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wings of the Morning special event fund at Bill Glass Behind the Walls. 

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 29, 2016

Pilot identified in fatal Cheraw plane crash

Officials have now identified a pilot killed when his homebuilt aircraft crashed in a Chesterfield County swamp Thursday.
The county Coroner’s Office said 59-year-old Walker Jeter is an Atlanta, Ga., native who was the only person aboard the experimental Rocket II plane at the time. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks told reporters that some nearby farmers saw the plane go down around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, but it required an aerial search to find the wreckage in the dense swamp of the Pee Dee River.
“With the help of a helicopter, some debris was found right on the Pee Dee in some of the thickest swamp in the county,” Brooks said during a press conference Thursday. “The plane was located a couple hours later.”
A team from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are on-scene investigating the crash, but the sheriff warned it will be difficult to remove the wreckage from the swamp.
“The plane was upside-down and it took a while even after we reached the site to get the pilot out,” Brooks said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Jeter’s body Thursday morning.

NEA/DL Capt. Edward Burton Holt

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Edward Burton Holt
June 22, 1926 ~ March 24, 2016

Notification with the passing of Delta pioneer member retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Ed Holt, age 89.  Captain Holt joined Northeast Airlines 06-25-1953 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1986, based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Helen.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://obit.brewittfuneralhome.com/obitdisplay.html?id=1602252&listing=All  
Visitation:  Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016 from  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm   (please see below)
Service:  Friday, Apr. 1, 2016 at  11:00 am
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Edward Burton Holt, 89, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2016 at his home.  He was born on June 22, 1926 in Marshfield, VT, son of the late Christine Lois (Mardin) Calacci and Richard Wallce Holt.
Mr. Holt attended school in Marshfield and Barre, VT and graduated from Littleton High School in Littleton, NH.  He married Helen J. Moeller on October 20, 1945 and shortly thereafter joined the Army Air Forces where he became a pilot and served during the occupation of Germany in World War II.  After the military, Mr. Holt's professional flying career began with Northeast Airlines and eventually Delta Airlines.  During the 1980s he moved to Newnan, GA where he had the honor of flying the first transatlantic flight in Lockheed L-1011, a highlight of his career. He retired in 1986 after more than 30 years in aviation.  Mr. Holt was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and family man.
Mr. Holt was Past Master of The Moose River Masonic Lodge in Concord, VT., Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of VT., Past Master of Gideon Masonic Lodge in Kingston, NH.  He was a 33 Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Portsmouth, NH, a member of the Bektash Shrine in Concord, NH, the York Rite, and the Knights Templar in Portsmouth, He was a Past Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of NH Order of the Eastern Star, Past Patron of Corinthian-Queen Esther Chapter OES, and was also a member of the Airline Pilot's Association.
Family members include his wife of 70 years, Helen J. Holt of Kingston, NH; his children, Sharon Holt-Kidney of Dover, NH, Juanita C. Holt-Walters of Gallup Mills, VT, John E. Holt of Victory, VT, Rachel Holt-Murray of South Hampton, NH; his grandchildren include, Lt. Col. Maurice Holt-Kidney, Cpt. Harrison E. Walters, Celeste Holt-Walters, Jean Holt, Christie Won, Melissa Towne, Austin E. Murray and Matthew A. Murray.  He is also survived by his siblings Beverly Cox, Shirley Holt, Rosemary Sullivan, Kay Parton, Elaine Holt, Joann O'Brien; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings, Lloyd Holt, Dalton Holt and Lorraine Ballou.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4 to 7 PM with a Masonic service to be held at 6 PM and an Order of the Eastern Star service to follow, at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH. 
Funeral services will be on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11 AM, at the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Rd., Salem, NH. 
Burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery in Lunenburg, VT later this spring.
A special thanks to the caregivers at Senior Class Adult Day Services (formerly Sarah Care) in Hampstead, NH for their loving care for Mr. Holt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children -Boston, 53 Blossom Rd., Boston, MA. 02114
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com
Funeral Home  :  Brewitt Funeral Home , 14 Pine Street Exeter, NH 03833  ...  (603) 772-3554

.Published in Union Leader on Mar. 28, 2016

From: "Appliance Services" <applianceservicesinc@comcast.net>
Date: April 11, 2016 at 4:59:03 PM EDT
To: "oeg1011" <oeg1011@comcast.net>
Subject: Edward Holt

Thought I would pass along to you that Capt. Ed Holt passed a couple weeks ago.  Was living in Kingston NH, original Northeast pilot from back in the 50's, started same day as my Dad Gerard St Hilaire.     Thanks for all you do   Wayne St Hiliare

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NWA/DL Capt. Gino 'Gene' Greatti III

USAF veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Gino 'Gene' Greatti III
July 19, 1953 ~ March 22, 2016

Family members write us of the passing of their brother Capt. Gene Greatti, age 62.  From the Valley Forge Signal Seekers (Radio Controlled Model Airplane Club) newsletter we read that "Gene has been a pilot since he was a teenager, having a pilot's license before he obtained a driver's license. He is a U.S.A.F. veteran and flew many large transport type aircraft while in the service."  Captain Greatti began his commercial flying career with Northwest Airlines on 12-16-1985.  Captain Greatti had been fighting cancer these past seven years and most recently been cared for by hospice.  He is survived by his wife Lisa.  Services for Captain Greatti will be held Monday, March 28th at 11AM, at Our Lady Help of Christians church located at 1500 Marian Road in Abington PA. Viewing will be from 9-11AM prior to the Funeral Mass. 
To view/sign the online guestbook for Gene, please visit the funeral home website at 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1862 Acorn Lane, Abington, PA 19001-1302  ...  (215) 784-9778 
...  or by email at  Lgreatti@verizon.net  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
GREATTI, III GINO age 62.  On March 22, 2016 of Abington, PA. Beloved husband of Lisa A. (Franchine) Greatti. Father of Michael Paul and Christina Rose Greatti. Son of the late Gino and Ursula (Heimlich) Greatti, Jr. Step-son of Waltraud Greatti. Brother of Roger Arndt (Joan), Dean (Dana), Edward (Joy), Mario and Karen Greatti. Brother-in-law of Susan Singer (Fred). Many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Mon., March 28, 2016 at 11AM at Our Lady Help of Christians, 1500 Marian Rd., Abington, PA 19001. Viewing will be from 9-11AM at Church. Ent. in Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gino's name can be made to Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, USA Province Development Office, 616 Coopertown Rd., Haverford, PA 19041. www.acjusa.org 


From: Joan and Roger Arndt Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:38 PM   Subject: Re: Capt. Gene Greatti

Capt. Gene Greatti passed this morning (0630 EDT).  Funeral to be Monday.  More to follow…..Roger

From: Joan and Roger Arndt Sent: Monday, March 21, 2016 5:38 PM

............. two pics of Capt Gene Greattti (out on LTD) as he has just been moved into hospital hospice and placed on a morphine drip.  It won’t be long.  Cancer is the issue he’s been fighting heroically for seven years................. pictured wife, Lisa, can be reached at Lgreatti@verizon.net............
Write with questions...............
Roger    levigne1@gmail.com

DL Capt. David C. Huether

Military veteran, DL Capt. David C. Huether
September 17, 1950  ~  March 20, 2016

Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Capt. David Clyde Huether, age 65.  Captain Huether joined Delta Air Lines 03-09-1979 and was based ATL/030.  He is survived by his wife Alma.  Services for Captain Huether will be held this Thursday, March 24th in Georgia....please see information below.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
200 Stayman Park , Fayetteville, GA 30215-1988  ...  (770) 716-3881
Memorial Service :  Berachah Bible Church, 310 Corinth Rd.,  Jonesboro, GA
Thursday, March 24   ....  Visitation/fellowship: 2 PM  .... Memorial service: 3 PM
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Life Legacy...........................
        Born: September 17, 1950
        Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland
        Death: March 20, 2016
        Place of Death: Fayetteville, Georgia

David Clyde Huether, age 65, of Fayetteville, GA went to be with the Lord on March 20th.  He is survived by his loving wife, Alma of Fayetteville, GA, four children, Brian Huether (Shelli) of Nolensville, TN, Robyn Thelamour (Anthony) of Fayetteville, GA, Lindsey Dolan (Drew) of Cincinnati, OH, Joy Huether of Nashville, TN, his brother Phillip Michael Huether of Hixson, TN, and sister Barbara Lee Huether of Columbia, SC.  His grandchildren are Lilia Grey Doyle, Anna Josephine Huether, and Levi Brian Huether.  He graduated from East Carolina University and earned a double Masters degree from Webster University.  He commissioned into the Air Force in 1972 and served for 12 years as a T-38 and C-130 pilot, and retired from Delta Airlines after 27 years.  He flew for Airtran for one year before being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007.  He played the banjo, guitar, mandolin, enjoyed running, and was an active member at Berachah Bible Church.  David was born in Baltimore, MD and lived in various locations over the years as a military dependent before finally settling in Peachtree City, GA.  He was known for his kind and gentle nature, ability to make friends easily, and his constant service to others.  He had an unyielding passion for cleanliness and was admired for his skill with a vacuum cleaner.  The memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 3:00 PM at Berachah Bible Church in Jonesboro, GA.  The family will be greeting friends at a fellowship time starting at 2:00 PM.  Memorial donations may be given to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322 or online at https://winshipcancer.emory.edu/support-winship/give/index.html (select the blue Donate Now button).  The family would also appreciate gifts to Gideons International and the Berachah Bible Church Missions Fund.  “Bless the Lord.”


From: marcy eisenburg  Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:58 AM
Subject: DL Captain David Huether

The following is what I know about Dave Huether's service.

David Huether Memorial Service
Berachah Bible Church
310 Corinth Rd
Jonesboro, GA
Thursday, March 24
Visitation/fellowship: 2 PM
Memorial service: 3 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SO/RC/NWA Capt. Jesse DeWayne Hill

SO/RC/NWA Capt. Jesse DeWayne Hill
April 12, 1939 ~ March 18, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Jesse DeWayne Hill, age 76.  He is survived by his wife Mary Jo.  Services are planned for this Monday in Memphis and this Wednesday in Alabama...please see all service arrangements below. 
 To the best of my knowledge the family contact would be
8674 Havenhurst Drive , Germantown, TN 38138-7735  ...  (901) 756-9613
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Funeral Service  :  Monday, March 21, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens
5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119 | (901) 725-0100
Visitation  :  Monday, March 21, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memphis Funeral Home , 5599 Poplar Ave
Visitation in Alabama : Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bethlehem United Baptist Church
10770 Gallant Rd, Gallant, AL 35972

Funeral Service in Alabama : Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Bethlehem United Baptist Church , 10770 Gallant Rd, Gallant, AL 35972

Burial  :  Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Bethlehem United Baptist Church Cemetery , 10770 Gallant Rd, Gallant, AL 35972

Jesse DeWayne Hill, 76, of Germantown, TN passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Violet Hill and a daughter, Deborah Hill. Mr. Hill is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Jo Hill, two children, Kim Howell (Coburn) and Janet Howe (Chad) and four grandchildren, Lana Howe, Jessie Howe, Evie Howell and Brock Howell. Mr. Hill served in the US Army and went on to work and retire as a Captain of Southern Airways, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He was a member of Germantown Baptist Church. Mr. Hill was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday, March 21st from 12-2pm with the funeral at 2pm at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38119. The burial will take place at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Gallant, AL. Memorial Contributions can be made to Germantown Baptist Church.

NWA/DL Capt. James W. Stahlke

Military veteran, NC/RC/NWA/DL Capt. James William Stahlke
October 27, 1949 ~ March 14, 2016
News with the passing of retired pilot Captain Jim Stahlke has reached us.  Born/raised in Minnesota, Captain Stahlke was 66 years of age at the time of his passing.  He is survived by his wife Kay.  Services are planned for Captain Stahlke this Wednesday, March 23rd in Excelsior MN....please see information below.   
The Stahlke family may be reached at 4025 County Road 44 , Mound, MN 55364-9574  ...  (952) 472-6572
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
James W. Stahlke, age 66, passed away Mar. 14 at his beloved second home in Panama City Beach, Florida after a 3 year battle with neuro-endocrine pancreatic cancer. He fought the good fight for so long, never complaining. Jim was raised in Delano, MN. He graduated from DHS in '67 where he's been described as the "pillar of their class". He went on to the Air Force Academy but decided to return to the U of M where he received his business degree from the Carlson School of Business. During college he joined the Air Force as a medic. After college he went on to officer training school and was on active duty for six years. He flew the C-141 during the Vietnam war flying refugees to the U.S. and received the Air Medal. He was later assigned to Presidental Support flying to embassies around the world. He retired from the Air Force Reserves after 20 years as a Major. His father instilled in him the love of flying and he made his first solo flight at the age of 16. He was hired in 1979 by North Central and ended his career as a 767/777 Captain for Delta. When asked how he liked his job his response was "It's better than working for a living!" He loved his career. He relished learning, reading historical books and was a WWII buff. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and two boys, going to San Diego to see his daughter and grandchildren, spending time with Kay's family at the mountain cabin in Idaho, spending time together on Lake Minnetonka, and traveling with his family all over the world. Jim is survived by his wife Kay of 28 years, married March 19, 1988 in Boise Idaho. His daughter Tina, grandchildren Pierce and Rachel, sons Ben and Matt. Brother Steve-Sue, sister Julie Bernick-Mel, and sister Beth Logsdon-Len. Nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Dwain and Ruth Stahlke. He lived the past 29 years in Mound and was proud to be part of such a wonderful community. The common thread in people's comments is His smile lit up a room, he was a mentor to many, and the nicest most thoughtful man. A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, March 23 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior, MN 55331. Memorial donations can be made to caringbridge.com, WeCan of Mound, or donor's choice.
.Published on March 19, 2016

From: RNPA News Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:12 AM
Subject:  Jim Stahlke has Flown West

Jim Stahlke, retired DL, NW, RC pilot died yesterday, 3/14/16 at the age of 67.  He battled cancer for 3 years.  No further information is available at this time.

-Rich Siakel

DL Capt. James Robert Hart

Life Legacy .............James Robert Hart
                                (1949 - 2016)

James Robert Hart passed away March 18, 2016 at his home in Dawsonville, GA after a lengthy illness. He was born in Wooster, OH on Nov. 9, 1949 to the late Alice (Morgan) and Leland B. Hart formerly of Wooster, OH and Tavares, FL. Hart attended high school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he graduated in 1968. He continued his education at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, graduating in 1972 as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Business degree and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force. While at the Citadel, he was active in the Flying Club and served as the Regimental Sergeant Major his junior year and the Commander of "O" Company, 4th Battalion his senior year. After graduation from The Citadel he underwent pilot training at Laughlin AFB, in Del Rio Texas. He was posted to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, and was based in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Predominately an air-to-air combat flying unit flying the F-4 Phantom and was involved in a number of US operations. Completing his tour in Thailand, Hart was assigned to the 64th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada where he was promoted to Captain and flew the F-5E to simulate the Mig-21 in air combat training. He became a charter member of the 65th Aggressor Squadron where he served with distinction until leaving for a career with Delta Airlines. Hart began his 36 year flying career with Delta in 1978 flying the B727, DC9 and MD88 as a flight engineer. Subsequent to his promotion to Captain he flew the 757, 767 and the 777. It was on the 777 that Jim completed his last fourteen years flying internationally and retired November of 2014. Hart was an avid life long aviator, beginning his flying career at the age of 16. He possessed both pilot and instructor ratings in multiple aircraft types. He loved general aviation flying and flew out of Gainesville, GA. When not in the air, he enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his son Bryan and friends, living and boating with family on Lake Lanier and taking in the view from the deck of his cabin in Bozeman, Montana. Hart spent his last year in the company of his loving family, many close friends and his Citadel classmates with whom he shared a special bond. He is survived by wife Anita Adkins Hart, daughter Katherine of Bozeman, MT, son Bryan of Dawsonville, GA, brother John (Jack) Hart and sister-in-law Dr Laurel Berry-Hart of Bluffton, SC, sister Judy Fagan of Columbus, OH, sister-in-law Alyse Adkins Brand and brother-in-law Skip Brand of Sarasota, FL, two nieces, two nephews, two grand nieces and a grand nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's honor may be made to defeatgbm.org, Shepherd Center, give.shepherd.org or Dawson County Humane Society.
Funeral Home
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9485

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 22, 2016

DL Capt. James R. Hart
November 9, 1949 ~ March 18, 2016

Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain James Robert Hart, age 66.  Captain Hart joined Delta Air Lines 11-10-1978 and was based ATL/030.  Services for Captain Hart are planned for Thursday, March 24th in Georgia.....please see below.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James-Hart&lc=4945&pid=178101463&mid=6851162 Arrangements have been entrusted to H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel in Marietta, GA.
~ Memorial Service : Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill , 1157 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30068
~ Committal Service  :  Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Georgia National Cemetery , 1080 Scott Hudgens Rd, Canton, Georgia
The Hart family may be reached at
7311 Nichols Cove Drive , Dawsonville, GA 30534-4702  ...  (770) 886-8934
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

From: dwskjerven@aol.com  Date: 3/19/2016 10:47:13 PM
Subject: Capt Jim Hart
       ................Our Delta new hire classmate Capt Jim Hart passed away yesterday................... not have much information other then visitation is at their home on Wed March 23 (6-8 pm).  The memorial service is Thurs March 24th at 10:00 am but I do not know where and burial is at the GA National Cemetery.................
We have a great pilot that is flown west, David W. Skjerven

DL Capt. Hugh S. Boylan Jr.

DL Capt. Hugh Shirlaw Boylan Jr.
May 17, 1941 ~ March 18, 2016
News with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Hugh Boylan has reached us.  Captain Boylan joined Delta Air Lines 05-02-1969 and retired in 2001.  He was based DFW, then ATL/031 at the time of his retirement.  Captain Boylan was 74 years of age.  

From: Thomas Jones   Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:41 AM   To: PilotCommunicationNet
This is to inform you of the passing of my good friend, Hugh Boylan.  His
son informed me that Hugh passed away yesterday afternoon after a brief bout
with cancer.  He was in the May, 1969 Delta class, and retired on the 777 in
ATL June 1, 2001.  A memorial will be held for Hugh later in April. 
I will keep you informed with further information. 
Best Regards,
Tom Jones

 Deceased full name     Hugh Boylan
 Date of Birth     5/17/1941
 Date of Death     3/18/2016
 Relationship     Pilot
 Active Retired     Retired
 Domicile     ATL
 Age at death     74
 Cause of death     cancer
   Airline    DAL
 Contact Name     Tom Jones
 Contact Email   
 Contact Phone     214-597-5952

NWA Capt. R. Blair Smith

NWA Capt. R. Blair Smith
June 30, 1945 ~ March 13, 2016
News with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain R. Blair Smith has reached us.  Friends write that Captain Smith joined Northwest Airlines in 1968 and was based Anchorage at the time of his retirement.  Memorial Services for Captain Smith will be held Saturday, March 26th in Arizona.  Graveside services will be held March 31st in Alaska.....please see information below. 
Survived by his wife Krikitt personal condolences may be sent to the family at
18837 E Chandler Heights Road , Queen Creek, AZ 85142-4004.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: RNPA News Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 10:04 AM   Subject:  Blair Smith Obituary

Obituary ......................... R. Blair Smith (1945 - 2016)

R. Blair Smith died peacefully surrounded by family in Chandler, AZ on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the age of 70.
Blair is survived by his wife, Krikitt Smith, his children, Sonya Smith, Jared Smith, Jolyn Smith, Jacob Smith, Travis Smith, Wayne Humbert and Stephen Zazilenski, and siblings, Samuel Smith, Mary Martinez, R Brent Smith and Larry Smith. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Blair is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ila Smith, and his brother, Vern Smith
Blair was born on June 30, 1945 in Rexburg, Idaho. He was an airline pilot for 36 years achieving the rank of 747 Captain for Northwest Airlines (now Delta).  He met and married his wife of 20 years in Wasilla, Alaska.  As a young man he served a mission for the LDS church in Uruguay and Paraguay, and later in life, he served a second mission at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Palmer, Alaska. His passions included hunting and fishing, as well as, building and flying light aircraft. He wrote five books and many poems; two of his books were published and are available on Amazon. He enjoyed making wooden ink pens in his spare time, and loved sharing that hobby with his children and grandchildren. He had an adventurous spirit and unflagging sense of humor and taught his family to live well and love life.
Blair will be remembered in a service on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the LDS Chapel at 18550 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek, AZ, 85142.  There will be a viewing at 9:00 AM and a memorial service at 10:00 AM.  A graveside service and burial will take place in Anchorage, AK at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 1:30 PM. There will be a memorial service in Wasilla, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to the Boy Scouts of America. 
From: RNPA News Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:12 PM  Subject:  Blair Smith Has Flown West.
Sunday night, March 13, R. Blair Smith passed away in Queen Creek, AZ.  He had been declining for some time.  Blair was hired by Northwest Airlines on 9/23/68 and retired as a 747 Captain in Anchorage.  Further details of his life will be published later.
His services will be Saturday, March 26 at the LDS Chapel, 18550 Ridge Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.  Viewing will begin at 9 A.M., and the service will begin at 10 A.M. 
Blair's remains will be flown to Anchorage, Alaska, for interment, but there are no details on that now........................

Larry Kennedy

DL Capt. Douglas LeRoy Raasch

Military veteran, DL Capt. Doug Raasch
December 14, 1941 ~ March 16, 2016

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Douglas LeRoy Raasch, age 74.  Captain Raasch joined Delta Air Lines 01-05-1970 and was based 030/PDX at the time of retirement in 2001.
To view/sign the online guestbook and to view photos, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.waldofuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/14981/id/3632701 
Services will be held tomorrow March 21st in Sherman TX.....please see information below.    
Survived by his wife Sue personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
2617 Riata Drive , Sherman, TX 75092-4531  ....  (903) 870-2073
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Douglas LeRoy Raasch died at his home on March 16, 2016 from complications from Parkinson's Disease and a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 322 West Pecan Street on Monday, March 21 at 11 am.
Douglas was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 14, 1941 to Edward and Grace Raasch. When he was in 2nd grade, his family moved to Corpus Christi, TX. He graduated from Roy Miller High in 1960 then attended SMU and the University of North Texas, where he graduated in 1964. While at North Texas, he was President of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Immediately after graduation, Doug joined the Navy as an officer candidate and began to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. While on a short leave from the Navy, Doug married his college sweetheart, Martha Sue Ellis, on December 20, 1964 in Dallas, TX. While in the Navy, during the Vietnam War, he served two tours on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsage, based in Coronado, CA. The Navy life took them to many states, including Florida, California and Texas. After the Navy, Doug began his career as an airline pilot with Delta airlines and, after living in Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas, Doug, Sue, Jeff, who was born in California and Maren, born in Dallas, settled in Sherman.
While in Sherman, Doug, just to see if he could, started a business, Textile Supply Company, marketing and manufacturing clean room products for the tech industries, with offices in Sherman, Austin, El Paso, and Phoenix, selling it after ten-plus years.
He was also involved with Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge where a hiking trail is named for him. Doug was a true Renaissance Man. He loved the outdoors, especially the Pacific Northwest, where he and Sue had a condo as he finished his career with Delta. He loved chocolate, carpentry, gardening, and George Strait and Willie, and cried over Bach. He loved books and history, compiling a large library with special fondness for Lincoln, Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt, yet developed a recent enthusiasm for the Longmire stories and Dan Silva. Doug had a succession of beloved Labrador Retrievers and designed two homes, with a real regret that he could live in the current home such a short time. He had a passion for learning and had a wealth of knowledge on just about any subject.
Doug is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue, son, Jeff Raasch and his wife Haley, daughter, Maren Doherty and her husband Michael, sister Jan Schronk and brother-in-law Stacy, brother-in-law George Ellis and his wife Anne, nieces and nephews, current Lab, Lizzie, and his favorite grandson, Alex Doherty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Parkinson Voice Project at TMC or Home Hospice of Grayson County where angels live or Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Funeral Home:  WALDO FUNERAL HOME - SHERMAN
619 N. TRAVIS ST.  Sherman, TX 75090   ...  (903) 893-1101 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NWA Capt. William Gaylord Carrothers II

NWA Capt. William Gaylord Carrothers Jr.
June 23, 1932 ~ March 9, 2016
Word from the family has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain William Gaylord Carrothers II, age 83.  Captain Carrothers joined Northwest Airlines 02-12-1958 and retired in 1992.  Captain Carrothers is survived by his wife Patricia 'Pat' and their children (son Bill Carrothers is a professional pianist, composer). 
Arrangements are not yet known.  
Should we receive more information we will then update our memorial site. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the Carrothers family at
9709 E Mountain View Rd Unit 1603 , Scottsdale  AZ 85258-5234.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:41 AM  Subject: RNPA News: Bill Carrothers Has Flown West.

Sorry to report the death of my husband of 56 years, William G. Carrothers, Jr. age 83

Bill passed away on March 9, 2016 of Lewy Body Dementia, an absolutely horrible disease.

Pat Carrothers

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DL Capt. Jack D. Hendricks

DL Capt. Jack D. Hendricks
April 28, 1934 ~ March 11, 2016

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Jack Douglas Hendricks, age 81.  Captain Hendricks joined Delta Air Lines 04-11-1966 and retired in 1994, based Atlanta.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Services for Captain Hendricks were held today March 14th in Indiana.  Survived by his wife Mary Ann, personal condolences may be sent to the family at 406 Kings Cross , Huntington  IN 46750-8455  .... (260) 224-6165
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
In Memory of Jack D. Hendricks
April 28, 1934 - March 11, 2016

Jack D. Hendricks, 81 of Huntington passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Parkview Huntington Hospital. Jack was a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines for 28 years retiring in 1994. Jack was a 1952 graduate of Huntington High school; he also attended Indiana Tech and the University of Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1963; he went through the Cadets program where he become a pilot. He also flew in the Air Guard at Fort Wayne and Madison, WI. Over the years Jack flew 18 different types of Aircraft. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Jack enjoyed playing golf, watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament, his favorite sports teams were the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Cubs and the Duke Blue Devils basketball team. He greatly enjoyed chocolate milkshakes.
Jack was born on April 28, 1934 in Huntington, IN a son of Jesse Hendricks and Mildred A. Stults.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Smart on January 15, 1958 in Fort Wayne. His wife survives.
Additional Survivors include two Sons: Jeffrey Hendricks of Atlanta, GA and Gregory (Liz) Hendricks of Minneapolis, MN; a grandson: Piers Byron of Wales, UK. 3 Sister-in-laws: Sally Hendricks of South Bend, Al Hendricks of Huntington and Pam Smart of Avon Park, FL. A brother-in-law: Bob Smart of Huntington and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Robert Hendricks and Richard Hendricks and his parents.
A Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN with Don Rentschler officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service on Monday.
In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial donations can be made out to the  American Heart Association  or to the Donor's Choice, sent in care to Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.

Myers Funeral Home..............  
2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN | (260) 356-2400

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WA/DL Capt. R. Gene Piland

update with May 20th Memorial service information:  
Ray Gene Piland, 74, our best friend and a husband of 52 years, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider The Utah State Chapter of P.E.O. International. This organization provides educational opportunities for women. Please contact Patti Sanborn at 3084 American Saddler Drive, Park City, Utah 84060 or phone 435-655-0760.............................................................  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=Ray-Gene-Piland&pid=179991223#sthash.IPS7Lx1d.dpuf


WA/DL Capt. Ray Gene Piland
July 13, 1941 ~ March 1, 2016

News has reached us with the passing of WA/DL Captain R. Gene Piland, age 74.  Gene joined Western Airlines 05-05-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2001, based 030/SLC.
You are invited to attend a memorial service in Park City, UT at the Park City Community Church on SR 224 (behind PC Nursery) at 2 pm on March 18th with a reception afterward.  To sign the online guestbook please visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ray-Piland&lc=4088&pid=177984852&mid=6835626  Please see obituary and information below.  Captain Piland is survived by his wife Jackie.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
PO Box 681272 , Park City  UT 84068-1272.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
Ray Gene Piland
July 13, 1941 ~ March 1, 2016
Our best friend and a husband of 52 years passed away on March 1 in Park City, Utah....Ray Gene Piland.
Gene Piland, was born in Dallas to William L. (Dick) and Mary Followell Piland.  He graduated from Texas Christian University in May 1964.  While at TCU he met the love of his life, Jacquelyn Gregory and they married in August 1963.  Their Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers continue to be best friends and meet on a regular basis.
After college, Gene attended Air Force pilot training at Big Spring, Texas.  Upon graduation he became an instructor pilot and continued to train pilots on the T-38 aircraft for the duration of his time in the service.  His pilot training class is still close and meets regularly.  Gene achieved the rank of Captain in the Air Force.  After joining Western Airlines, it would be a while before anyone called him "Captain" again.
Gene was the consummate gentleman.  He was funny and sincere and always seemed to know just what to say to make everyone laugh and relax.  When he was not at work flying for Western or Delta, Gene and Jackie spent most of the last thirty years in Park City where they always seemed to have a beautiful house filled with happy, well-fed people.  Friends who played bridge with him wondered how he managed to win so often.  Gene played bridge by rules known only to hm.  He was just one of those resilient guys who seemed to know how to push past whatever life threw at him, without ever taking himself too seriously.
He loved to fly fish, play bridge, travel and hose the neighborhood 4th of July party.  In 2002, he served as an Olympic Host.  After he retired from Delta Air Lines, Gene was a member of Kiwanis Club, serving as Park City Kiwanis President, 2003-2004 and Lieutenant Governor 2006-2008.  He worked to establish a High School Key Club and participated in many other community endeavors.
Gene is survived by his wife Jackie of Park City, his brother Don Piland and sister-in-law Susan Piland, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
You are invited to attend a memorial service in Park City, UT at the Park City Community Church on SR 224 (behind PC Nursery) at 2 pm on March 18th with a reception afterward.
If you wish to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers, please consider The Utah State Chapter of P.E.O. International.  This organization provides educational opportunities for women.  Please contact Patti Sanborn at 3084 American Saddler Drive, Park City, UT 84060 or phone 435-655-0760. 
Arrangements under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT.
From: Dick Deeds [mailto:dickdeeds@pacbell.net]   Sent: Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:29 PM   Subject: Fwd: Gene Piland heads West ! 
Subject: Gene Piland
It is with a sad an grieving heart that I must inform you that Gene Piland quite unexpectedly passed away yesterday. Gene had a small leg injury which had become infected. Sepsis set in,  and his diminished immune system was unable to overcome the infection.
 I am sure you will join with me in mourning this wonderful person who will be greatly missed by so many. 
We ask that you respect Jackie by not calling at this time. Please feel free to offer condolences through this email address which we will be glad to share with Jackie.......................Julie Mcfadden.............