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Monday, May 30, 2016

WAL Capt. Paul L. Stunz

Military veteran, WAL Capt. Paul L Stunz
December 4, 1926 ~ April 6, 2016

Belated notification with the passing of retired Western pilot Captain Paul Lamar Stunz, age 89.  Captain Stunz joined Western Airlines 11-04-1952 and was based San Francisco.  He was widowed in July 2011 with the passing of his wife Beatrice Werker Stunz....both obituaries appear below.  Captain Stunz is survived by their three daughters.  He had most recently resided
1250 Mira Mar Ave Apt 4220 , Medford, OR 97504-5520
Captain Stunz's obituary may still be viewed online at 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Paul L. Stunz obituary..............................
Paul passed away April 6, 2016. Paul lived a remarkable, self-styled life as he rose out of a tough childhood. He was born December 4, 1926 in Canton, Ohio.
After moving to southern California, Paul graduated from Hollywood High School. As a youngster Paul loved the outdoors, especially fishing. After high school, he attended the University of Utah, where he studied flying. Following university, Paul joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, became a pilot, signed on with Western Airlines in 1952. He was promoted to captain in 1962, and would spend the remainder of his working life with Western/Delta Airlines.
Paul married Beatrice Werker in 1952 and together they built a family. Paul instilled a love of the outdoors in his three daughters, and the family enjoyed many camping and fishing trips to national parks of the American west.
Paul loved tennis, golf, and collecting stamps, but no hobby could rival his love of flying. Paul always took every opportunity to pilot the latest and next larger aircraft. Before he retired, he flew DC-10s. His most treasured times were spent with his family in Yosemite National Park.
Paul is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Ryan (Betsy) of Moorpark, Calif., Paula Stunz of Medford, Ore., and Pamela Britton of Jacksonville, Ore.
Beatrice Stunz, 83, of Medford, Ore., passed away Monday, July 11, 2011, at Rogue Valley Manor Healthcare Center. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives 541-770-6505.
Name: Beatrice Elizabeth Stunz   November 24, 1927 - July 11, 2011
Medford, Oregon
Beatrice E. Stunz passed away peacefully July 11, 2011, at the Rogue Valley Manor with her family by her side. Bea was born to Deborah and Matthew Werker, November 24, 1927, in Providence, R.I. After spending her formative years in Providence, the family moved to Southern California.
Following the war, Bea found work with Southern California Gas company. After a short stint with this firm, Bea moved on to Northrup Aviation. Shortly thereafter, Bea went into training to become an airline stewardess. She flew first for Northern Continental Airlines. It was while working at this airline that she met pilot Paul Stunz. They married on April 18, 1952. She and Paul raised three daughters. She was active in her church singing group as well as offering guidance to the local girl scout troop. As a lifelong volunteer, she directed the library at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, Calif. Upon retiring to Oregon, she held the same position at the Rogue Valley Manor. Bea was an avid reader throughout her life.
While living in Rossmoor, Calif., Bea taught tap dance for 16 years. She taught three levels of dance, and was a very popular instructor for Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano Counties. While involved with dance at Rossmoor, Bea danced with the Rossmoor Rockettes.
With great cultural curiosity, Bea and Paul, and sometimes with daughters, Pamela and Paula, traveled six continents. Bea enjoyed the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, movie going and reading.
She is survived by husband, Paul; daughters, Elizabeth, of Moorpark, Calif., Paula, of Medford, Ore., and Pamela, of Jacksonville, Ore.; two grandsons, Chris and Scott; three great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Per Bea's request, no ceremony is planned; however, memorial gifts may be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Library or to Friends of Mount Diablo.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Charles A. Scott

WA/DL Capt. Charles A. Scott
September 23, 1929 ~ April 23, 2016
News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Charles Andrew Scott, age 86.  Captain Scott joined Western Airlines 03-29-1955 and was based Los Angeles and Honolulu.  He retired with Delta Air Lines in 1989 based Los Angeles.  Captain Scott is survived by his wife Linda 'Lin'.

To the best of my knowledge, and as listed in whitepages, personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
11522 Wallingsford Road,  Rossmoor  CA 90720-3843  ...  (562) 431-1915
Arrangements are not yet known. 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
From: "Dick Deeds" <dickdeeds@pacbell.net>    Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:35 PM
Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captian Chuck Scott

> I received this sad news about one of our "Good guys" today from julia
> Huerta.
> Dick
> Begin forwarded message:
>> Sad news ...  Just got off the phone with Lynn Scott.  Chuck
>> passed away April 23rd. of heart complications and an infection in his
>> leg that spread to the rest of his body.  So sad, I'll never forget
>> Capt. Cookie bringing us yummy cookies for our HNL-LAX trips home.
>>  Because of Chuck, Jess and I flew every HNL trip together before he
>> retired.   Gonna miss Capt. 'Cookie' Scott big time.   -Julie

Monday, May 23, 2016

DL Capt. Kenneth Robert Nelson

DL Capt. Kenneth Robert Nelson
Feb 28, 1942 ~ May 20, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Kenneth Robert Nelson, age 74.  Captain Nelson joined Delta Air Lines 09-12-1969 and was based DFW & ATL.  He retired in 2002 based 031/ATL.  Captain Nelson is survived by his wife retired Delta F/A Eileen Nelson.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
 4536 Lorraine Avenue, Dallas TX 75205-3613  ...  Email:   chiclet68@aol.com
To share online condolences please visit the funeral home website at http://www.restlandfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Kenneth-Nelson-12/
Arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home of Dallas, Texas.  Services are pending and will be advised.
Funeral home and cemetery:  Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX, US, 75243.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Begin forwarded message:   From: 60th Bum Group <redsplitwindow@gmail.com>
Date: May 22, 2016 at 5:26:23 PM CDT
davidewing767@gmail.com   Subject: Passing of Retired Captain Ken Nelson

Passing of Retired Captain Ken Nelson   
5/20 ... After a long battle with leukemia and a fulfilled dream of vacationing one last time to Hawaii, retired DFW Captain Ken Nelson (husband of retired DFW/ATL F/A Eileen) passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, May 20th, with his family at his side.  Arrangements are pending, but a graveside service is tentatively set for later in June.

Address: Eileen Nelson, 4536 Lorraine Avenue, Dallas TX 75205-3613 ~ chiclet68@aol.com 
Roger Lewis,   

 60th Bum Group, P.O. Box 612205, Dallas, TX 75261

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Gayle Bezdek, wife of DL Capt. Leo Bezdek

~ In Memory ~
Gayle Hyman Bezdek
January 23, 1946 ~ May 20, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of Gayle Lynn Bezdek, wife of retired Delta pilot Captain Leo Bezdek.  Services for Gayle are planned for May 26th in Illinois with visitation the evening prior ... please see obituary below for information or contact the funeral home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home of Crystal, Illinois. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nwherald/obituary.aspx?pid=180069393 
Survived by her husband Leo and their children, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2706 Skyline Drive , Crystal Lake  IL 60012-1246  ...  (815) 459-6539
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
        Gayle Lynn Bezdek
        Born: January 23, 1946; in Chicago, IL
        Died: May 20, 2016; in Barrington, IL
Gayle Lynn Bezdek, 70, of Crystal Lake passed away May 20, 2016, surrounded by her family.
She was born January 23, 1946 in Chicago to James and Priscilla (Rushton) Hyman. She went to Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas and following graduation she attended Emporia State University. On July 31, 1982 she married Leo Bezdek in Woodstock, Illinois.
Gayle was a strong and incredibly active woman. She was active at the First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake and was devoted in her faith. Gayle was physically active with dance, yoga and exercise. She was active in her community by volunteering in various ways over the years whether in Girl Scouts or at Judith Svalander School of Ballet. She was active outside in her garden and kept her mind active reading. Beyond everything else Gayle was active with her family. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed family gatherings.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Leo; her children, Lisa Hunter, Brian (Lisa) Bezdek, Kimberly (Brian) Putty, Christina (Mike) Hanson, and Lesley Bezdek; her grandchildren, Noah, Tessa, Brandon, Aiden, Dillon, AJ, Ava, and Cole; her brother, Richard (Leslie) Hyman.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The Funeral Service will be at 11:00am on Thursday, May 26 at First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to her favorite Golden Retriever Rescue, As Good As Gold at asgoodasgold.org, or the Lung Cancer Alliance at lungcanceralliance.org, or the First Congregational Church.
For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.comFuneral Home : Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home,
500 West Terra Cotta Ave Crystal Lake, IL 60014   ...  (815) 459-1760
.Published in the Northwest Herald from May 22 to May 23, 2016

From: John Fitzpatrick Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 2:48 PM
To: Carol Faulkner Subject: Death of Captain Leo Bezdek's wife

Gayle Bezdek, the wife of retired Captain Leo Bezdek, passed away this morning after a short battle with cancer. At the moment the arrangements are pending.
Captain John Fitzpatrick 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Richard L. Jordan

WA/DL Capt. Richard 'Dick' 'Rich' L. Jordan
September 29, 1933 ~ April 1 ?, 2016 

In early April we received word with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Richard Leroy Jordan, age 82.  Born/raised I believe in Iowa, Captain Jordan joined Western Airlines 09-19-1955 and retired with Delta Air Lines based Los Angeles.  Arrangements are not known. 
To the best of our knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the Jordan family at 
 14162 W. Desert Glen Drive , Sun City West , AZ  85375-5585   ...  (623) 546-2766
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Deeds  
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:28 AM
Subject: Passing of WAL Captain Richard Jordan
I just received word that Dick went west 3 or 4 days ago. Dick's wife Jan called Capt. Jim Williams and asked that I pass along the information. As soon as I receive any further information, I'll pass it along.
Dick was a good personal friend.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

DL Capt. Phillip R. LaBerge

Military veteran, DL Capt. Phillip R. LaBerge
May 6, 1943 ~ May 17, 2016

Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Phillip Raymond LaBerge, age 73.  Captain LaBerge joined Delta Air Lines 05-02-1969 and retired with Delta based ATL/031.  He is survived by his wife Lynda.
Please see obituary below for services to be held May 21st in Georgia, followed later with a celebration of life party the evening of May 28th at Peach State Aerodrome in Williamson, Georgia.  To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the family at mailing address:   PO Box 236 , Concord  GA 30206-0236 (physical address: 689 Green St., Concord, GA 30206-3313)
  ... (770) 884-3748   (706) 208-1487.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Phillip R. LaBERGE
May 6, 1943 - May 17, 2016
Mr. Phillip Raymond LaBerge, age 73, of Concord, died peacefully in his home surrounded with family and friends on May 17, 2016. Phillip was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, having served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He flew F-8 Crusaders as a Photo Reconnaissance pilot off the USS Hancock and the USS Bonne Homme Richard. After his military service, he became a pilot for Delta Airlines. His 34 year career included flying many various aircraft, being a line-check airman, instructing in the training department, and culminated in his retirement as Captain on the MD-11. He was also instrumental in designing the McDonald Douglas MD-11, MD-80 and MD-88 flight simulator visual systems. He and his wife, Lynda, whom he also taught to fly, started Pandora Aviation in 2004, a soaring flight school. In 2015, he was nominated Instructor of the Year by the Soaring Society of America. Phillip was loved by hundreds of people whom he taught to fly both powered aircraft and sailplanes. He will be "soarly" missed by all. Phillip was a true renaissance man. He spoke fluent French, was a novelist and musician. Having inherited his love of music from his mother, Claire Coci, an accomplished concert organist, he studied the trumpet at Indiana University. Bach was always his favorite composer. He was also a talented artist, and dabbled in painting, drawing, and photography. He was commissioned by the US Navy to make artistic drawings of naval aircraft. As an ardent animal lover, he kept a farm full of horses, cats, and dogs, never turning away a stray. He bred Percheron Draft Horses with his daughter Holly, producing multiple National champions. His daughter, Marie-Claire, continues his legacy as a commercial pilot. His passion for flight and love of animals was manifested in the community he built at Meadowlark, the airport and farm that remains his legacy today. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard R. LaBerge and Claire Coci, and his twin brother, Bernard Emile LaBerge in 2011. Phillip is survived by his wife: Lynda LaBerge; daughters and a son-in-law: Holly and Wayne Leslie of Griffin and Marie-Claire LaBerge of Concord; step-daughter and her husband: Carey and John Speer of Oklahoma; grandchildren: Pierce LaBerge and Tucker Cawthon. Friends may visit the family on Saturday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m., at Brooks United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., at the church. Rev. Craig Hembree and Rev. David Adamson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Soaring Society of America, www.ssa.org, P.O. Box 2100, Hobbs, NM 88241. A follow-up celebration is scheduled for all friends and family to attend on May 28, 2016, at Peach State Aerodrome in Williamson, GA. A party in his honor will be held at 6 p.m., with an open bar, buffet and fly-by at the Barnstormer's Grill and Museum. Moody-Daniel Funeral Home in Zebulon is in charge of arrangements. www.moodydaniel.com 
10170 HWY 19 N. ZEBULON RD.  Zebulon, GA 30295
(770) 567-8642

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DL Capt. Robert H. McNichols

USAF veteran, Capt. Robert Howard McNichols
February 28, 1938  -  May 16, 2016
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Robert H. McNichols, age 78.  Captain McNichols joined Delta Air Lines 06-13-1966 and retired with Delta based ATL/031.  Captain McNichols was widowed December 24th, 1994.  He is survived by their children and grandchildren.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com/sitemaker/sites/Cannon1/obit.cgi?user=72652144_RMcNichols  Services for Capt. McNichols will be conducted this Saturday May 21st in Georgia...please see below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Visitation : 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 21, 2016
 St. Joseph's Episcopal Church ,  1865 Highway 20 East McDonough, GA 30252 
Memorial :  4:00 PM, Saturday, May 21, 2016
 St. Joseph's Episcopal Church ,  1865 Highway 20 East McDonough, GA 30252
Robert Howard McNichols, age 78, of Stockbridge, GA died Monday, May 16, 2016.  He was born in Salt Lake City, UT to the late Johnathan Howard and Katherine Stanchfield McNichols. He was also preceded in death by his wife Virginia J. McNichols. 
Robert “Bob” was a member of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, in McDonough. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree, paying his way through college as a Salt Lake City police officer. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired after 30 years of service with Delta Air Lines as a pilot. He was an avid RV'er, enjoyed fishing, making friends and collecting trains. He will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. 
Mr. McNichols is survived by his children; Kenneth Howard McNichols, Reno  NV, Leigh (Stacy Alan) McNichols Hall, Marietta, GA, Brian (Diane Elizabeth) McNichols, Ft. Worth, TX, his siblings; Mary (Jim) Guilford, Prescott, AZ, Nancy (Harley) Mills, Battle Mountain, NV; his 5 grandchildren,  Ginger Emma Hall, Elijah Howard McNichols, Mariel Tenley Hall, Brianne Elizabeth McNichols and Silas Edward McNichols; and his 6 nephews and 2 nieces. 
Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church with Fr. Scott Harding officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 pm at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Virginia J. Mcnichols: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Virginia J Mcnichols 
Date of Birth: Sunday  September  22, 1940
Date of Death: Saturday  December  24, 1994
Est. Age at Death: 54 years, 3 months, 2 days

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Doris Maud Hoagland, widow of WAL Capt. Bud Hoagland

Doris Maud Hoagland, widow of WAL Capt. J. I. 'Bud' Hoagland
September 25, 1922 ~ May 13, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of Doris Hoagland, widow of Western pilot Capt. Bud Hoagland.  Doris was 93 years of age at the time of her passing.  Services are not known and will be advised.  Captain Hoagland joined Western Airlines 08-17-1942 and was based LAX.  Captain Hoagland was born in 1918 and passed in March of 2005.
Perhaps the best contact for the family would be c/o daughter Susan Ruff,
20535 Road 6 SE , Warden  WA 98857-9749  ...  (509) 349-2234.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Doris Maud Hoagland, 93, passed away in Sandpoint on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Family services, and inurnment, will be held later in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Doris was born on September 25, 1922 in Salt lake City, Utah the daughter of John and Carrie Howick. She grew up in Salt Lake City, graduating from South High School, and married Joseph I. Hoagland, in Pocatello, Idaho on January 1, 1943.
During WW II she lived in Edmonton, Canada where her husband was a pilot. Following the war she returned to Salt Lake City, also living in Denver and Los Angeles. The family retired to Hope, Idaho in 1976.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and volunteered, as a mentor, at the Clark Fork High School. Doris enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking for her family and loved to study history.
She is survived by three children Larry (and Ginny) Hoagland in Hope, Idaho; Kaye (and David) Lombardi in Norfolk, CA; Susan (and Harvey) Ruff in Warden, WA; 4 grandchildren Maxwell (and Sandra), Julianne, Lori and Lisa; six great grandchildren Max, Sean, Reeyce, Issac, Avah and Kendall; also surviving is her brother Eldon Howick in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph I, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
Doris Maud Hoagland
September 25, 1922 - May 13, 2016
Sandpoint, Idaho
Doris was born on September 25, 1922 and passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016.
 Doris was a resident of Sandpoint, Idaho at the time of her passing.
 She was a graduate from South High School.
 She was married to Joseph. 
Capt. Hoagland, J. I.   'Bud'  
DOB:  10-Sep-1918  
Death date: 24-Mar-2005 
WAL, based LAX 
Obit:  Memorial service for Joseph "Bud" Hoagland, 86, will be held at a later date. English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hoagland, who was born in Claytonia, Idaho, died Thursday.  He married Doris Howick in 1943. In 1976 they moved to Hope ifrom Garden Grove, Calif. Mr. Hoagland worked as a captain pilot for Western Airlines for 35 years.   He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Elks. He enjoyed fishing, RC airplanes and hunting.   Survivors include his wife; three children, Larry Hoagland of Duarte, Calif., Kaye Lombardi of Norco, Calif., and Susan Ruff of Warden, Wash.; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

DL Capt. Sidney 'Sid' K. Kingry

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Sidney 'Sid' Kingry
July 30, 1935 ~ May 12, 2016 

Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Sidney Kay Kingry, age 80.  Captain Kingry joined Delta Air Lines 01-03-1967 and retired with Delta, based Atlanta.
To view/sign the online guestbook
As noted in Captain Kingry's obituary below, services will be held May 21st in Leesburg, Florida.
Survived by his wife Sharon personal condolences may be sent to
1108 San Antonio Lane, Lady Lake  FL 32159-9306  ...  (352) 795-2340 (352) 674-9124
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Sidney "Sid" Kingry, age 80, of The Villages, FL passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Sid served in the US Air Force, leaving the military to be a Captain and Flight Instructor for Delta Airlines, retiring after 25 years. He loved his church and he loved teaching in the Men's Residence at the Christian Care Center. He was a man of great faith who was very politically active as an advocate for preserving our Christian religious freedoms and heritage. Sid never met a stranger. He loved his family and friends and is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Kingry; four children with Jeannine Cropper: Jim (Karen) Kingry, Greg (Ellen) Kingry, Cynthia (Michael) Wetzel, David (Lisa) Kingry; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 3 nephews, 5 nieces, 1 grandniece, too many friends to count and 1 special dog. A Celebration of Sid's Life will be held First Baptist Church of Leesburg, 220 N 13th St, Leesburg, FL on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2pm with refreshments following in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Men's Residence at the Christian Care Center or the First Baptist Church of Leesburg.

.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 15, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Zay Waller, widow of DL Capt. John Clay Waller

Evelyn Zay Waller, widow of DL Capt. John Clay Waller
June 14, 1919 ~ May 9, 2016
Notice with the passing of Zay Waller, widow of DL Captain John Clay Waller.  Mrs. Waller was 96 years of age at the time of her passing on May 9th.  Services will be held Monday, May 16th in Georgia.  Captain Waller was born 08-25-1919 and joined Delta Air Lines 05-19-1947.  He was ATL based.  Captain Waller passed in October of 2006.....both obituaries appear below.
To view/sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Waller, please visit  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
Evelyn Zay Bailey WALLER, Douglasville: Passed on Monday, May 9, 2016, into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, our beloved and cherished mother, grandmom and great grandmom. Zay was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Dr. William and Ava Bailey. She graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a B.A. in English and taught for several years in and around Camden, Arkansas, where she met the love of her life, John Waller, who was in Camden teaching cadets to fly in WWII. After the war, Zay and Johnny moved to Hapeville, Georgia, where Johnny took a job for Delta Airlines as a pilot. Zay was also predeceased by her sister, Blanche Bailey; her brother, Dr. William T. Bailey and her nephew, Brown Ritch. She is survived by her daughters: Zay Lynn Bailey, Fairport, New York and Patricia Bennett and her husband, J.C., Oceanview, Delaware; and her son: J. Gary Waller and his wife, Lynda. Lithia Springs, Georgia. Also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Budd and Robyn Oliveira of New York; John G. Waller II and his wife, Beth, of South Carolina and Kristen Bennett of Delaware, and great grandchildren: Kendra, Devan and Jessica Budd, and Tyler, Zay and Ari Waller. Other survivors include her niece, Katherine Bailey and nephew, Tom Bailey of Texas, and many friends. Thanks go to her caretakers of the last year: LaShannon, Kathy, Priscilla and Shimeka. Zay maintained an active social life while always putting her children first. She was Treasurer and President (twice) of the PTA, a Girl Scout leader, Order of the Eastern Star, the Women's Circle at Hapeville United Methodist Church, and played in several bridge clubs. After moving to Douglasville, she joined Gold's Gym and participated in water aerobics for over twenty years. Her most loved connection was with a group of sixteen friends from kindergarten, high school and college who had a reunion every year in Arkansas from college on and maintained their friendships for their entire life. Zay was the next to the last survivor of that special group of women. Visitation and refreshments will be at 1pm on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglasville, Georgia, 6160 Prestley Mill Road with the memorial service to follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Group Living, Inc., Attn: Jane Lucas, 700 Main Street, Suite 200, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 71923. A private internment will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a later date.
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 13 to May 15, 2016

Capt. John Clay Waller, 87, passed away October 11, 2006 following complications after surgery. He was born August 25, 1919 in Tennille, Georgia to John W. and Daisy Waller. While attending Georgia Southern College, he became a pilot and later taught flight training in Camden, Arkansas. On November 14, 1943, he married Evelyn Zay Bailey in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1944, he joined the Air Transport Command in the Army Air Corps when he volunteered to go overseas. He served in the China, Burma India Division and flew 107 trips over the Himalaya Mountains, (The Hump). He also served in the Central African Division and the North African Division. After his return from overseas he flew for Delta Air Line for 33 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Zay of over 62 years; his daughter, Zay Lynn Bailey, Patricia Bennett and husband, John Bennett; son, John Gary Waller and wife Lynda; grandchildren: Allison Budd and husband, Patrick, Robyn Oliveira, John Gary Waller, II and wife Beth, and Kristen Bennett, niece and nephew, Katherine and Tom Bailey and Carol Coker and her family; a sister, Lois Smith and sister-in-law, Eva Waller. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Group Living Incorporated in Arkadelphia, Arkansas or the Hapeville United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 4pm at the First Baptist Church in Lithia Springs, the Reverend Robert Whitmire officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. The Cremation Society of the SOUTH is in charge of the arrangements, 770-420-5557.  Funeral Home: Cremation Society of the SOUTH, 595 Franklin Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067

DL Capt. John R. Considine

USAF veteran, DL Capt. John R. Considine
May 27, 1949 ~ May 6, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain John Roger Considine, age 66.  Captain Considine joined Delta Air Lines 12-08-1978 and retired with Delta based ATL/030.
Survived by his wife Barbara personal condolences may be sent to the family at 
825 Foxfire Drive,  Lawrenceville  GA 30044-5520   ...  (770) 979-1230
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John Roger Considine obituary..............................
John Roger Considine, age 66 of Clarkesville, passed away after losing his battle with cancer on May 6, 2016.
John, one of six children born to Robert and Barbara Considine of Arcadia, California, was a career pilot with seven years flying jets for the United States Air Force and more than 20 years captaining commercial aircraft for Delta Airlines. John had a gift for mediation. He facilitated the re-engineering of the KC-135 during his years at the Pentagon. John also worked as a Union Negotiator for the Airline Pilots Association, helping to arbitrate their contracts during some of the largest mergers in airline history.
John loved music, all music; he played both the saxophone and the piano better than most. John made his own wine, traveled the world and dedicated his life to his family. He will be greatly missed by all who encountered him.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Eileen Considine; three children; six grandchildren, two dogs; and one outdoor cat.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers you send donations to the Habersham County Humane Society.
Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, Gainesville entrusted with arrangements.
Funeral Home : Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 534-5201

.Published in gainesvilletimes.com on May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sarah 'Jeana' Williams, widow of DL Capt. Charles J. Williams

WAC veteran & former DL stewardess Sarah 'Jeana' Williams, widow of DL Capt. Charles 'C-Note' Williams
April 29, 1922  ~  April 28, 2016
Notification with the passing of Jeana Williams, widow of DL Captain Charles 'C-Note' Williams.  Jeana passed just one day before her 94th birthday.  Captain Charles J. Williams was born 12-26-1921.  He joined Delta Air Lines 07-22-1944 and was based ATL.  Captain Williams passed on 04-20-1988.....obituaries appear below.
To view Jeana's online obituary please visit  http://thecitizen.com/obituaries/sarah-virginia-williams  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.parrottfuneralhome.com/  Jeana is survived by their two sons and their families.  Services for Jeana were held last week May 3rd in Georgia. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Sarah Virginia Williams ........obituary
Mrs. Sarah Virginia Williams, known to her friends and family as Jeana, was born in Birmingham, Ala. in 1922 the youngest of three children. She attended Woodlawn High School and graduated in 1940. After High School she attended Alabama Polytechnical Institute (Auburn University) from 1940 until 1942 studying home economics. In 1943 she enlisted in the United States Army, (Women's Army Corp) received her basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. and served at Merced Army Airfield in California as Surgical Technician until 1945. After World War II she worked as a Medical Assistant in Birmingham, Ala. until 1947 when she became a stewardess for Delta Air Lines, where she met her husband, the late Captain Charles J. Williams of East Point, Ga.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Gammage of Birmingham, Ala., a sister, Elnora King of Montgomery, Ala., and a brother, Davis M. Gammage of Birmingham, Ala.
She is survived by two sons, Calvin S. Williams and daughter in-law, Karen L. Williams of Fayetteville, Georgia and Charles M Williams of Fayetteville, two grandsons, Charles Wesley Williams and wife, Susan of Marietta, Ga. and David P. Davidson and wife, Kimberley of Indian Hill, S. C. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Charles and Reese Williams of Marietta and Luke and Grady Davidson of Indian Hill, S. C.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Westview Cemetery with Dr. Jimmy Orr officiating. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
The family received friends Monday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-964-4800.
Charles J. Williams: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Charles J Williams  
Date of Birth: Monday  December  26, 1921
Date of Death: Sunday  April  03, 1988
Est. Age at Death: 66 years, 3 months, 8 days
Last known residence:City:  Atlanta; East Point  State:  Georgia  ZIP Code:  30344  
CHARLES J. WILLIAMS obituary........................
CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 66, 1791 Walker Ave., College Park, Ga., died Saturday. Born in Sanford, he moved to College Park, Ga., from Orlando. He was a captain for Delta Airlines. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, College Park, Ga. Survivors: wife, Jeana; sons, Calvin S., Albany, Ga., C. Michael, Marietta, Ga.; brothers, Volie, Sanford, P.M., Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren. A.C. Hemperley and Sons Funeral Home, East Point, Ga. 

.Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Tuesday, April 5, 1988 

Friday, May 6, 2016

DL Capt. Ronnie R. Formby

Military veteran, DL Capt. Ronnie R. Formby
September 10, 1943 ~ May 4, 2016

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Ronnie Formby, age 72.  Captain Formby joined Delta Air Lines 09-04-1972 and was based DFW.  Captain Formby's obituary indicates services will be held tomorrow May 7th in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
To view/sign the online obituary and guestbook please visit http://www.pharrfuneralhomes.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1794117 
Survived by his wife Penny, their residence address is listed as
452 Tanglewood Rd.,  Hot Springs, AR 71913-8523  ...  (501) 525-2410
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
            ~ Carol for the PCN 
RONNIE FORMBY obituary..........................
HOPE, Ark.—Ronnie R. Formby, 72, of Hope died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at his home.
 Mr. Formby was born Sept. 10, 1943 in Hope. He was a retired pilot with Delta Airlines and a Vietnam War Army veteran.
 Survivors include his wife, Penny; one daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Rick Ferguson of Little Rock; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Dee Anna Formby of Hot Springs, Ark.; one sister and brother-in-law, Robyn and Ronnie Blasingame of Maumelle, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
 Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hot Springs, Ark., under direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.
 Visitation will follow at the church.
 Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, First United Methodist Church, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
 Online registration is at  pharrfuneralhomes.com

Life Legacy

Ronnie R Formby was born on September 10th, 1943, in Hope, AR, to Gary and Jenny Formby of Patmos, AR.  He died at his home surrounded by family on May 4th, 2016 at the age of 72.
He is survived by his wife of 52 and a half years, Penny.  Daughter Deanna(Rick) Ferguson of Little Rock.  Son Ronnie(Dee Anna) Formby of Hot Springs, Sister Robyn (Ronnie) Blasingame of Maumelle, and grandchildren Randi, Taylor, Brock, Jack, Claire, Abby and Ally Ferguson /Ronni and Wini Formby.  He was predeceased by his mother, father, and brother Gary Don Formby. 
Ronnie was a proud veteran of the US Army having served two tours in Vietnam.  Captain Formby retired from Delta Airlines after serving as a pilot for 32 years.  He was an avid gardener, sportsman, Kelly’s Kamp member and a true patriot.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7th at 1:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs.  A reception will follow the service in the church parish hall. Services entrusted to Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home of Hope, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, First United Methodist Church,St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

DL Flt Controller Norman D. 'Sam' Sampson

DL Flt. controller Norman 'Sam' Sampson
January 16, 1932 ~ May 4, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Delta Air Lines Flight Controller Mr. Norman 'Sam' Sampson, age 84.  Sam is survived by his wife Helen, their children and their grandchildren. 
Whitepages lists the Sampsons residence as
39 Fieldstone Way , Newnan  GA 30265-1979  ...  (770) 254-1406
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at www.mckoon.com
Please see below....visitation today May 6th with services tomorrow May 7th in Newnan, Georgia.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary for Norman Dean Sampson ..................................
Norman “Sam” Dean Sampson, age 84, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at his home in Newnan surrounded by family. He was born on January 16, 1932 in Clairmont, Iowa to the late John Andrew Sampson and Ella Louise Sampson.
Sam spent four years in the United States Air Force and during his time in the military he was stationed in Alaska and worked for Alaskan Airlines. He was a founding member of the Red Oak Athletic Association on Welcome All Road in Red Oak GA. Sam worked for Delta Airlines for 37 plus years and retired as a Flight Controller.
Along with his parents Sam is preceded in death by his grandson Christopher Lindsey and his beloved Cookie dog.
Sam is survived by his loving wife Helen Odom Sampson, son Michael Sampson and his wife Elizabeth, daughter Marsha Sampson and son Mark Sampson and his wife Michelle. Sam is also survived by grandchildren, Mitchell Wolfe, Justin Lindsey, Ryan Wolfe, Kristen Harris, Jared Sampson, Jonah Sampson and Jaydin Sampson. He is also survived by his sister Mearle Lee of Seattle, WA.
The graveside service is Saturday, May 7th at 11 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Newnan with Rev. Brian Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 PM until 8 PM at McKoon Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.mckoon.com

McKoon Funeral Home 38 Jackson St. Newnan GA 3026 770-253-4580
Visitation : MAY 6.  6:00-8:00 PM
McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA, US, 30263
Service : MAY 7. 11:00 AM

Graveside Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 656 Roscoe Road, Newnan, GA, US, 30263

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WAL Capt. Jean Donald Brayton

WWII veteran, PNA/WAL Capt. Jean Donald Brayton
August 11, 1921 ~ April 8, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of Delta Pioneer member retired Western pilot Captain Jean Donald Brayton, age 94.  I believe Captain Brayton was born in Iowa, raised in Minnesota, was a WWII veteran....he may have first flown for Pacific Northern Airways and retired with Western Airlines, and perhaps was based SEA.  Survived by his wife Lois and daughter Julie, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
6730 Densmore Ave.,  Van Nuys, CA 91406-6028  ...  (818) 988-8595
If anyone has more information to share, corrections and information received is always appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

From: M5FOWLER@aol.com  Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:26 PM  Subject: Delta Pioneers

...........the Pioneer office got a notice today from Pioneer Lois A. Brayton  6730 Densmore Ave Van Nuys, Ca 91406-6028 that her husband Capt Jean Donald Brayton died April 8, he was 94 flew for PA/WA/DL..... 

Delta Pioneer office ATL

NWA Capt. Stephen Boyd Wilson

NWA Capt. Stephen B. Wilson
July 16, 1943 ~ April 28, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Stephen Boyd Wilson, age 72.  Captain Wilson joined Northwest Airlines 07-18-1966.  He had most recently resided in the Minneapolis area....please see service information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News    Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 9:49 AM    Subject: RNPA News: Steve Wilson Obituary.

Stephen Boyd Wilson

Wilson, Stephen Boyd Age 72 of Excelsior, MN, died April 28, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. from dementia-related complications. Retired NW Airlines pilot. Preceded in death by father, William R. Wilson; mother, Bernice Boyd Wilson; sisters, Eunice J. Scott and Mary K. Monroe; brother, Joseph W. Wilson. Survived by sister, Sandra S. Shepherd of Houston, TX. Memorial Service at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 177 Glendale Drive, Long Lake, MN 55356, Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. (light luncheon to follow).
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Monday, May 2, 2016

PAA/DL Capt. Alvin 'Tip' C. Hanson

Military veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Alvin 'Tip' Hanson
December 28, 1938 ~ April 25, 2016
Notification with the passing of Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Alvin 'Tip' Clifford Hanson, age 77.  Captain joined Pan American 11-15-1965 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 


Alvin "Tip" Hanson (1938 - 2016)

Alvin Clifford ""Tip"" Hanson of Brimley, Michigan, passed away at his home on April 25, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on December 28, 1938, in Trout Lake, Michigan, to the late Walter and Gertrude (Lindsay) Hanson. He graduated from Brimley High School in 1956 and attended Lake Superior State College. He continued his education at the United States Air Force Cadet Corps, where he graduated and received his pilot wings in 1961.
Tip held the rank of captain in the United States Airforce and flew B47 bombers. Later he flew for Pan Am Airlines and then retired from Delta Airlines as captain. He was a World Cup bobsledder, and took Chuck Yeager for a bobsled run, met Charles Lindbergh and was a hole-in-one golfer. He was also a member of the U.S. Senior Citizen's Championship Curling Team, and was an award winning marksman. He loved Alaska and spent time there during the summer months fishing, hunting and gold mining in Nome.
Tip is survived by his loving wife: Gail (Forgrave) Hanson; his children: Mike (Monica) Hanson of Washington, Carrie Hanson of Alaska, and Kevin (Carol) Hanson of Alaska; and grandchildren: Morgan, Kieralin, and Kiefer all of Alaska. He is also survived by his step-children: Rick (Kathy) Schell of Kincheloe, MI, Debbie Schell of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and Brenda Austin (George Marble) of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; step grandchildren: Travis and Holly Austin, Kayce (Sprecker) LaBarr, Stephanie and Janine Sprecker, and Richard, Elizabeth, and Sean Schell; and five step great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers and sisters: Allen (Ruth) Hanson of Petoskey, MI, Lorna (the late Lester) Lightfoot of Petoskey, MI, Ruth (the late Robert) Bidus of Brimley, MI, Pete (the late Genny) Hanson of Battle Creek, MI, and Erna Lou (Gordon) Wilson of Traverse City, MI, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Tip was preceded in death by his parents: Walter and Gertrude (Lindsay) Hanson; his first wife: Barbara Hanson; and brothers and sister: Fred Hanson, who was lost at sea in WWII, Hazel (Thor) Monson of Chicago, IL, and Gerald (Sandy) Hanson of California.
A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be left online at www.csmulder.com

Funeral Home

C.S. Mulder Funeral Home - Sault Ste. Marie
4951 S. M-129  Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-4951
Published in Sault Ste. Marie Evening News on Apr. 30, 2016

NWA Capt. James Thomas Bickley

Military veteran, NWA Capt. James Thomas Bickley
April 17, 1938 ~ April 14, 2016
News has been received with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain James Thomas Bickley, nearing his 78th birthday. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
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            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   

Captain James Thomas Bickley
April 17, 1938 ~ April 14, 2016

After a 20-year unrelenting battle with Parkinson's Disease, Jim passed away peacefully at his home in Tacoma with his wife Patty by his side. He courageously entered a hospice program last fall after deciding that he was not going to spend his last days in a hospital hooked up to "...all those machines!." With Patty's love, care and encouragement he had several good months left to sit on his Browns Point deck, look out on Commencement Bay, and contemplate those parts of the world he had seen and those he never got to.

Jim was born in Farmersville, Texas, on a very stormy Easter Sunday, the fourth son of Haywood Thomas Bickley and Datye Catherine Glass Bickley. He married Bonnie Jean Johnson in 1965 but later divorced. He and Bonnie had two children, Catherine (Katie) Irene Thompson (Don) and Warren Robert Bickley (Sarahi), both of Phoenix, Ariz. Jim later married Patty Dightman.

Jim is survived by his wife Patty, as well as three older brothers, Eldon Glass Bickley (Carol), Pocatello, Idaho; Jerry Jean Bickley (Susie), Plankinton, S.D.; Earl Wayne Bickley (Betty), Salt Lake City, Utah; and one younger brother, Michael Dean Bickley (Laurie), Pocatello, Idaho. He is also survived by his two children and six grandchildren.

Jim was educated in Iowa and Idaho, graduating from Idaho Falls High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, after which he studied at Idaho State University and served his country for three years in the U.S. Army. He pursued careers in the railroad and airline industries, culminating with nearly 30 years as a captain with Northwest Airlines. His major interests, besides his family, were photography, music, reading, and travel. He and Patty saw much of the world together, including a memorable trip down an angry, upper tributary of the Amazon River and were among the early tourists to visit Vietnam.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and his ashes will be strewn in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, a place he visited many times and loved so much.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation to the hospice that contributed so much to Jim's care and comfort for seven months.

The address is:
Franciscan Hospice Foundation
P.O. Box 1502
Tacoma, WA 98401.

Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 24, 2016