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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WC/RW/NWA Capt. Robert Hall Foster

WC/RW(NWA) Capt. Robert Hall Foster
March 21, 1924 ~ August 14, 2016

Word has reached us with the passing of retired Republic now Northwest pilot Captain Robert Hall Foster, age 92.  Captain Foster first joined West Coast Airlines 04-22-1957, made the various mergers and retired with Republic in 1982 as noted in his obituary below.  Captain Foster was widowed in March of 2007 with the passing of his wife Helen.  For those wishing to contact the family, perhaps the best way would be by email...their son Ron Foster can be reached at rhf1924@aol.com  A memorial service for Captain Foster will be held Saturday, September 17th at Edmonds United Methodist Church in Edmonds, Washington.  Phone: (425) 778-2119. 
Should we receive further information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Captain Robert Hall Foster
March 21, 1924 – August 14, 2016
Robert was born in Portland, Oregon on March 21, 1924 to Robert and Magdalene Foster. As a teenager, he worked with his uncles in the construction trade, learning much about building and carpentry. His true love, however, was aviation. At the age of 12 he received his first ride in an airplane, an open cockpit biplane.  After that he was hooked.
In 1942, after graduating from Lincoln High School, Robert entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program and traveled to Bend, Oregon for flight training. It was there that he learned to fly in a Piper J3 Cub. He was then sent to Naval Flight School in Corpus Christi, Texas where he earned his wings. At the age of 19, he was in command of a PV-2 Harpoon patrol bomber based at Curacao in the South Caribbean, flying anti-submarine patrols while protecting the Panama Canal shipping lanes.
On August 16, 1944, while on leave in Chicago, Robert married the love of his life, Helen Ensor. They would make their first home in Beaufort, South Carolina. When the war was over, they would return to Portland where they would raise a family.
Robert went back to working in construction, but he still kept his hand in aviation, flying the P2-V Neptune and PB-4Y Privateer in the Naval Reserves. He was called back to active duty at the start of the Korean War. He was based at Okinawa, Japan, flying patrols in a P2-V Neptune in the South China Sea. After that war was over, he again went back to working construction, but what he really wanted to do was fly.
 In 1957 he was hired by West Coast Airlines, beginning a 25-year career as an airline pilot. Aircraft flown during his career were the DC-3, F-27 and DC-9. In 1960, he was transferred to Seattle, where the family would finally settle. Three company name changes (Air West, Hughes Air West, Republic) and mergers later, he would retire as a Captain for Republic Airlines in 1982.
After retirement, he stayed quite busy. He and Helen were very active in the First United Methodist Church of Seattle. With Helen’s love of music, they became members of the Seattle Opera Guild, traveling to Europe and touring many historic sites and homes of the old Grand Masters of Opera.
He bought a boat and christened it the Sitting Duck (the nickname of retired Republic Airlines pilots) and he enjoyed many fishing trips and “nice boat rides” (no fish) with his children and grandchildren.
Robert was a man of integrity who set an unwavering example of what the “Greatest Generation” was all about. Honor and respect and be true to your word. Work hard and take care of your family.
He was preceded in death by his son Richard and wife Helen. He leaves behind his son Gary (Ina) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, daughter Janice of Oceanside, California, son Ronald (Kathy) of Mukilteo, Washington, and grandchildren Richard, Bryan and Stephanie.
A memorial service has been planned for Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 at the Edmonds United Methodist Church – 828 Caspers St. Edmonds WA 98020. Phone: (425) 778-2119
Donations can be made in his name to the Puget Sound Honor Flight  http://pugetsoundhonorflight.org/   

“And when the goals are reached at last,
When all the flying's done,
I'll answer Him with no regret-
Indeed, I had some fun.
So when these things are asked of me,
And I can reach no higher,
My prayer this day - His hand extends
To welcome home a Flyer.”
Wife Helen's obituary............................Helen Caroline FOSTER (1925-2007)
It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Caroline Foster of Edmonds, WA announces her passing on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at the age of 81. Helen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert; sons, Gary (Ina), of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ronald (Kathy) of Mukilteo WA, and daughter, Janice, of Oceanside, CA, and three grandchildren, Richard, Bryan, and Stephanie. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard. Helen was born in Portland, OR on April 27, 1925 to Herbert and Juanita Ensor. She was blessed with an exceptional singing voice, and had a passionate love and understanding of opera and classical music. As a young woman, she performed many times in plays and musicals in the Portland area where she was even offered her own radio program. She sang in many church choirs over the years and she especially enjoyed her time singing with the SnoKing Chorale, where she made many lasting friends who shared her love of vocal music. She was a long time member of the Seattle Opera Guild and enjoyed attending many operas with her husband, Robert. She was well traveled, having taken several trips to Europe where she was able to visit the graves and birthplaces of many of the great composers of the music she loved so much. Her life was her family, her music, and her pets, and she also leaves behind her special cat, Harry. We all will miss you, but we take comfort in knowing that you are at peace and free at last. A Memorial Service in Memory of Helen will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 Eighth Avenue, Seattle WA. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Helen Foster to Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore, Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201.

From: Ray Dahl    Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 7:45 PM   Subject: Captain Robert Foster passing

I regret to inform you that my dad passed away this last Sunday morning at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Washington
Ron Foster
Hi Ray,

We have set the date and location for my father's memorial service. It will be Saturday, 17 September at 2:00 at the Edmonds United Methodist Church in Edmonds, WA. The address is 828 Caspers Street in Edmonds.
Edmonds United Methodist Church
Saturday, 17 September at 14:00
828 Caspers Street
Edmonds, WA
Phone: (425) 778-2119

There will be an obituary forthcoming at a later date. Maybe you could get the word out?
Donations in his name can be made to the Puget Sound Honor Flight http://pugetsoundhonorflight.org/  

He and I and 62 other WWII veterans made that flight a year ago in March and it is something I will never forget.

Ron Foster

Monday, August 29, 2016

DL Capt. Charles Edward Morrison

DL Capt. Charles E. Morrison
November 14, 1941 ~ August 23, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of retired Delta pilot and flight instructor Captain Charles Edward Morrison, age 74.  Captain Morrison joined Delta Air Lines 04-03-1967 and retired with Delta in 1997, based ATL/030.  He is survived by his wife Rachel.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Services were held last Friday in Marietta, Georgia. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1881 Macland Woods Dr, Powder Springs, GA 30127-1125  ....  (770) 943-2193
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Charles Edward Morrison, Sr., age 74 of Powder Springs, GA passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. A Graveside Service will be held 2 pm Friday, August 26 at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park in Marietta with Dr. Richard Walker officiating.  A native of Lamar County, Alabama, Mr. Morrison graduated from Mississippi State University with honors. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership fraternity. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 30 years, retiring in 1997. After retiring, he devoted his time to traveling, woodworking, and spending time with family. He was a member of Macland Baptist Church. 
Survivors.....  Wife: Rachel H. Morrison
3 Children: Elizabeth Van Morrison, Brookhaven, GA
Rebekah Ann Morrison Calvert and husband Brad, Denver, CO
Charles Edward Morrison, Jr., Kalamazoo, Michigan
2 Grandchildren: Zachary Lewis Morrison and Noah Lee Morrison
The family will receive friends Friday, August 26th, from 12 pm until 1:30 pm at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta.
Location: 2480 Macland Rd SW, Marietta, GA. 30064
Graveside Service 02:00PM, Cheatham Hill Memorial Park, 1861 Dallas Highway, Marietta, GA. 30064

From: David L. Roberts Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:23 AM
Subject: Death of retired DL Captain Charles E. Morrison

Just got a phone call from retired DL Captain Richard Gruetter, that retired DL Captain Charles E. Morrison died last night.  They live across the street from each other. 
Charles was born 11/14/1941 and was hired by DL 4/3/1967, the class just after mine.  He and Richard had served in Delta's Training Department for several years.
.......................................................I believe this is his address but you'll get more info shortly I'm sure:
Charles E Morrison
1881 Macland Woods Dr, Powder Springs, GA 30127
(770) 943-2193

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WA/DL Capt. John V. 'Jack' Hogan Jr.

He has taken his Final Flight West. Let Us Come Together and
Celebrate the Life of a great man and an accomplished aviator.
His family requests your presence
At the Celebration of His Life
Santa Paula Airport on Vicki Cruse Taxiway
416 East Santa Maria Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
12NOV16 @ 1300 LOCAL
Exit Highway 126 at Palm Avenue
Go South. Turn east at first available street.
You will be on Santa Maria Street. Watch for signs.
Parking on Runway 4. Enter at West Entrance.
Between Olive and Fifth Streets on Santa Maria Street
Comfortable Hanger Party Attire
Colleen Hogan: colleen_marie_hogan@yahoo.com

From: Brock Pennock   Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:20 AM
To: death@pilotcommunication.net    Subject: WA/DL Capt. John V. 'Jack' Hogan Jr..

Brock Pennock has left a new comment on your post "WA/DL Capt. John V. 'Jack' Hogan Jr.":

Services will be held for Jack on Nov 12, 2016. At 1200 hrs PDT. At SZP.
Further info is available

Note....my apologies to the Hogan family...correct photo now posted with my sincere apology to the family....thank you very much....~ Carol for the PCN


Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. John V. 'Jack' Hogan Jr., age 73

May 23, 1943 ~ August 13, 2016

Our group has received news of a tragic accident involving retired WA/DL pilot Capt. Jack Hogan and his wife Gloria.  Evidently Jack suffered a cardiac event in which he blacked out while driving August 11th.  Jack had emergency surgery but to no avail and lost his life....he passed on the morning of August 13th.  Jack's wife Gloria remains hospitalized. 
Following his military service, Captain Hogan joined Western Airlines 04-09-1973 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based LAX/030.  He was 73 years of age at the time of his passing and is survived by his wife Gloria and their daughter Colleen.  A flyby in Jack's honor was given Sunday evening at Santa Paula Airport by the T-6 Condor Squadron out of Van Nuys, California.  We expect to hear more news later later on as to memorial services for Captain Hogan but for now the family is in trauma.   As we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN  

From: skanks@verizon.net   Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 6:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain Jack Hogan

August 11 Jack Hogan and his wife "G" were driving from Ventura, CA to Santa Paula when Jack had some sort of
caradic event. Jack blacked out and apparently crossed over and hit head on with another vehicle. All three people
were taken to County General. It was determined Jack needed emergency surgery and he was transfered to St.
Johns in Oxnard, a stint was inserted, Jack was put in ICU on life support. "G" was banged-up but is recovering. 

Saturday Jack had a brain scan and as a result was removed from ICU and taken off of life support. I'm sad to report
that today at approximately 09:45 Jack went West. I served with Jack in the Marine Corps and at Western and Delta
Airlines and can say he was one of the Best both, as a Marine, an aviator, a man and as a friend; he will be greatly

Please post the notice of his passing and I will keep you informed as to time and place of a service/memorial.


Roland Scott

Monday, August 22, 2016

NWA Capt. William W. Halverson

Air Corps veteran, NWA Capt. William W. Halverson
December 31, 1925 ~ August 17, 2016
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain William Wallace Halverson, age 90.  Captain Halverson joined Northwest in August 1950 and retired with Northwest in December 1985.  He is survived by his wife Frances.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Personal condolences may be sent to the Halverson family at
2975 Bluegrass Lane #612, Henderson, NV 89074-2853
Captain Halverson's obituary notes that graveside services will be held at a later date.
When more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary...................William W. Halverson, 90, of Bayfield and Henderson, Nev., passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Bayfield. He was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Lyons, Neb., the son of Roscoe and Mary (Jacobs) Halverson.
 William's love for flying and airplanes began at an early age as he worked as a crop duster, which helped him pay for his future schooling. He attended and later graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks. Following his schooling he served as a Captain in the U.S Army Air Corps during WWII.
 William was united in marriage to Frances Hewitt on Sept. 5, 1948, in Grand Forks, N.D. They moved to St. Paul, Minn., and later Bloomington, Minn., while William worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. In 1985 he retired after over 30 years of commercial flying.
 Retirement was spent up north in Bayfield during the summer months, canoeing, camping, playing tennis and walking the brownstone trail with Frances. Winters were spent in Henderson, catching up with family and friends and enjoying the holidays together. William's favorite pastime and passion was rebuilding and restoring antique airplanes and he was a two-time national grand champion.
 He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Frances; two children, Lizabeth Halverson and Bob (Teresa) Halverson; a grandson, Garret Halverson; and nieces and nephews.    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorthine.
 Graveside services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Bratley Funeral Home of Washburn.

To view the obituary online or sign the guestbook, please visit us at bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com 

NWA Capt. Wilbert 'Brad' Bradley

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Wilbert 'Brad' Bradley
December 12, 1925 ~ July 27, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Wilbert Bradley, age 90.  He had resided in Auburn WA and is survived by his son Mark and family.  Captain Bradley was widowed in May 2013 with the passing of his wife Bonny.  Please see obituaries and information below....graveside services are planned for Captain Bradley on August 26th in Washington state.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: RNPA News  Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 1:20 PM    Subject: Wilbert 'Brad' Bradley Has Flown West.
NWA Pilot and RNPA member Wilbert ‘Brad’ Bradley, age 91, passed away on July 27th. Brad was hired by NWA on Nov. 25, 1952 and retired on December 11, 1985 at 60 years old. He was a US Navy veteran with combat duty in the Pacific during WWII.   
Graveside services are being held at Greenwood Memorial in Renton, Washington on August 26th at 11:00am. The family has planned a gathering at Wilbert's home in Auburn, WA after the service.  
            Bill Day wlday@comcast.net 
Wilbert "Brad" Bradley Obituary........................
Wilbert "Brad" Bradley, passed peacefully July 27th in his son Marks arms. Wilbert was preceded in death, by his wife Bonny of 63 years, his daughter Robin Laverne and son James Patrick as well as his parents and siblings.
Wilbert was in the Navy during WW II on the USS Gwin, a destroyer minelayer in the Pacific. After the war, Wilbert went to school to become a pilot. He started his career as a personal pilot and then succeeded in becoming a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines in 1952, venturing around the world, retiring as senior captain in Seattle December 12th 1985.
He is survived by his son Mark and his wife Robin, grandson Mark Jr., step grandkids Rikki and Sam, and great grandkids Alex and Addison.
Graveside services are being held at Greenwood Memorial in Renton, Washington on August 26th at 11:00am. The family has planned a gathering at Wilbert's home after the service.
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2016

Bonny J. (Seaman) Bradley passed peacefully on May 4th, 2013, she had celebrated her 82nd birthday on April 9th, 2013. She is now resting peacefully with her parents Reuben and Ruby Seaman, her sister Vera, brother John (Dutch) and her children Robbi and Jimmy. She is survived by her husband Wilbert, her son Mark and his wife Robin, her sister Jan and her husband William Stoneman and her grandsons Mark Jr. and Sam. Bonny had many passions in life, one of the most important was her family and spending quality time with them. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and watching Mariners games with her husband. Bonny was born and raised in Renton, Washington, then settled in Auburn, Washington where she and Wilbert cared for and raised their family. She was loved by all who knew her, she was a very special wife, mom, sister and friend who will be greatly missed. A memorial will be held on May 15th, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Greenwood Memorial Park, 350 Monroe Avenue NE, Renton, WA. 98056.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Rcihard O. Urdahl


            Richard O. Urdahl  (1932 - 2016)

Rick passed away August 12th in his sleep, in St. George, Utah. He suffered two strokes within one week with many complications. He was born in Karlstad, Minn. the second child of Olga, Noble Urdahl. Rick was a true renaissance man. He grew up on a farm rising up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows, riding to school on a horse returning to finish his chores and delivering newspapers. He loved to talk about his young life, swinging on a rope and landing on a hay mow. At a young age of 12 he could handle a team of work horses hauling shocks of grain and delivering them to a conveyer belt on the thrashing machine. He was taught a strong work ethic that benefitted him throughout life, always holding down 2 or 3 jobs at a time. In 1945 his family left Minnesota and settled in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. Under age, Rick talked himself into a dishwashing job at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge., also delivering Seattle Times newspaper. He attended Mount Si High where he played football and was on a golf team. He was a member of "Order of the De Moley", went to 'Boys State'. Always seeking fun and adventure he loved to ski play tennis and racquetball. Graduating in 1950 he wanted to enlist in the Air Force.His Mother wanting him to attend college first. That summer his Father took Rick to Alaska, to apprentice under him as a carpenter, a trade he used all his life. He worked his way through college from this tutelage, never borrowing or owing anyone money. He graduated debt free. His second job was Dorm Supervisor. He was listed in "Who's Who among Student in American Universities and Colleges" from Central Washington University. Preparing himself for the Air Force he enrolled in the ROTC Program, his dream to be a pilot. He joined the Air force in 1956 after a 1 year of teaching school. He was promoted to Major on three different lists, Air Force, Air Force Reserve and the California Air National Guard traveling to the Far East and Europe. In 1963, Rick was hired by Western Airlines later merging with Delta, loving every minute of this job, he had a 29 year career as a pilot. Living and being based in the Bay area he started the Richard Urdahl Construction Co. as a side business, building homes, apartments and a movie theater. In 1987 the fortuitous fate of Delta Airlines reassigning his base to Salt Lake and his friend Royce introducing them to each other, he met Carol his true soul mate and life companion.Rick was a family man. He married Sandy and they had three children: Mark, Jennifer and Scot. He spent countless hours with his children at swim meets,tennis tournaments and gymnastic competitions. One last one, this May watching Mark in a Polo match. He embraced his extended family with love, participation and caring, Cindy, Bret and Patti ,they cherished their time with him. He was a strong Patriarch and his grandkids loved and adored him. He always was interested in each one individually and gave them sound advice, they listened to him and usually following his advice. The big deal was to sit in his oversized easy chair while Grandpa sat at his desk and just talk for hours about their lives or family. Rick retired in 1992, learning how to sit back and smell the roses. His favorite day was to golf 18 holes (sometimes 27 or 36 rounds) sip a vodka tonic and play a game of Gin Rummy with the Brown Group at Hidden Valley CC.
Rick is survived by his wife Carol, Children: Mark (Jocelyn), Jeniffer (Randy deceased), Scott (Marlo), Cindy (Michael) ,Bret , Patricia. Eleven Grandchildren Lindsay (Mark), Hilary, Taylor, Chaz, Dylan, Alexis (Ty), Alex, Isabella, Dyllin, Leon, Lucy. One Great Grandchild Porter. Brother Charles, preceded in death by sister Pat and Bev.
Graveside Service will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 S 1700 E at the Mausoleum at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2016. A Celebration of Life will follow 4-6 p.m. at Hidden Valley CC, 11820 South Highland Dr., where his spirit soared.
In lieu of flowers donate to your favorite charity .

.Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Sept. 11 to Sept. 18, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Richard 'Rick' Urdahl
March 3, 1932 ~ August 12, 2016

Update on Services: 
Dick,I have received the following information from Carol Urdahl regarding services for Rick, please pass on.If you need further information give me a call (801-244-8598)
Graveside service for Captain Rick Urdahl will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Larkin Sunset Gardens (801-571-2771)
1950 East Dimple Dell Road (1850 East 10600 South), follow directions to the Mausoleum
Sandy, Utah
  A “Celebration of Life” will follow at Hidden Valley Country Club (11820 South Highland Drive)
4:00 - 6:00p.m (light buffet)
The family requests in lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Rick’s name.
Thanks for your help,

News has reached us with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain Richard Ordway Urdahl, age 84.  About two months ago Captain Urdahl  suffered a stroke and since then had been dealing with medical complications.  He is survived by his wife Carol.  Captain Urdahl joined Western Airlines 06-18-1962 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1992, based SLC at the time of his retirement. 
Arrangements are pending. 
For those wishing to share memories and express condolences, the family may be contacted at 
803 Swiss Haven Circle,  Santa Clara, Utah 84765-5649.
As we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: "Dick Deeds" <dickdeeds@pacbell.net>    Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:56 AM    Subject: Passing of WAL/DAL Captain Rick Urdahl
 Rick Urdahl had a stroke in early June, he was unable to recover and passed on the 12th of August; we lost a good friend, a fine gentlemen and a man that truly loved his years in the sky.

Plans are pending, will update; cards and condolences may be sent to:

Mrs. Carol Urdahl
 803 Swiss Haven Circle
 Santa Clara, Utah 84765

From: Dick Deeds    Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 9:41 AM   Subject:  Rick Urdahl

It's with great sadness that I pass along this info i received late last night. As soon as I get further info l'll pass it along.
On Aug 12, 2016, at 21:34, Joe Mongold <joemongold@icloud.com> wrote:
I regret to inform that our friend Rick passed tonight at 8:30. I will update you tomorrow after I meet with Carol. 
Joe Mongold 
From: Dick Deeds   Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 11:49 AM   Subject:  Rick Urdahl
Thanks to Joe Hagan for this info..................

I just visited with Rick at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George (Room 334). Carol Urdahl indicated that it is okay to share this visit I had with them. Rick's Son Scott, his wife and two grandchildren were there when I visited. Rick was semi-conscious and recognized my name - with a smile and tightened hand grip. He was not, at this time, able to converse but did respond to prompting by Carol and Scott and myself. 

Rick has other medical concerns; however, he has to become more stabilized before they can address those other concerns.
Carol and Scott will keep me informed of any significant changes. The family have hopes of being able to have Rick admitted to the Veterans' Home here in Southern Utah (Ivins) which has been opened for just over three years. 
Rick and his family stand in need of prayers and expressions of support and well-wishes. 
Best wishes,

Joe Hagan 

From: Dick Deeds    Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2016 2:44 PM   Subject:   Rick Urdahl

Thanks to Paul Willis for this...................

Hey Guys,
Thanks to Mark Leseberg, I found out our friend Rick Urdahl is in the hospital in St. George (Dixie Regional Medical Center 435-251-1000) with a stroke. Seems to be doing a little better today according to his wife Carol. I actually spoke to him on the phone  a few minutes ago, and it seemed to cheer him up a bit. Lets hope for the best.
 His home address is 803 Swisshaven Cir. Santa Clara Ut. 84765, email rickyjet@bajabb.com Carol's cell 801-244-0771
Paul C. Willis

DL Capt. Christopher M. Doerr

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Chris Doerr
March 23, 1941 - July 24, 2015
Belated notice with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Christopher 'Chris' Michael Doerr, age 74.  Captain Doerr joined Delta Air Lines 03-14-1969 and retired in 2001, based 030/CVG.  He is survived by his wife Kathryn.
The online obituary and guestbook may still be viewed at the funeral home website  http://www.leppertmortuary.com/obituary/150538/Christopher-Doerr/ 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN    

Christopher Michael Doerr, 74, of Pendleton, passed away on July 24, 2015. He was born to Robert and Mary Francis Doerr on March 23, 1941, in Anderson. Chris earned a degree in pharmacy from Purdue University in 1963. He served the cause of freedom as a captain in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was awarded The Air Medal and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He enjoyed a 32-year career with Delta Airlines; reaching the rank of captain before his retirement. He worked as a registered pharmacist and as a proprietor of a small farm. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and a volunteer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Daugherty. Chris also was preceded in death by grandchildren Tyler and Ashley Augustinovicz. Chris is survived by wife, Kathryn Ann (Sokol) Doerr; daughter, Susan (Greg) Augustinovicz of Middletown; son, the Rev. Brian Doerr, vice rector at Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.; son, the Rev. Richard Doerr, pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carmel; son, David (Marya) Doerr Anderson; daughter, Sarah (Carl) Eber, Columbia, Mo.; daughter, Elizabeth (Brandon) Gorney, Knightstown; son, Matthew Doerr, Pendleton, and Matthew's girlfriend, Randi Schuck; sister, Ruth Ann Daugherty; 15 grandchildren, Kyle (Ashlee), Nicholas, Zachary (Shelbi), Johnmichael, Annamarie and Christopher Augustinovicz, Victoria Eber, and Isabella, Kateri, JohnPaul, Gabriel, Cecilia, and Luciana Gorney, and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Uriah, Alli and Scarlett Augustinovicz. Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Narthex, with a Rosary following the visitation led by Rev. Alejandro Paternoster. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, c/o St. Ambrose Parish, 2801 Lincoln St., Anderson, IN 46016-5067. Arrangements provided by Leppert Mortuary.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NAL/PAA/DAL Flt. Dispatcher Larry Riddle

NAL/PAA/DAL Superintendent Flight/Dispatcher Larry Riddle
March 1, 1943 ~ August 12, 2016

Word has been received with the passing of retired Flight Dispatcher Larry Dean Riddle.  Born/raised in Asheville NC, Larry was 73 years of age at the time of his passing.  Larry first joined National Airlines in January 1964, made the mergers with Pan Am and Delta Air Lines, and retired in 2005.  He is survived by Barbara 'Joan' Miller Riddle. 
Whitepages lists the Riddle residence as 
40 Northcrest Drive, Newnan  GA 30265-1200.
No services are planned.
Should we receive additional information we will be sure to update our site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: "Rocky" <rocky@dlfcret.org>         Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 4:48 PM
Subject: death of Larry Riddle, retired DL Flight Control

> I am sorry to report that Larry Riddle, retired DL Flight Superintendent
> (and former dispatcher and Pan Am and National Airlines, too) died Friday morning. No
> service is planned.
> Rocky
Larry Dean Riddle
DOB March 1, 1943     YOH 1964     DOD Aug 12, 2016
Thanks to Bob Pierson for confirmation of Larry's passing. Per Bob, there is no obituary or  services scheduled.

Monday, August 15, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Patrick J. Schachle

USAF veteran, WA/DL Capt. Patrick Joseph Schachle
September 24, 1933 ~ August 10, 2016  

Notification with the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Patrick Joseph Schachle, age 82.  Captain Schachle joined Western Airlines 02-27-1961 and retired with Delta Airlines, based LAX.  He was widowed in September 1996 with the passing of his wife Sharon Kay Leritz Schachle.   To view an online tribute, please visit
To view the complete online obituary with photo gallery and to sign the online guestbook, please visit
Services for Capt. Schachle were held today August 15th in Oklahoma. 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.....................Patrick Joseph (PJ) Schachle, 82, passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 10, 2016. He was born at Canute, Oklahoma in Washita County on September 24, 1933 to John Thomas, Sr, and Teresa (Simon) Schachle. His grandparents were Stephan and Katherine (Klein) Schachle and John and Emma (Jennings) Simon. PJ attended St. Francis Catholic School and graduated in 1950 from Holy Family Catholic High School, both of Canute, Oklahoma. He later joined the United States Air Force. PJ got his pilot’s license and became a commercial pilot for Western Airlines which later became Delta Air Lines. He eventually became Captain. PJ enjoyed giving rides in his airplane to his nieces and nephews.
He was married to Sharon Leritz on November 30, 1963. She passed away in 1996. They had no children.
PJ also had a love of music. He played the guitar and sang and was in a band for some time. He has always enjoyed songs by Johnny Cash.
Pat enjoyed owning quarter horses and the family enjoyed watching the winning horses race at Los Alamitos Park, California and Remington Park, Oklahoma.
Pat shared his time between California and his home state of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents as well as his siblings, Charles Schachle, Mary Louise Hodgson, Kathie Wilhelm, John Thomas Schachle, Jr, Emma Jo (Sr. Roberta) Schachle, James Schachle and Teresa Ryan.
He is survived by sister in law, Teresa (Schwarz) Schachle, and many cousins, nieces , nephews and friends.
Patrick was born on September 24, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Patrick was a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma at the time of his passing.
PJ attended St. Francis Catholic School and graduated in 1950 from Holy Family Catholic High School, both of Canute, Oklahoma.
He later joined the United States Air Force. PJ got his pilot's license and became a commercial pilot for Western Airlines which later became Delta Air Lines. He eventually became Captain.
He was married to Sharon Leritz.
Mass of Christian Burial  :  AUG 15. 10:30 AM
St. Matthews Catholic Church , 3001 E. Hwy 66 , Elk City, OK 73644
Cemetery : St. Francis Cemetery,
Canute, OK
Rosary : AUG 14 at 06:30 PM

St. Matthews Catholic Church
3001 E. Hwy 66 , Elk City, OK 73644

NWA Capt. Homer 'Red' Sutter

NWA Capt. Homer 'Red' Sutter
November 22, 1918 ~ August 11, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Homer Francis Sutter, age 97. 
Capt. Sutter is survived by his wife Dorothy and had most recently resided at
1913 Creek View Ct., Chanhassen, MN 55317-7418.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook, please visit
Services for Capt. Sutter are being held today August 15th at Mount Calvary Lutheran church in Excelsior MN.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA News     Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:06 AM     Subject:  Red Sutter Has Flown West.

Homer F. 'Red' Sutter
Sutter, Homer F. "Red" of Chanhassen and Bloomington MN, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2016 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, his 3 children, Beth Sutter, Sandra Sutter (Tom Price), Patrick Sutter (Annie) and his five grandsons, Danny, Teddy, and Willy Sutter, Thomas Sutter-Price, and Aaron Maxson. Red lived 97 wonderful years. A lifelong aviator, he was legendary among his fellow Northwest Airline pilots, where he capped his 35 year career flying the flagship 747, retiring in 1978 as senior captain. He had a great sense of humor and was an amazing story teller. He loved to tell stories from his flying career and was able to recall the details as if they happened yesterday. Most of all, Red enjoyed spending time with his family and keeping up on all of his grandson's activities. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 15th at 2:00pm, with visitation one hour prior at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior, MN 55331.
Published on August 13, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

DL Capt. Arthur 'Art' Dirkse

Military veteran, DL Capt. Art Dirkse
May 13, 1943 ~ August 11, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Arthur 'Art' L. Dirkse, age 73. Captain Dirkse joined Delta Air Lines 11-06-1972 and was based CVG and ATL/030.  He is survived by his wife Jan.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Services for Captain Dirkse are planned for August 18th with visitation the evening prior in Michigan.  The address that I see listed for the Dirkse family is   2084 S Shore Drive, Holland  MI 49423-4323.
Should we receive corrections or additional information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.....................Art (Arthur) Dirkse, 73, passed away on August 11, 2016.
He was born to Herman & Genevieve Dirkse in Holland in 1943.
Art is survived by his wife, Jan (Wiersma); and children, Leah Dirkse, and Joe & Jibbie Dirkse. Brothers and sisters, Rich & Carol Dirkse, Lois Morera, Roger Dirkse, Phil & Jan Plasman, and Pennie Tomlinson; and many cousins; nieces; and nephews.
Art was a graduate of Holland High and received his Bachelors of Finance from Michigan State University. He was a Vietnam veteran and a pilot for Delta Airlines for 32 years. He enjoyed golf, motorcycles, political and philosophical discussions, completing his daily crossword puzzle, and ice cream.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland. Memorial services will be held Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rest Haven of Holland or the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. www.langelandsterenberg.com 
Funeral Home : Langeland Sterenberg Funeral Home
315 E 16th St Holland, MI 49423

.Published in The Holland Sentinel on Aug. 13, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

DL Dispatcher Wm. Ed Kincheloe

USAF veteran, DL Dispatcher Ed Kincheloe
July 7, 1929 ~ August 10, 2016

News has reached us with the passing of Delta Pioneers member retired Delta Air Lines dispatcher William Edward 'Ed' Kincheloe, age 87.  Ed was widowed in 2009 with the passing of his wife LaVerne.  He had most recently resided at
2588 Dancing Waters Drive, Jonesboro  GA 30236-4052. 
Graveside services for Ed will be held Saturday, August 20th in Georgia....please see obituary and information below.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.........................William Edward Kincheloe
William Edward Kincheloe was born July 7, 1929 in Church Hill, TN. He passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2016, after residing in Jonesboro, GA since 1977. He was a graduate of Church Hill High School and Carson Newman College, veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force, employed by Delta Airlines for 36 years, and a member of First Baptist Church of Forest Park. Edward enjoyed re-connecting with family, former classmates and co-workers. He enjoyed collecting and writing about Kincheloe family genealogy, local history, events and trivia. Edward was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne Vogt Kincheloe (2009) and son, William Kevin Kincheloe (2016), and brother, Ernest Kincheloe (2013). Survivors are brothers, Samuel (Carol) Kincheloe of Maryville, TN and Gerald (Janie) Kincheloe of Gray, TN. Other survivors include nieces, Terri (Ron) Ricketts of Cleveland, TN, Greta Shelton of Church Hill, TN, Jan (Jim) Voris-Atlanta, Kelly Kincheloe of Knoxville, TN and nephews, Wes (Shanna) Kincheloe of Johnson City, TN, John (Karen) Trotter of Maryville, TN and several great nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 20, 2016 at the Morrow Cemetery near the First Baptist Church of Morrow. A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory, Decatur, GA.
Morrow City Cemetery
1590 Adamson Parkway
Morrow, GA USA 30260
    Saturday, August 20, 2016 at  11:00 AM    
From: "Rocky" <rocky@dlfcret.org>Sent: Friday, August 12, 2016 8:06 PM
To: "Carol Faulkner"
carol.n.frank@cox.net    Subject: DL Flight Control Retiree Ed Kincheloe

Friday, August 12, 2016

RW/NWA LCDR USNR Capt. Morris O. Allred

LCDR USNR, RW/NWA Capt. Morris Otis 'Moose' Allred
January 19, 1934 - August 8, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of retired RW/NWA pilot LCDR USNR, Capt. Morris Otis Allred, age 82.  He is survived by his wife Sandra and had most recently resided in Fremont, California.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://www.bergepappassmith.com/obituary/Morris-Allred/Fremont-CA/1645446 
Services are not yet known. 
Should we receive further information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary .......................Morris Otis Allred "Moose"
Born 1934 in Lincoln, AL to Lorene Merkl and Shelton McCall Allred. A Fremont CA resident for 26 years and previously of Lincoln, AL and Reno, NV. 
He attended Auburn University (52-55) and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with specialty in Entomology
Was a Navy veteran: LCDR USNR M.O. "Moose" Allred (56-67 active duty and reserve 67-76). He continued his love of flying and was a Professional Pilot for Hughes Air West, Northwest Airlines retiring in 1994
Husband of Sandra Mae Van Doren-Allred (2/91) and the late Mary June Sullivan (1/61 - 6/74)
Father of Michael Allred, Steve and wife Millie Allred, Christine and Robert Hansen (stepdaughter and husband), Robert Forbes (stepson)
Grandfather of: Jordan Allred, Joseph Allred, Celena Hansen, Tianna Hansen, Nicole Ray (Josh), Amber Forbes, Justin Forbes, and
Great grandchildren: Shelby Ray and Jackson Ray
At the request of the family please do not send flowers or donations.
If you have a fond memory of Moose please send a written message to Sandy that can be placed in a family album.

From: Ray Dahl   Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:28 PM   Subject: Captain 'Moose' Allred

From Dan Gilbert...
Moose has Flown West.  He broke a leg a while back and his health began a slow decline and he walked on this morning at age 83.
Captain Allred lived in the Bay are, Concord I believe.
More info when available.