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Monday, October 31, 2016

BN/NWA/DL Capt. James E. Davenport Jr.

USAF, BN/NWA/DL Capt. James E. Davenport Jr.
October 1, 1949 ~ April 12, 2016
Belated notice, and as noted in the October 2016 Air Line Pilot's In Memoriam column, the passing of Delta Captain James Edward Davenport, Jr., age 66.  Captain Davenport's obituary indicates he first flew commercially for Braniff, then joined Northwest Airlines 01-10-1986.  (Note:  the obituary reads he passed Tuesday, April 16, but Tuesday fell on April 12th so I believe that to be the correct date...CF)
Captain Davenport's obituary may still be viewed online at
Services for Captain Davenport were held in Argyle, Texas.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
James E. Davenport, Jr., 66, of Argyle, Texas, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, April 16, 2016, at the Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound after his 6-year battle with lung cancer. He was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, to James and Naomi Davenport and lived an adventurous life all over the United States, finally residing the last 26 years in Argyle, Texas, a place he was delighted to call home.
 He is survived by his mother, Naomi Coit Davenport, his loving wife of 39 years and best friend, Judy (Carr) Davenport, and his brother, Robert, and his wife, Cheryl Davenport; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and caring friends.
 He was extremely loving and proud of his daughter, Emily Davenport, of Argyle, son, Adam, and wife, Kristin Davenport, of Spring, Texas, and son, Sam Davenport, of Houston, Texas. And he beamed with joy over his grandchildren, Hayden (6), Parker (3), and Aspen Davenport (4 months). He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend of all.
 He was preceded in death by brothers, David Lyle and Larry Ray Davenport, grandparents, Lyle and Erma Coit, Elmer and Nova Davenport, and father James E. Davenport.
 Jim loved life from day one. He lived the life every boy dreamed of growing up with summers on the farm with his grandparents, playing football in high school, and most of all being a Longhorn fan--"Hook 'em Horns"!! He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to get his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and then completed his master's in business management from the University of Southern California. He was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves for 23 years, and served in Desert Storm. He was proud to be an American and serve his country. He flew as a commercial airline pilot for Braniff and Northwest Airlines, which later became Delta Airlines. He retired to live the "good life" in October 2009. He continued his tradition of golfing with his Air Force buddies every October at Myrtle Beach and looked forward to that annually. Following his retirement he traveled with his wife to Niagara Falls, California to visit family, went on cruises, and attended many wedding festivities of both friends and family. He loved cheering on the Texas Rangers as he hoped for a World Series title and always continued to root for the Texas Longhorns no matter what sport it was. He supported his children in all their activities and achievements and could not wait to brag about them. Most of all his eyes lit up every time he saw his grandchildren and heard them call him "Papap."
 He had the opportunity to deepen his walk with the Lord over the last six years and did that best by being a living example of what God expects of His children. He was not without fault or sin, and would be the first to admit that, but strived to follow the Lord's plan for him and influence other's to give their life to God as well.
 The family would like to invite everyone to come celebrate his life at a memorial being held at Argyle United Methodist Church on April 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
 In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family would appreciate it if donations were given to the cancer organization, Infinity and Beyond. This organization was inspired and created 5 years ago by Jim's fight against cancer, and as a family it will be transformed into a memorial fund to continue helping others in their fight against this disease.
 Donations can be given at the web address: www.JEDmemorial.com . Online condolences may be made to www.mulkeymasondenton.com , or mailed to Infinity and Beyond, 210 Shenandoah Ct., Argyle, Texas 76227.
Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) - Friday, April 15, 2016

NEA/DL Capt. Roger Eugene Scott

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Roger E. Scott
May 21, 1930 ~ October 30, 2016

We have received word that retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Roger Eugene Scott has passed away at the age of 86.   Captain Scott joined Northeast Airlines 06-16-1958 and retired in 1990 with Delta Air Lines as Chief Pilot based CVG.  Captain Scott is survived by his wife Ann.  Services for Captain Scott will be held Monday November 7th with visitation the evening prior at Baker-Gagne Funeral Home of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/12957/id/3994558 
Please see obituary below for more information. 
The funeral home can be reached at (603) 569-1339.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
ROGER SCOTT of West Ossipee NH - Roger Eugene Scott, 86 passed away peacefully October 30.
He was born May 21, 1930 in Van Wert, Ohio to the late Francis and Pearl (Tomlinson) Scott as the sixth of seven children. 
While in high school, he worked at a shoe shine parlor earning money to learn how to fly. Soon after graduating the Van Wert High School, he joined the Air Force and became a radio operator in a B-29 sending morse code messages.  He was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX in 1954. 
He met his wife, Ann Rosenbach, and was married on September 3, 1955. 
His career started with Northeast Airlines in 1958 as a co-pilot and then to be a captain. After Delta Air Lines purchased Northeast Airlines in 1972, he became a check airman.  In 1985, he became the Assistant Chief Pilot in Boston and then to be the Chief Pilot opening up the pilot base in Cincinnati, retiring in June 1990, at age 60.  Soon after he was chosen to be Vice President of Flight Operations for Pan American World Airways but the courts would not allow Pan Am to continue.  He then flew for a charter company in Lawrence, MA for 10 years.  Then in 2002, 2003, 2004 he flew a fire expert over forest fires in Pocatello, ID.  He loved flying his amphibian airplane or a favorite two seat tail dragger, the Swift.  He also liked fishing, hunting and skiing. 
He loved and was loved by his family leaving his wife of 61 years, Ann, his younger brother Stanley, daughters Toni Scott, Tina Scott, Melissa Mckeagney and husband , Dave, a son Gregory and wife Alicia, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
Calling Hours will be 5-7 PM Sunday November 6 at the Baker-Gagne Funeral Home, 85 Mill St., Wolfeboro, NH. 
Services will be 10:30 AM Monday November 7 at the Funeral Home followed by burial at 1:00 PM at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. 
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his memory to the Swift Museum Foundation, Inc., 223 County Road 552, Athens, TN 37303.
Visitation:  Sunday, November 06, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Baker-Gagne Funeral Home - Wolfeboro
P.O. Box 2295 - 85 Mill Street
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894

Funeral Service  :  Monday, November 07, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Baker-Gagne Funeral Home - Wolfeboro
P.O. Box 2295 - 85 Mill Street
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894

-------Original Message-------
From: George
Date: 10/31/2016 2:36:13 PM
Subject: Roger Scott
The calling hours for Roger will be 5-7 PM on Sunday, November 6th at the Baker-Gagne Funeral Home, Mill St, Wolfeboro, NH. Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, 10:30.AM followed by burial at 1:00 PM at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.
Thanks so much for getting this out.


----------- From: "George" <oeg1011@comcast.net>Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:52 AM   Subject: Roger Scott
> Got a call from Ann  Scott a few minutes ago.
> Roger died last night Oct 29, 2016, I make his age about 86 years.
> When Ann sends updated information I will let ever one know.
> We have lost a great friend and colleague.
> George

NWA Capt. Barry D. Broxson

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. Barry D. Broxson
February 24, 1939 ~ August 31, 2016
News has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Barry David Broxson, age 77.  Captain Broxson joined Northwest Airlines 11-06-1967 and retired in 1999.  He was widowed in December 2015 with the passing of his wife Judith 'Judy'.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Service arrangements are not known. 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary.................Barry David Broxson
Barry D. Broxson, 77, passed away August 31, 2016 in Auburn, WA. He was born in Seattle February 24, 1939 to parents Howard and Lois Broxson, long time residents of Maple Valley.  He attended Tahoma High School, graduating in 1957 and in 1961 graduated from CWC in Ellensburg.  On August 19, 1961 he married the love of his life Judith Nyseth of Kent, WA.

Barry joined the Air Force and with his wife, moved to Lubbock, Texas to take his flight training. Barry was then off to Beale Air Force Base in California where he flew KC-135’s as a Captain participating in the SR-71 program at the Strategic Air Command.  During his time in the Air Force, Barry and Judy had two beautiful children, Jeff and Lisa.  After five years with the Air Force he began flying for North West Airlines rising to the rank of Captain and flying 747-400’s.

After 33 years with NWA, Barry retired in 1999.  Barry enjoyed restoring old cars, remodeling the house, working in the yard and was an active member of the Sons of Norway in Auburn.  Judy passed away on December 6, 2015 after 54 years of marriage. Barry is survived by his son Jeff and wife Renee, of Mill Creek and his daughter Lisa and husband David Dal Molin, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was a very caring and gracious man.  He is dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Obituary..........................Judith Oliene Broxson
Longtime Kent resident Judith Oliene Broxson, 73, passed away December 6, 2015. She was born February 23, 1942. Raised in Kent, she graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 1960 and attended Central Washington College for one year. Judith and Barry were married for 54 years. Judy is survived by her husband Barry Broxson; son Jeff (Renee) Broxson; daughter Lisa (David) Dal Molin; and Brother John Nyseth. A memorial service followed by reception will be held December 16, 2015 at 1:00pm at Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S., Kent. Please view the entire obituary and sign the guestbook at edline-yahn.com

From: RNPA News    Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 9:35 AM    Subject:  Barry Broxson Has Flown West.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

NWA pilot Barry Broxson passed away on August 31, 2016 in Auburn, Washington. His extended family were longtime residents of nearby Maple Valley were Barry grew up. He served in the USAF and for 33 years with NWA. His lifetime partner and wife preceded him and passed away on December 13, 2015. Barry is survived by his son Jeff and daughter Lisa. He was a very caring and gracious man; and a fine aviator to boot.

Bill Day

NWA Capt. Joseph M. 'Joe' Sutila

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Joe Sutila
December 5, 1938 ~ October 24, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Joseph M. Sutila, age 77.  He is survived by his wife Patricia 'Pat', their children and grandchildren.  Captain Sutila joined Northwest Airlines 11-06-1967 and retired in 1998.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook please visit the funeal home website at http://www.washburn-mcreavy.com/obituaries/Joseph-Sutila/#!/Obituary   Services for Captain Sutila were held today in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. 
Washburn-McReavy Funeral home of Eden Prairie was entrusted with arrangements .....  (952) 975-0400.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary for Joseph M. Sutila......................
Born December 5, 1938 in New Haven, CT to parents Joseph and Mary Sutila. Graduate of Hamden High School 1956, where he played Football, Baseball and Basketball. Graduate of the University of Connecticut in 1961 with a BA in Geology and Geography. Joe was a member of the Varsity Squash Team. He was a member of the Air Force ROTC and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. After graduation he attended Air Force Pilot Training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. Upon completion he was selected to fly the F-102A and completed training at Perrin AFB in Sherman, TX. He then was assigned to Truax Field in Madison, WI from 1963-65. His next assignment was at Clark AFB in the Philippine Islands with the 405th Fighter Wing deploying regularly to North Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War. He completed his Air Force Service in 1967. During his Air Force career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Joe was hired by Northwest Airlines in the fall of 1967 in Minneapolis, MN. Joe flew for 32 years on the B-707, B-727, and DC-10. He retired a DC-10 Captain at the age of 60. At Northwest he served as an Instructor on the DC-10 in his final years at Northwest. Joe quietly departed this life on Monday, October 24, 2016 at home surrounded by family. Married to Pat Sutila. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Mary Sutila. Survived by sister, Emily Coppola; two children, Donna (Mike) Nord and Craig (Sharon) Sutila; four grandchildren, Tyler, Mitch, Alex and Tesla and two great-grandchildren, Jace and Harlyn Nord. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Monday, October 31st at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 4-7 PM Sunday, October 30th at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel and also one hour prior to service at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)

From: RNPA News  Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:39 AM   Subject:  Joe Sutila Has Flown West.

T. J. Mannion writes............

Sadly, retired DC-10 Captain Joe Sutila passed away 10/24/16.  Visitation will be held 10/30/16, from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Washburn McReavy funeral home, 7625 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie, MN.  Visitation will also be held 10/31/16 from 0930 to 1030 followed by 1030 funeral mass at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN.  A light lunch will be served following the church service.  The funeral procession will depart the church at 1345 for internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  

NWA Capt. A. Lyle Thrall

NWA Capt. Arthur Lyle Thrall
March 20, 1923 ~ October 16, 2016
Word with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot and author Capt. Lyle Thrall has reached us.  He was 93 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Thrall joined Northwest Airlines 09-11-1950.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy 'Dottie', their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.   To view the online obituary and sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.havenrest.com/notices/Arthur-Thrall 
Should we receive more information as to services, we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  

From: RNPA News   Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:32 PM   Subject:  Lyle Thrall Has Flown West.

Obituary for Arthur Lyle Thrall

Lyle Thrall (1923-2016) passed away October 16, age 93, after suffering several strokes, starting in 2008.  He had been in nursing care for almost 4 years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Stone Thrall. (Dottie) And three daughters, Margaret (Peggy) Claar, Polly Thrall, and Barbara Thrall, her husband, Russ Pfeiffer.  There are grandchildren Josh and Jacquie Claar,  Sanna and Matt Dyhre, Danae and John Thiel, Neil and Hannah Woods.  Great Grandchildren Adera and Waylon Thiel, Charlee and Ruby Dyhre, Rex and Harrison Claar. Also nephews and nieces, and cousins.
Lyle grew up in Tacoma, WA and Gig Harbor, WA and graduated from Gig Harbor Union High School with honors.  He went to work at the Bremerton Navy Yard as a machinist to earn money for college.  When the war started, he was required to stay at the job there until in 1943, he was released and joined the Army Air Force cadet program.  He had almost reached graduation when the war ended and he was honorably discharged.  He went on to St Louis University, Parks College, and graduated in 1950 with degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  He had accrued many flying hours while in school.  The Air Force called him back during the Korean War and he served in Japan during that service.  After the war, he applied with Northwest Airlines and took a job in the hangar while he waited for an opening.  Finally, in 1953 he began pilot training.  During his years with NWA, he flew almost every aircraft from DC-3 to 747.  He loved his years flying, and the people he worked with. 
In 1958 in Crew Schedules he met his future wife, Dottie Stone, and they were married February 14, 1959.  They had 57 years together, raising their family, traveling with dear friends Gene and Barbara Brockett, boating with them and yacht club friends.  After boating years, a motorhome was bought and they traveled the US, Canada and Mexico.
There will be no service now but at a later time, his ashes will be in the Puget Sound that he grew up loving and boating on.

NWA Capt. Paul 'Alex' Geiger

NWA Capt. Paul Alexander Geiger
June 28, 1939 ~ October 14, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Paul 'Alex' Geiger, age 77.  Captain Geiger joined Northwest Airlines 11-04-1968.  He is survived by his wife Mary Ann 'Bunny', their children and grandchildren, and many other family members and friends.  Services for Captain Geiger were held October 24th in Crosslake, Minnesota.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.klinefuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3947772&fh_id=13117 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN

From: RNPA News   Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:59 AM   Subject:  Paul Geiger Has Flown West.

Obituary for Paul Alexander Geiger

“Alex” Geiger (1939-2016) passed away on October 14, 2016, after a long battle with complications from Diabetes. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Bunny) Geiger, his daughter Becky Geiger (son-in-law Joseʹ, grandsons Alex & Dominique), son David Geiger (daughter-in-law Kori, grandson Martin), son Paul Geiger (daughter-in-law Mercedes, grandsons Michael and Sam), sisters JoAnn Ewoldt (James) and Leah Heinemann (Mark), brother-in-law Dave Thomson (Lynn), and beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a brother-of-the-heart, George Bond, and many other precious friends.
Alex grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended the University of Missouri where he participated in wrestling and football. He joined the Marine Corps where he was a fighter pilot in Viet Nam and retired from the Corps as a captain. His skills as a military pilot earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross and 23 Air Medals. He then became a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines where he worked for 39 years, retiring as a 747 captain. He loved his work and looked forward to each and every trip.
Shortly before his retirement, he and Bunny moved permanently to their cabin in the Crosslake area where there were no more sad Sundays when they had to return to the cities.
Alex was beloved by all because he only saw the good in people. He was a great big “teddy bear,” and will be sorely missed.
His service will be at the Crosslake Lutheran Church (35960 Co. Rd. 66; Crosslake MN) on Monday, October 24th at 1:00 P.M. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Norwood Cemetery, Pine River, MN, followed by a meal at the fellowship hall at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg MN.

Death of DL Capt Robert "Pete" Hayden, 68

~~In Memory~~
 DL Capt Robert "Pete" Hayden, 68
1948 - 2016

I wish to thank John and others for sharing the sad news of Pete's final flight west.  Note: Services are tomorrow Oct 20th, 2016 at 5:30 PM (see below for more information).

Date: 10/18/2016 5:06:53 PM
Cc: death
Subject: Passing of Robert "Pete" Hayden, Retired Pilot BOS DELTA

 Robert "Pete" Hayden, 68
 FALMOUTH - Robert “Pete” Hayden, 68, of Falmouth, MA passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Pete was an incredible father, partner, friend, co-worker and helper to so many. We are devastated by the unexpected loss of such a warm and giving man, but comforted by the thousands of stories of love, adventure, support and laughter experienced with Pete over the years. He died doing what he loved best in the place he loved most.
Pete was born in Brockton, MA to Dorothy “Dolly” Hayden, Executive Director of Housekeeping at Falmouth Hospital from 1963-1983, and Russell P. Hayden, a World War II veteran who moved the family down to Falmouth. Pete cherished growing up in Falmouth – building hydroplane boats, fishing, clamming, waterskiing, making life-long friends, riding his first motorcycle, and taking apart and putting back together every mechanical thing he could find! Otis Air Force Base inspired his early love of flying, and he took his first flying lessons during his senior year of high school at the Falmouth Airport. He graduated from Lawrence High School, class of 1966.
His love of exploration, engineering and airplanes – along with encouragement from his mom to never give up his dreams – led him to Northrop University in Inglewood, CA where he graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and his FAA A&P mechanics license. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-1979 as a C-130 pilot during the Vietnam War, and was also based out of Taiwan, Texas, North Carolina and the UK. Pete then moved to Arlington, Texas and joined Delta Airlines as a pilot from 1979 to his retirement in 2005. But, if you know Pete, he wasn’t done flying! After “retirement,” he also piloted for Clipper Connection (Pan Am) from 2010-2014, Roush-Fenway Racing (NASCAR) and Nygard International.
In 2001, Pete came back to Falmouth for his 35th reunion and fell in love again with his hometown. He moved from Texas back to Falmouth and dove back into reuniting with old friends, studying local history, researching genealogy, clamming and quahogging, boating, rebuilding cars, riding his Harley Davison and beloved British Triumph with friends, and more! At his 45 th high school reunion, Pete reconnected with a former classmate, Rosalind Garcia Edwards, and they fell in love. Pete said he had finally found his soulmate – the last five years with “Roz” were some of the best and most comforting of his life. And, as everyone knows, Pete also just loved taking care of people – he had a deep servant’s heart and would give the shirt off his back to help friends and strangers with anything they needed. Thousands of people from all over the world have encountered “Pete the Pilot’s” sacrificial generosity, spontaneous support, helpful knowledge, love of history, story-telling, jokes, sweet smile, kind eyes, and strong and capable hands.
Pete was especially proud of his family. In addition to his partner, Rosalind Garcia Edwards, Pete is survived by his eldest daughter, Christa Hayden Sharpe of Washington D.C. and her husband, Ben, and their soon-to- arrive son; his only son, Stephen P. Hayden of San Jose, CA and his wife, Kathleen; his youngest daughter, Allison C. Hayden of Arlington, TX and her two children Cade and Kyle; and his brother, Richard P. Hayden of Bradenton, FL. Pete is also survived by Rosalind’s children and grandchildren, as well as three step-children from a previous marriage, Lori M. Kaumeyer of Murfreesboro, TN; Shelley A. Amason of Franklin; and John R. Rabozzi of Arlington, TX; as well as their spouses and children. Pete loved visiting his family all over the U.S. and the world, playing with his grandkids, giving advice, talking about history, helping fix houses and rebuild cars, and hearing about all their adventures. His children and grandchildren will deeply miss him, but our dad and grandpa will be close to us as we carry on his legacy of generosity, adventure, story-telling, learning and more.

On Thursday, October 20, Pete’s family and friends will gather in Falmouth, MA to celebrate his life and friendship. Please join us at 5:30pm at Menauhant Beach (on the pond side of the parking lot), Pete’s favorite quahogging site, for a reflective ceremony (although not too serious, as Pete requested!). We will then gather at 7:00pm for a reception to share stories, laughter, comfort and dinner at the School House Green Common Room, 100 Teaticket Hwy, Bldg 2. Please bring your favorite story, memory or photo of Pete to share with others. For details call his daughter, Christa (202.702.4504) with any questions.
For online guestbook, obituary and directions, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com


Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

Falmouth Man Dies In Accident

Robert P. Hayden, 68, of East Falmouth died as a result of a motorcycle crash on Gifford Street Tuesday afternoon, October 11.
The accident occurred in the 500 block of Gifford Street and involved a dump truck.
According to his personal Facebook page, Mr. Hayden was a graduate of Lawrence High School and was an airline captain for Delta Airways. Friends and family members have been posting memories and tributes to Mr. Hayden’s page in the days since his death.
A portion of Gifford Street between the intersection of Brick Kiln Road and the Falmouth Service Center was closed until about 8 PM Tuesday, Falmouth Police Lieutenant Douglas M. DeCosta said.

The accident is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section. Requests for a report outlining what caused the accident were not returned.

DL Capt. Herbert C. Kuhn

WWII veteran, DL Capt. Herbert Creagh Kuhn
August 23, 1921 ~ October 23, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Herbert C. Kuhn, age 95.  Captain Kuhn joined Delta Air Lines 05-24-1946 and retired with Delta in 1981.  Widowed with the passing of his wife Virginia, Captain Kuhn is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary for Herbert Creagh Kuhn (1921 - 2016) ...................................
Herbert C. Kuhn, age 95, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the home of his daughter in Quitman, AR.
He was born August 23, 1921 in Dallas, TX to Erin Kathleen Creagh and Walter E Kuhn.
It was during college that he realized his lifelong dream when he transferred from Rice University to the University of Houston to attend a newly inaugurated FAA course teaching students to fly. With the outbreak of WWII, he served as a flight instructor at Texas A&M, then joined the Ferry Command and subsequently the Army Air Corps serving in the South Pacific in the Air Corps' Ferry Command.
After WWII he joined Delta Airlines, basing in Atlanta, Houston, and Ft Worth. He retired in 1981 as a flight Captain after 35 years of distinguished service with his career spanning the evolution of commercial flight from the early twin engine craft to several generations of jet aircraft. His love of flying drew him into the hobby of soaring (gliders) which he enjoyed for several years.
Herbert was the beloved husband of the late Virginia Alice Overton, being blessed with 60 years together. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Kuhn Martin (Larry) and Paula Kuhn Earl (Jim); son, Donald Walter Jason Kuhn (Tomlyn); three granddaughters; two grandsons; five great-granddaughters; three great-grandsons and many additional close friends and companions.
.Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 30, 2016

Spouse:  Virginia Alice Overton Kuhn  
Date of Birth: Friday  January  27, 1922
Date of Death: Tuesday  January  31, 2012
Age at Death: 90 years, 4 days

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Death of DL Capt Roy Wallis Tucker, age 73

~~ In Memory ~~
Capt Roy Wallis Tucker
1/9/1943 - 10/24/2016

I wish to thank the member for sharing the sad news about the passing of Capt Tucker.  Please see below for family condolences and wishes about donations.  

Retired Delta/PanAm Capt.
One Line Textbox 2Roy W. Tucker
One Line Textbox 3Jan 9 1943
One Line Textbox 4Oct. 24 2016
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One Line Textbox 6Brain Cancer
One Line Textbox 7Carol 235 Pond Trace, Fayetteville, GA 30215 tucker235@outlook.com
One Line Textbox 8Came from Pan Am
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One Line Textbox 10Retired
One Line Textbox 11AJC on 27 Oct 2016 also www.mowellfuneralhome.com


Roy Wallis Tucker, age 73 of Fayetteville, GA, passed away October 24, 2016 after a valiant two-year battle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer.  Born in 1943 in Great Falls, Montana, Roy was the oldest son of the late Brig. Gen. Robert W. Tucker and Emily H. Tucker.
 He was hired by Pan American Airways in 1965 and joined the Delta family in November 1991, when Pan Am was acquired by Delta.  At Delta, he acted as Program Manager for the A-310 and MD-11 programs.  In 1996, he was part of the crew who flew the Olympic Flame from Athens, Greece to Atlanta for the Olympic Games.  He retired from Delta in 2003 after a combined PanAm/Delta career of 38 years of service.  

He was known for his ability to work with his hands and was wonderful at home repairs and renovations.  

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nina Carol Tucker; daughter, Tracy Tucker Andrews; son, Robert W. Tucker; brother, Stephen R. (Jennifer) Tucker; nephew, William V. Tucker and numerous cousins.  After direct cremation, a private family celebration of life will be held in New England at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2525 Hwy 34E, Newnan, GA 30265   

Expressions of care may be sent to family email at: tucker235@outlook.com


Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

Monday, October 24, 2016

Death of retired DL Captain Loyd Nelson Freeman, 81

~~In Memory~~
DL Captain Loyd Nelson Freeman, 81
7/11/1934 - 5/19/2016

Belated news shared by David about the late Capt Freeman.  Please see below where condolences may be sent.  Should a full obituary become available we will publish an update.

Date: 10/23/2016 3:07:36 PM
Subject: Death of retired DL Captain Loyd Nelson Freeman

Cares and Concerns

Word has been received of the passing of retired ATL Delta Captain Loyd Nelson Freeman, 81.  Captain Freeman was born 7/11/1934, hired by Delta 12/3/1956 and died 5/19/2016.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his family at P.O. Box 231, Milner, GA 30257-0231.

In Memory of

Loyd Nelson FREEMAN

July 11, 1934 - May 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, Griffin, GA. 
Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WA Captain Antonio D. 'Tony' Gomez, 103

Update with obituary...........

In Memory Of Antonio Diaz Gomez .............. 1913 - 2016  
...............Tony's obituary came out yesterday in Ketchum's weekly paper.  
It was written by his daughter Madge.

                       Thank you,

                               ~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary..............In Memory Of Antonio Diaz Gomez .............. 1913 - 2016
Antonio D. (Tony) Gomez passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Oct. 15 at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
    Tony was born near Malaga, Spain, in 1913 and came to the U.S. in 1920, eventually settling with his parents and siblings in Mill Valley, Calif. After a few years working as a news photographer, he found his vocation as a commercial pilot. He started flying in Alaska as a bush pilot, and then joined Pacific Northern Airlines (PNA) in 1945. He continued flying for PNA as it merged first with Western and then Delta Airlines, retiring in 1973.
    Following his commercial flying career, he continued his love of flying into his 95th year, first as a glider pilot, then paragliding. In his next business endeavor after commercial flight, he returned to California with his wife Elizabeth and purchased a vineyard in the Napa Valley, which he successfully operated until selling it in 1986. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying climbing, skiing, fishing and sailing. He traveled extensively, visiting all of the continents many times, except Antarctica.
    He will be remembered by friends and family for his love of sharing a good meal and a bottle (or two) of wine. He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years Elizabeth Weeks, and their son John A. Gomez. He is survived by two children, Margaret G. Ginn (widow of Frank H. Ginn) and Thomas C. Gomez (wife Merrilee Gomez); six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren: Peter V. Ginn, Thomas A. (Tony) Ginn, (wife Mary Bush Port: ch., Georgia and John (Huck); and Sarah Ginn Harris (husband Greg Harris: ch. William and Hadley) Kevin Haworth (wife Alicia Haworth) Emmanuel R. Gomez (wife Katherine Gomez: ch. Felix and River), and Elizabeth N. D. (Nuria) Gomez.
    Cremation was under the care of Wood River Chapel. Friends and family are invited to visit www.woodriverchapel.com to leave a condolence and share memories.

~~In Memory~
WA Captain Antonio D. 'Tony' Gomez, 103
March 10, 1913 / October 15, 2016

I wish to thank David for sending on this sad news about Captain Gomez who made his final flight west as the oldest living pilot who worked for Western now under the Delta umbrella.  When more news or an obituary becomes available I will update this page and share it. 

Date: 10/18/2016 11:51:00 AM
Cares and Concerns:

Thank you to retired DL Captain Don Weast for sending the sad news of the death of Delta's Oldest Living Retired Pilot, retired Captain Antonio D. 'Tony' Gomez, 103, on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Captain Tony was born March 10, 1913 in Malaga, Spain and was originally hired August 19, 1945 by Woodley Airways.  Later in 1945 Woodley Airways became Pacific Northern Airlines which merged with Western Airlines in 1967.  The photos below are from Don Weast's collection and the last address I had for Captain Tony was in Ketchum, Idaho earlier this year.  I'll send more information as it becomes available.


Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Capt William "Bill" Leahy

~~ In Memory ~~
Captain William "Bill" Leahy
7-8-1935 / 9-13-2016

Earlier death posted for our group, memorials services previously held.

I wish to thank Susan, daughter of the late Capt Bill Leahy, for sending in this honoring tribute of her dad who has made his final Flight West.   Please send any family condolences to Susan at s.leahy@sbcglobal.net and she will forward.  Mark

                             Photo while he is docent at Hiller Aviation Museum in California.

I was going through my father's emails after he passed and found that he was a member of your group. It seemed that it would be fitting for me to forward his memorial to you to post.  He loved everything to do with aviation, and maybe someone who knew him will see it.

Thank you for your consideration,
Susan Leahy - daughter

Born on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, William John Leahy was the fifth child of James Thomas Leahy and Catherine Rose Reisert.

All of the siblings attended St. Michaels Grammar School which they considered home away from home. Bill became an Alter Boy, a great honor that required him to learn Latin prayers, songs and, supposedly, he was to set a good example for the congregation.  Instead, he was quite a prankster - adding "stink bombs" to the incense in the thurible, changing wine into water, etc. He had many devilish stories about his Alter Boy days.  His sister Kitch has tried to assure the family that his ability to tell "tall tails" was also developing at this time of his life.

During his tenure at Holy Trinity High School he met Tony Akelis. They were great friends who enjoyed working on cars together.  In addition to body repair work, painting and electrical wiring, Bill liked to "modify" things.  He used a tree limb in front of his house to create a pulley system that allowed him to pull a powerful engine out of one car, then install it into his smaller car. He told stories about drag racing for pink slips. No wonder he enjoyed the movie Grease!

Bill joined the Navy towards the end of the Korean War.  When he signed his commitment papers he thought he would be attending pilot training.  As it turned out, that program was canceled and he spent his time in the maintenance department.  He became quite adept at fixing Link Training Flight Simulators. Working several odd side jobs, he paid for flight training himself.  In addition to building flight hours fish spotting, he enhanced his flying accuracy by dropping small packages of baking flower (flower bombs) on the local nudist colony.

Once Honorably Discharged from the Navy in 1960, Bill followed a friends advice and became a Ground School Instructor at United Airlines.  He moved to Denver Colorado with the desire to transfer to the flight line as a pilot as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, his eyesight didn't meet their minimum requirements at that time.  When he became frustrated with his situation, United appeased him with a new aircraft Type Rating. He enjoyed that because the training was done in the actual aircraft, not in the simulator as is done currently.

One afternoon in July 1963 at a pool party on Adams Street, he met his wife of 52 years, Jean Bell from McPherson Kansas.  She too had moved to Denver for a career opportunity as an Emergency Room Nurse.  They were married at Grace Bible Church in Aurora, Colorado April 2, 1964. Travel became part of their lifestyle! This was the era of glamorous air travel and they embraced the opportunity.

Another fateful day was in May 1966.  The Western Airlines DC10 simulator broke down.  Desperate to repair it, they reached out across the street to United Airlines. Bill quickly volunteered to help, but on the condition that if he fixed it successfully, he could attend pilot training at Western. The agreement was made, the simulator fixed, and Bill was in class as a Flight Engineer on the DC6!

Working for Western Airlines was a perfect fit! "Wild Bill" Leahy wore his cowboy boots and big belt buckles to work,  bolo ties and western shirts at home.  He had an amazing career, flying the DC6, Lockheed Electra, Boeing 707, 737 and 727. Two children were born in Colorado: daughter, Susan Jean and son, William John Junior.  When the chance to upgrade to Captain on the 737 became available in San Francisco CA in 1976, the family moved to Redwood City, where their third child Michael Thomas was born. Delta Airlines purchased Western Airlines in 1987 allowing him to retire off of the next generation aircraft Boeing 757/767.

Helping children build self confidence and drive to experience what the world has to offer was important to Bill. He visited Roy Cloud Elementary School at least once a year in his pilot uniform, sharing his passion for aviation. He was continuously enthralled by computers and brought that knowledge to several local schools.  He was an active member of the Redwood City Elks Club where his children received tennis and golf lessons as well as being participants of the swim team. He worked with the Boy Scouts frequently and took the kids to the beach to shoot model rockets. If there was an opportunity to work with children he always made time for it.

Peninsula Covenant Church became an important location for fellowship and Sunday services.  Bill enjoyed being involved in several programs, Mission Aviation Fellowship was a natural attraction for him.  The loss of eldest son Bill Jr. during an aircraft delivery was difficult.  The support from church staff and parishioners was amazing.  

Health issues began to appear in 1992 and caused Bill's early retirement in 1995. Never daunted, he became a volunteer at FILOLI and at the Hiller Aviation Museum.  He was a highly requested docent and worked as a mentor in the cockpit setting of the Boing 737 & 747. Several of his wards have kept in touch with him as they continue their own careers in aviation.

Stanford Hospital became increasingly prevalent in Bill's life. Each time he recovered from a serious illness, another would appear. After twenty four years of watching his health decline, it was a shock when his wife Jean was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, then passed away one month later.  He was a survivor.  No matter what happened, he always had a positive attitude. Even with stage four cancer through out his body he expected the doctors to "fix him".

Bill was preceded into heaven by his son William Jr. and wife Jean Leahy.  He is survived by his brother James Leahy,  sister Catherine Walsh, brother Harold Leahy, brother Alan Leahy, daughter Susan Leahy, son Michael Leahy, and grandchildren Rebecca, Hannah, and William John III.

Dad, I'm wishing you smooth skies and tail winds on your final flight west.

Monday, October 10, 2016

WA/DL Capt. Earl E. Evans Jr.

Obituary for Mr. Earl E. Evans Jr.

Earl E. Evans Jr., born September 5, 1946 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was the eldest of three boys born to Earl and Mildred Evans.

Earl, who was affectionately known as “Buddy,” graduated in 1963 from Townsend Park High School in Pine Bluff. In 1967, he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nebraska. He joined the Navy in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1972. He moved to the Bay Area in 1972 and began working for Western Airlines as a First-Pilot. Over time, Earl became a Captain Pilot and retired from Delta Airlines in 2004.

In 1990, Earl married his wife, Beatrice Evans in which they enjoyed a beautiful life together. He was a fun loving and giving person whose laugh and smile was so infectious that he made everyone else around him laugh. He lived life and always made sure his family did as well through travelling, boating, and any adventure he could think of. Earl shared his passion for the Lord as leader for the Bible Study Fellowship Group in Danville and Discussion Leader for the Community Bible Study Group in Oakland. Earl also had a passion for golf, and enjoyed beating his buddies (and sometimes his wife) on the course.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mildred Evans, and brother Harvey Evans. He is survived by his wife Beatrice Evans, son Earl Evans III, daughters Nichelle Evans, Lauren Evans, Stephanie Bradley (Tom), Roslyn Thomas (Dwayne), grandchildren Cameron Markham, Mackenzie Bradley, Keegan Bradley, Meghan Bradley, Makayla Thomas and Dwayne Thomas Jr., brother Homer Evans, Aunts Jacqueline Smith and Julie Grant, Uncle Dr. Homer Myles, Nephews Jonathan and Homer Evans Jr., Niece Jacqueline Evans, Great Niece Lauren, Great Nephews Caleb and Noah and a host of cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to go to :
American Heart Association
426 17th St. #300 Oakland, CA 94612
Community Bible Study
790 Stout Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Military veteran, WA/DL Capt. Earl Everett Evans Jr.
September 5, 1946 ~ October 5, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain Earl Everett Evans Jr., age 70.  Captain Evans joined Western Airlines 11-28-1972 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  We understand that Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home of Oakland CA has been entrusted with arrangements...Telephone: (510) 654-8558  Email: info@fouchesfuneralhome.com  To date I have not seen an online obituary. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at 4363 Turner Ave., Oakland, CA. 94605.
If more information is received we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
From: Dick Deeds Sent: Friday, October 07, 2016 10:01 AM  Subject:  Services for Retired WAL/DAL Capt. Earl E. Evans 
On Oct 6, 2016, at 20:44, Bill Rand <billrand1@hotmail.com> wrote:Received the following from Earl's family:
OPEN VIEWING: Thursday, October 13th  11am-4pm
Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home, 3665 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
MEMORIAL SERVICES: Friday, October 14th  11:30am - 1pm
Mingleton Temple, Church of God in Christ, 1222 Market St., Oakland, CA. 94607  ... (510) 444-9128
Please send Cards or letters to: Mrs. Beatrice Evans, 4363 Turner Ave., Oakland, CA. 94605
PLEASE NO FLOWERS  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in honor of Earl Evans Jr. to: American Heart Association, 426 17th St. #300, Oakland, CA 94612  Or Community Bible Study, 790 Stout Rd., Colorado Springs, CO. 80921
Bill Rand
From: "Dick Deeds" <dickdeeds@pacbell.net>   Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 1:12 PM   Subject: Passing of Captain WAL/DAL Earl Evans

> Thanks to Bill Rand for this sad info.

> Retired Captain Earl E. Evans passed away today while still in hospital recovering from open heart surgery. The surgery was performed almost six weeks ago, but he suffered numerous complications during the recovery.
> I will let you know whenever I find out any arrangements
> Thanks,
> Bill Rand