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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DL Capt. William Berrien Houseman

Update:  Photo gallery available with online obituary and guestbook at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Houseman&lc=7133&pid=183238886&mid=7227327  
Thank you/~ Carol

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. William Berrien Houseman
January 1, 1937 - December 27, 2016

Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain William ‘Bill’ Houseman, age 79 and nearing his 80th birthday.  Captain Houseman joined Delta Air Lines 10-03-1966 and retired in 1997 based 030/ATL, Ld. Line Ck. Airman.  He is survived by his wife Marguerite.  Services for Captain Houseman will be held Friday, December 30th with visitation the evening prior...please see information below.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Houseman&lc=7133&pid=183238886&mid=7227327  Arrangements entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home  www.edomillerandsons.com  Personal condolences may be sent to the Houseman family at
107 Saint Andrews , Saint Simons Island GA 31522-2431   ....   (912) 634-2189...  (770) 953-1627.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
Obituary.........................................
William Berrien Houseman, 79, of St. Simons Island, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at his residence.
The graveside funeral service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 30, at Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, with the Reverend Buzz Yarborough officiating. Burial will follow the service.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Joseph W. Taylor, C. Eric Tiller, Kevin Shaffer, S. Winn Baker, Barney D. Riley Jr., Joseph G. Riley and Judge Coy H. Temples. Honorary pallbearers will be William B. Harvill, Edward Cheshire, Clyde A. Taylor III, James S. Bomar and Richard L. Lammerding.

Captain Houseman was born January 1, 1937, and was a descendent of some of the earliest European settlers of coastal Georgia. He was a native of Brunswick, Georgia, where he attended schools and graduated from Glynn Academy in Brunswick and The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and was a jet fighter pilot and veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 30 years, including 18 years as Captain. During this period, he served for a time as Line Check Airman, Assistant Chief Pilot in Atlanta, Manager of Flight Standards (B727), and ran New Hire Orientation for ALPA, the pilots' union. Upon retirement, he returned home to reside on St. Simons Island, where he served in a number of local organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol and Glynn County Airport Commission.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marguerite Riley Houseman; his children, Frank B. Houseman of St. Simons Island, Joseph B. Houseman and wife, Merideth Sealock Houseman, of Sandy Springs, Ga., and L. Ashley Houseman Shaffer and husband, Kevin Allen Shaffer, of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Ernest O. Houseman of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Riley Jane and Huntington Berrien Houseman, of Sandy Springs; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.

Arrangements are entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.
www.edomillerandsons.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Julian Black   Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 8:33 PM   Subject: FW: Bill Houseman
................ message that William B. Houseman has passed away.  Latest address I have for him was St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Julian Black


-----Original Message-----
From: Winn [mailto:winn@darientel.net]   Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 9:25 PM     Subject: Bill Houseman
Julian,

Bill Houseman died tonight 12/27/16.
Winn Baker

NWA Capt. Lee M. Lippert

~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA Capt. Lee M. Lippert
February 13, 1941 ~ December 18, 2016
 
Word has reached us with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Lee Monteith Lippert, age 75.  Captain Lippert joined Northwest Airlines 04-07-1969 and retired with Northwest in 2001.  He is survived by his wife Sara, their children and grandchildren.  Sara has shared Captain Lippert’s obituary below.... as was Captain Lippert’s wishes, no services are planned.  The family plans a celebration of life event March 18th as is noted below.   To the best of my knowledge personal condolences may be sent to the Lippert family at
1919 Maiden Lane , Wenatchee WA 98801-1031 ..... (509) 662-6589.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary...................................
Lee M. Lippert died December 18, 2016, of complications of COPD and pneumonia. He was typically a man of few
words, but great determination. Born in Toppenish, WA, on February 13, 1941, to Carl and Florence Lippert. The family moved
to Yakima, WA, before Lee’s 10th grade year. He was a member of the first graduating class of Eisenhower High School
in 1958. His early love of flying saw him building model airplanes in his youth and led to a full Navy ROTC scholarship at
the University of Washington. He graduated as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1963.
Lee married the girl across the street, Sara Stevenson, and they headed to Pensacola, FL, and Navy flight training. After six years
of service, Lee made the choice to leave the Navy and pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. He flew with
Northwest Airlines for 32 years, retiring in 2001 at the age of 60, having learned to fly a T-28 and ending his career as the
captain of the 747.
Lee and Sara traveled the world together claiming Wenatchee as their final home in 1998. A true renaissance man, Lee was
involved in Wenatchee Central Lions, the Broadview Homeowners Board, Art on the Ave, Senior Tax Aide, Red Apple
Flyers, golf, fishing, and making sawdust. Still searching for his first hole-in-one, he would always admonish to keep the blue
side up.
Lee is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara Stevenson Lippert; three children: Andrew (Jennifer), Steven (Katy), and
Jessica Gilmore (James); nine grandchildren: Jordan Hoffman (Jeremy), Katherine, Cameron, Erynn, Holden, Kieran,
Magdalena, Rachel Mahnke (René) and Emily; his brother, Nick; sister, Judy; and far flung friends around the globe.
At his request, no services are planned. A celebration of his life will be held at the Wenatchee Country Club on March 18,
2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A fund has been established to support the education of future students at Wenatchee Valley
College Foundation. Contributions can be made in Lee Lippert’s name.

 

WA/DL Capt. J. Jess Huerta

~ IN MEMORY ~
WA/DL Capt. J. Jess Huerta
December 9, 1927 ~ December 23, 2016

             

We have received word with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Western/Delta pilot Captain J. Jess Huerta, age 89.  Captain Huerta joined Western Airlines 05-02-1955 and retired with Delta Air Lines in December 1987 as Captain flying the DC-10s, based LAX. 
Arrangements are not yet known. 
For those wishing to send condolences to the family, and to the best of my knowledge that address is 
8515 Costa Verde Blvd Unit 1506 , San Diego CA 92122-1146.
When we hear more as to arrangements we will be sure to pass that information along to you.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Deeds [mailto:dickdeeds@pacbell.net] Sent: Friday, December 23, 2016 3:14 PM    Subject:  Final Flight West-Capt. Jess Huerta

It is great sadness that I pass this along.
Dick

To all our friends and loved ones,
Dear Jess passed away at 6:43p.m. today after fighting dementia for the past
5 years.  As you can imagine I'll be busy for the next several days.  Will
contact you in the near future.
                     -Julie

WA/DL Capt. R. Taft Weaver

Update with service information: 
From Jack Welsh   Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 11:24 AM     Subject: Memorial Service on 01/13/2017 for Capt. Taft Weaver
 
The plans and arrangements have been made for Taft's Memorial Service on Friday January 13th, 2017.   As his request was to be cremated, the Memorial Service will be 10:00 AM at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks,   5600 Lindero Canyon Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362, ph 818-208-4164.   Followed by a Brunch at the Westlake Village Inn,  31943 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361, ph 800-535-9978 or 818-889-0230.  The Westlake Village Inn is also a 4 star hotel and will have rooms available at a price break for those with the Weaver Memorial. 

      Jack Welsh

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~ IN MEMORY ~
WAL/DAL Capt. R. Taft Weaver
June 17, 1941 ~ December 26, 2016



News has reached us with the passing of retired WA/DL pilot Captain Richard Taft Weaver, age 75.  Captain Weaver joined Western Airlines  04-21-1969 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2001, based 031/JFK. 
Arrangements are not yet known. 
For those wishing to, personal condolences may be sent to the Weaver family at  
23151 Park Contessa, Calabasas CA 91302-1710  ...  (818) 222-2114
As we learn more we will be sure to pass along the information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
From: Dick Deeds Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 1:03 PM  Subject:  Final flight West for PNA/WAL/DAL Capt. R. Taft Weaver
I spoke with Rebecca Weaver today, my long and close friend, Capt. Taft Weaver, after a serious illness, had his Final Flight West,
Monday evening, December 26, 2016.  No arrangements have been made at this time. 

   Jack Welsh

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DL Capt. Johnny H. Blackmon

Update with obituary, online link, and family address for condolences:  
 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/islandpacket/obituary.aspx?n=johnny-l-blackmon&pid=183230857  

A memorial service will be held at 1100 am Thursday, December 29, 2016, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head, SC, with a reception following.
From: Toni Holman    Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:17 PM  Subject: Johnny Blackmon's Obituary and picture...

Patty Blackmon has asked me to get in touch with everyone and let them know the following for your mailing lists..
Toni Holman
Here is the memorial service information for Johnny Blackmon.  If anyone would like to send Patty a card, here is her address:
Patty Blackmon
64 Leamington Lane
Hilton Head, SC  29928
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From: Patricia Blackmon <tristar711@aol.com>  Date: December 27, 2016 at 09:25:47 EST
Johnny H. Blackmon, 71, died Wednesday, December 21 at his residence in Hilton Head.  He was born December 19, 1945 in Lancaster, SC and was the son of the late Erskine and Clyde Lucille Blackmon.

Johnny was a commercial airline pilot for Delta Air Lines, Inc for 26 years retiring on the B-777.  He was hired on 10-18-1976 and was based 031/ATL at retirement.  A line check airman on both the L-1011 as well as the B-767, he also was a L-1011 simulator instructor in the Delta training center.  Upon retiring in 2003, Johnny was hired by FlightSafety International, Savannah, and instructed on the Gulfstream 450 for 11 years.

After attending Lancaster High School, Johnny graduated from Clemson University, was a member of the Numeral Society and began his lifelong love for the Clemson Tigers.  In February 1969, Johnny entered Undergraduate Pilot Training in the Air Force as part of class 70-05.  In 1970, he went to Instructor Pilot School at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas as a T-37 instructor.  The remainder of his career was spent at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia.  In October 1976, Johnny entered pilot training for Delta Air Lines and spent the majority of his 27-year career in Atlanta.  

Johnny loved flying and being a pilot defined him.  His favorite Delta layover was Rome, Italy but Santa Monica was always special to him because that’s where he met his wife, Patty, when they were both there on a Delta layover.  Johnny and Patty were proud owners of private aircraft from a Cherokee Arrow to a Cessna-310 and used them frequently to visit family, friends or for that $100.00 hamburger at small airports up and down the coast of South Carolina.

He was a southern gentleman, born and bred and chose to have his life and career in the South. Johnny never truly met a stranger and always had a story to fit the occasion.  His open generosity and kind,heartedness endeared him to many.

Survivors include his wife, Patty of 32 years, his sons: John (Michelle) Blackmon of Loganville, Georgia and Matthew (Brooke) Blackmon of Atlanta, Georgia.  His grandchildren include Nora and Davis as well as Emmala, Palmer and Wells. Other family members and friends also survive Johnny.

A memorial service will be held at 1100 am Thursday, December 29, 2016, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head, SC, with a reception following.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hilton Head Humane Association, PO Box 21790, Hilton Head, SC, 29925-1790.  Arrangements are entrusted to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory.

===========================

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Johnny H. Blackmon
December 19, 1945 ~ December 21, 2016
News has just been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Johnny Blackmon, age 71.  Captain Blackmon was home recuperating from knee replacement surgery and had only been home a few days.  Captain Blackmon joined Delta Air Lines 10-18-1976 and was based 031/ATL at the time of his retirement.  He is survived by his wife Patricia ‘Patty’. 
Arrangements are not yet known but for those wishing to send condolences to the family,
that mailing address is   64 Leamington Lane, Hilton Head Island SC 29928-5150.

Updates will follow as we hear more as to services.             Thank you,
                 ~ Carol for the PCN

 -----Original Message----- From: Tom Wright
 Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:10 PM   To:
death@pilotcommunication.net    Subject: Johnny Blackmon

 Johnny Blackmon died this morning at his home on Hilton Head Island. He
had a knee replacement and had only been home a few days.  His email
address still started with "tristar " . Spent time in the training
department. Great guy. Don't know the official way to put out this sad
news . He was my contemporary within a couple of years either way. Good
friend and neighbor.
 Tom Wright
 1/9/78

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NEA/DL Capt. Maurice 'Mike' Cloutier

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Maurice ‘Mike’ Cloutier
August 27, 1941 ~ December 16, 2016
 





Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Northeast/Delta pilot Captain Maurice Bertrand Cloutier, age 75.  Captain Cloutier joined Northeast Airlines 09-03-1968 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2001, based 030/SLC.  He is survived by his wife Nancy.
 
Captain Cloutier’s obituary may be viewed online at http://www.sunjournal.com/news/obituaries/2016/12/20/maurice-cloutier/2048021
To sign the online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website http://www.probstfamilyfunerals.com/obituaries/Maurice-Mike-Cloutier/
To the best of my knowledge, the mailing address for personal condolences would be
P.O. Box 681480 , Park City UT 84068-1480
Services will be held at a later date...please see obituary below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary.......................
Passing of Captain Maurice "Mike" Cloutier NEA/DL Retired BOS SLC
 
PARK CITY, Utah — Maurice (Mike) Cloutier, 75, a retired Delta pilot, died Friday, Dec. 16, at his home in Park City, Utah
 
Maurice Cloutier .....Born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Lewiston, the son of Lucien and Gilberte (Dionne) Cloutier, he married his wife of 56 years, Nancy LaBonte, on Sept. 24, 1960. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 through 1963.
 
Mike had an extensive flying career, starting with Northeast Airlines in 1968. Then he was hired by Delta Airlines and retired as captain of a Boeing 727 in 2001. He also was a member of the Portland Maine QB Hangar.
 
Mike was an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed skiing in Park City, hiking in the Rocky Mountains and snowshoeing and cross country skiing with the Wasatch Mountain Club.
 
Besides his wife, Mike is survived by three sons, Roger and wife, Jody, from Buxton, Mark and his wife, Diane, from Windham, and Steve from Henefer, Utah; two granddaughters, Cassie and Katie.
    
Services and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local ALS Foundation in memory of Maurice (Mike) Cloutier. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

NWA Capt. Stanton M. Smith

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA Capt. Stanton ‘Stan’ M. Smith
October 17, 1938 - December 15, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Stanton McMasters Smith, age 78.  Following his military sevice, Captain Smith joined Northwest Airlines 06-23-1969.  He is survived by his wife Carol.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit   http://www.thurston-lindberg.com/home/index.cfm?fh_id=14000 
which should take you directly to Captain Smith’s obituary.   Mass of Christian Burial will be held December 21st at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oak Grove, Minnesota with visitation prior to services.  Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home of Anoka, Minnesota was entrusted with arrangements  ...  (763) 421-0220.
To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
4075 189th Lane NW , Anoka MN 55303-9001  ...  (941) 575-6938.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary....................................
Stanton M. Smith, age 78 of Oak Grove, died on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Stan was born October 17, 1938 in Orange, New Jersey. While serving his country in Vietnam, he was a member of the Misty squadron. He flew F100 and A7 planes in the South Dakota Air National Guard, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Stan’s passion for astronomy and flying led him to becoming a career pilot with Northwest Airlines, where he retired after 20 years of service.
Stan was an avid model train enthusiast and he enjoyed escaping from the cold Minnesota winters to Florida, particularly to his home in Punta Gorda and vacationing on Sanibel Island. Most of all, Stan loved his family and friends, lending a helping hand to his neighbors and cherishing time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Stan is survived by his loving wife, Carol; daughter, Andrea (Cal) Fogelman; sons, Michael (Terry) Smith, and Scott Smith; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Penny Mariani, Marian (John) Freeman, and Kim (John) Pflug.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DL Capt. David McFadden Short

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, DL Capt. David McFadden Short
September 11, 1959 ~ December 12, 2016
 
Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Capt. David McFadden Short, age 57.  Captain Short joined Delta Air Lines 06-12-1989.  Captain Short’s obituary indicates that he flew for Delta 25 years.  He is survived by his wife Lori Ann.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
This link will also lead you to online obituary and guestbook information: 
Please see obituary below for arrangements:  Funeral Services 9:15AM Saturday morning, December 17th, from the STRANG FUNERAL HOME of ANTIOCH, Illinois to St. Peter Church, Mass at 10:00AM. Interment with Military Honors will follow, Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville IL.  Memorial visitation Friday evening prior, December 16th from 4:00-8:00PM at the funeral home..... (847) 395-4000.
To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
40520 N. Bald Eagle Road, Antioch IL 60002-8715.
Should we receive further information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary................................
David McFadden Short, 57 years old of Antioch, IL; formerly Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away at his home on Monday, December 12, 2016 surrounded by family.
 
He was born September 11, 1959 in Decatur, IL, the son of the late John Edward and Margaret Rose (n e McFadden) Short. Dave grew up in Joliet, IL and attended Joliet Catholic High School before graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee. After college, Dave joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1981 until 1989. He rose to the rank of Captain and was an instructor for the A-6E Intruder aircraft. After leaving the Marines, Dave worked for Delta Airlines for 25 years as an airline pilot, where he rose to the rank of Fleet Captain and oversaw pilot training for various airplanes; the MD88/90, Boeing 717 and DC9. Dave also received a law degree from Georgia State University in 1999 and was licensed in Georgia and Illinois.
 
On April 11, 1992, Dave married Lori Ann Esser in Antioch, IL. He loved being a family man; volunteering and coaching his kids. Above all, Dave especially loved the many good times he shared with his family and friends.
 
Dave is survived by his wife of over 24 years, Lori Ann; their children, Kathleen Marie, Elizabeth Rose, Anna Jeannette, and John Edward McFadden; his siblings, Neil Joseph (Linda) Short of Casper, WY and Jane Ellen (Robert) Hickok of Joliet, IL; his mother-in-law, Marie Bukin of Antioch, IL; his father-in-law, Edward Esser, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Linda Esser and Lisa (Brian) Kovach; brother-in-law, Edward Jr. (Elizabeth) Esser; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
 
Funeral Services 9:15AM Saturday, December 17, 2016 from the STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH, 1055 Main St. Antioch, IL 60002 to St. Peter Church, 557 Lake St. Antioch. Mass 10:00AM. Interment with Military Honors will immediately follow in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, IL.  Memorial visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 8:00PM Friday evening at the funeral home. For additional information, call 847-395-4000.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations are greatly appreciated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or www.pancan.org) or the Gateway for Cancer Research (1336 Basswood Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173) or Assistance in Healthcare (P.O. Box 396 Zion, IL 60099) or to JourneyCare ( 2050 Claire Ct. Glenview, IL 60025 or www.journeycare.org )
Please sign the online guestbook for Dave at www.strangfh.com
Funeral Home : Strang Funeral Home of Antioch - Antioch
1055 Main St.  Antioch, IL 60002  ...  (847) 395-4000

.Published in The Herald-News on Dec. 15, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NC/NWA Capt. Gary Leonard West Sr.

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, NC/NWA Capt. Gary Leonard West Sr.
April 25, 1938  ~ December 11, 2016
 
Notification with the passing of retired North Central/Northwest pilot Captain Gary Leonard West Sr., age 78.  Captain West’s obituary indicates he joined North Central Airlines following his military service, and retired with Northwest Airlines in 1996.  He is survived by his wife Connie.  Whitepages lists the family address as
14815 W. Tomahawk Way, Sun City West AZ 85375-2634  ...  (623) 271-9736
Please see obituary for service arrangements scheduled for December 14th in Sun City West AZ.
My information is very limited....additional information/corrections are always appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for he PCN
Obituary......................
Gary Leonard West Sr., 78, of Sun City West, Arizona, went to be with the Lord, on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Gary was a proud member of the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959, and was honorably discharged from active duty. While serving his country, he met Connie Elaine Walton, whom he married on February 27, 1958 in Washington D.C. In 1967, Gary achieved his dream of becoming an airline pilot, working for North Central Airlines. Gary served the airline industry until 1996, retiring as a Captain with Northwest Airlines. Gary and Connie enjoyed spending time on their houseboat on the Mississippi River, where they entertained family and friends. In retirement, they moved to Sun City West, Arizona, continuing to spend summers on their houseboat in Minnesota. Gary is survived by his wife Connie, brother Norbert (Svetlana), sons G. Leonard Jr. (Susan), Phillip, Steve, daughter Colise and grandchildren Alexis (Brandon), Kailani, Cody, Sammy and Matthew. Services will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Sun City West, Arizona. Burial will follow at a future date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota. The family encourages those who wish to honor his life make a donation in his name to Hospice of the Valley, Surprise, Arizona.

.Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 13, 2016

DL Capt. David Nelson Word

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Captain David N. Word
February 10, 1960 ~ December 9, 2016
 


Notification with the passing of Delta pilot Captain David Nelson Word, age 56.  Captain Word joined Delta Air Lines 03-07-1991 and was currently based ATL/030.  He is survived by his wife Jo Lynn.
H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel of Atlanta, Georgia .... (404) 261-3510  Services for Captain Word are scheduled for
Saturday, December 17th, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Drive NE, Atlanta GA 30319.
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.....................................
David Nelson Word passed away on December 9, 2016. He was 56. David was a native of Atlanta and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent his early career at Rockwell International but a love of skydiving led him to a love of flying. He flew skydivers and airfreight to get flight hours and experience to achieve his dream to fly commercially. David was a Delta Airlines pilot for 25 years.
 
David had a deep love for life and the people around him. Those who knew David best admired him for his creative and innovative mind. He saw the world as both an engineer and an artist. Ten steps ahead, where others saw problems, he saw solutions. David had an ability to create things that were both perfectly practical and efficient, but also uniquely beautiful and original. When he had a project, he approached it with a purpose and determination that led to a standard of excellence evident in every task and goal he set before himself. Nicknamed the “energizer bunny,” David lived his life at full throttle, bringing an energy and enthusiasm to his work that often left the rest of us looking like we were standing still. From household projects to building his RC helicopters, airplanes and drones to RC flying, he shared his passions with others with such pride and joy – “Come see…let me show you…give it a try…”
 
David had an immense capacity for love. He loved his three girls and his family with everything he had. He treasured the friends who became family. His most cherished memories were the times spent with the people he loved doing the things he loved. You always knew where you stood with David because he would truly listen to you and share his excitement for you, his pride in you, and his deep love, openly and without reservation. As with all things in his life, David loved actively. Without hesitation, he would show up for the people in his life with a tool in his hand or a listening ear.
 
David knew how to truly enjoy life. Whether it was a moment around the table, on the beach, in front of the fireplace, or on the dance floor, he savored it in a way that allowed him to be able to say that he truly had few regrets in this life. Quick with a joke, a laugh, and a big smile, he could appreciate the little things like a perfectly cooked meal or a new song on the radio. He filled our lives with music. We know his song plays on in all of us, and in some ways it is just beginning.
 
David is survived by his wife Jo Lynn, his two daughters Lauren and Stephanie, his mother Ruby Word, sister Kathy Ferguson (Rick), brother Larry Word (Rebecca), his nieces and nephews Nikolai, Veronika, and Michael Ferguson, Taylor, Jon Tucker, and Trenton Word, William, Johnathan, and Bridgette Wells, and his little buddy Capt. Jack.
 
Services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2pm at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Dr., Brookhaven, GA 30319 with a visitation reception following the service in Fellowship Hall. David is being cremated, and the family will spread his ashes at a later date.
 

**In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness  www.nami.org 

Monday, December 12, 2016

DL Capt. Wallace V. Janssen

~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Wallace V. Janssen
February 10, 1938 ~ August 9, 2016
 
We have belated news with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Wallace Vernon Janssen, age 78.  Captain Janssen joined Delta Air Lines 02-08-1965 and retired in October 1996.  He was based ATL, then DFW in the ‘90s, and at the time of his retirement was based 030/CVG.  Captain Janssen’s obituary can still be viewed online at http://www.wctrib.com/obituaries/4092869-wallace-v-janssen as well as on the funeral home website at http://www.petersonbrothers.com/obituaries/Wallace-Janssen/  Arrangements were entrusted to Peterson Funeral Home of Wilmar, Minnesota.  Captain Janssen is survived by his siblings and extended family members.  For those wishing, personal condolences may be sent to the family c/o his brother William at 
PO BOX 427 , WILLMAR  MN 56201-0427  ...  (507) 387-1393
or by email at wmjanssen@hotmail.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Wallace V. Janssen

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B.Thursday, February 10, 1938
D.Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wallace V. Janssen, age 78, of Willmar, died Tuesday, Aug. 9th, at his home in Willmar.

Services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, August 13, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minnesota. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at 2 P.M., Monday, August 15, at the Hillside Cemetery in rural Merrill, Iowa. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. (
www.petersonbrothers.com )

Wallace Vernon Janssen was born on February 10, 1938, in Plymouth County, Iowa, near Merrill, Iowa, the son of William Henry and Marie Johanna (Kock) Janssen. He moved to Willmar, Minnesota in 1948 with his family. He continued and completed his education there, graduating from Willmar High School in 1956. Wallace worked for a cable company in Willmar and Mankato and then for Great Northern Railroad before entering the armed forces. He joined the Air Force in 1959 and served until 1963, as an Airman First Class. During his time in the service he was a technician on the Atlas Missiles and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wallace made his home in Atlanta, Georgia and worked as a private flight instructor. In 1965, Wallace went to work as a flight instructor for Delta Airlines and retired for Delta in 1996 as a pilot with the rank of Captain, flying MD-88 planes. Following his retirement he moved permanently to Willmar. Wallace loved to meet with family and friends for coffee at Dunn Brothers and enjoyed farming, photography, and researching his German ancestry.

He is survived by three siblings: Norman Janssen and special friend Ellie Frank of Cleveland, MN, Carolyn (and John) Swanson of Spicer, MN and William (and Janet) Janssen of Mankato. Also surviving is his godmother, Margaret Pecks of LeMars, Iowa, and many nieces, nephews and cousins in America and Germany, besides other relatives and friends.

Wallace was preceded in death by his parents.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Anne Y. McCann, wife of DL Capt. Jim McCann

Update with service arrangements for Anne:  Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, Dec. 17th, at 3:00 PM at Marietta First United Methodist Church. Visitation 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, one hour prior to services.  Should you have questions, you may contact Captain Jim McCann at jhmccann624@gmail.com or (770) 422-0777.
            Thank you,

                ~ Carol for the PCN


~ IN MEMORY ~
Anne Y. McCann, wife of DL Capt Jim McCann
June 22, 1940 ~ December 9, 2016
Word has been received with the passing of Anne McCann, wife of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain James ‘Jim’ H. McCann.  We understand that Anne’s passing was due to complications of pulmonary illness.  She is survived by her husband Jim.  
Arrangements are not yet known. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the McCann family at
2217 Lattimore Farm Drive NW , Kennesaw GA 30152-4740 ... (770) 422-0777
Captain McCann may also be reached by email at  jhmccann624@gmail.com 
Should we receive more information as to services we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
A visitor to your Web site has filled out the form located at:

Deceased full name  Anne Y. McCann  
Date of Birth  6/22/1940   Date of Death  12/9/2016 
Relationship  Pilot family member , Retired  ATL 
Age at death  76  Cause of death  Pulmonary illness 
 Living Spouse  James H. McCann 
 Address  2217 Lattimore farm dr.  City  Kennesaw  State  GA  Zip  30152 
 Airline  DAL  Guestbook URL    Comments Obit   
 Contact Name  Capt. James H. McCann 
 Contact Email   jhmccann624@gmail.com   Contact Phone  770 422-0777 

Friday, December 9, 2016

DL Capt. Zack D. Pryse III

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Zack D. Pryse III
April 16, 1937 ~ December 7, 2016
 
Word with the passing of retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Zack Pryse, age 79, has been received....please see information below.  Online condolences may be shared at http://www.troutfuneralhome.com/fh/home/home.cfm?&fh_id=13126  ...  the Trout Funeral Home of Ponca City, OK has been entrusted with arrangements......  their phone contact:  (580) 765-4411  or 1-800-651-4414.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
From: David L. Roberts                  
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2016 11:17 AM              
Subject: Death of retired Delta Captain Zack D. Pryse III

CARES AND CONCERNSWe learned today of the death of retired Delta Captain Zack D. Pryse III, 79, on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  Zack was born 4/16/1937 and was hired by Delta on 1/3/1967 in Class 67-A, along with myself and 33 other pilots.  We were new hire classmates.  His obituary is below but no services information was posted yet.  I will forward that when it's available.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his family at, Mrs. Zack Pryse at 1715 Christmas Tree Lane, Ponca City, OK 74604-3605, phone 580-762-4136 and email zdpryse@cableone.net .  Please keep the Pryse family in your thoughts and prayers.
Dave

Zack Pryse III
(April 16, 1937 - December 7, 2016)

U.S. Veteran Zack D. Pryse, III passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Mercy Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 79.

Zack was born on April 16, 1937 to Zack D. Pryse and Gether Lark (Waggoner) Pryse in Oklahoma City, OK. Pryse Monument, founded by Zack's dad, began in the front yard of their home in Tonkawa. Then, in 1939, the family and business moved to Ponca City.

Growing up, he worked for his dad at the monument shop and also at a gas station for Barney Austin. While in high school, Zack played defense for the legendary high school football coach, Earl Sullins; graduating from Ponca City High School in 1955. In the fall of 1955, Zack began college at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in business. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and joined the Air Force ROTC. As luck would have it, Zack met Joyce Hooten, from Muskogee. Though she played hard to get, she instantly told a friend, "That's Zack Pryse, from Ponca City. That's the man I'm going to marry." Joyce and Zack were married on June 6, 1959.

Following graduation from OU, Zack began the pilot training program with the United States Air Force. Zack's flight training included the T-33, F-102, and F-101. During the Air Force years, the family moved several times. The first of three, Kerry, was born in Muskogee in 1961. Zack David, IV was born in 1963 and Pati in 1965, both in Great Falls, Montana. The year 1966 brought great change for the Pryse family. Zack was sent to Vietnam as an A1 Sky Raider fighter pilot. He completed 188 combat missions, receiving many medals including the Purple Heart and two Distinguished Flying crosses. He was honorably discharged in December 1966 at the rank of captain. Immediately following his military service, Zack began a 30 year career with Delta Airlines.

With Delta Airlines, the family moved from Atlanta to Chicago, finally landing in Irving, Texas. During this time, he supplemented the family income by substitute teaching and flying side trips for the National Guard. The final move came in 1972, when the Pryse's settled back in Ponca City. Zack retired as Captain from Delta in 1997; flying international flights his last three years.

Upon retirement, he spent time in Florida, "The Property" at Kaw Lake, and most recently enjoyed remodeling his lake house at Grand lake.

Zack was at his best when outdoors, and especially around the water and anything involving boating. Throughout the years, he loved being around his children's friends. Pryse's cabin became a place for all of the kids to hang out and have fun. That's what he loved.

His true passion and love was his family and his grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed the time he got to spend with them, and slipping the grandkids twenty bucks when no on was looking.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of the home; children, Kerry Mullenax, Ponca City, Zack D. Pryse, IV, Ponca City, and Pati and Eddie Burns of Piedmont, OK; grandsons, Parker Burns, Sam Mullenax, Pryse Mullenax, Owen Burns and his favorite granddaughter, Reagan Mullenax; his sister, Lyn (Pryse) Elam and husband Ted; his brother, Scott Pryse and wife Joan, all of Oklahoma City; his brother, Dane Pryse of Ponca City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zack and Gether.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hearts for Hearing, 11500 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

NWA/DL Capt. Steven M. Allen

~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA/DL Capt. Steven M. Allen
February 7, 1951 ~ December 3, 2016
 
We have received news that retired Northwest/Delta pilot Captain Steven M. Allen, age 65, has passed due to a tragic vehicle accident that occurred last Saturday evening.  I believe Captain Allen joined Northwest Airlines 05-11-1981 and was Seattle based. 
Arrangements are not yet known.....we will forward more news as it is we received.
For those wishing to send personal condolences, whitepages lists the family contact as
225  173rd Place NE , Bellevue WA 98008-4103  ..........  (425) 502-7445
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN  
 
Man dies in vehicle wreck on SR 104  ......   Fatality accident 12-3-16
The driver died at the scene when the 2016 Subaru he was operating crossed the centerline and hit several trees on the evening of Dec. 3 on State Route 104 in Jefferson County. The wreck occurred at about milepost 5.4, between Sandy Shore Road and the Center Road overpass. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol
A man died in a single-vehicle accident Saturday, Dec. 3 on State Route 104 in Jefferson County.
 
According to the Washington State Patrol, Steven M. Allen, 65, of Bellevue, Washington, was driving a 2016 silver, four-door Subaru Forester eastbound (toward the Hood Canal Bridge) on SR 104. At about 9:54 p.m., the vehicle veered to the left across the two-lane highway's westbound lane, left the roadway and went into a ditch, struck several trees, coming to rest in the ditch along the westbound lane.
 
The wreck occurred at about milepost 5.4, between Sandy Shore Road and the Center Road overpass.
 
The driver was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Washington State Patrol.
 
Units from Quilcene Fire Rescue and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue responded. According to Chief Brad Martin of Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, his first medical unit to arrive found the patient on the roadway, unconscious and in cardiac arrest. Ludlow medics took spinal precautions with the man and moved him out of the rain and into the back of an ambulance, Martin told the Leader.
 
Allen was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The highway's westbound lane was closed to necessitate patient care, responder safety and apparatus placement, the chief noted. Responders also conducted a search of the woods, including the use of a thermal image camera, and found no other vehicle occupants.
 
Trooper Russ Winger, District 8 public information officer, said the preliminary investigation, which includes a lack of skid marks, indicates the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Autopsy results are needed to rule out medical or other influences, he noted.
 
"There is nothing to show that the driver was aware that he was going off the road," Winger said Dec. 6.
 
The vehicle was judged to be totaled and was impounded pending the investigation................................................
 
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From: William Day   Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2016 7:41 PM   Subject:  NWA pilot Steven M. Allen was killed in an auto accident
 
With profound regret I inform you that NWA pilot Steven M. Allen, age 65, died December 3, 2016, after an auto accident. He died of head trauma before they could get him to a hospital.......................... long time Seattle based pilot. There are early, indefinite plans for a celebration of life service; details will be forwarded when finalized.  

DL Capt. Roscoe G. Elliott

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Roscoe G. Elliott
February 3, 1923 ~ December 5, 2016

        
 
Word has reached our group with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Roscoe G. ‘RG’ Elliott, age 93.   Captain Elliott joined Delta Air Lines 02-27-1946 and retired in 1983 based DFW.  He is survived by his wife Louise.
To view the online obituary and sign the guestbook please visit this link:  
 Services are planned for tomorrow Thursday, December 8th at 12:30PM.  Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home of Colleyville, Texas has been entrusted with arrangements... (817) 498-5894.....the family invites all to attend. 
For those wishing, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
3608 London Lane, Richland Hills TX 76118-5133
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary............................
R.G. "Roscoe" Elliott, 93, of Richland Hills passed away on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Celebration of life: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel.
Memorials: Memorial donations may be made to Richland Hills Baptist Church.
 
Roscoe, as he was lovingly known, was born in Chalybeate, Miss., on Feb. 3, 1923, to parents, Claude and Olen Elliott. He proudly served his country as a pilot with the Army Air Corps and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. He actively served and transported paratroopers to Normandy on D-Day.
 
He later dedicated 37 years of service to Delta Air Lines. He retired in 1983 as the most senior Delta pilot and was captain on the L-1011 TriStar.
 
Roscoe will be remembered as a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Described as generous and quick-witted, Roscoe leaves great memories amongst the hearts of those who were blessed to know him.
 
Survivors: R.G. is survived by his wife of 70 years, Louise Elliott; daughters, Barbie Adair and husband, Jay, Donna Mowdy and husband, Danny; granddaughter, Shelbi Goodman and husband, Charlie; and extended family and friends.
 

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From: R Elliott    Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:51 PM   Subject: R.G. Elliott
 
Greetings, friends of Roscoe Elliott,
 
It is with a heavy heart that the family of R.G. "Roscoe" Elliott bears the news of his passing on the afternoon of December 5, 2016. He had been in the hospital for just a few days with relatively minor issues, when things quickly became more serious, with no practical remedy. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.
 
It is an awkward situation trying to notify all of his email friends in a timely fashion, and we deeply apologize if this message has reached you in error. Unfortunately, his email contact list doesn't distinguish between good friends and possible bill collectors.  One of the highlights of his day was reading emails from his friends.
 
We will have a small funeral on Thursday, the 8th, at 12:30 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Boulevard, in Colleyville, TX.  Any who wish to attend are welcome.
 
Sincerely,
Louise Elliott
Barbie Adair and Donna Mowdy, daughters

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NWA Capt. George L. Sandstrom

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA Capt. George L. Sandstrom
July 7, 1942 ~ December 1, 2016
 
News has reached our group with the passing of retired Northwest pilot/Chief pilot Captain George Lee Sandstrom, age 74. 
To view/sign the online guestbook and for more service information, please visit the funeral home website at
Service arrangements are also noted below. 
Captain Sandstrom is survived by his wife Patricia ‘Pat’.  Whitepages lists the family address as
W1280 Spring Prairie Road, Burlington WI 53105-2745
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
 
Obituary & services ............................................
From: John Mcfarland Sent: Monday, December 5, 2016 6:30 PM   Subject: Capt. George Sandstrom
 
Visitation will be held on December 17, 2016 at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 124 West Washington St, in Burlington, WI between 11:30 and 12:30. Religious services will commence immediately afterwards and the burial will be private. Memorials may be left online at the website for the Daniels family Funeral Home and George's obituary may be read there as well. I have decided to include the obituary in this email in case some have difficulty with the online thing.
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George L. Sandstrom, 74, of Burlington, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Born July 7, 1942 in Ashland, WI, he was the son of Ted and Dorothy (nee Dewey) Sandstrom. He spent his early life in Bayfield County, WI where he attended Drummond High School and later graduated from University of Wisconsin-Superior. He became an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1964, receiving his Aviator Wings in 1966. George was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service flying helicopters in Viet Nam.
 
On March 21, 1964 George was united in marriage to Patricia L. Ladwig. They have lived in Spring Prairie for the past 46 years. George was an airline pilot and served as the Chief Pilot for Northwest Airlines. He was also the Director of Aviation for the State of Wisconsin. In addition to flying, George farmed, raised livestock and had much pleasure raising Percheron horses. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, where he served on many boards, including being the Association Moderator for the UCC Church. George was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Marine Corps League. He served the community as chairman of Burlington Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and was an active supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Cable, WI, where he and Pat enjoyed a woodland cabin, near his boyhood home in Northern Wisconsin. George owned a small gravel facility and forestry harvest and preservation effort. George and Pat were world travelers and also enjoyed visiting the National Parks. He was a member of Fred’s coffee group and enjoyed fine Scotch. 
 
He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Dr. Todd (Desiree) Sandstrom and Carmen (Garth) Brown; grandchildren, Brittany (Ben) Garcia, Adam Sandstrom, Mikayla Brown, Alex Sandstrom, Aubrey Brown and great grandson, Jack Garcia. He is further survived by his siblings, Sigurd (MaryAnn) Sandstrom, Carol (Bill) Buffie, Scottie (Cheryl) Sandstrom and sister-in-law, Judy Sandstrom. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dean Sandstrom, along with several horses.
 
The family suggests sending memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, the National Marine Corps Museum, Plymouth Congregational Church or the MS Golf Benefit-Lakewoods Resort.
 

Services for George will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church. Visitation for family and friends will be at the CHURCH on Saturday, December 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be private.

NWA/DL Capt. William B. Bradford

~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA/DL Capt. William B. Bradford

March 29, 1951 ~ December 3, 2016
 
Notification with the passing of retired Republic/Northwest/Delta pilot Captain William B. Bradford, age 65.  I believe he was Detroit based but my information is very limited.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Captain Bradford’s obituary indicates funeral services will be held this Friday, December 9th with visitation the evening prior at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem NH
If anyone has more information to share, we can then update our memorial site.            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
Obituary................................
William B. Bradford, 65, of Salem, N.H., passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, M.A, surrounded by his wife and children. William was born in Manchester, N.H., the son of the late William and Leslie Spencer Bradford. William was also the son of the late Albert and Gladys Reynolds.
 
William was a Class of ’69 graduate of Brewster Academy, in Wolfeboro, N.H., and a Class of ‘74 graduate of A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C. William was an ROTC Arnold Air Society member and was awarded the Arnold Air Society trophy for his class at graduation. William was assigned to Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, T.X. for pilot training where he trained on the T-37 and T-38. After completing pilot training, he was assigned to the C-130 and stationed at Pope AFB to the 40th TAS Squadron. From there, he was transferred to the 345th TAS at Yokota AFB, Japan. From Japan, William was stationed at RAF Woodbridge, England to the 67th Air Rescue Squadron; from there he went to the 57th Air Rescue Squadron at Eglin AFB in Florida. From Florida, William went to the Air Force Reserve Base at Westover where he flew the C-130 and the C-5A. During his time at Westover, William served as Squadron Commander of the 337th and after leaving Westover, he served as the USAF Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for New England. William retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.
During his U.S. Air Force career, William served in both the Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm.
William flew for Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines where he retired as a 747-400 Pilot. He was an avid skier, sailor and loved the holidays. William shared these passions with his children.
 
William will be sadly missed by his wife Julieta M. Bradford of Salem; his first wife, Michelle (Bradley) Bradford, of Salem, his two sons, William Bradford of Thibodaux, L.A., Wm. Michael Bradford and Nicole Arsenault, of Salem; his five daughters, Jennifer M. Williams and husband Nathan of Southern Pines, N.C., Karen Bradford and Osagie Doyle of Nantucket, M.A., Heather Bradford and Tommy Wodarski, of Salem, Kimberly DiFranco and husband Andrew of Lowell, M.A., and Sarah Bradford of Salem, his three grandsons Cohen and Boyce Williams and Makai Doyle; a step-granddaughter; Vanessa, his three step-children; Carlito Lazarte from the Philippines, Mary Rose Domingo of Salem and Jhona Bel Lazarte of Salem; his brother; Jay Reynolds and wife Leah; his sisters Gayle Burton and husband Ed, Debbie Reynolds, and Cindy Henderson and husband Tom; his uncles Peter Reynolds and Arthur Reynolds and wife Dorothy; his cousin Ralph Spencer; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
 
William was predeceased by his brothers Albert and Peter Reynolds.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. A funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Cremation will follow.
 
Donations in honor of William’s fight and hope may be made to Project ALS online https://fundraise.projectals.org/checkout/donation?eid=69946 or by mailing donations to Project ALS, 801 Riverside Drive, Suite 6G, New York, NY 10032.