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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

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