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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NWA Capt. Stephen Michael Kelly

(note:  Steve possibly flew commercially for North Central/Republic/Northwest....thx/C)

NWA Capt. Stephen Michael Kelly
November 17, 1949 ~ February 5, 2017

Notification with the passing of Northwest pilot Captain Steve Kelly, age 67.  My information is limited but Captain Kelly’s obituary indicates he retired from flying in 2005.  He is survived by his wife Vicky Robinson, his children and many other family members.
The online obituary and guestbook may still be viewed at http://www.huntandson.com/home/obituary/4103390 
Additional information/corrections are always appreciated.....we will be sure to pass along any updates received.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary......................... Stephen Michael Kelly
Steve Kelly, formerly of Crawfordsville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan.
He was born November 17, 1949, at Crawfordsville, to Bill and Wanda (Jones) Kelly. He married the love of his life, Vicky Robinson on Aug. 24, 1974.
Steve had a passion for flying and pursued this while he was in college at Indiana University in Bloomington. He learned to fly by washing airplanes at a regional airport to get flying lessons. After graduating with a degree in Business, he flew corporate jets for Inland Container and Wendy's and eventually flew commercial jets as a pilot and a captain for what became Northwest Airlines. He retired from flying in 2005.
He also had a love for farming and grew up helping out on his grandparent's farm in Crawfordsville. This inspired him to buy a farm in Manchester, Michigan, in 1995 where he lived until his passing.
Steve was energetic person with a great sense of humor and a generous nature who loved meeting new people whether it was through farming or his other passion of riding motorcycles. He would ride with friends and rode with his father and brother when he was in high school.
He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the NRA and enjoyed collecting guns and reading. He was also recently invited to join the Quiet Bird-man, a private pilots association and was very excited to be pinned with his wings in December.
Steve is survived by his wife; his children, James and Amanda of Michigan; his mother; brother David (Michele), Waxahachie, Texas; sister, Beth Kelly (Joe Rogers) of Atlanta, Georgia; and a niece and nephew, Joy and Michael. Steve is preceded in death by his father.
Family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Hunt and Son Funeral Home. Services will be held at the funeral home at 3 p.m. with Mike Whitacre officiating. Graveside services to follow at the Oak Hill North Cemetery, Oak Hill Road, Crawfordsville.
To share memories of Steve or offer online condolences visit www.huntandson.com 

.Journal Review (Crawfordsville, IN) - Monday, February 13, 2017

NWA Capt. J. William Himmelreich

USAF veteran, NWA Capt. J. William Himmelreich
October 11, 1929 ~ February 11, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain J. William ‘Bill’ Himmelreich, age 87.  Although the obituary below indicates Northwest Airlines, I believe Captain Himmelreich actually began his commercial flying career with Southern Airways, made the merger with Republic and retired with Republic Airlines in 1986.  He is survived by his wife Marian Junkermann Himmelreich, their children and grandchildren.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
A celebration of life event will be held March 25th in Germantown TN.....please see obituary below for information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary.............................J. William Himmelreich of Germantown, TN
J. William (Bill) Himmelreich passed away on February 11, 2017, in Germantown. He was born on October 11, 1929, in Reading, Pennsylvania to Jesse Lachman Himmelreich and Eva Sattizahn Himmelreich. He is survived by his wife, Marian Junkermann Himmelreich, his children and their spouses (David and Stella Himmelreich, Eric and Denise Himmelreich, Lynn Gillcrist, and Eva and Carlo Pirani), 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Bill graduated from the Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Philosophy, served as a Major in the United States Air Force, and worked as a commercial airline pilot for over 25 years before retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1986. Bill served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Memphis. Bill was an avid classical music collector, and supported the arts, including the IRIS Orchestra of Germantown. He donated his body to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. A visitation in celebration of Bill's life will be held on March 25, 2017, from 10:00 until noon, in the Green Room at GPAC, 1801 Exeter Road, in Germantown. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

.Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SO/RC/NWA Capt. R. W. 'Doc' Street Jr.

Military veteran, SO/RC/NWA pilot Capt. R. W. ‘Doc’ Street, Jr.
April 6, 1935 ~ February 10, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain Rufus Wright Street, Jr., age 81.  Captain Street’s obituary indicates his commercial flying career began with Southern Airways ... he likely retired with Northwest Airlines in 1995.   Captain Street is survived by his wife Trena Packer Street, their children and grandchildren.  Services were held Feb. 17th in Collierville TN. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
4970 Reynolds Road, Collierville TN 38017-9314  ...  (901) 853-0845.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary................R. W. "Doc" Street, Jr. Collierville, TN
R.W. 'Doc' Street Jr, 81, bravely and peacefully entered Heaven, with family gathered by holding his hands on February 10 at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House, Collierville. Named after his father, the late Dr. Rufus Wright Street of Ripley Ms, he was dubbed 'Little Doc', later shortened to Doc, a nickname that stayed with him his whole adult life. The strong and solid root of the foundation of his family, his 6'4" stature lead future son-in-laws to call him a gentle giant who was always ready to go trout fishing, hunting, or run his Beagles at Clubs across the U.S. Fascinated by airplanes even as a boy, he sold tickets for $2.00 per ride and when he sold 10, he got a free ride. He could quickly assemble an intricate model airplane and even spent his lunch money on flying lessons. His interest in flying lead him to join the Marine Corps, the military branch he felt was the toughest and best trainer of pilots, after attending Mississippi State University. He completed the Naval Air Training Command and received designation as a Naval Aviator. Throughout his service as a USMC Captain, he piloted many aircraft while leading his Squadron in successfully landing on aircraft carriers. A commercial pilot for more than 40 years, Captain Street occupied the commanding 'left cockpit seat' first with Southern Airlines, then thru mergers, with Republic, Northwest and Delta Airlines, retiring in the early 1990's. He was a highly respected pilot, fondly known within the crew room for his willingness to share his experience with rookie First Officers, known as 'hangar flying'. A founding member of the Memphis Beagle Club, Doc raised and showed Field Trial Brace Beagles for more than 50 years. He was an active member of six clubs and seven Federations and served on the Board of Directors and as President. An American Kennel Club accredited judge for licensed trials and Federations, he was known for his thorough judging style and keen eye, judging more than 150 trials throughout the Brace Beagle states. He also showed his own Easy Street Beagles, finishing seven Field Champions and was the breeder of five Field Champions. An avid sports enthusiast, he loved football, basketball and baseball with special interest in NASCAR and recently 'kissed the bricks' at the Indy 500 Speedway. Doc was even recruited as a pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals for their farm team when he was only 16 years old. He rooted his team on during the recent Super Bowl game gathered in the Den of the home where his biggest fans, daughters Kathy and Linda were raised. 'Daddy Doc' as his grand and great grandchildren called him, had the perfect style to make each feel as if they were his 'favorite'. During the final few days of his short, yet difficult battle with metastatic cancer, he continued to comfort his family saying "Our God does not make mistakes...I'm at Peace with his decision for me." He leaves his wife of 31 years, Trena Packer Street; two daughters: Kathy Street Bousson (Jeff), Collierville and Linda Street Greenwood (Marc), Fort Worth TX; seven grandchildren: Amanda Bousson Cantrell (Luke) and Megan Bousson Heinrich (Brett) of Collierville; Blake (Chelsea), Indianapolis and Jacob Wright, an Ole Miss freshman; Matthew Greenwood, Lyon College (AR) Sophomore; Lucas Street Greenwood, Tarleton State University (TX) Sophomore and Will Greenwood, Fort Worth. Great-grandchildren: Kate, Preston, Sam and Wright Cantrell and Cantley Heinrich; brother-in-law Don Fritchie and nephew Glenn Fritchie. He was preceded in death by parents R.W. & Malinda Willard Street; Sister Linda Fritchie, nephew Dr. John Fritchie and a grandson Ryser Street Heinrich. Memorials may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675 or Baptist Reynolds Hospice House, 1520 West Poplar, Collierville 38017. Visitation is Thursday, February 16, 5-7, Collierville Funeral Home, 534 West Poplar Ave and one hour prior of the 1pm services, Friday, February 17, at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 3645 Forest Hill Irene Road, Germantown. Interment will be at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Services entrusted to Collierville Funeral Home. Semper Fi, our tender warrior Daddy Doc, we know you now rest in peace.
.Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

-See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/commercialappeal/obituary Arrangements under the direction of Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, TN.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Joyce Orrie, wife of DL Capt. Raymond Orrie

Joyce Garrison Orrie
December 12, 1935 ~ February 24, 2017  
Word has reached our group with news of the passing of Joyce Orrie, wife of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Ray Orrie.  Joyce is survived by her husband, their children and grandchildren.  Joyce’s obituary notes that services will be held Thursday, March 2nd in Johns Creek with visitation the evening prior on March 1st in Roswell, Georgia...please see information below.
To view the online obituary and sine the online guestbook, please visit 
For those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, that address would be
330  17th Fairway, Roswell GA 30076-3504  ...  (770) 992-6012
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Joyce Orrie, age 81, of Roswell passed away February 24, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Raymond Orrie; Son and Daughter-in-law, Alan and Betsy Orrie; daughter Paige Toohey; Grandchildren Haley Orrie, Zachary Carter, Devin Orrie, Lexi Orrie, Jacob Toohey, Michael Toohey and Great Grandson Cain Carter.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 1st from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA 30076. A memorial service will be held Thursday March 2nd at 4:00PM at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022, with a reception immediately following.
Original Message-----
From: Plato Rhyne Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 8:38 PM   To: PCN    Subject: Joyce Orrie
Just heard that Joyce Orrie, wife of retired DAL Capt. Ray Orrie passed away on Friday Feb 24. Found her obituary on line and visitation will be Wed Mar 1st 6:00 - 8:00 Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Rd. Roswell, GA. Service will be Thur Mar 2nd at 4:00 at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Rd. Johns Creek, GA. The full obituary is online.
From: Julian Black  Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:05 PM       Subject: R. Raymond Orrie wife Joyce passed away Friday 2-24-2017
................. Ray Orrie and Joyce were Delta Golden Wings members.

Their address is 330 17th Fairway, Roswell, GA 30076......................

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DL Capt. James Henry 'Jake' Longino

Military veteran, DL Capt. James H. ‘Jake’ Longino
June 27, 1923 ~ February 23, 2017

News has reached our group with the passing of long time Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain James ‘Jake’ Henry Longino, age 93.  Captain Longino joined Delta Air Lines 05-15-1953 and retired with Delta in 1983, based Atlanta.  He is survived by his wife Bobbie Ellis Longino, many family members and dear friends.  This taken from a church bulletin:  ..............The name Longino is synonymous with College Park. Jake Longino grew up here, attending church while his father, George, served as mayor and board chair of the church. Jake’s career as a pilot, both in the military and with Delta Air Lines, took him away from College Park, but in 1968 he and Bobbi moved back to stay. Bobbi hales from Blue Ridge, Georgia, and both she and Jake have fond memories of the days when Jake landed a sea plane on the lake there and at Lake Chickamauga..................
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.parrottfuneralhome.com/obituaries/James-Longino/ 
Services for Captain Longino will be held February 27th in College Park, Georgia...please see obituary information below. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2364 Rugby Ave., College Park GA 30337-1021 ............ (404) 761-5306.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN   
Obituary for James H. Longino.......................James H. (Jake) Longino
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the College Park First United Methodist Church, 3726 East Main Street, College Park, GA 30337. The family will receive visitors at 10 am at the Church.The Reverend Katharine Hinman officiating. James Henry Longino was born in Atlanta, GA to George Franklin Longino, Sr. and Alberta Smith Longino. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy, then entered GA Military College. Jake’s father was Chairman of the Draft Board and saw that all four sons served their Country during World War II.
In 1942, Jake completed training in the Army Air Corps graduating with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After serving in the Air Force in both World War II and the Korean War, he joined Delta Air Lines as a pilot in May, 1953. Jake loved his 30 years of flying with Delta Air Lines. He also loved spending his free time on Lake Blue Ridge. He lived his dream by flying his Lake Amphibian aircraft up to Lake Blue Ridge and taxiing up to our dock.
He was a lifelong member of College Park First United Methodist Church where his strong Faith in Christ was nurtured. Jake met his wife Bobbie Ellis in May, 1953 and they married in 1955 at St. Marks Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his wife Bobbie Ellis Longino, son Robert James Longino, and Phyllis Ramsey, his sister Helen Dunwody and many wonderful nieces and nephews whom he cherished. Jake is predeceased by his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. George Franklin Longino, Sr., brothers George Franklin Longino, Jr., Ira Thomas Longino and Bert Patterson Longino. Special thanks to Dr. T. Kirkland Garner of Piedmont Hospital and Dr. Amardeed S. Mann and the team of dedicated doctors and nurses of Atlanta Medical Center – South who cared for him with such compassion during his illness. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice Atlanta or to Falcon Aviation Academy’s Captain James H. Longino Aviation Memorial Scholarship Fund.
From: Julian Black   Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 1:36 PM    Subject: Jake Longino
Jake Longino was a Delta Golden Wings Life Time Member. He passed away on 2-23-2017 at the age of 93.

His address is 2364 Rugby Ave, College Park, GA 30337.

Julian Black

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DL Capt. Kenneth G. O'Gorman Jr.

Naval veteran, DL Capt. Kenneth G. O’Gorman Jr.
February 4, 1937 ~ February 15, 2017 
Word has been received with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Kenneth George O’Gorman Jr., age 80.  Captain O’Gorman joined Delta Air Lines 07-19-1965 and retired with Delta, based 031/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Joan.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.bairdcaseftlauderdale.com/tributes/Kenneth-Ogorman/services  Services have been held for Captain O’Gorman ... Baird-Case Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home of Fort Lauderdale was entrusted with arrangements.  To the best of my knowledge, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
4634 NW Red Maple Dr., Jensen Beach, FL 34957-3486  ...  (772) 692-1023.
Additional information and/or corrections are always appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
O'Gorman, Kenneth, G., age 80, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away on February 15, 2017.  Kenneth is survived by his wife, Joan Kump O'Gorman, daughter, Trish Berry (husband John), son, Ken O'Gorman, brother Tim O'Gorman (wife Michele), sister, Colleen O'Gorman Rooney (husband Jim Rooney), and sister, Patty Fick (husband Butch). The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 19th. from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Baird Case Jordan Fannin Funeral Home, 4343 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 20th., at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4595 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. Interment will be in Hildegard Cemetery, Conover, WI. The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Jude's Children's Hospital www.Stjude.org

-------Original Message-------
Date: 2/15/2017 8:12:37 PM
Subject: Fwd: Cuddles is Gone

From: majdad1753@aol.com
To: dwskjerven@aol.com
Sent: 2/15/2017 6:23:38 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: Cuddles is Gone
Hey guys, I just heard from his family:  "Dog Jaw" Cuddles, aka Ken O' Gorman passed away around noon today at his home in Florida.  Apparently not from the pancreatic cancer he had already fought and beat, but from Lyme Disease that had gone undiagnosed until recently when it was too late.  I believe he had just turned 80. He used to make me laugh.  He was a gentleman and a great pilot.  He will be missed.   Please pass it on.  Thanks.
Tom Parkinson, aka majdad1753@aol.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NWA F/A Michele Garrison, wife of NWA Capt. Michael Garrison

NWA F/A Michele (Lillie, Silver) Garrison, wife of NWA Capt. Mike Garrison
April 29, 1950 ~ February 18, 2017

Word with the passing of Michele ‘Mickey’ Garrison has reached our group.  Michele is the wife of RNPA member retired Northwest Airlines pilot Captain Michael J. Garrison.  Funeral services for Michele will be held Friday morning Feb. 24th at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 13901 Fairview Dr., Burnsville, Minnesota.  Visitation will be the evening prior at White Funeral Home of Apple Valley. White Funeral Home of Apple Valley, Minnesota has been entrusted with arrangements....  (952) 432-2001  www.whitefuneralhomes.com  
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Personal condolences may be sent to the Garrison family at
8035 133rd St W , Saint Paul MN 55124-7381  ...  (952) 432-4757.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: RNPA News Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:09 AM  Subject: RNPA News: Former NWA Flight Attendant, wife of retired pilot Mike Garrison:  

Garrison, Michele M. (Lillie, Silver) age 66 of Apple Valley passed February 18, 2017. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Dorothy Lillie; and ex-husband, Thomas Silver. Michele is survived by devoted husband of 36 years Michael J. Garrison; daughter and son in-law, Sarah and Ken Novack; son, Mark and daughter in-law Michelle Garrison; son, David; special daughter Kelly; grandsons, Jack and Blake, granddaughter, Megan; Jaden Garrison and Tirzah Novack; brother, John (Lynn) Lillie; sister Stephanie Wiggins, as well as numerous friends. Michele "Mickey" was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School. She was a 14 year flight attendant with Northwest Airlines, modeled for a number of years, and a career mother known for her gift of hospitality. Michele volunteered in the career center of Apple Valley High School and served many years on the board of River Valley Project Explore and a lifelong lover of animals. She will also miss her lifelong friend Jean Brewster. Our family wishes to thank doctors, Scott Loechen, and Jeff Chipman, nurse Katie Berlin and staff of Fairview Ridges Hospital for their professional and compassionate care in Michele's waning days on the "stairway to Heaven." In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in her memory to River Valley Project Explore, Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley or Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp. A Funeral Service will be held 10 AM Friday, February 24, 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr., Burnsville, MN. Visitation 4-7 PM Thursday at White Funeral Home, 14560 Penneck Ave., Apple Valley, MN. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

NWA Capt. Paul D. Wyles

NWA Capt. Paul Duane Wyles
October 6, 1938 ~ January 3, 2017
News has reached us with the passing of retired Northwest pilot Captain Paul Duane Wyles, age 78.  Captain Wyles joined Northwest Airlines 09-09-1968.  He is survived by his wife Elaine, their children and grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cascade Memorial in Washington state
Whitepages indicates the Wyles residence address as
28704 SE 462nd Place, Enumclaw WA 98022-9318  ...  (360) 825-3595.
Services will be held at a later date...please see obituary below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: RNPA News    Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:32 PM    Subject:  Paul Wyles Has Flown West.
NWA pilot Paul Wyles died Jan. 3, 2017, at the age of 78.
He was born Oct. 6, 1938, in Toppenish, Wash., to Archie and Lucy Wyles, the youngest of four boys. After serving in the U.S. military, he taught flying lessons and became a pilot for four airlines, ending with Northwest Airlines. Hobbies included collecting radios, golfing and playing poker; he enjoyed astronomy and made his own telescope.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elaine; sons Paul Jr., Michael, Richard and Gregory Wyles; stepchildren Eddie Hansen, Sharon Roberts, Sheila Thompson and Shannon Hansen; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be planned for a later date.
Bill Day

DL Capt. Jerry K. Shoemaker

Update:   From: Gary Cherry   Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 2:00 PM
Subject:  Death of DL Capt. Jerry K. Shoemaker , age 75
Jerry Shoemaker’s service will be held at 11am at the Big Canoe Chapel on Feb 25th.
Gary Cherry

DL Capt. Jerry K. Shoemaker
January 9, 1942 ~ February 16, 2017
News has reached us with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Jerry K. Shoemaker, age 75.  To date I have not seen an online obituary or guestbook but friends write that services will be held Saturday, February 25th at Big Canoe Chapel located in Big Canoe, Georgia.  Here is the chapel’s website and phone:  http://www.bigcanoechapel.org/  ...  (706) 268-3203.  (I just called the chapel and receptionist suggested calling later on to verify time of services.)  Captain Shoemaker joined Delta Air Lines 02-13-1970 and retired in 2002, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Liz’.  Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
10235 Big Canoe, Big Canoe GA 30143-5120  ...  (706) 579-1253.
Should more information be received, we will be sure to update our memorial site. 
          Thank you,
                 ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: jblwmorgan Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:11 PM  Subject: Death of Retired Atlanta Capt Jerry Shoemaker
.................... Jerry Shoemaker retired Atlanta Capt took his Final Flight West this week.  Jerry was hired by Delta in Feb Of 1970.  He lived in Big Canoe Ga and the memorial service will held Sat Feb 25th in The Big Canoe Chapel at 11:am.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Cherry [mailto:gwcherry@windstream.net] Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:35 AM   Subject: Jerry Shoemaker...................... Jerry Shoemaker took his “Final Flight West” early this morning.  Arrangements are pending, as Liz is still busy with all the obvious things following the death of a husband.

NEA/DL Capt. Robert J. Quinn

Military veteran, NEA/DL Capt. Robert J Quinn
August 22, 1923 ~ February 16, 2017
News with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Capt. Robert ‘Bob’ Quinn has reached our group.  I believe Captain Quinn first joined Northeast Airlines as a mechanic in November 1946 and retired with Delta Air Lines as Captain in 1983, based Boston.  Captain Quinn was widowed in October 2000 with the passing of his wife Mary Eleanor.  Captain Quinn was 93 years of age at the time of his passing.  Services were held today February 20th in Gloucester, Mass.  
To view/sign the online guestbook and read the complete obituary, please visit the funeral home website at
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: Norm Houle Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:42 PM Subject: Passing of Captain Robert J "Bob" Quinn NEA/DL BOS
ROBERT J. QUINN Obituary.........................
Captain Quinn Joined Northeast on 05/24/1957 and retired from Delta in September of 1983. He started as a mechanic, then Flight Engineer to Pilot.
QUINN, Robert J. Of Gloucester, 93, Feb. 16. He was the husband of the late Mary Eleanor (Kiley) Quinn. Survived by children, Kathleen Q. Shea and husband Chris, Robert J. "Bo" Quinn Jr. and wife Mary Ann, Christopher Quinn and wife Patricia, Anne K. Heffernan and husband Kevin, Jane Wierbicky and husband Dirk; grandchildren, Neil Shea and wife Heidi, Sarah Shea, Emily Sisson and husband Stephen, Michael Quinn, Benjamin Quinn, Anna Heffernan, Luke Heffernan, Elle Wierbicky. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20th at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ann's Church, Gloucester.
Visiting hours on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Online condolences at greelyfuneralhome.com  
. Greely Funeral Home , Gloucester, MA ...  (978) 283-0698
. Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 18, 2017
Jon J Maynard , President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers, 2nd Vice President of Delta National Pioneers
Complete obituary.................................
Robert J. Quinn, 93, husband of the late Mary Eleanor (Kiley) Quinn, of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2016 at the Hathorne Hill Genesis in Danvers.
Born in Rockport on August 22, 1923, he was the son of the late Dennis and Catherine (White) Quinn.
He was a graduate of Rockport High School and attended the New England Aircraft School. For several years, he worked as an inspector of military aircraft before joining the U.S. Army Air Force. He served as an aircraft mechanic in the European and African Middle Eastern theatre until 1945.
Following the war, he worked for Northeast Airline as a mechanic and flight engineer. Bob then became a pilot for Northeast which merged with Delta Airlines in 1972. During his career he also served as Training Captain, flying DC 9s and Boeing 727s. Bob retired as a Captain from Delta in 1983.
Throughout his life, Bob was an avid outdoorsman and golfer. He was a longtime member of the Rockport Country Club, the same club where he started as a caddy as a teen. He even completed a walk around Cape Ann late in his 80s. He and Eleanor instilled in their family a love for nature, an appreciation of the simple things in life, and a strong sense of community and family. He was a lifelong member of St. Ann's Church and the Edward Peterson Post 98 Rockport American Legion.
He is survived by his five children, Kathleen Q. Shea and husband Chris, Robert J. "Bo" Quinn Jr. and wife Mary Ann, Christopher Quinn and wife Patricia, Anne K. Heffernan and husband Kevin, Jane Wierbicky and husband Dirk; grandchildren, Neil Shea and wife Heidi, Sarah Shea, Emily Sisson and husband Stephen, Michael Quinn, Benjamin Quinn, Anna Heffernan, Luke Heffernan, Elle Wierbicky; two great grandchildren Margaret and John Sisson; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Katherine Milne, Everett Quinn, Margaret Veator, Mary Muise, D. Richard Quinn and James E. Quinn.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Monday, February 20th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral service in St. Ann's Church at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The burial will be held privately in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915-1530 (thetrustees.org) or to the Rockport American Legion, 32 Beach St., Rockport, MA 01966.

For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com  

Monday, February 13, 2017

PAA/DL Capt. David Wolt Yarri

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Capt. David Wolt Yarri
June 16, 1936 ~ February 4, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain David Wolt Yarri, age 80.  Captain Yarri joined Pan American 06-05-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based New York.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home’s website at
The online obituary may also be viewed at
Calling hours are Sunday, February 12th from 3:00-5:00PM at the Smith Funeral Home of Milford CT. Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 13th in Milford Cemetery, Gulf St., Milford at 11:00AM.
            Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN
David Wolt Yarri, age 80, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Milford Hospital. He was born on June 16, 1936 in Shreveport, LA to the late Reuben and Grace Collins Yarri. Mr. Yarri proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. Before retiring, he was a Captain for Delta Airlines. A devoted husband and brother, he is survived by his loving wife, of 50 years, Inge Moerschner Yarri and his sister Virginia Lanzkron and her husband Rolf of Ft Lauderdale, FL. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his interest is boating, reading, classic cars and classical music. Calling hours are Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 13th in Milford Cemetery, Gulf St., Milford at 11:00am with Pastor Chris Files. To leave condolences or for directions, please visit our website @ www.georgejsmithandson.com
. Funeral Home :  Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home
135 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460  ...  (203) 874-2588

. Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 10, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

DL Capt. Samuel Edward Fly Sr.

DL Capt. Samuel Edward Fly Sr.
November 6, 1934 - February 9, 2017

Please see below, news with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Samuel Edward Fly Sr., age 82.  Captain Fly joined Delta Air Lines 04-01-1963 and retired with Delta in 1994, based 031/ATL.  He is survived by his wife retired Delta F/A Nell Fly, their children and grandchildren. 
Captain Fly’s obituary may be viewed online at
Obituary and online guestbook may be viewed/signed at 
Visitation will be Monday, February 13th from 1:00–3:00PM, prior to funeral services at 3:00PM, in the chapel of Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  Brown's Memorial Funeral Home is located at 707 N. MacArthur in Irving, Texas 75061. 
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
2024 Lorean Court, Hurst TX 76054-3186.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: CAROLE NEUBRAND  Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:21 PM   Subject: Death of retired DL Pilot Sam Fly, husband of retired FA Nell Fly

Cares & Concerns
2/10 … retired DFW FA, Nell Fly, called to tell us about the death of her husband, retired Delta Captain Sam Fly, on Wednesday, February 9th.  The service is Monday 3:00 pm Monday, February 13th, in the chapel of Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving TX ~ 972-254-4242.  Visitation is from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Sympathies my be sent Nell at 2024 Lorean Court, Hurst TX 76054 ~ 
NOTE:  a donation will be sent to the Roanoke Food Pantry from the DFW Delta LINK in memory of Captain Sam

~In Memory~
Delta Captain Samuel Edward Fly
November 6, 1934 - February 9, 2017  
Captain Samuel E. Fly, Sr. of Hurst passed away February 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on November 6, 1934 in Abilene, Texas. Sam was a pilot for Delta Air Lines for 31 years. He is preceded in death by his parents Herschel & Roberta “Boykin” Fly and great-granddaughter, Hadley D’Layne Bufe. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife Nell Fly; son Samuel E. Fly, Jr and wife Carol; son Steven E. Fly and Alexandra Benvenuto; daughter Sharon Fly David and husband William; son Scott E. Fly and wife Erin; granddaughter Melissa Bufe and husband Daniel; grandson Andrew Christopherson and fiancĂ© Lauren Van Dam; granddaughter Whitney Fly; grandson Taylor Fly, grandson John David; grandson Jacob Fly; great-granddaughters Briley and Delaney and great-grandson Tripton; sister Barbara Cato and husband Junior; sister Geraldine Skeldon; brother Jimmy Fly and wife Judy; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved kitties Rex and Roxy. Sam’s passion for flying was evident in the many years he spent at Texas Soaring Association. After retiring from Delta Air Lines you knew where to find him - building planes or teaching someone to fly. A perfectionist at heart and a man of few words, you knew he only wanted the best FROM you and FOR you. His love for his wife of 34 years, 4 children and great-grandchildren was evident in so many ways. Even though he loved travelling the world with Nell and stopping at many airports, he was always ready to come home. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 1 – 3 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home prior to the funeral service which begins at 3 PM on Monday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Tim Bach officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Michael J. Fox for Parkinson’s Research Charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or D/FW Humane Society.

NWA Capt. James Samuel Palmer

Military veteran, NWA Capt. James S. Palmer
May 29, 1922 ~ February 2, 2017
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain James Samuel Palmer, age 94.  Captain Palmer joined Northwest Airlines 08-19-1950 and retired with Northwest in 1982.  Captain Palmer’s daughter writes that services will be held in the spring at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.  As more information is received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

From: RNPA  Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:18 PM
 James S. Palmer Has Flown West
I regret to inform you that retired NWA pilot and RNPA member James S. Palmer has passed away. I received the following message Wednesday evening from my classmate Bud Cheney:
“I was just informed by Jim Palmer’s daughter, Joanne Strahans that Jim passed away on Feb. 2, 2017.  He was 94 years old….. The service will be in the spring at Tahoma National Cemetery.” 
Forwarded by Bill Day

BO/RW(NWA) Capt. William J. Lea

From: William Lea    Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:09 PM   

Just a note to let you know Bill passed away 2/8/17. You may know already.There is a guest book @ http://obits.reviewjournal.com/obituaries/lvrj/obituary.aspx?n=william-lea&pid=184158913 if you would like to sign.
Carolyn Lea

WILLIAM LEA(1939 - 2017)

William Joseph "Bill" Lea, 77, passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas, after years of battling MS. Bill was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Lexington, Ky. He is survived by his wife, of 37 years, Vida Carolyn Lea; son; Michael K. Lea (Ada) and daughter, Tracy W. Lea, all of Arizona; two sisters, Linda S. Schwartz and Patricia J. Long, both of Ohio; and a grandson, Justin; and three stepchildren, Lynn C. Swaney (Michael) and Tony E. Everhart (Susan) all of North Carolina, and Terry Y. Gardella (Tony) of Arizona. Bill was very proud to of served in the 101st Army Airborne. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, a Mason and a Shriner. He was in his glory as an airline pilot flying for Bonanza, Air West, Hughes Airwest and retired from Republic in 1984. He was an avid golf and chess player that loved to laugh, loved the moon, the desert and a high wind. He will truly be missed and forever loved. No services are scheduled.
BO/AW/HAW/RC/NWA  Captain William 'Bill' J. Lea  
August 11, 1939 ~ February 8, 2017

News with the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Bill Lea has reached our group.  Captain Lea joined Bonanza Air Lines 04-01-1966, and made the mergers with Hughes Airwest and NWA.  Bill was 77 years of age at the time of his passing.  He had most recently resided at
5809 Paseo Montana, Las Vegas NV 89108-4113.  
Honoring Bill’s wishes, there were no services. 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Captain Lea is the *author of his book What A Lovely Day For An Airplane Ride......................
About the *author:  The author grew up in the Cincinnati, OH area and in Kentucky. He used to play in his grandmas barn, and would jump down on bales of hay. That was the beginning to, “let’s learn to fly”. It is said, “you can’t teach a dog new tricks”, but being so young, he tried to learn them all, tricks that is. This book is an offering of many of his accomplishments in the flying arena along with excerpts from some of the funniest statements by many of his pilot friends. You might say some are almost like short stories in themselves. So much happens during the flying period of time for a pilot. The responsibility and learning factor is huge. Most will say “it is all worth it”. The book, hopefully, will bring laughter & a time to relax to all of who choose to read it. ENJOY!!
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 7:11 PM
Subject: Captain Bill Lea, Bonanza 1967

Word received that Captain Bill Lea Flew West today after a protracted illness.
At Bills request there will be no service of any kind.  He was living in Las Vegas.
More information when available.

Monday, February 6, 2017

DL Capt. John Ewing Quicksall

Navy veteran, DL Capt. John Ewing Quicksall
April 1, 1942 ~ February 3, 2017

Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain John Ewing Quicksall, age 74.  Captain Quicksall joined Delta Air Lines 04-09-1973 and retired in 2002, based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his companion Delores Kania, his children and grandchildren.
To sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
The obituary may also be viewed online at
Captain Quicksall’s obituary below indicates that services will be held later on in May at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/baypines.asp 
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
John Ewing QUICKSALL, 74, passed away February 3, 2017 at Bay Pines VA Hospital. John, a resident of Gulfport, and born in St. Petersburg, was the third generation of Pinellas county's pioneers. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. John Braden Quicksall and Frances Marian Ewing Quicksall; and grandparents, Dr. William Edward Quicksall and Florence Braden Quicksall, and Mabel Stokes Ewing all of Old St. Petersburg. John graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1960. He attended the University of Florida and graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served in the Navy from 1966-1970 during the Vietnam Conflict and retired from Delta Airlines as a flight Captain after 30 years of service. He had a life-long passion for airplanes and flying. He flew around the world and taught flying for Delta based in Atlanta. In the Navy, he flew as navigator into hurricanes to take wind measurements. He was an avid bicyclist and rode every Saturday with friends and was a former member of St. Petersburg Bicycle Club. On the day before his death, he rode his bicycle from the Chattaway Restaurant to Munch's Restaurant, where he ate breakfast with Bob Lindberg, Dr. David Hill, and three other friends. When he was a young man, he rode his bicycle from Marietta, GA to Miami, FL in five days. He was a mathematician who enjoyed solving math problems. He attributed his love of math to his favorite teacher, Mrs. Hancy of St. Pete High School. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
John is survived by his companion and caregiver, Dolores Kania; his son, John Jacob Quicksall (Jenny) of Thousand Oaks, CA; two granddaughters, Abby Joy and Allie Lynn Quicksall; daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Marie Quicksall Rowe (Matti) of Boulder, CO, awaiting the birth of his third granddaughter. He is predeceased by his brother, James Montgomery Quicksall, survived by his brother, Edward Stokes Quicksall (Mary) of Ponte Vedra Beach and sisters Elin Quicksall Fowler Mullins (Patrick) of Marietta, GA and Anna Maria Island, and Marian Elizabeth "Maribeth" Quicksall Brannen (Bill) of Alpharetta, GA. He was loved and will be missed.
The interment and a memorial service will be held for family and friends in May, 2017, at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.
. Funeral Home : Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North St. Petersburg, FL 33704  ...  (727) 822-2059

. Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 6, 2017.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

NWA/DL Capt. David R. Vorgias

Military veteran, NWA/DL Capt. David Robert Vorgias
March 8, 1957 ~ February 3, 2017
Notification with the passing of EAL/NWA/DL pilot David Robert Vorgias, age 59.  Captain Vorgias joined Northwest 03-06-1987 and I believe was based Detroit with both Northwest and Delta Air Lines.  He is survived by his wife Denise, their children and many other friends and family members.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, February 9th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, at Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
David Robert Vorgias age 59 of Ada, flew to the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday February 3, 2017. Dave was born in Warren, Michigan on March 8, 1957 to the late Philip and Joan Vorgias. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years Denise, daughter Laura (fiance Robert Brouwer), son Timothy (Cherry), brother Philip (Gail) and his best friend Chase (dog). Dave was a former Captain in the Air Force Air National Guard and was also a pilot for 30 plus years for Eastern, Northwest, and currently Delta Air Lines where he was recognized for his outstanding contributions. Other than his love of flying, Dave's first priority was being with his family. He also enjoyed walking Chase, biking, traveling and cooking. He was a loving husband and father who cherished his family and served the Lord in every capacity of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him. The family will greet relatives and friends for a memorial visitation at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday February 9th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to his family if desired.
. Funeral Home : Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home
4291 Cascade Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546  ...  (616) 940-7333

. Published in Grand Rapids Press on Feb. 5, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

G. Jeanne Haas, wife of DL Capt. Roger A. Haas

G. Jeanne Haas, wife of DL Capt. Roger A. Haas
December 16, 1931 ~ February 3, 2017
News has reached our group with the passing of G. Jeanne Haas, wife of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Roger Haas.  Mrs. Haas was 85 years of age at the time of her passing yesterday February 3rd.  As noted in Jeanne’s obituary below, no services as was her wish.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Alzheimer’s Association, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or to the Homeward Bound Pet Rescue of Gilmer County....please see online site details below. 
Captain Haas can be reached by email at haas@ellijay.com  
Should we receive further information we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for he PCN
-----Original Message-----
From: haas [mailto: haas@ellijay.com ]  Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2017 4:22 PM
Gretchen Jeanne Haas, of Ellijay, GA, wife of Capt. Roger Haas,  passed away
on 3 February 2017. Born in Memphis, TN in 1931, she was a graduate of
Sacred Heart High School. She served as a Reservations Agent for C&S
Airlines in St. Louis before moving to Atlanta to become a Ticket Agent with
Eastern Airlines at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. She married
Roger Allen Haas in 1962 and raised her two daughters in Atlanta before
moving to Ellijay in 1985 where she began a career in real estate on Walnut
Mountain. She was an avid tennis player, competing in the Atlanta Lawn
Tennis Association (ALTA) and an enthusiastic supporter of the Atlanta
Falcons. She was a great lover of dogs and enjoyed traveling with family and
friends, including a memorable trip to the Ice Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden.
She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Haas, and two daughters: Laura J.
Haas of New Orleans, LA and Linda C. Haas of Asheville, NC as well as a few
grand-puppies: Jake, Abiquiu, and Tilghman, too, as well as Amite, the tiny
cat. Jeanne was predeceased by her beloved Great Dane, Tiny Tim.
Special thanks to the superb staff at the Gilmer Nursing Home and at
Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care for their attentive care, overall
kindness, and never-ending sense of humor.
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorials be made to the national Alzheimer’s Association ( alz.org ), the St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( stjude.org ), or to the Homeward Bound Pet

Rescue of Gilmer County ( HBPR.org ).

Friday, February 3, 2017

DL Capt. John F. Hofbauer Jr.

Obituary....update with services information............... 
Date: June 15, 2017 at 12:54:34 EDT
........This is Jack's daughter, Christy.  Below is a link to our dad's obituary.  Would you mind sharing with all of your Delta buddies? ............. 
We are having his funeral this Saturday, June 17th in Gloucester, NJ. 
We are also celebrating his life in Greenville, Maine by honoring him at the 2017 Seaplane Fly-In September 8th and 9th.
Thank you so much.

Life Legacy

John "Jack" Frederick Hofbauer, Jr., 77, husband of Jane Ellen (nee Dunn) Hofbauer, of Gloucester, NJ passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
 Born in Camden, NJ on October 20, 1939, he was the son of the late John Frederick, Sr. and Margaret Ann (nee Angus) Hofbauer. 
 He was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester, NJ and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Miami, FL. 
 In 1955, at the young age of 15, Jack enjoyed his first trip to Maine to hunt with friends, experienced his first seaplane ride during this trip, and this event began his love of flying floats, inspiring him to obtain his pilot's license.  After serving in the US Army's 272nd Signal Corps in Alaska, he moved his young family to Greenville, Maine and continued his dream of being a bush pilot.  His passion for flying floats prompted him to start Jack's Air Service, Inc., Moosehead Lake, Greenville, ME.  He expanded his career in aviation into the airline industry flying for Northeast Airlines as flight engineer progressing to first officer with Delta Airlines.  It did not take long before Jack was sitting left seat as a 727 Captain.  After 33 wonderful years with the airlines, Jack continued enjoying bush flying long past his retirement from the airlines.  In 2016, Jack was thrilled to be celebrating his 45th year operating Jack's Air Service, Inc.  The family is honored to continue operating Jack's Air Service, Inc. to carry on his legacy.
 Jack was proud to serve on the Greenville Airport Advisory Committee as well as the Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In Committee, of which he was instrumental in coordinating the Formation Fly-By activities.  He was also a proud supporter of various local organizations including the Moosehead Marine Museum, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 94.
 Loving husband, Dad, Pop-Pop, U.S. Veteran, pilot, civil servant, world-traveler;  throughout his life Jack was a unique adventurer, whether land, air or water.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, antique car aficionado, and enthusiast of both world and military history, as well as all things aviation. 
 His passion, resiliency, and driven personality enabled him to fulfill his many goals and lifelong dreams.  A truly extraordinary individual, Jack lived life to the fullest.
 He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane Ellen (Dunn) Hofbauer, his three daughters, Tara-Lee Jane Hofbauer-Guptill and husband Ron, Christy Lynn Hofbauer-Meyers and husband, Bill, and Heather Lisa Hofbauer-Brown, and husband Josh; grandchildren Samantha, Zoe and Logan Guptill, William, Anthony, Tristan, Marek and Ian Meyers, and Ethan, Reese and Alden Brown; brother James John Hofbauer and wife, Eleanor, sister Donna Mary Hofbauer, and families.
 Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his visitation on Saturday, June 17 from 10 am to 11 am  with Mass of Christian Burial 11am in Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Inurnment with U.S. Army Military Funeral Honors in New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr.
 Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of John Frederick Hofbauer, Jr.
 A Post Everlasting Service will be held in Jack's honor by the American Legion Post 94 in Greenville, Maine for Family and Legion Members. A Catholic Memorial Mass will be held by Holy Family Catholic Church, Greenville, Maine this summer (date TBA).

Contributions may be made in his name to Gloucester Catholic High School, 333 Ridgeway Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030
http://gchsrams.org/Wordpress/?p=10085 - or - to the Greenville American Legion Post 94, P.O. Box 1222, Greenville, ME 04441. Please write in memo: John Frederick Hofbauer, Jr.
 Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through:
Gloucester City
Ph: 856-456-1142

Update:   From: oeg1011   Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2017 12:56 PM
Subject: Death of NEA/DL Capt. John 'Jack' F. Hofbauer Jr., age 77 
I spoke with Jack's Daughter Christy this morning.
Jack died suddenly while lying in bed.
Funeral  plans have not been completed as yet.
His obituary is still being written.
Jack's email contacts are still active as well as his Cell phone should anyone like to contact his family

Bud McLellan

NEA/DL Capt. John ‘Jack’ Frederick Hofbauer Jr.
October 20, 1939 ~ January 30, 2017
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain John F. Hofbauer Jr., age 77.  Captain Hofbauer joined Delta Airlines 09-03-1968 and was based Boston, then JFK/030 at the time of his retirement.
To sign the online guestbook please visit
Arrangements are not yet known. 
As more information is received we will be sure to update our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Death notice...................................
John Frederick Hofbauer, 77, Daytona Beach Shores, a former Delta airlines pilot, died Monday.
. Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 3, 2017
    Jack started his Air Service in 1971.  He was trying to get hired by any of the major airlines back then and in the mean time flying for the other local companies in Greenville.
    One of Jack’s friends suggested he start his own company and that’s what he did.  It wasn’t too long before Jack was hired by Delta Airlines and in the summers he would also fly floats around Moosehead Lake.  At times he had other pilots working for him as the business grew.

    Today Jack is retired from Delta, but he continues to fly floats simply for love of doing it.    http://www.jacksairservice.com/J.A.S./Photos.html